One of my most vivid musical memories involves bellying up at an upstairs bar called Sirens in Port Townsend (Wash.), with the sun gleaming in through a balcony door late on a Saturday afternoon. The beer was dark, the food was good, and the soundtrack was Cat Power - specifically, The Greatest. I could have stayed there forever, and when I'm hard-up for inspiration, I frequently go back there in my mind.
After lunch one recent Wednesday, I was fixing to take a nap,…Continue
A new voice has burst on the North Country music scene: Canadian born transplant Josee Allard. Josee is a singer/ songwriter and a good one. With family roots in Quebec, via British Columbia, Ms. Allard mixes a west coast attitude with a hint of a French accent and lots of bubbly notes and crafty lyrics. She’s not a folk singer, in the classic sense of the word, and her newly released CD (this is her third) mixes pop hooks and grooves with discreet Jazz meanderings. Her voice…Continue
Added by Keith Gorgas on March 20, 2014 at 3:00am — No Comments
Dala = AmanDA Walther and SheiLA Carabine. They are two very talented young women from Toronto who make music that takes your breath away. Their music could be labeled acoustic pop but it has tinges of folk and maybe even a little soul. They are winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for the Best Vocal Band of the year. I like what this writer from the Peterborough Examiner has to say about Amanda and Sheila. “Dala can sing! What beautiful flights…Continue
You will notice several things listening to the Kirby Sewell Band. One, this guy has an understated energy and passion in what he’s doing. Two, he’s good at it, and three, he likes to have fun doing it.
On the Smelly Cat Records CD, Bought Myself A Hammer by the Kirby Sewell Band, you get all of those in good measure. In discussions with Kirby, those characteristics come across as well. He’s one of those guys who has that friendly energy about him, that puts you to…Continue
Added by R. Leckey Harrison on August 26, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Imagine a place like Gip’s in Bessemer, Alabama. A little backyard get together place. Not huge bands, not huge crowds. Now imagine some local gal on a piano, a bass player, and a guitar player. Nice huh?
That’s what Sunday Wilde’s fourth, original, and self-produced CD, He Gave me a Blue Nightgown, sounds like. This act fits in right there at Gip’s, or Hopson, a mere strut from the town Sunday Wilde resides in, uh…Atikokan, Ontario? Where the hell is…Continue
Added by R. Leckey Harrison on July 31, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments
Folk music is a touch and go genre for me. The style has been done…and done…and done…over…and over again. Many artists bring nothing innovative or original to the table. After all you can only listen to “Railroading over the Great Divide” so many times before you start getting that nagging feeling that there should be more to this than, well…this. Hell - even…Continue
I grew up loving Americana and Country music, but I also grew up following animated tv. I first combined one of my songs with animation in 2009 for a song called "Another Love"--animated by Nat Dart. It was less expensive to hire an animator than to do a professional video shoot. It was also something that I would enjoy more than just seeing myself on the…Continue
Added by chadkichula on May 7, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments
After listening to many great releases by many talented artists I was afforded a chance to sit back and listen to something I can simply enjoy in the spirit in which it was made. This music was actually recommended to me by another musician I respect and admire.
Jay Aymar has been mining a stylistic narrative songwriting vein for a few years now but this latest effort – “Overtime” -- while being for selective tastes – and…Continue
I always enjoy discovering something special about any new music. So, with this new CD – “Caravan,” I am treated to the refreshing voice of Terry Burns – the youngest sister of the Burns Sisters – a trio that recorded two albums with Columbia Records in the late 80’s and continue to release great music independently - and Ron Kristy – composer of music for…Continue
After an extended run in the US, The Sheepdogs are heading north to their native Canada for a while. Their music fits my missing 1970's 8-track collection, while still sounding fresh and not as derivative as some of the seventies-influenced folk rock that seems to be coming from California right now. Ewan Curry readily shares his love for Humble Pie with a dark-haired Peter…Continue
Added by Sloane Spencer on December 21, 2012 at 4:30am — No Comments
I'm really pleased to see Kathleen's LP Voyageur featuring in plenty of people's Top 10s for 2012. It's my joint number 1 with The Mastersons to save anyone looking.
She's just played two nights in London at Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush. I was there, last night, for the second of them.
She opened with Asking For Flowers and performed it with rage rather than the sense of resignation that pervades the original version and it is utterly riveting. Kathleen, with her hair…Continue
Added by Carl Parker on December 8, 2012 at 9:38am — No Comments
Garnet Rogers asked me to edit this to make him more human and likable. Whoa! This man is one of the most human and likable musician I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet and I told him that there was no need for editing.
Garnet Rogers is a presence. He’s a skyscraper of a man; his baritone voice is a mighty instrument and his guitar playing is impeccably pure. He sings and plays with conviction. It’s impossible not to be moved by his music. Give it a listen.
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on October 30, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments
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Added by Sloane Spencer on December 15, 2011 at 1:19pm — No Comments
Just as the last notes from Sheena is a Punk Rocker faded away the house lights dimmed and the roar from the 10,000 strong crowd must have been heard over the river…Continue
Recent music history shows that a substantial roots revival came about a handful of years ago. Today it is still going on, indeed on a larger scale than at its onset, with new and unusual bands and singer/songwriters surfacing from the underground at every turn. One such band is the Calgary-based quartet…Continue
‘Tis the season for inferiority to rear its ugly head here in Canada, or Toronto more specifically. In other words, it’s Canadian Music Week. What should be a celebration of locally produced music the week serves to reinforce our eternal notion that we, and our cultural products, are inferior to those emerging from the U.S. At this stage, when the Canadian music industry has been thriving for the last 50 years, producing world-renowned…Continue
Added by Barbara Bruederlin on January 22, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments
There's a deceptive simplicity to the arrangements on Shawn Clarke's debut full length release. With his clear agreeable voice and a sweetly folky style of finger-picking, the subversiveness of many of Shawn Clarke's lyrics may not be immediately evident. With the exception of the gleefully repeated chorus of "fuck you, I hate you, fuck you, no I don't" on Hurt Before, the caustic emotions behind many of the lyrics are rather more subtle.