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2022 Nominee

We are very honored to be nominated in the New Artist/Group Category and to be included with such wonderful talent! Much gratitude to the Toronto Blues Society, Sarah French Publicity, and to our fans that have supported us on our journey.



At the nucleus of the South Island Rhythm Kings is Father/Son team of Lazy Mike Mallon and Carson Mallon creating a musical bond on early Electric Blues, accompanied by seasoned musicians delivering their mutual love of 

“no school like old school” blues.

“Still That Way Today” 2022, Lazy Mike Mallon,  Carson Mallon, Dan Dube',  Nick Doktor,  & legendary Bluesman, Jack Lavin, Bass and producing the album.

“It has been said the blues is a language we all speak. From an empty wallet to a cold side of the bed, we all experience the blues in some way. It is the expressions, or the dialects, that vary from region to region. The searing slide guitar of the Mississippi Delta, the swamp-ridden Louisiana Blues, the uptown horn arrangements of Texas and the West Coast, the soul-stirring 

electrified harmonica from Chicago; these sounds have gone on to influence the world of music for decades.

It is from these traditions that the South Island Rhythm Kings draw their inspiration. In a modern world of digital excess, this is a group of musicians who present a repertoire of old-school, real-deal blues music. You will not 

find any meaningless virtuosity on the new recording, only the pure expression of blues being reared on the stretch of 

Highway 1 from Nanaimo down to Victoria. - Carson Mallon

“Nice to hear someone actually claiming to be a Blues artist and actually playing the Blues”

Steve Hoare 

 “The Blues Lounge Radio Show”

BSR 104.3 FM

Bristol, England  


" I Live Out In The Country” or “Oh Well Whataya Do” turn out to be real nuggets full of groove and fun and it is with real pleasure that we taste these fifty minutes of very good vibrations! To try it is to adopt it …

If you’re up for a traditional early blues adventure, I’ve got just the thing; the South Island Rhythm Kings. Dealing in early electric blues, Still That Way Today is one of those discs that takes you all the way back home. 

One of the things I love about Still That Way Today is its laid back-ness, the comfort and familiarity the band obviously feels with this type of music and these songs in particular. For example I’m more used to ZZ Top’s aggressive live version of Thunderbird off of Fandango but the mid-tempo groove The Kings set up on it here is way too cool. Their playing is intuitive, not overly complicated, groove-centric and spot on. Pretty sweet stuff.

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