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
The last time I spoke with Pharis and Jason Romero was when they released their last studio album A Passing Glimpse. As an admirer of their banjo-making company, J Romero Banjos, it was exciting to learn the behind-the scenes details of their passion for building instruments and making music. Since our chat last time, A Passing Glimpse has brought international acclaim to the duo, including landing them spots in some high-profile festivals, as well as earning them the…Continue
Added by Chris Mateer on March 13, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
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.