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Riley / B / LaBarge

by Bernie LaBarge



Just because I wear a fedora and play harmonica, it shouldn’t automatically typecast me as a bluesman. Although I love the blues, I also have an eclectic taste for music. This particular project expresses that.
Doug Riley and I have been talking about creating a duo album for many years now. When Bernie LaBarge said that he had some time on his hands and asked if he could join us, I went “Hip, hip, hooray!” With Gordon Belsher on the controls of his vintage reel-to-reel tape machine it was like having the finest foursome on a golf course. Just to hear the tape rewind again in this digital world was music to my ears.
I think I conjured up all of my personalities on these selections, considering we didn’t know what tunes we were doing until the day we recorded them, with the exception of Dolly’s Smile and Francisco’s Van, the lyrics of which I wrote on a sunny January day in Mazatlan, Mexico.
Doug Riley’s musical expertise was the perfect collaboration for Dolly’s Smile, and Bernie LaBarge’s creative mind and sense of humor were ideal for adding the final touches to Francisco’s Van.
There is nothing like playing music with great musicians, but it’s even better when they are also great friends.

Hope you enjoy it.

Danny “B”


released January 1, 2007

Danny B - vocals, harmonica
Doug Riley - keyboards
Bernie LaBarge - Variax


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Bernie LaBarge Toronto, Ontario

Bernie LaBarge started playing guitar at age 11. He was the front man and/or guitarist for many popular bands in Ontario (Bond, Rain, Sweet Blindness, Zwol, Stem, and Stingaree.)
He’s worked with Kim Mitchell, Long John Baldry, David Clayton-Thomas, Rhinoceros, The Irish Rovers, Doug Riley, Frank Biner & Tower of Power, John Sebastian, Joel Feeney, and Sass Jordan, among many others.
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