Chicago blues ‘triple threat’ (slide guitar, harmonica and vocals) Nigel Mack delivers a high-energy show that fuses blues classics with the punch of contemporary original blues. Seamlessly switching between instruments, Nigel Mack is equally proficient at them all. These are talents honed by years of relentless touring in support of his critically acclaimed CDs, Devil’s Secrets, Road Rage and High Price to Play.
Based in Chicago, IL, ‘Nigel Mack & the Blues Attack’ have logged well over half a million miles across North America and Europe and they have headlined top blues venues throughout. They have appeared at the world famous ‘Chicago Blues Festival’ four times and over the years toured almost every one of the United States and most of Canada. Their dynamic stage show is a favorite at clubs and festivals. Nigel’s latest release, the award-winning, all-original, Devil’s Secrets, was the #1 Canadian blues CD of 2012 nationwide in Canada on Galaxy Satellite radio. His original compositions have been featured on television sound-tracks ‘Dawson’s Creek’, ‘The Street’ and ‘Time of Your Life’.
Born in Canada, Nigel grew up surrounded by both the music of the ‘60’s and jazz emanating from his Dad’s stereo. His hometown of Saskatoon, SK boasted a central location and a world-class university which guaranteed that everybody who toured western Canada came through town. The types of touring artists that that performed were extensive and eclectic: Muddy Waters, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Stevie Ray Vaughan, just to name a few.
The ‘blues explosion’ in the mid-eighties led to the establishment of a western Canadian blues circuit. Saskatoon’s ‘Buds on Broadway’ featured touring blues artists from all over the US and Canada. “It was unbelievable!” exclaims Nigel, “There were cats like Eddy Shaw or Phil Guy playing six nights a week. Blues legends that we had only heard on records, we were suddenly hanging out and jamming with.”
In the spring of 1988 Nigel and his band relocated to western Canada’s music mecca, Vancouver, BC. With a large population, a busy nightlife and a temperate climate, Vancouver was a great place to be. From his west coast base Mack built a strong local following and toured around western Canada.
In 1992, Nigel received a phone call from Chicago blues band leader Eddie Lusk inviting him to perform with ‘The Professor’s Blues Revue’ during the Chicago Blues Festival. The Professor passed away later that year, but Nigel seized the opportunity and began touring the US with a vengeance, racking up seventeen American/Canadian coast to coast tours over the next ten years.
In 1996 Nigel released his first full length all-original CD ‘High Price To Play’ to critical acclaim, including a nomination for ‘Best Blues/R&B Album’ at the 1997 ‘West Coast Music Awards’.
Nigel Mack followed ‘High Price to Play’ with ‘Road Rage’ released in 2001. Essentially a live album, ‘Road Rage’ blends blues classics with original songs and three studio tracks. It quickly became a favorite of fans.
In 2003, Nigel relocated to the home of the blues, Chicago, IL. A decade earlier, the seeds of this move had been planted. On that first trip, Eddie Lusk had said, “This is where you should be.” His latest, the chart-topping, award-winning, all-original ‘Devil’s Secrets’, has allowed Nigel Mack to build on past successes and bring his own brand of contemporary 'Chicago blues' to a new generation of blues fans.