The Twisters, one of Canada's best jump blues acts, blow into town featuring some of the top talent in the Pacific Northwest.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Twisters leader, David Hoerl was originally tutored by Rick Estrin in the art of Blues Harmonica. He has since played with some of the best blues musicians in the U.S. and Canada, including: Mike Bloomfield, Albert Collins, Percy Mayfield, Big Mama Thornton, Little Joe Blue, Freddie Roulette, Big Joe Duskin, Pee Wee Crayton, Steve Freund, Carl Weathersby, Phil Guy, Sonny Rhodes and Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne. In 1982 David came to Canada with Kenny Wayne, and became a landed immigrant in 1986.
As the founding member and sole remaining original Twister, he has received numerous accolades and awards for songwriting, vocals and harmonica playing, including being nominated in 1997, 1998, 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2007 for "Harmonica Player of the Year" by the Toronto Blues Society's "Maple Blues Awards". According to West Coast Blues Review (1995) and Real Blues Magazine (1996-2006) David Hoerl is "Canada's Top Harp Blower".
Young guitarist, Brandon Isaak, has monster tone and technique. He moved from his hometown of Whitehorse, Yukon to Vancouver, BC in 1999, where he joined the Twisters. He has shared the stage with many great blues artists, including Taj Mahal, Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials, Robben Ford, Canned Heat, Jeff Healy, Big Dave McLean, Rusty Zinn, Colin Linden just to name a few. Brandon toured all over Europe with Joe Louis Walker, Willie Hayes and Ken Faltonson on numerous festivals and TV shows.
Unforgettable is what a performance by stand-up bassist Keith Picot is. Whether singing and leading his own band, or supporting the talent of such bands as The Twisters, Cousin Harley, Joe Dollar and Juno Award winner Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, he always gives 110 percent. With a hard hitting slap style all his own he can drive a beat like the devil, then equally and effortlessly draw out the sweet tones of a saint.
Matt Pease credits his hard swinging style to his early influences Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. Matt grew up in a musical family with a large record collection on Vancouver Island. He moved to Vancouver in 1997, after which he toured with the Michael Kaeshammer Trio in the DuMaurier Jazz Festival. Shortly thereafter he hooked up with Juno Award winner Lee Aaron for three years. He has shared a stage with Edgar Winter, the Wailers, Green Day and the Cherry Poppin' Daddies. Matt studied with the great Canadian drummers Claude Ranger and Don Leppard. He joined the Twisters in early 2005.