“Ottawa-based guitarist Murray Kinsley and his band Wicked Grin have been steadily building up a fan base worldwide and right here at home with a brand of musicianship that stays clear of the hang-dog clichés that often take blues music and its noble power and renders it toothless. ”
- Rod Nicholson, Scene Magazine #746
2014 Maple Blues Award – Best New Group
2014 Runner-up – Toronto Blues Society New Talent Search
2014 Blues Rock Album of the Year – Shame On Me – The Blues Underground Network
2014 Winner Ottawa Blues Society’s Road To Memphis Challenge
2015 Maple Blues Award – Bassist of The Year – Leigh-Anne Stanton
2015 Blues Rock Album of the Year – Stormy Water – The Blues Underground Network
2015 International Blues Challenge Participants
2015 Top 20 Canadian Blues Albums – Stormy Water – Brent Morrison – Rockin’ Blues Show
2018 Winner of the Loyal Blues Fellowship Road To Memphis Challenge
2018 Maple Blues Award Nomination – Bassist of the Year – Leigh-Anne Stanton
2018 International Blues Challenge Semi Finalists
2018 International Blues Challenge Best Self Produced CD Semi Finalists – Murder Creek
The Premiere Guitar Based Radio Network
Gritty Roots Rock!
Reviewers have described this Maple Blues Award-winning band as stripped-down, hellaciously rockin’ new blues with the distinctive voice and guitar-work of Murray Kinsley, awesome harmonica, and a rhythm section that swings with reckless, casual precision (Leigh-Anne Stanton on bass and Bruce Saunders on drums).
Based in Ottawa, Canada, the band brings their innovative original blues to venues and festivals across Canada, the US, England, and Germany.
Leigh-Anne Stanton has been nominated as 2108 Maple Blues Awards Bassist of the Year, and the act was a semi-finalist at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, January 2019.
Wicked Grin’s latest album “Murder Creek,” released October 2018, has earned widespread industry acclaim and was a semi-finalist for the 2019 IBC Best Self-Produced CD Award.
To the journey!