I received a follow and an email from a young talent last week, Paige Michael. She wrote:
“I am 13 years old from Port Perry, Ontario and I am a singer/songwriter. I co-write my songs with my friend Carly Macdougall who is also thirteen. I have recorded two tracks so far and I am actually in the studio recording a third. I have been only been doing this for six months but the response had been awesome. I am getting airplay on the Internet and in Australia and the UK but no support here in Canada. I really love what I am doing and hope to make it a career because I want to earn my living doing something that I love.”
“I also wanted to share with you that I received above average scores on my Factor Canada funding submission, and received the following feedback from the judging panel:
“spectacular voice,” “amazing talent at this age,” and “big things to come from her”
As you all know, I support Canadian talent at every opportunity, with one proviso, they need to be good. After listening to Paige, she qualifies. Great voice, and 13. I have suits older than that. Listen to the attached video. Then agree with me.
Singer Songwriter Ryan Adams is from Jacksonville, North Carolina. Do not confuse Ryan Adams with Bryan Adams of Jacksonville, North Carolina with Jacksonville, Florida. The song here, “Chains of Love, is off his 2011 album, Ashes & Fire. A well written and performed song. If you would like more on Ryan, please hit these links
Chains of Love
- Ryan Adams reboots ‘Shine Through the Dark’ for ‘This Is 40′ soundtrack: Hear it here (music-mix.ew.com)
While perusing my email, I came across a missive from Sarah T, asking if I could listen to some music from American artist I.V. Webb. I did, and now I post. I love listening to all music, and especially love stepping out of the mainstream and giving due to the myriad of outstanding artists in the world. I.V. is now placed on that list. The world of social media has indeed made the world of music a much more interesting place.
First, a bit about I.V.. This was taken from her website.
“I.V. Webb, native of New York, resident in London, a beautiful, unique and sometimes haunting voice that belongs everywhere, driven by restless, universal feelings. Deeply emotional, never sentimental, her work recalls not only the hues and shades but more importantly the pure spirit of greats such as Patti Smith, Sandy Denny and Chrissie Hynde.
Far from the formula of pop, sometimes calling on the bittersweet electric folk of underground Manhattan or windswept Celtic romance, her spiraling songs and poignant vocals are both testament to her skill and testimony of her experience.”
Lets listen to a couple of tunes.
This tune is titled “Speechless”
An interesting song, that builds as it goes.
The second song is called “In Mind”
A piano, a girl and a great song. Emm Gryner, Canada’s next gift to music? Could be. In the meantime, have a listen to a song that actually incorporates Aurora (as in Borealis) into the lyrics. I have many memories of watching them dancing over my head, a real Canadian thing.
- Listening To Canadians – The Deep Dark Woods (therealcanadianmusicblog.wordpress.com)
Great song from a great singer songwriter. Kathleen Edwards is one of Canada’s finest and is developing a following around the world. This song was recorded live for the CBC during a private show for CBC3. It doesn’t get much better than this does it.
- Song of The Day – The Meters – “Come Together” (therealcanadianmusicblog.wordpress.com)
Gabrielle Papillon is a Canadian singer-songwriter (in a folk vein) with exceptional skills, and yet another talent from Canada’s East Coast. She is from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. She has sung and played since childhood and released her first album in 2001, “Songs For a Rainy Day”. Good tune, and of course, a live version. Very nice voice.
No Common Ground
Some Newfoundland content for Kayjai and Sightsnbytes to enjoy. Amelia Curran is a unique talent and this song is, well, fitting for an extreme east coast artist. And a live version that is very enjoyable. Sounds very much like a female Leonard Cohen. Thanks again to CBC2 radio, a superb source of everything Canadian.
I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with Shawn Colvin’s music. This one is a love. When she hits the Pop side, not so much. This one is a bit more…indie sounding and hits the mark. The video, kind of cheesy, so listen while doing something else, unless you like la fromage. Enjoy. I’ll do the trivia thing tomorrow. Working on some posts about Alberta summers over the weekend. Must put the travel back into a travel blog.
Shawn Colvin – “All Fall Down”
No trivia question today for this one.
David Gray’s tune “Sail Away” is a metaphor for a lot of things. While the song has more to do with relationships, it also conjures up some beautiful visions of idyllically cruising the seven seas, and does so based on the tune and the use of the title prominently throughout the song. All the above aside, it is a remarkable song that can sweep you away into your thoughts. One of my all time favorites.
- David Gray Announces Tour Dates (fresh1027.radio.com)
Hey it is almost summer. Let’s start moving towards it. And while we are at it, lets exude some joy. This song is perfect for both. David Myles is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Fredericton, New Brunswick. This song is off his album “Into The Sun” which was released in 2011. Enjoy Simple Pleasures.
- David Myles captures two East Coast Music Awards for ‘Simple Pleasures’ (theglobeandmail.com)
Canadian singer-songwriter, Emm Gryner. This is a name you should try to remember.
Quite the week, many, many releases to choose from.
We will start with Patrick Watson and his new release, Adventures In Your Own Backyard. Montreal based band leader, Patrick Watson is an interesting musician. He combines elements of classical with pieces of, lets say, Pink Floyd. Very creative pieces of music in the indie/alternative mode. He has released 4 albums with his band and has one solo record to his credit. They were recent players at SXSW and were named one of the top 25 can’t miss acts at this years event. The track I have chosen is titled “Lighthouse” and is a good example of the style that they play.
Next is a blues album by veteran players Sue Foley and Peter Karp. Their new album “Beyond The Crossroads” is a collaboration of 2 solo talents. Sue has been a mainstay of the Canadian blues scene since the 90′s while Peter is an American singer-songwriter, He has shared the stage with such greats as Mick Taylor. Together they create some pretty good blues. This is their second release together. Here is a live version of a tune off the album.
Now for some ROCK. Toronto Alt-rock band Evans Blue released “Graveyard of Empires” this week. The group has rocked since 2005, with Halo being their 4th release. They have had some moderate success outside Canada and are hoping this album breaks them big. The tune here is called Halo and is performed in my favourite way, live.
I’m pretty excited about the potential of this group. Rikers is a Ontario group who write some very good tunes. Islands is their first release and a good one it is. The song Is “I’m On The Radio” and it is a catchy rock song that will have you singing along as you listen. Nicely done.
I’m On The Radio
The international album release I have chosen is the new disc by Train called California 37. I always had a soft spot for Hey Soul Sister and their distinctive song style. One can usually tell that Train is the artist. I heard this song on DWTS tonight (hey, i have Maria and Derek in my pool, looks like a lock for 80 bucks) and liked it. The song is called “Drive By”
- Talent Tuesday – New Canadian Releases – March 27 and April 3, 2012 (therealcanadianmusicblog.wordpress.com)
- Talent Tuesday – New Canadian Releases – April 10, 2012 (therealcanadianmusicblog.wordpress.com)
Light week, but an interesting one.
First up is something that is very, very Canadian. Two institutions team up to release a CD. Gordon Pinsent (actor) and Greg Keelor (from Blue Rodeo) put together a CD called “Down And Out In Upalong”. Very much in the singer songwriter genre, Pinsent handled the writing and Greg handles the playing. Good tune for you to listen to.
A new release from a new band Eight and a Half is up next. Formed by a coalition of former members of Broken Social Scene and The Stills, they put out an alternative sound that, frankly, is pretty good. The disc is titled “Eight and a Half” and the song highlighted is “Go Ego”, done live on the Strombo show.
The international pick of the week comes from one my all-time favourites, Bonnie Raitt. The album, “Slipstream” is a mix of reworked old and some new material. Can’t say much, other than it is good to have some new material from one of the greats..
Right Down The Line
- Gordon Pinsent and his band (macleans.ca)
- Talent Tuesday – New Canadian Releases – March 27 and April 3, 2012 (therealcanadianmusicblog.wordpress.com)
Dan Coyle bills himself as an International Touring Artist. He is a singer songwriter in the Folk Rock mold. He has 3 albums to date and is on a 30 city tour of the USA. If you like what your hear, the remaining tour dates are here. If you like the music, it is available at all the regular places online. His twitter handle is @dan_coyle
He hails from Astoria, NY. It appears he now lives from a suitcase based on the touring he has done over the past few years. Let’s take a listen.
The first tune is titled Night Club Towns and is a live version. As always, live is the best. As I listen, I hear some Jason Mraz with a side of Jack Johnson and even some Paul Simon mixed in. Good song.
This tune is titled C’est La Vie. Another smoking good song.
This video is interesting in that Dan is interviewed on being an independent musician. Quite informative and really highlights what drives people to pursue their goal and one way to do it. “Booking at a venue that is half a step higher than I belong, then it makes me work that much harder”.
Keep on plugging Dan, you are on the right track. Very good material.
This week on Twitter Thursday, I will introduce you to Michele Van Kleef. A native of Portland, Oregon, Michele has recently released her début solo album titled “After All”. It is available on iTunes at this link.
This song is off the album
This song is also from the album and is a live acoustic version of her song Snow.
Michele is a good singer songwriter. I wish her every success with her album. If you wish to follow her on Twitter she is at @Michelevankleef
Today I will be looking at a Canadian artist, Zaccheri Gray. He hails from Revelstoke, BC, which, coincidentally, is one of my favourite towns, and pursues his career in Vancouver. I haven’t found much on YouTube, but did find this cover of Paula Abdul’s Straight Up. Not bad, changed it up some and made it work.
His home page has several tunes to listen to and his music his available at iTunes. Myspace also has a selection of his music here. If you wish to follow him on Twitter he is at @
zaccherigray . Very likeable pop style music, check him out.
- Darrelle London – Twitter Thursday (joebeans2002.wordpress.com)
This week we will look at Toronto singer-songwriter Darrelle London. For those that enjoy Darrelle’s music (and i guaranty that a few of you will) , her twitter handle is @darrellelondon.
The first tune I have selected is titled Bad, and is an interesting song in the style of Hayley Sales or Eliza Doolittle. Very catchy tune.
This next song “Works Out Fine” showcases her skills in songwriting. A very stripped down tune, just her and the piano, and some quirkiness.
Work Out Fine
I very much enjoyed Darrelle’s music. Please check out her home page.