“Five Minutes With” Vancouver Roots & Blues Band Mud Bay

Mud Bay is rocking on with their new song “Feel,” out now as the lead single from their sixth album Best Laid Plans.

Addressing the preoccupied individual who “can’t think, can’t touch, can’t feel,” “Feel” is a call to embrace the anti-cerebral, sensual playground of live rock and roll. “FEEL! FEEL! FEEL!” Mark Branscombe- along with the stellar vocals of Aidan Farrell, daughter of drummer Murphy Farrell- implores the listener in the song’s rollicking conclusion. It is both a plea and a rallying cry, encompassing all of Mud Bay’s hard-earned wisdom in one spirited single.

Mud Bay has been electrifying audiences with its high-intensity brand of original Roots & Blues music and truckload of character since 1978. They’ve accumulated some well-deserved monikers in their time, including “The Band That Won’t Go Away,” “Saturday Night Entertainment, Any Day of the Week,” and “One of Canadian Music’s Best Kept Secrets.” All well-fitting, as in their over four decades playing together Mud Bay has forged a genre-agnostic identity, letting their musical intuition guide them, embracing new sounds and styles along the way. Best Laid Plans showcases the versatility of the band’s songwriting and their wide-ranging influences—Blues, Country, Cajun, Rock, Soul, and more.

Harmonica maestro Mud Bay Slim or the ‘King of the Mud Bay Delta Blues’ delivers the goods as always with “My Disposition,” “When The Blues Come To Town,” and “Last Slim Dime.” Guitarist Randall T. Carpenter also showcases his blues roots with “Best Laid Plans” and “Hard Times,” but also ventures into outspoken social commentary with “Greed” and “Talk Is Cheap,” and makes a heartfelt plea for understanding in troubled times with “Love and Forgiveness.” But there’s much more than blues here– Drummer Murphy Farrell brings uptown R&B into the mix with “Rock In My Shoe” and “Feel,” and detours into gloriously unrestrained rock with “Pound Rocks.” Finally, Guitarist Mark Branscombe kicks in some horn-driven soul with “Soul In The City,” a taste of twang with “Down To The Bottom,” and some epic rock with “Struggle.” Nailing down the groove on all these tracks is bassist Dennis Ingvaldson, an integral part of the Mud Bay sound.

Unconventional. Uncompromising. That’s Mud Bay. Always another trick up their sleeves.

Mud Bay


Randall T Carpenter: guitar, vocals, mandolin, steel guitar with MUD BAY


Roots / Rock / Country / Rhythm and Blues


1978 (as best as anyone can recall … )

Latest Single:

Love and Forgiveness – MUD BAY

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Favourite musician growing up:

Bob Dylan

Favourite musician now:

Scott Gordon Band – ‘Ulster Americana’

Guilty pleasure song:

Take A Chance On Me – ABBA

Live show ritual:

Tuning 26 or 32 strings on various instruments, then choosing which of our 200 + songs make up that night’s setlist.

Favourite local musician:

Scott McLeod of The Imperial – great band!

EP or LP?

Either one is fine, just as long as there’s a song there that grabs me

Early bird or night owl?

Night owl, always.

Road or studio?

These days I much prefer the studio. Though nothing beats the invigorating effect of a great show, the studio work is done for keeps. So the challenge is greater.

Any shows or albums coming up?

New MUD BAY album, Best Laid Plans out now!

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Favourite local restaurant:

Sushiyama on East Broadway

Favourite street in your city:

Commercial Drive

Favourite park in your city:

Dude Chilling Park

Favourite music venue in your city:

Commodore Ballroom – of course!

Favourite music store in your city:

Noize To Go



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Demian is an Argentinian retired musician, avid gamer and editor for the Montréal Guardian, Toronto Guardian, Calgary Guardian and Vancouver Guardian websites.