LEE HARVEY OSMOND
Greetings, music lovers. Allow us to draw attention to the new slab by the emminent and hirsute Steeltown reprobate, Lee Harvey Osmond, aka Tom Wilson aka One of Three Rodeo Kings aka that large, melodic growling man from the former Junkhouse. This record is called “Beautiful Scars,” as in: “Man, that scar is beautiful,” or “She has a beautiful scar right here…” or “My scar is beautiful. It reminds me of that time I didn’t die.” The humanity of the album– produced by Michael Timmins in the intimacy of his Toronto Roncesvalles studio– is like the warmth of blood that rushes to the cut: a sudden jolt in the middle of peril and uncertainty; a suspension of possibility that anything can happen next. Redolent with swooning horns and guitars that bob and weave, LHO’s voice– forever the hallmark of his sound, which spans over three decades of work– sounds, here, like a warm hand to the forehead, an arm on the arm of the stricken, a comforting growl at the heart of a screaming world. At once evoking Howlin’ Wolf, Mike Scott and Roy Loney, “Beautiful Scars” bends and twists and stretches and squeezes LHO’s deep baritone, the producer treating it as if caged in a transistor radio, bathed in echo from above, or sunk in the muck of distortion. The strength of the songs notwithstanding, “Beautiful Scars” is a fascinating vocal journey to rank among the great sonic Canadian records of our time.
Through the truncheon swing of “Loser for your Love” to the haunting balladry of “Come and Go” to the morose beauty of “Burning in My Bed” to the exotic fusion of the album’s penultimate track, “Black Spruce,” “Beautiful Scars” journeys between the quiet, smouldering, raging, moving and sad. Lyrically, LHO reflects on the mistakes of the singer’s past with the resigned perspective of someone coming through the other side. A song like “Hey, Hey, Hey”– featuring a thrilling slide guitar piece by Aaron Goldstein– describes two lovers caught in the throes of personal despair, their “dreams turned to rust,” their lives waiting until “the morning comes and sweeps us both away.” LHO sings: “The world is fucked up. And so are you and I.” It defines an album, and a songwriter, bereft of any choices other than to keep moving for fear of sinking into the mire of a dark past.
This is the 3rd solo album from the Hamilton songwriter– the progenitor of “Acid Folk,”– whose previous two albums, “A Quiet Evil” and “The Folk Sinner” were previously long-listed for the Polaris Prize and nominated for a Juno. It’s a dynamic footprint on Canada’s song-scape, a deeply personal, but universally affecting, journey across the jagged line of scars and smoothness of skin that surrounds them.
Washboard Hank has successfully made a living as a musician/cultural treasure for over 40 years. He started as a street musician playing all over North America where he learned how to present a truly entertaining show. Late at night he would have total strangers laughing and dancing in the grimmest of urban settings.
This ability to spread joy has been Hank's constant goal..
The Stradovarious Washboard, from which he gets his name, is a musical phenomenon of the first order that he plays with breathtaking virtuosity. With wild flailing motions he carves out melodies in the most unlikely yet spectacular fashion. Hank also plays guitar, 4 & 5 string banjos and the kitchen sink tuba.
Bill Durst is an award winning Canadian Blues Rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, entertainer who has written and recorded over 125 songs on 12 albums with 7 national radio hits. The Jack Richardson Hall of Famer has opened for Areosmith, Rush, BTO, Yardbirds, Johnny Winter, Savoy Brown, Bobby Rush, George Thorogood, Bad Company, Edgar Winter Group, Jeff Healey, John Mayall, Downchild, David Wilcox, Little Feat and more. Mr. Durst has toured across North America and in Europe and tours extensively in Canada.
Born in Wingham and growing up in London, Ontario, Bill was heavily influenced by Motown R&B, Toronto Psychedelic Soul, British Blues, Hendrix and BBKing. Durst entered the national/international stage with his classic rock band Thundermug who had a number one hit in 1972. Thundermug recorded 5 albums, (3 albums in the 1970s, two CDs in the 1990s), releasing records in the US and Europe. Bill's first two solo albums came in the eighties but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that Durst got some real career momentum.
In 2004 Bill formed a “fuzzy, little, smokin' blues band”and since then Durst and co-writer/bassist Joe DeAngelis have produced 5 full length CDs; The Wharncliffe Sessions (’05), The Great Willy Mammoth (’09), Bill Durst Live (‘12), Hard And Heavy (’13), Good Good Lovin ('15).
John Hutchinson - Vocals & Guitar
Riley Frank - Vocals & Drums
Alex Webster - Vocals & Bass
Arkavello is a talented young trio hailing from Edmonton, Alberta. They were brought together through the love of music and their will to make a positive change on the planet. The trio combines elements of Rock,Pop,Folk and Jazz into a diverse sound never heard before. With beautiful harmonies that are as delicate as they are powerful, intricate guitar riffs, groovy bass lines and distinctive tribal drum patterns, they continue to grow and evolve as musicians while pushing the boundaries of music itself.
Their lyrical themes are made to spiritually awaken humanity through opening of the third eye. With topics ranging from the Illuminati, aliens and ancient archetypes Arkavello’s message is quite clear, there is something going on behind the curtains of our world and it feels very misanthropic. With this in mind, they want the people of Earth to stand up and fight for love and peace through universal consciousness. Humanity needs to be aware and ready for the changes that are coming.
Arkavello also tunes all their instruments to 432 Hz, which is believed to be aligned with the cosmic vibrations of the universe and give a more enlightened reaction to the mind and body.
On October 22nd 2015, Arkavello released their debut EP "Songs from the Future", which has received rave reviews from all across the world!
C. R. AVERY
C.R. Avery is a one man hip hop beatbox blues harmonica americana iconoclast: musical guest (Be Good Tanyas, Po Girl); group member (Tons Of Fun University), songwriter (Jolie Holland); playwright, and poet (the international slam poetry circuit).
Tom Waits is a fan and brought C.R. up to perform on stage with him in Germany. If Lawrence Ferlinghetti could play harmonica like Little Walter, you'd have an idea of what a groundbreaking piece of work this is and the genre busting audio statement that defines Magic Hour Sailor Songs.
C.R. Avery is a musicians' musician. He is admired by and has performed with Tom Waits, Ani DiFranco, Utah Phillips, Sage Francis and others.
This is his new solo album and we're proud to bring him to a wider audience. Whether playing in front of thousands on the folk festivel circut or in a small cafe in Berlin or Edinburgh, C.R. Avery is a unique and electrifying performer. He simultaneously beatboxes, sings, plays harmonica and a Herbie Hancock 80s style red rocket keytar. Having drawn from a well of influences, C.R. is to hip-hop what Jimmy Reed was to Chicago blues; a one man traveling troubadour - but he is one for these modern times.
C.R.'s lyrical skills and vocal delivery have brought him to the forefront of the international spoken word scene. He is a past winner of the CBC national Poetry Face-Off. Scratchy, smoky, beaten by years of cigarettes and off-mike shouting in cabarets all over the world, C.R. Avery's voice is instantly identifiable.
C.R's lyrics come from his slam poetry pieces, honed by the merciless, sudden death, one-victor-and-all- others-cast-aside competitive nature of the slam world. As such, having been performed in front of an audience that demands both intellectual clarity and visceral honesty, competing against the very best work of the very best poets, his pieces are crafted to a necessary perfection.
Magic Hour Sailor Songs is an elegiac poetic tour de force, bending and criss-crossing genres; there's a string quartet, an all female jazz choir and the best out there jazz & classical musicans - creating something rarely seen these days; a genuinely powerful artistic work.
This CD is available on iTunes.
-Bio from Bongobeat.com
Tremoloco is an eclectic roots band who have been described as Sonoran Gothic Folk, Gulf Coast roots and Mexican Americana.
Blending Mexican music with Roots/Country music is no easy task. It certainly helps that they are well versed in several styles including Folk, Country, Cajun, Honky Tonk, Tex-Mex, Rancheros, Cumbias and Zydeco all the while writing and performing original songs in both English and Spanish.
A stellar line up of musicians occupy Tremoloco recordings (check album info) and this tradition continues with 2013’s release “Salsipuedes”.
It features the guitar playing of Dave Alvin on the first single “Claudine” and finds them exploring an ever widening musical scope but always remaining grounded in traditional musical forms. Their 4th cd is in the works and scheduled for a April 2017 release.
Their live shows have been well received where they’ve won fans from the West Coast to the Gulf Coast including Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana, from Mexico to Washington state and up through Canada where they’re loved by old and young alike. They’ve participated in music workshops, hosted roots music TV shows, have done numerous in-store and in-studio radio appearances”.
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Tony Zamora – vocals, guitars, basses, guitarron, piano
David Raven – vocals, drums, percussion
Alex Martinez- guitars, lap steel, jarana, requinto jarocho
Bobby Furgo – violin, piano, organ, electric piano
Greg Boaz – upright bass, electric bass, baritone guitar
Aaron Martinez – vocals, jarana, drums, percussion
Jason Lozano – drums, vocals
Although born in Victoria BC, Shaela Miller has spent the majority of her life in the windy southern Alberta city of Lethbridge and has been honing her skill as a songwriter for over ten years. Her affinity for the classic country greats of the yesteryear gives her an unparalleled disposition as an original ambassador of a new wave of country music. When asked to describe her music she replies simply: "Honky Tonk". But that’s certainly not all it is. Tear in your beer ballads, dance hall shuffles and dark alt-country craft work are all part of the package. With a voice that will send shivers up your spine and a penchant for turning a phrase that will make you relish in its simple eloquence, Shaela’s musical force is unabated and unrivaled.
Recent career highlights include a TV placement on HBO’s “True Blood,” a songwriting/production session in Los Angeles with Tim Feehan (Park Drive Productions), winning the South Country Fair songwriting competition and continuing to perform steadily while raising two children. A veteran of the stage, Shaela feels that her current band best represents the sound she is going for with her music. Guitar in hand, Shaela is joined by a band of very accomplished musicians. Currently: Tyler Bird on drums, Paul Holden Spowart on upright bass, and Ryan "Skinny" Dyck on pedal steel guitar. With a full length release (Love Is Brave - 2010) and a split album with local cohorts "Treeline” (Curtains - 2013) Shaela is making her name across western Canada and parts abroad.
ELECTRIC AUDREY II
Electric Audrey 2 is a collection of fine hams from Edmonton, Alberta. Ingredients: Large serving of rockabilly, a cup of western, 2 tablespoons of punk, and an assortment of alternative spices. Their amusing, bemusing music video “Chicken Lover” perfectly portrays the dazzling demeanor of this 6-piece, and can be found on YouTube. Keep your eyes peeled and ears waxed for the energetic, eclectic, Electric Audrey 2!
From a baby sitting on the recording console at Sony Music in Toronto, Thompson Wilson has been immersed in music his entire life. Since that young start, Thompson grew to be a dynamic musician, achieving an incredible collection of music business milestones and a loyal following with his band Harlan Pepper.
Thompson’s songwriting is critically acclaimed and has been recorded by notable Canadian musicians such as Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, LeE HARVeY OsMOND and Colin James. Thompson’s solo performance is not to be missed - with his powerful presence and haunting songs he is meant to be centre stage.
BUCKLER & FURY
For over a decade, the occasional fortunate audience has taken part in the intense musical journey - sprinkled with wry humor and inhuman chops - that is a Buckler & Fury performance.
Calvin Buckler is a man of many talents, combined with even more drive. Thousands of hunters and outdoor enthusiasts watch him on Wild TV every week as the co-host of The Bone Yard, which he also produces, writes, edits, and even scores, He has also recorded 3 albums thus far, both as a solo artist and as vocalist of the metal band Judgemental. He also happens to be the man behind Pembina River Nights.
Trev Fury is also a man of many talents. As an artist, he has painted nearly 200 wall murals on 5 continents all over the world to date. As a graphicics nerd, he does animation and compositing for The Bone Yard, as well as for other clients when the need arises. As a guitarist, Trev has played in several bands over the past 2 decades and has lent his guitar madness to tons of recordings in a variety of genres between Edmonton and New York.
Given the mutual background in rock and metal music, one might not expect such a diverse and palatable sound from these guys. The metal is there, but it's all but buried in a flurry of other genre influences.
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Bill Poss is a songwriter and performer from Effingham, IL who has been touring North America for two decades - first solo, then with the Ginn Sisters and Fred Eaglesmith.
Comfortable standing my himself telling stories and performing a riveting folk set, or rocking out with his five piece band, Bill Poss cuts a wide path, shifting easily from folk and bluegrass to country and rock. His years on the road have provided him with great fodder for his songs and his stories. The Useful Tools are whoever he is playing with and there are full bands ready to play in Effingham, IL, Lawrence, KS, Austin, TX, Denver, CO, Boston, MA and Hamilton, ON
Bill Poss has 5 CDs and a book, the Bill Poss Travelogue, to his name. His most recent CD was "Saltwater", recorded in Lawrence, KS and released in Dec. 2014. Poss' first three CDs, recorded in Austin from 1999-2003 under his full given name, Bill Passalacqua, have just been rereleased as a 2 CD set. Both are available now in the 'Store'.
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Post Script is a relationship, a constant exchange. While most accurately described as an indie-folk trio, a small glimpse into the band shows a depth behind the music-makers.
Founding members Steph Blais and Paul Cournoyer have found a way to navigate the path of personal and artistic identities as a couple, as songwriters seeking to blend bi-lingual influences in their work, and as a group seeking more authentic connections with a growing audience.
The collaboration evolved from a request by Steph’s brother for Paul and her to perform together, which led to songwriting together and the release of a three-song EP in 2013. Its has been constant evolution ever since. Like most groups, the music and songwriting needed to grow, stretch, and settle. This process took a leap forward when the duo expanded to a trio, with the addition of friend Brayden Treble on guitar. The imagination of an expanded palette of sound along with a more dynamic live performance was in reach, and the group went to work on a new album in late 2014.
“If Not For You” was recorded in November 2014, though not formally released until October 2015. The album showcases the best parts of this musical relationship; a charming exchange of languages, a sincere effort to honour their franco-albertan heritage, and a wider range of influences and textures layered in the songwriting. Modern indie-folk permeates many of the tracks, while others give way to more traditional, old-country performances. Steph’s distinct vocal is never without conviction, at times echoing a subtle but satisfying Dolly-twang, and always finding a perfect blend to Paul’s baritone harmonies. Paul’s upright bass provides a steady backbone, while Brayden’s guitar fills every gap with sharp Nashville leads or rich reverb-washed textures.
“‘If Not For You’ embodies the traditional Canadian oscillation between urban living and rural retreat, it also captures the spirit of the nation’s linguistic divide.” (Grayowl Point, Oct.20/2015) Using the exchange between these divides as the subjects of their songs is a distinct result of this focus on relationship. These are stories, at times conversations, with the past and present people who have left a mark on their lives, and they are often named outright (‘Marcel’, ‘Dear Marie’, ‘Mama’).
Considered “one of Edmonton’s hidden gem bands” (CBC.ca), the distinct flavour of Post Script is coming out of hiding and finding an audience, which the group aims to grow significantly while supporting the release of If Not For You. Significant performance invitations in just the past year have included numerous opening slots for touring acts, and appearances at Canmore Folk Music Festival and their hometown Edmonton Folk Music Festival, highlighted with a “tweener” spot on the mainstage. In early 2014 they joined the Winter Lights Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland - a collaborative experience which Steph notes “taught us to trust the art first and foremost.” The experience was shared with an online blogger, who found the group busking during that trip, and later wrote about them, suggesting their music “may be the most gorgeous pieces of melancholia I have heard this year.” (outlineonline.co.uk)
Post Script are young, charming musicians, writing and performing songs like old souls for modern times.
Matty has been playing the guitar for as long as anyone can remember. Since joining his first band when he was in grade 6 to travelling the world with the Fred Eaglesmith Travelling Show, Matty has become an incredibly versatile guitarist.
From an early age, Matty has had an appreciation for good music, growing up listening to artists such as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, Nirvana and many others. This has had a profound impact on his current songwriting style, which is a mixture of the 60s/70s/90s and modern music.
With his 3rd CD of original tunes out in 2016, Paul has created a depth of work that has grown from a strong connection to his roots in acoustic music. Thoughtful lyrics and a fine fingerpicking style along with some slide guitar and harmonica combine to make some interesting and original music.
Currently living and playing in the Edmonton area, Paul will be joined by John McKay on bass and Vern Taylor on drums.
While it’s not every day that a songwriter makes it from the shadows of open mic nights to the high wattage, real deal scene, Joe Nolan’s old soul lyrics and striking vocals suggest that the odds of breaking through are in his favour.
Joe Nolan’s distinctive and intimate vocals stack the deck. From theramin tremors to raw howls, his range of expression reaches extremes. He delivers bandaged fragility and raw rage with equal impact. The songs are fervent, pressing and intense, attuned at once to the world of youthful melodramas in which Joe, an artist in his early 20s lives, and an older, deeper level of human experience. Insight into the latter has nothing to do with age.
The strength of his debut record, Goodbye Cinderella (2011), earned a nomination for Canadian Folk Music Award Emerging Artist of the Year, a record deal, and a chance to record in Nashville with some of the most respected names in the business, included Colin Linden, Marco Giovino (Robert Plant, Norah Jones) and John Whynot (Lucinda Williams, Blue Rodeo).
Even in the spotlight, the lyrical contours of Joe Nolan’s confessions retain their mystery. Tornado, a collection of songs that befit a rising star in the songwriting world, will be released by Six Shooter Records on January 28, 2014.
Boogie Patrol has steadily built their reputation as one of Western Canada’s premier act’s and has garnered acclaim and an enthusiastic following since the groups inception in 2007. A 5 piece group that continue to create superb original music based on their collective influences. We’re talking Blues and Rock’n Soul, with a dose of funk all thrown into the melting pot to create what is Boogie Patrol. A stylistically unique group that is all about bringing loads of energy to the stage and to their music, with a goal of appealing to all walks of life.
Boogie Patrol boasts a frontman influenced by the grit gravel greats of music past and is backed by a cast of some of the most unique and well versed musicians you’ll find most anywhere. Some of them even hailing from Japan to New York to of course home bred Canadian talent!
Keep a look out for the band’s much awaited new studio album that’s set to release in the spring of 2017