Meet The Band

John Heals

"Uncle" John Heals, was born in London Ontario.  As an army brat, John moved around a lot, and wouldn't know London if he was standing in the middle of down town. "I consider Calgary my hometown..." he says.

John started playing guitar at the age of 15 and quickly formed an attachment to Blues and Rock of the late 60's and early 70's.

Influenced early on by Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Ritchie Blackmore, Leslie West and Brian May, John also listens to newer musical sources and continues to develop his style.

John loves tearing it up in front of a live audience, and is living the best time of his life.

Southside Mike

Mike Retallick, Southside Mike was born in Toronto, Ontario and lived there until his early teens when he moved to Winnipeg to attend high school. Mike discovered music at a very early age, but it was during his time in Winnipeg that music became the driving force behind everything he did. There wasn’t much to do in Winnipeg during those years so he bought himself a bass and joined a rock band.

He was drawn to the rebellious sounds of rock and roll and was influenced by blues based rock bands such as The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, ZZ Top and Jimi Hendrix. Mike’s rock influences eventually turned him on to such Blues greats as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Willie Dixon. In 1983 another major influence came to Mike’s attention, which would be the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan. Mike felt that it was because of Stevie the blues would once more become popular.

In 1999 Mike traveled to Chicago, were he attended a jam session at Buddy Guy’s Legends, performing in front of Buddy Guy himself. “I got a chance to speak with Buddy and I found him full of incredible stories. To this day he continues to be a major influence on my music,” Southside Mike.

Since the beginning, Mike has played in numerous blues and rock projects with some incredible players. He has many wonderful memories and continues to share a lot of great moments with fellow musicians and the audiences he performs to. Southside’s most recent project is, Lil’ Blues Kim & The Triple Teaz.

Juke Joint Jim

Jim Llewellyn, Juke Joint Jim grew up in Drumheller, AB.  His mother, father, uncle and grandfather were all musicians. Jim started playing professionally in local clubs at the age of 15.

Jim moved to Calgary in 1972 and started playing with local rock bands doing one nighters all over Alberta and BC.   While in one of the bands, Storm, they became Bo Diddley’s rythmn section for some Alberta shows.

In 1975 Jim joined Painter, a Calgary recording act. They soon changed their name to Hammersmith and toured the US and Canada warming up for all the big acts of the time including Rod Stewart, Kansas, Styx, Rick Wakeman, and Jethro Tull etc.  When Barrie Barlow the drummer for Jethro Tull decided to leave for personal reasons Jim was offered the gig with Jethro Tull.  Barrie decided to stay with Jethro Tull.

 After leaving Hammersmith Jim returned to Calgary to play in a Reggae/Funk band called Shango. After Shango, Jim worked as a freelance drummer playing with all kinds of music live and in the studio as well as teaching and doing drum clinics for Mother’s Music Calgary.

 He toured with the recording artists the Alan Sisters (The Tommy Hunter Show).  While doing studio work Jim met up with Gaye Delorme and played with him, Sherry Kennedy, Cindy McLeod as well as others in the Calgary jazz scene.  Jim also had his own jazz/fusion band and was featured in a local TV show.  Jim performed in other TV shows with Celebration, a local jazz/rock/fusion band, and 20/20 featuring Karen Case.

 Enjoying all kinds of music, Jim has played all styles of music including rock, jazz, latin, funk, reggae, country, blues, big band, in far too many bands to name.