It may seem incredible that brothers Chris and Ken Whiteley should only now be releasing their first album of all original material. Steeped in the traditions of blues, jazz, swing, gospel, r&b and folk, Chris and Ken have appeared on more than one hundred and fifty recordings between them. Since the sixties the two have been in demand as performers, session musicians, songwriters and producers. They have worked with the likes of John Hammond Jr., Leon Redbone, Blind John Davis and in 1993 were the first Canadian act ever invited to the prestigious Chicago Blues Festival. With "Sixteen Shades of Blue" the Whiteley Brothers have covered all the blues bases, from the contemporary urban sound of "Stop Running" to the humorous ragtime of "Mr. Weatherman" to the jug band arrangement of "Doing Something Right." Chris and Ken play with style and skill on over twenty instruments, including acoustic and electric guitar, piano, trumpet, mandolin, harmonica and accordion. The album features some of Toronto's best musicians including Dan Whiteley, Dennis Pendrith, Al Cross, John Sheard, Jerry Fuller, Victor Bateman and Sharon Lee Williams.