Ryan Boldt Broadside Ballads (Big White Cloud/Dahl Street Records) It takes true effort to listen to and fully comprehend the old ballads. In a click-a-minute world, where video clips go by in ten seconds, when songs require little more than a beat, a groove, and a chorus of five words, and where our intellect is… Continue reading Ryan Boldt- Broadside Ballads review
Gregory Hoskins & Gary Craig The Map of Above, The Map of Below http://www.GregoryHoskins.com For his eighth album, his first as a duo with percussionist Gary Craig, Gregory Hoskins (long-ago True North recording artist and leader of & The Stickpeople), has elected to continue peeling back layers to expose the earthiest roots of music and… Continue reading Gregory Hoskins & Gary Craig review
Everyone’s favourite steel-belted troubadour, Alberta’s Mike Plume has recorded a fabulous little song with video in honour of Stompin’ Tom. See it at Mike’s site.
The Globe and Mail. Includes a link to a dozen essential STC songs, including “Lady k.d. lang.”
When I saw the headline, I felt something in my chest: that sinking feeling of momentary shock, that pit of surprise you descend into for a few seconds. Canada has lost its biggest supporter. I am serious when I write that I learned as much about Canada from listening two or three Stompin’ Tom albums, as… Continue reading Stompin’ Tom Connors has passed
Announced ealier today, and I am pretty excited. If memory serves, I’ve never before helped three albums make the list. From the Polaris site http://www.polarismusicprize.ca/article/416/the-2012-polaris-music-prize-long-list-is-here/ “The 2012 Polaris Music Prize Long List is (in alphabetical order): A Tribe Called Red – A Tribe Called Red Marie-Pierre Arthur – Aux alentours Rich Aucoin – We’re All… Continue reading Polaris Music Prize Long List 2012
I’m sure there is a more humiliating feeling than walking up to a bar and being denied admission, but fortunately I don’t get to experience such too often. But this was the case tonight in Red Deer when I strolled up to The Vat and saw a sign stating that tonight’s Matt Andersen show was… Continue reading Humiliation?