As the unofficial poet laureate of Canadian blues, Paul Reddick’s words are his weapon of choice, described by British magazine Mojo as his “wayward brilliance.” The innovative Paul Reddick & The Sidemen formed in Toronto in 1990 and developed a cult-like following. Together they released four albums, two of which were JUNO Award nominated and in 2002 their ground breaking release Rattlebag won three Maple Blues Awards including “Electric Act of the Year,” “Songwriter of the Year” and “Album of the Year” and was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award in the U.S. One of the tracks from Rattlebag, the gritty “I’m A Criminal” was used in the popular Coca-Cola “Sip Stealing” television commercial that aired during the Superbowl. Reddick continued to re-work blues traditions on his solo recordings: Villanelle (2004); Sugarbird (2009), which earned Reddick a Maple Blues Award for “Songwriter of the Year”; and Wishbone (2012). Reddick is also the creator and benefactor of The Cobalt Prize for Contemporary Blues Composition, awarded annually at the Maple Blues Awards.
Ride The One is Paul Reddick’s first recording with Stony Plain Records featuring deep rhythm, intense singing and harp playing combining with his distinctive blues poetry. As Reddick puts it, “Blues is a beautiful landscape.”