Recently inducted into the Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame!
When it comes to great blues, Hot Cottage delivers the goods. If you want to hear a great evening of burning blues, don’t miss this!
An extremely versatile group that is at home playing everything from delta style to big band blues; from swing to slow blues and from blues samba to barn-burning boogie. It is no wonder Hot Cottage appeals to a wide age group. The group is noted for their original compositions as well as their ability to present totally reworked versions of pieces written by other artists.
Founded in 1970, Edmonton’s Hot Cottage became Western Canada’s premier blues band. The band’s early influences were the British blues bands brought to Edmonton by Benny Benjamin: Cream with Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall, and Jeff Beck.
As a result of the first North American blues revival in the 1960s, a number of Chicago acts started to tour across North America. After one of his tours, Big Walter Horton was invited by a young Holger Petersen to record with Hot Cottage, resulting in the pivotal album “Big Walter Horton and Hot Cottage”. The single from this album, “Joe Chicago” became the intro song for Holger Petersen’s Natch’l Blues radio program on CKUA for many years.
Today, the Hot Cottage lineup consists of five members. The three original band members are Steve Boddington on guitar and vocals, Brian Koehli on bass and Linsey Umrysh on drums. The addition of Mike Yuzwenko (1994) on Hammond organ and piano, as well as their most recent member Joe Picollo (2014) on sax and vocals, have made the group versatile, tight and powerful.