Canadian blues musician Nigel Mack’s music has been heard around the globe and on Friday and Saturday he’ll be playing the blues at the Merritt Desert Inn for local ears.

Described as a triple-threat thanks to his vocal abilities combined with harmonica and guitar, Mack and his Blue’s Attack band will be taking the stage at 9:30 p.m. and there will no cover charge for the show.

With skills honed by years of relentless touring, Mack promises to deliver a high-energy show featuring a mix of blues classics and contemporary original blues songs.

“We have performed at Merritt a few times over the years … we always have a good time, which is why we keep coming back,” he said. “Folks have always been very friendly and dig the music we play.”

Currently located in Chicago, Ill Mack has produced three albums including his latest “Devil’s Secrets,” which won the Windy City Blues Society’s Best Self-Produced CD award and represented Chicago at the 2012 International Blues Competition in Memphis, Tennessee.

His music has also been featured on a handful of internationally syndicated T.V. shows – remember Party of Five, or Dawson’s Creek?

But, originally, Mack was a Saskatoon, Sask. boy.

On his website, he describes how he grew up surrounded by the music of the 60s and jazz emanating from his father’s stereo. Well-known artists often travelled through town and the blues explosion in the mid-80s meant the establishment of a western Canadian blues circuit.

“It was unbelievable,” said Mack. “There were cats like Eddy Shaw or Phil Guy playing six nights a week. Blues legends that we had only heard on records, we were suddenly hanging out and jamming with.”

In 1988, he relocated with his band to Vancouver and in 1992 he was invited to perform with The Professor’s Blues Revue during the Chicago Blues festival. Over the next 10 years he toured North America and released two CDs and in 2003 he made the move to Chicago – the home of blues.

Mack says his music has been influenced by the “blues greats” but he also embraces the modern funk-blues heard in Chicago.

“My Blues Attack band is based upon the great James Cotton band of the 70s and 80s,” he said. “They could go from a stone cold Muddy Waters song to an uptown funk tune in the blink of an eye.

“I love the blues and have dedicated my life to playing it right.”