*** SPECIAL SHOW **** It is with Great Honour, Mississippi Queen Foods plays host, to David Vest, as our musical guest, for Southern Supper, on September 20th, for two shows. David is a 'Real Deal', Southern Gentleman, and one of the best boogie woogie piano players, you will ever hear. He now lives in British Columbia, and will be in our neck of the woods, on a visit. Do NOT miss this chance, to see this captivating entertainer, up close, and personal, while enjoying some Southern food.
'Although he now calls Canada home, Maple Blues Award winner David Vest is an authentic, Southern-bred boogie-woogie piano player and blues shouter. Until shortly before David’s birth (in 1943), the Vest family were Alabama sharecroppers.
David grew up in Birmingham, not far from Tuxedo Junction. He played his first paying gig in 1957, and by the time his band opened for Roy Orbison on New Year's Day 1962, he was a seasoned veteran of Gulf Coast roadhouses and honky-tonks.
At the age of 17, David went on tour with Jerry Woodard and the Esquires, some of whom later became key members of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and the Muscle Shoals Horns. While still with Woodard, he jammed with Ace Cannon, Bill Black's Combo and the Jimmy Dorsey Band in clubs along the Florida Panhandle, where fellow Alabaman James Harman would soon make his mark.
About the time David turned 21 he found himself onstage backing Big Joe Turner, who said that David Vest's playing made him feel like he was back home in Kansas City. David also worked the southern gospel circuit, wrote the first songs ever recorded by Tammy Wynette (as detailed in Jimmy McDonough's bio of the country legend), dated a sister of the Louvin Brothers, toured with Faron Young (who threatened to kill him), backed Red Foley in a show where all the stars got robbed, worked in a theatre with Fannie Flagg and became the first American artist to record an album in Romania, after his appearance at the Sibiu Jazz Festival.
Later David would receive the «direct laying on of hands» from piano legends like Big Walter The Thunderbird and Floyd Dixon. He would tour extensively with Jimmy T99 Nelson and Miss Lavelle White. Katie Webster told him, «I knows it when I hears it.»
From 2002 through 2006, David shared lead vocals and frontman duties in the Paul deLay Band, culminating in his performance on an award-winning live CD, The Last of the Best, which reached the Top Ten on Billboard's national blues chart.
During his years in Portland, David won five Muddy Awards from the Cascade Blues Association, including Best Keyboard Player. In 2012 he released East Meets Vest, backed by members of Downchild and Fathead and recorded in Toronto. Holger Petersen of CBC Saturday Night Blues called it, «one of the best Canadian blues albums of 2012.”
East Meets Vest was nominated for the Maple Blues Award for Recording Of The Year. David’s 2014 album, Roadhouse Revelation, on Cordova Bay Records, went straight to Number One on the Roots Music Report chart for Canada and garnered a fourstar review from Downbeat. Devestatin’ Rhythm, released in 2016 on the Ark-O-Matic label, earned David and his co-producer Gary Kendall another Maple Blues Award nomination for Recording of the Year, and David was a Blues Artist of the Year nominee at the Western Canadian Music Awards.
David's piano work can also be heard on Bill Johnson's JUNO-nominated Still Blue and on David Gogo's JUNO-nominated Come On Down. Between 2012 and 2016, David won the Maple Blues Award for Piano/Keyboard Player Of The Year three times. David continues to tour extensively, from small blues joints to major festivals across North America, where he regales crowds with his unmistakably authentic blues sound and stories about the fascinating life of a traveling bluesman.'
There are two sittings for this show, 6:30-8:30 and 9:00-11:00, and our special menu will include Catfish, Shrimp, Okra, & Sausage Gumbo; Blackened Chicken Fillets; Coleslaw with Remoulade Dressing; Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins; Pecan Pie; Sweet Iced Tea; & Cafe du Monde Coffee & Chicory.