Bio

Combining blues/rock, slide and harmonica blues, and peppering songs with reggae-laden melodies, Regina, Canada based Call Me Mildy lays down grooves and harmonies that defy a single music genre. The band is the result of singer/songwriter Greg Mildenberger (Mildy) looking to satisfy his desire for performing and recording his own music. It’s distinctive and fresh, and easily sways into blues, reggae, or rock, without rules or limits, and smacks of influences including Ben Harper, the Black Keys, and Big Sugar. Call Me Mildy’s debut CD, “It’s About Time”, was released in 2016 via CD Baby, and has been sold across Europe, North and South America, and as far away as India, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand.

Currently in 2017, Call Me Mildy is receiving blues radio play in Canada, U.S and Europe, and the band has performed steadily throughout the year in a variety of events. Notable 2017 performances included performing at the Casino Regina as part of the Brighter Futures for Children gala, the Montmartre ‘All Folked Up Festival’ in July, and the Cathedral Arts Festival as a mainstage headliner. 2017 also saw Mildy enter into an agreement with a U.S music publisher for Mildy’s current library of original songs.

And on March 3, 2018, Call Me Mildy will open the show for Canada’s quintessential roots rock reggae band Big Sugar at the Casino Regina as part of the 2018 Mid-Winter Blues Festival finale. Call Me Mildy will host the festival after-party later that same night. And, early in 2018 the band will be recording new original songs with an eye on a second CD release.

Starting as a trio in 2013, Call Me Mildy expanded to a four piece in 2015, to achieve a fuller sound and to allow Mildenberger to utilize his blues harmonica playing. As a trio, Call Me Mildy recorded four songs early in 2014. By summer 2014, Mildy had been offered an exclusive licensing agreement for two of his pop-reggae style songs with a Chicago-based music publisher. Soon after, Mildy began receiving radio play on indie radio in New York City as two blues/alternative rock songs were selected for rotation. Mildy's 'My Woman Left Me' and ‘Still Regret’ were featured on podcasts, and ‘My Woman Left Me’ made the year-end review of best tunes of its genre. Closer to home, local radio CJTR has featured a variety of Mildy songs on its various shows, while the entire cd is featured on Regina’s Bushwakker in-house Redbeard Radio.

Mildenberger has performed in multiple festivals and has opened for notable performers including Guitar Player Magazine-award winning Sonny Landreth, and California’s Tommy Castro Band. As a songwriter, Mildenberger contributes his time and songs to the Songs Of Love foundation in New York. Call Me Mildy has performed in a variety of clubs, pubs, cabarets, blues festivals and events, including appearances in the Regina Mid-Winter Blues Festival, the Wakamow Valley ‘Shake Off the Winter Blues’ and headlined the Moose Jaw Prairie Beer Festival. 

Creating and writing songs for performance and recording can only come to life with a solid team. Dale Thomas, a veteran of the Winnipeg music scene, brings his creative presence to the band, playing an 8 string guitar. Thomas is also nimble at providing vocals and harmonies. Phil Nordin is a veteran musician who adds his six string bass to the Mildy fold. Nordin joined Mildy during their second year and holds steady with the driving bass beat.  Drummer Roland Schulz has toured Western Canada in previous bands, and joined Mildy in Fall 2016 after original Call Me Mildy drummer Gary Graham moved to South Carolina.

"One talented band guaranteed to satisfy your soul, and inspire a new love for the blues."

 

Tyler Cruickshank
Artistic Director, All Folk'd Up Music Festival Inc

 

“Call Me Mildy are one of Regina's hottest bands, easily going from blues to tex mex to reggae, and judging by the amount of shows they do in and around Regina, it appears that nobody outworks Call Me Mildy. Ever since the release of their "It's About Time" CD in 2016, they've been in constant rotation on BOTH my radio shows.  I would encourage any festival or bar owner to get them now!!”

 

Danny B.  Host of World Of Blues and The Bridge CJTR 91.3 FM Regina