A quick lesson: swamp blues is a laid-back, slowed down and funked-up version of delta blues, heavily influenced by Lightnin' Hopkins, Muddy Waters, and the Cajun and zydeco cultures of New Orleans. It may not be an obvious match, an Edmonton girl in love with the low-down swampiest of southern guitar blues. But Danser has been married to the blues since she was young. And she doesn’t just play the blues - although play it she does, with a vengeance. She lives and breathes it; in fact, having spent a few years living in the deep southern States in order to complete a PhD in ethnomusicology, you can just call her Dr. Blues.
The link is not blatant, but it lies down deep: Danser grew up poor in Saskatchewan, and has said that standing at the delta where the blues was born in Mississippi feels almost like standing in a field in Saskatchewan. The alchemical link between the soul-humbling wide open spaces and the bone-deep experience of hardship became the crucible in which Danser’s soulful blues were formed. Her most recent album Goin’ Gone is a collaboration with Juno-award-winning producer Steve Dawson, and it’s a high-stepping exercise in lettin’ the good times roll. Listen to Danser’s soulful, deep-in-the-pocket guitar licks and her husky blues vocals, and you’ll have no doubt — no matter where she was born, Danser was born to sing the blues.
Biography by Shereen Samuels