During the 60’s Southern California’s Manhattan Beach was not known for its country music. But, along with the surf culture that formed in earnest in the 50's, music was as constant a pre-occupation as baseball or football was to the youth of other towns. Early in the 60’s surf bands would compete in what was termed Battle of the Bands. Dick Dale and The Ventures ruled the day. In 1963 with the British Invasion that swept The Beatles ashore in America, most of the bleach blond…Continue
From Nov. 24 to Dec. 3, many items of Canadian indie rock memorabilia will be up for bids on eBay, with all proceeds going to Kids Help Phone, the Canadian organization that aids youth in crisis.
The marquee item is the Ace Tone Top-5 organ donated by original Blue Rodeo keyboardist Bob Wiseman. It was used during his five-year stint with the band, and became a signature part of their sound on the hits "Try,"…Continue
Admittedly I’m playing a bit of catch-up here, because technically Welding Burns was released at the tail end of 2011. Still, this time next year, anyone reading this can feel free to remind me that I predicted it would emerge as one of the best roots/folk/Americana efforts of this year. Picott’s been plying his craft for quite awhile now, and sadly, too few people have taken notice. Which is all the more reason why this…Continue
There’s been a lot of celebration for Blue Rodeo’s seminal album, Five Days in July, this summer. This was initiated by the Winnipeg Folk Festival, who asked the band to play the album in its entirety when they appeared at the festival in early July. Inspired by the request and by frontman Greg Keelor’s recent ear trouble, Blue Rodeo decided to feature the largely acoustic album, or at least excerpts of it, at most of the shows they played over the summer. Five Days is…Continue
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