Gillian Turnbull is the author of the forthcoming book Roots Music in Calgary, Alberta, co-editor of the forthcoming anthology Grassland Sounds: Popular and Folk Musics of the Canadian Prairies, and editor of Canadian Folk Music magazine. She programs the Calgary roots music venue, Wine-Ohs, teaches music at Ryerson University, and has hosted radio shows in Edmonton and Toronto.
In the summer, I met someone for coffee. I care a great deal about what this person thinks of me, so when he slid a CD across the table rather apologetically and asked me to review it on No Depression, […]
I’m guessing the average dude wants to know what it feels like to be T. Buckley. On a typical day, the Calgary singer-songwriter deals with your run-of-the-mill consequences of being one of the best-loved musicians in town. He plays a […]
I haven’t figured out yet if my face-to-face meeting with Sean McCann – one that took us over a year to arrange – was a rare moment of finding a kindred spirit. Or perhaps we’re all starting to think the […]
Corb Lund’s audience has grown up, it seems. On September 9, an oddly sedate crowd (compared to usual) gathered at the Dakota Tavern for a special sneak peek of Lund’s new album, Things that Can’t be Undone. While the event […]
Anybody over the age of thirty might be surprised to find out that the North American obsession with the cowboy is dwindling, his role as universal hero taken over perhaps by the hipster-tech-entrepreneur-turned-whistleblower-refugee or the returning-for-one-last-case-rogue-cop. But Ian Tyson knows […]
There’s a saying in Calgary: “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” Not true this week, but normally it is. People in other places claim the statement belongs there, but Calgarians will tell you they are wrong. Well, […]
Back in February, I arrived at Pearson airport to take the short flight to Kansas City for Folk Alliance. When I got to the right area, I walked back and forth, looking for Gate F85. There was F84, 86, 87, […]
The first commercial recording of country music was released in 1922. The first successful commercial recording of country music was released in 1923. It didn’t take long for people to buy into this music, and now, nearly 100 years later, […]
Think about the people you are closest to. Imagine those times when you’re sitting across from one of them, and they tell you something they’ve discovered about themselves, as though it were a significant revelation. “I know,” you say. “I […]
“I’m fully buying into his thing,” I texted my friend while seeing Petunia at the Dakota Tavern on April 15. Truth is, I bought into him ages ago, but this was my first chance to see him live and it […]
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