“Sometimes the right musicians just find each other, and that’s what sounds like happened here. Much has been made about singer Meghan Parnell’s vocals, but I don’t think there’s been nearly enough made of them yet; tuneful yet raw and about as honest as anything I’ve heard in a while… this is a tightly connected group of superior musicians who I think have just started to discover what they’re capable of, as individuals and most importantly: as a group. There’s some rare alchemy going on here, so there is no telling what Bywater Call might create next.””
- Tom O’Connor, RockandBluesMuse.com, Nov 21, 2019
“The female-fronted, horn-topped Toronto combo’s debut full-length — and a disc that should instantly vault them to the top ranks of the Canadian blues scene while earning them an international audience...Authentic, earthy, gritty, punchy, soulful, rough ’n’ ready, raspy, powerful, confident, stylish.”
- Darryl Sterdan, Tinnitist, Nov 23, 2019
Toronto-based, 2020 Maple Blues Awards nominees for Best New Artist, Bywater Call’s self-titled debut album was released in Canada, USA, Europe and Australia on November 22, 2019.
The album is currently garnering rave reviews across all territories, including an entry into the Dutch and Belgian Americana charts at #6 in the first week of release.
Born out of a love for southern soul, blues and roots music and a passion to create a powerful and moving experience for listeners, Bywater Call was formed by singer Meghan Parnell and guitar player Dave Barnes in 2017. The 7-piece outfit is completed by Bruce McCarthy on drums, Mike Meusel on Bass, Alan Zemaitis on Keys, Stephen Dyte on Trumpet and Julian Nalli on Tenor Sax.
In the short time since its inception, and prior to the recording and release of their debut album, the band has made waves in the Toronto Blues scene and the Festival Circuit, playing Main Stages at the Tremblant International Blues Festival, Donnacona Blues Festival, The TD Toronto Jazz Festival, the Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival and the Markham Jazz Festival, to name a few… A true testament to the band’s strong, stirring and inspiring live performance.
In early 2020 Bywater Call will tour Europe through 9 countries in 45 days.
With elements of jam band, traditional blues, soul and rock and roll, with touches of New Orleans, Alabama and small town Ontario, with influences from The Band to Duane Allman to Aretha Franklin to Otis Redding to Elmore James, with solid musicianship based in jazz, and with gritty, raw and emotional vocals, Bywater Call seeks to strike to the core of all who listen.
“A dandy throwback to those San Francisco hippie bands that were encyclopedias of bay area grease and southern soul, this bunch from Toronto probably couldn't tell you anything about Sweetwater even if it meant winning on Jeopardy. And it's just as well since that let's them approach the territory without any preconceived notions or expectations. Actually sounding fresh throughout, this bunch seems more in tune with setting the world on fire rather than their synapses. Good for them. Choogle on, young badasses!”
- Midwest Record, Nov 29, 2019
“Bywater Call blasts out of the Toronto soul-rock-blues scene with an incredible debut, self-titled album.”
- Donald Teplyske, FervorCoulee, Dec 1, 2019
“Bywater Call can be particularly proud of this debut album. Few bands have been able to come up with such a mature album immediately.”
- Walter Vanheuckelom, Concert Monkey, Nov 22, 2019 (translated from Dutch)
“If you’re a fan of the blues (and really, who isn’t in this day and age?), you have to give Bywater Call a chance. The vocal style on this [Walk on By] lead is absolutely stunning. Bywater Call feels like the cry of a deeply scarred heart... It’s a “stand your ground” anthem and empowers with a soaring Grace Potter-like vocal.”
- Ear to the Ground, Nov 8, 2019 re: Walk on By
“-This song [Silver Lining] has it all. The rhythm section and horns provide a wonderful base to the song. The lead vocal has a bit of a Janice Joplin vibe to it. There’s definitely a wild feeling to the track overall. It seems like it could have been performed at Woodstock, complete with some wild dancing in the mud. But those horns, wow. Where’s Wavy Gravy when you need him?
- Ear to the Ground, Nov 27, 2019 re: Silver Lining
“This debut album bears witness to exceptional quality, which enables this 7-piece formation to effortlessly conquer the rest of the world after Canada.”
- Rootsville.eu, Nov 13, 2019 (translated)