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Sherman Doucette performing with Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne Band Canada Day for Parks Alive Kelowna 7:PM. boogie to the blues

Picture of Jim Byrnes, John Lee Hooker and Doucette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherman (Tank) Doucette, Bluesman Singer / Harmonica player. Born December 6, 1953, North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada. Sherman's natural ear for music began developing at an early age. There were many musical nights of singing and dancing at the Doucette's home when he was a young boy. Family, friends and neighbours would come to join in the fun. His father played the guitar and the banjo, his brother played the guitar and his grandfather played the fiddle & harmonica. His mother, sisters and aunts all sang and danced.

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Picture of Doucette and Pinetop Perkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherman left home at fifteen with a harmonica and a twenty dollar bill in his pocket bound for the west coast to Vancouver, British Columbia.  It was there that he discovered the Chicago blues style on an album featuring Muddy Waters, Junior Wells and James Cotton.  He soon began singing and playing in a series of local blues bands.  By the age of seventeen, he had developed a style of playing greatly influenced by the late great Paul Butterfield.

It wasn't long before he was performing with the best bands in Vancouver.  On numerous occasions he had the great privilege of sharing the stage with such greats as legendary players as John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, Sonny Land Slim ( Andrew Luandrew ), Pinetop Perkins, and several shows with old friends Jim Byrnes, Long John Baldry. Powder Blues Band

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In 1977, he amazingly survived a massive explosion in a lumber mill which left him in the hospital for six months recovering from burns to over 50% of his body.  Sherman really earned the name "Tank" after this fight for life.  Now more determined than ever, he embraced his true calling and began focusing all of his time and energy on his music.

Three years later, Tank formed his own blues band, "Incognito".  The band was at the forefront of the Vancouver music scene.  They released three independent CD recordings toured extensively across Canada.  Sherman also began making guest appearances with other groups, composing and recording jingles in the recording studio, and collecting harmonicas.

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Photo of Sherman with his harmonica collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notably, he possess quite an impressive antique harmonica collection with over seven hundred antique harmonicas all shapes & sizes with bells and trumpets, many of which date back to circa 1910.  Some of his treasured instruments can be seen on his On-line Harptown Harmonica  Museum.which he proudly displays in beautiful show cases in his home office. 

 

Today proudly calls the Okanagan home with his band, TANKful of Blues - performing / recording - captured live and on CDs.- the Tank continues to perform with all the passion and conviction few can deliver - anyone who has seen him perform will agree he puts on an incredible show..

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 If you love good boogie, blues & soul, don't miss Sherman Doucette & TANKful of BLUES. 

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