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Young take on edgy blues

Juno nominee Jimmy Bowskill turns 16 wih new album and show in Whistler

Who: Jimmy Bowskill

When: Saturday, May 19

Where: Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC)

Tickets: $15

Juno nominee Jimmy Bowskill is already doing what most musicians could only dream of achieving in a lifetime — and he is doing so at only 16 years old.

The young phenomenon makes his Whistler debut Saturday, May 19 at the Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC).

The bluesman with a rock edge has a long future ahead of him.

Already the Ontario boy’s credits boast a 2005 Juno nomination for Blues Album of the Year. He has also shared stages with the likes of B.B. King, Jeff Healy, ZZ Top and Dickey Betts of the Allman Bros.

“To meet Billy Gibbons was really big,” Bowskill said. “He asked me what guitar I was using and we talked guitar gear for an hour.”

While Bowskill might seem like a wunderkind, the old-souled musician is anything but with three albums, a Juno nod and two Canadian Indie Award Favourite Blues Artist wins under his strings.

He just released his newest self-titled album earlier this week, launching an edgier sound than the traditional blues albums he usually turns out.

“It is a little on the heavier side,” he said. “I’ve always loved blues music. It’s the soul of it. When you play the blues, you really put your hear and soul into it.”

Get a preview of Bowskill’s music at jimmy Advance $15 tickets are now available at the GLC.