Les Stroud has made a powerful name in the world of documentary film making, indeed starting an entirely new genre of TV, yet he comes by his music honestly. Since the age of fourteen Stroud has been writing songs and studying musically. By age 23 his music was being shopped to the likes of Bruce Springsteen and he was a published songwriter with RCA/BMG music. Taking a break from music to concentrate on outdoor adventure throughout the mid 80’s and early 90’s Stroud eventually returned to his first love when he found an old guitar in a house in Yellowknife, NWT in Canada, while he was dog sitting 30 Inuit sled dogs (go figure!). He re-ignited his passion for music creation and picking up where he left off began writing again. He continued to write and record all through the inception and eventual success of filming the Survivorman TV series, which included writing the theme music for any documentary work he produced and releasing 4 CDs as well as performing hundreds of concerts (in between the Survivorman location shoots).
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Off The Grid
"The Hendrix of Harmonica"
Les Stroud has been nicknamed the “Hendrix of harmonica’ for good reason. Though his personal training comes from studying traditional blues harmonica aka ‘the ‘harp’ as played by the likes of Sonny Terry, Sonny Boy Williamson, James Cotton and Junior Wells, he quickly moved towards listening to powerhouse players such as Paul Butterfiled, Billy Branch, Jason Ritchie, Mike Stevens and Jerome Godboo. It was then that he knew he would need his own signature sound. It is said Les plays the ‘harp’ like he’s playing a guitar and to watch him live is awe-inspiring. Fusing modern technology with a powerful set of lungs (not withstanding having them punctured in a car crash in Mongolia!), Stroud plays with a confidence and style that no other player captures today.
Off The Grid
Released: Jan 15, 2015
Released: Sep 04, 2012
Long Walk Home
Released: April 14, 2007
Les Stroud - Debut Album
Released: Aug 13, 2006
Les Stroud’s debut CD is a collection of diverse roots/blues and traditional folk acoustic music. Produced with the talented recording engineer Ian Auger, the music will take you from traditional finger pickin’ style blues with Delta Snow, capture your spirit with the incredible, soulful fiddle playing of Don Reed (Dwight Yoakam) on the track Great Blue Sky, put a smile on your face and get your feet tapping with Blue Soul and Don’t Touch It and carry you away with emotion on the wonderful violin, bass and cello arrangement set to haunting, inspiring lyrics in Clouds.
Les’s CD also features the alluring vocals of artist Kelly Adams. She can be found at www.kellyadams.net. With songs that speak to the uniquely northern spirit of freedom and adventure, this CD is a must for any lover of the northern wilderness.