Dan Noordermeer 2009December 15, 2009
Artist: Jeff Healey
Release: Songs from the Road
Genre: Blues Rock
Chatham Connection: Guitarist Dan Noordermeer is from Chatham.
Jeff Healey (vocals, guitar)
Dan Noordermeer (vocals, guitar)
Dave Murphy (vocals, keyboards)
Alec Fraser (vocals)
Al Webster (drums).
I Think I Love You Too Much, I’m Ready, Stop Breaking Down, Angel Eyes, Come Together, Hoochie Coochie Man, White Room, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Whipping Post, Teach Your Children Well, Santa, Bring My Baby Back (To Me)
About Dan: Guitarist extraordinaire Dan Noordermeer has also been performing in the “Dave Murphy Band” for almost a decade, and continues to dazzle audiences with his formidable talents. Originally from Chatham, Dan now resides in Hamilton. Dan is known for his Samson-like mane of hair and his wicked sense of humour. Unlikely as it seems, Dan was a full time country musician for many years before joining the band. But for those familiar with his playing it’s no surprise, since he has an uncanny ability to play every style of music with incredible authenticity, passion and virtuosity.
Appearing almost 18 months after Jeff Healey’s death, Songs from the Road is the first posthumous disc from Jeff Healey. Collecting highlights from his 2006 performance at Norway’s Nottoden Blues Festival, plus 2007 gigs in London and Toronto (the latter in his hometown club, the Jeff Healey Roadhouse), Songs from the Road paints a good portrait of Healey the road warrior, playing old favorites, both of his own and a wide variety of classic rock and blues artists, including Muddy Waters and two from the Beatles. Healey doesn’t surprise here, either in repertoire or attack, but he does satisfy, both as a guitarist and an all-around entertainer, making this collection a nice coda to his career.
* Stephen Thomas Erlewine