Click on the cover to view
I have had the honour of sharing the stage with some greats over the yrs, such as Long John Baldry, that was an amazing experience, we didn't know his songs , he was such a pro , he just showed us how they went in real time .
If you enjoy the Blues order
your copy of this CD today
Simply email Wylie and he'll
take it from there
Send Wylie an email to order:
I now have this CD and I play them all on my station Radiodowntown.ca Wylie brings the blues to life on this CD, a must have! ~ JohnK Radiodowntown.ca
Courtesy of Andy Tough ~ rmsevents.ca
If you are interested in ordering a CD, my CD sells for $20 including shipping.
If you are interessted in booking Wylie Harold for a gig, just let me know in the message of this online form and I will get back to you.
Looking ahead to the future , I am trying to move my new, all original CD , "It Is What It Is", 12 new original songs , life stories of living with the blues, and a couple tall tales thrown in as well . I was fortunate to have the best players I know join me on this CD as special guests, as well as the members of my blues band , Out On Bail. As far as the future goes for now, i am still playing small venues, mostly patios, as with my solo act act , that includes, all Classics, all styles i was raised on, and see where the CD goes, and still writing music, and just playing when I can, where I can , with who I can. liveMusicStrong.
Here is the article from a review by Eric Thom. For the Maple Blues Magazine. Special
Thanks so much to Richard Thornton for sending it to me. To Eric Thom for the review and to the Maple Blues Magazine for posting it. I still happen to have a few copies left if anyone is interested, you can private message me or order off my webpage. If the small w doesn't work, try a capital W. That might work better. Thanks wylieharoldmusic.ca
I didn’t really know Wylie Harold until
I heard this recent release. Turns out,
he’s a blues institution in and around the
Peterborough area and has been for years.
And, for a guy who lives for the local bar
scene, clubs, patios and the people he plays
to, the pandemic has been brutal. Playing
in various bands along the way (Half Ton,
The Bottoms Up Blues Band), Harold did
his due diligence in rock’n’roll yet was
eventually courted by the blues, which lent
itself to playing solo as often as possible.
With his current band, Out On Bail, he waits
for the return of live music for the chance
to perform this album in the flesh. As an
entry into the pantheon of quality Canadian
blues recordings, It is What It Is is actually
more than the sum of its parts. It features
a dozen Harold originals couched in the
contributions of his rather sensational band.
Harold sings and contributes harp, lead/
rhythm/slide guitar while Wayne O’Connor
positively shines on both lead and rhythm
guitar. Richard Simpkins provides solid bass
and background vocals while drummer John
Climenhage adds background vocals as
well. Guest musicians include Rod Phillips
(piano/B3), Brent Bailey (piano), William
Hamilton (sax), JP Hovercraft (bass), Bridget
Foley (lead and background vocals) and
Sian Wilson (background vocals).
From the simple shuffle of “Oh, I’m Tired”, with its great horns and solid vocals, to “The Ballad of Loose Women and Pickpockets”, with its great harp, slinky bass and cutting guitar solo, this release delivers far more than you’d expect from someone you might not have heard of. Harold exudes confidence while his band bolsters his every move across what is clearly a songwriter’s collection of strong, original material. The concept is tightly themed and carefully choreographed, from its album art to its sturdy blues arrangements – resulting in a breath of fresh air, mask on or off. Sure, there are hiccups and burrs here and there but, for the most part, the majority of these songs are keepers. “How Long Can This Go On” is a fun, slippery presentation woven together by solid harp-playing. “Take Me Back To The Good Old Days” features smart lyrics, wicked harp, tight drumming and inventive, out-of-the-ordinary guitar lines – a modern blues shuffle that longs for the past. “I Hate To See A Grown Man Cry” slows things down to focus on strong vocals and harp, effective honky-tonk piano, stellar lead guitar and some lovely B3 while the stunning “I Can’t Try Anymore”, jumps the queue with its soulful, R&B-charged use of Foley’s voice and the power of backup singers, revealing a level of compositional sophistication that can’t be seen enough in blues circles. And lest you forget there’s a leader behind this band, Wylie Harold’s simple-yet-effective use of acoustic slide and harp on his solo, “All My Women Leave Me”, underlines his unwavering hand on an exceptionally solid – and authentic – blues release, designed to help us break out of these doldrums for good. (Eric Thom)