Along with 9 European tours, national status in Canada and now 6 albums under his belt, Tony D has established himself as a player and performer who delivers the goods.
When he was 19 years of age, Tony had the pleasure of performing with the legendary Buddy Guy, starting a trend that would see him share the stage with such greats as Luther Allison, Bryan Adams and Michelle Shocked. A consummate performer, Tony D has supported the likes of both Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan, Albert Collins, Robin Ford, Robert Cray, Koko Taylor and The Doobie Brothers.
Tony has also toured throughout Europe with Jeff Healey in Denmark to rave reviews, including an outstanding performance in front of 20,000 crazed fans at the Skanderborg Festival.
Another side of Tony that is not well known is his contribution to entertaining the Canadian troops for eight memorable days in war torn Bosnia and recently (February 2003), in the Persian Gulf. These experiences changed his life.
Tony has become so well respected in his home town by the blues community that when Gladys Knight cancelled out at Ottawa Blues Festival 2000, organizers turned to Tony who not only filled in but engaged the audience with a dynamic performance that drew the first standing ovation of the weekend. Since then, he?s held a main stage spot every year in support of the festival?s closing headliner.
In 2001, Tony D performed a string of sold out theatre dates in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton opening for Buddy Guy. Also that year, Tony D released his first full blown acoustic album, ?The Size of Your Shoes?, which features songs co-written with Anders Osborne and duet performances with both acoustic blues artist Ken Hamm and New Orleans favourite son John Mooney on slide guitar
In 2004, Tony D returned to his maniacal brand of blues by releasing his 6th recording, a full band album titled ?The Jook Joint?.
Heavily influenced by the haunting sounds of the Mississippi delta, The Jook Joint is a blues cocktail part Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix and Argentinean Surf Tango. From the raw slide drenched My Baby?s So Far cradled by a hip hop beat to the feed back caresses of Hendrix?s If Six Was Nine and the instrumental Asstango. Tony describes this as a ?montage homage to all the great artists who paved the way before us. We raise the dead with respect and order another round."
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