This grouping is very heavy on the classic rock, with the inclusion of a classic country star and a present day Canadian icon.
1. Hank Snow
“I Don’t Hurt Anymore”
The venerable Hank Snow. What can you say. The man is simply an icon in traditional country music.
“Let it Ride”
The band, to me, was a mixture of very good songs. like this one, and Nickelback. Very popular band, and, for Randy Bachman, proved that there is life after being in a mega-group.
Another classic tune from the original Canadian superstars. This song showcases Burton Cummings and his vocals. The piano is not to shabby either.
One could say this is classic rock as it was recorded in 1991. However, they are still putting out some great music and are still getting major airplay in Canada
Prism is a great under-rated Canadian band. this song is a classic. You can’t help but sing along on the chorus.
- Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 18 (therealcanadianmusicblog.wordpress.com)
The world lost a great one on March 28. Earl Scruggs passed away at the age of 88. An astounding banjo player, he was a giant in the world of bluegrass. His career spanned 7 decades, during which he recorded 29 albums, won 2 Grammys, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. i have posted a couple of videos in memory of the man. The first is his Grammy winning hit “Foggy Mountain Breakdown“, done live on Letterman with a host of players, including Steve Martin. The second is Earl and Lester Flatt on the Beverly Hillbillies. They performed the theme song, but in this clip they play “Pearl. Pearl, Pearl”. The music starts at 2:30.
“Foggy Mountain Breakdown”
Pearl, Pearl, Pearl
First up, we will take a quick look at Brigitte M. A French-Canadian star out of Quebec, Brigitte M released “From Metal To Crystal”. The song attached is an interesting take of “I Was Made For Loving You”.
“I Was Made For Loving You”
Our second release this evening is a unique project from Maritimer, Joel Plaskett. The album “Scrappy Happiness” is the culmination of 10 weeks of recording and releasing one new song per week. I have been an avid listener of CBC Radio Drive for the past couple of months to catch the newest release. This song is my favourite (so far).
Our 3rd band is out Vancouver. Chains of Love are an Alternative band with some fire. Nice live song. The album is called “Strange Grey Days” and this song is from it.
“Lies, Lies, Lies”
I saved the best for last. Johnny Reid has released his latest “Fire It Up”. It is country, but very good country. This is his 7th album and is the followup to his wildly successful double platinum “A Place Called Love”.
“Fire It Up”
My international pick for the week in by Janiva Magness. She just released “Stronger For It”. She is one of the finer blues singers around and has honed her craft for almost 30 years. Listen, then buy this album.
“I Won’t Cry”
- Talent Tuesday New Canadian Releases – March 6, 2012 (therealcanadianmusicblog.wordpress.com)
A busy week so let’s get to it.
First up we have veteran Vancouver punk band, The Evaporators. They have been kicking around the music scene since 1986. “Busy Doing Nothing” is their 6th release and first since 2007. They are joined on the album by The Cribs, Kate Nash, Franz Ferdinand and Fuad & the Feztones.
Hate Being Late
Next we have the anxiously awaited (by me) album by Said The Whale.
Canada’s Juno award winner in 2011 for New Group have released “Little Mountain”. This is their 3 album to go along with 9 EPs. The band is based in Vancouver.
Our 3rd album is from Calgary alternative band The Ramblin Ambassadors. Have to plug the hometown boys. Check out the dancers, really loving the tune they are.
The last Canadian release for the week country singer, Gord Bamford.
He released his 5th album with my new favourite drinking song “Is It Friday Yet”. My blogging buddy EG may want to use this as his Friday theme song, no need to thank me.
The featured international album is the new release by Andrew Bird, “Break It Yourself”.
Andrew is an intriguing musician as shown by this live version of “Desperation Breeds”.
- Talent Tuesday – Canadian Releases – February 28, 2012 (joebeans2002.wordpress.com)
Our first new release is by Dan Mangan. The album name is Oh Fortune and was released today. Born in Smithers, BC and now living in Vancouver, Dan is an indie-folk-rock singer songwriter. This album is his third as he steadily grows in popularity. The video is the song “Rows of Houses” from the new album.
The second new release is by Canadian alternative band “Cuff the Duke” and is titled “Morning Comes”. Hailing from Oshawa, their sound is kind of country folk mix in the style of Blue Rodeo. The video is a cut from the album “Count On Me”
The Barr Brothers, are a Montreal based rock band and just released their self titled album. They are not an in your face band and their music is very lyrical and though out. The video is a lve version of “Beggar in the Morning” off the album. As you will see, it is very laid back, but nicely done.
Our 4th entry is from Juno nominated artists, The New Cities. Their latest album is called “Kill the Lights” and the attached video is “Heatwave” off the album. This Trois-Rivieres pop band is riding a wave of popularity with the release of this, their second album. Their music has been featured on “Gossip Girl” and “So You Think You Can Dance”.
Our final entry is a new release by Pickering, Ontario’s favourite songstress, Sarah Slean. This is Sarah’s 11th album (6th studio). Her first album was released in 1997. She has cultivated a large following in Canada. The video attached is titled “Set It Free” and is a catchy number that will continue to win new fans for her work.
I am adding a new weekly posting, usually on Tuesday, that will highlight new releases by Canadian artists.
First up is Elliott BROOD and their new album “Days Into Years”, released on September 20, 2011. This 3 piece band is out of Toronto, Ontario. Mark Sasso plays harmonica, string instruments an handles the lead vocals. Casey Laforet handles backup vocals, guitars and bass pedals. Stephen Pitkin plays drums and does some backup vocals as well. their music is self described as “death country”. I would call it more of alt-country with pieces reminiscent of Blue Rodeo. This release marks their 4th album, their first “Tin Type” was released in 2004. The cut featured is called “Northern Air”.
Next up, The Midway State released a single this week, a remake of Bryan Adams classic, “Run To You”. An interesting and very well done version of one of Adams best songs. Another band out of Toronto, they have released 2 albums and an EP since 2007. The band was nominated for 2 Junos in 2009.
Other notable releases this week are
Rock and Roll Romance by “State of Shock” Alternative rock.
Unpersons by “The Pack A.D.” Fusion of garage rock and blues, with tones of Jack White.
Fire/Water and EP released by “Yukon Blonde”. Great band, just couldn’t find a video.
See you next week.
- Chilliwack = A Canadian Classic (therealcanadianmusicblog.wordpress.com)
- April Wine = A Canadian Classic (therealcanadianmusicblog.wordpress.com)
- Listening to Canadians – Fearing and White (therealcanadianmusicblog.wordpress.com)
- New Canadian Music – Library Voices (therealcanadianmusicblog.wordpress.com)
A quick note to mark the passing of Billy Grammer. Not someone that I had ever been into, but one song stands as a classic “Gotta Travel On”. the song was written by Paul Clayton and recorded in Nashville in 1959. Although basically a one hit wonder, this one hit is a standard, known by most people, and he made a career of it, touring extensively with his band the the Travel On Boys. A historical sidelight. He played at a rally in Laurel, Maryland, followed by US presidential candidate George Wallace speaking to the rally. After speaking, Wallace mingled with the crowd and was shot, and made a paraplegic.