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Driftin' Heart

by Jason Buie

West Coast guitarist, singer and songwriter Jason Buie lays down his third album "Driftin' Heart" with 11 down home blues grooves, biting guitar and heart felt vocals..
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fool from the Start
2:11 $0.79
2. House Party
4:01 $0.79
3. Government Man
4:09 $0.79
4. West Coast Daddy
2:42 $0.79
5. Driftin' Heart
3:35 $0.79
6. Stay the Night
3:27 $0.79
7. Suits Me to a Tee
3:33 $0.79
8. 12 O'clock Check Out
3:54 $0.79
9. Last Love Affair
3:14 $0.79
10. You're Sweet
3:31 $0.79
11. Cold Cold Feeling
4:33 $0.79
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Jason Buie Bio

Vancouver Island based guitarist, singer-songwriter Jason Buie has been performing around Canada, USA, Europe, and Japan for the last 20 years. Along the way he has played and opened for blues legends Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Mick Taylor, Jeff Healey, John Mayall, Robert Cray, The Powder Blues Band, Trooper, Jerry Doucette and others.

Jason’s music is a well-seasoned gumbo of blues, funk, rock and soul. His heart felt vocals, fiery guitar and charismatic stage presence captures the attention of critics and blues fans everywhere. His profile continues to grow since the debut release of his critically acclaimed 2002 “Urban Blues” and the 2009 "Live at The Blue Gator" cds. Both still get regular play on blues radio programs. In 2017 he is proud to release his third cd “Driftin’ Heart” consisting of 11 blues rockers of which 7 are originals.

Jason's passion for the Blues has led him to other projects too. He is a Co-Founder and Artistic Director for The White Rock Blues Society. And he promotes and produces many blues shows on Vancouver Island and in the Vancouver area.



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BluesBlast Magazine Reviewer: Rhys Williams, Cambridge, England.
Jason Buie – Driftin’ Heart
11 songs – 39 minutes

Jason Buie is a Vancouver Island-based singer, guitarist and songwriter who has been around playing across Canada, the USA, Japan and Europe for over 20 years. Driftin’ Heart is only his third album, following 2002’s Urban Blues and 2009’s Live At The Gator, but it is a highly impressive slab of modern blues-rock, with much more blues than rock on display.

Driftin’ Heart opens with the hard Texas shuffle of “Fool From The Start”, with Dave Webb’s great organ playing nicely backing up the T-Birds-style guitar riff. Buie sings with a gruff, road-worn voice that suits both the music and his own muscular lead guitar playing. It is also a cleverly written song, sitting squarely within the blues tradition but with subtle digressions away from a standard 12-bar structure.

Buie handles all the singing and guitar playing on the album. He has also assembled an excellent band with John Hunter on drums, George Fenn on bass and Dave Webb on piano and B3. Hunter and Fenn are a rock-solid rhythm section who give the music real drive while Webb’s musicality and understated contributions help to smooth off some of the rockier edges from the songs, keeping them very much within the blues field. Buie’s guitar playing is fluid and brawny, with a pronounced Stevie Ray Vaughan influence, particularly on tracks like “Fool From The Start”, “Suits Me To A Tee” and “Government Man”. He keeps his solos short and punchy, often smartly but briefly nipping outside the traditional blues scales, for example on the title track.

Buie and Hunter co-wrote seven of the tracks on the album, which take in a broad range of classics blues styles, from the Howlin’ Wolf-esque “Government Man” to the West Coast jump blues of “West Coast Daddy”, the swamp pop ballad “Stay The Night” (which contains one of Buie’s most heart-felt vocals and an utterly impassioned guitar solo) and the Texas grind of “Last Love Affair”.

The five covers are all relatively well-known but are played with high energy and none is played as a straight copy of the original. Amos Milburn’s “House Party” is played sans horns but benefits from the upbeat backing vocals of Rick Salt and Marisha Devoin. Sue Foley’s “Annie’s Driftin’ Heart”, re-named here “Driftin’ Heart”, was originally recorded with just Foley and her guitar. Buie’s version is given a full band treatment with more delightful piano from Webb. Jimmy Rogers recorded a number of versions of “You’re Sweet”, but none with the modern punch of Buie’s version. And Jesse Mae Robinson’s “Cold Cold Feeling” is played as a Magic Sam-esque major/minor key ballad.

Driftin’ Heart is a relatively short album, with 11 clocks clocking in at 39 minutes, but there really isn’t any filler here. If you like the modern blues-rock of Stevie Ray Vaughan or Kenny Wayne Shepherd, you will definitely want to check out Jason Buie. Let’s hope it isn’t another eight years until his next release.

Eric Steiner, Washington Blues Society Bluesletter August 2017

Jason Buie Driftin’ Heart (Self-Released)
Jason Buie
Driftin’ Heart
Jason Buie’s latest CD features this British
Columbia-based bluesman at the top of his game.
Driftin’ Heart includes four covers and seven
originals. Buie is a co-founder of the White Rock
Blues Society just across the USA border at Blaine
and he serves as the society’s music director. This
year, the White Rock Blues Society celebrates its
10th year under the leadership of president Rod
Dranfield. The title tune is from fellow Canadian
Sue Foley and Jason and his band reinvent Amos
Milburn’s classic romp, “House Party Tonight.”
Another cover, “You’re Sweet” is as energized as
Jimmy Rogers’ original, and two things impressed
me about this CD: 1) first-class blues musicianship
and 2) exceptional original songwriting by Jason
Buie and long-time Canadian blues drummer John
Hunter (Slim & The Deuces). “Government Man”
is a wry take on bureaucrats everywhere, whether
they call Ottawa or Washington, DC home. “West
Coast Daddy” is a fun, upbeat blues tune and
“Suits Me to A Tee” and “12 O’Clock Check-out”
are more than radio (and blues festival) ready.
Joining Jason and John are George Fenn (Harris,
Hunter & Fenn) on bass and Dave Webb (The
Fabricators, Harpdog Brown, Rollin’ & Tumblin’)
on piano and Hammond B-3. I highly recommend
this diverse CD that features Chicago as well as
Texas-tinged blues. A great blues record for your
next house party!
Eric Steiner, Washington Blues Society Bluesletter August 2017