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.
PETUNIA AND THE VIPERS
With a piercing gaze, Petunia looks into the collective soul of the audience, then launches into some high and lonesome vocals that conjure up the ghost of Jimmie Rodgers. Not content with mesmerizing the crowd, Petunia’s tapping boot propels the band into a snarling fire and brimstone rave-up as a wave of frantic jitterbuggers compete for space on the hardwood dance floor.
He loves to keep you guessing.. often throwing a Spanish Ballad or Chanson a la Edith Piaf into the set. I believe it’s the spirit of adventure that attracted the high calibre musicians that make up The Vipers. Jimmy, Stephen, Marc, James, Patrick and Sam have decades of experience working their magic with some of the most exciting names on the country and rockabilly circuits.
Petunia & The Vipers thrive on the challenge of adding Latin rhythms to a country blues tune, or gypsy flavouring to a rockabilly standard. Petunia defies convention and yet there is some conservancy to his music. His honest, cut to the heart songwriting and multi-syllabic narratives would leave a lesser singer tongue-tied and breathless. I know, I’ve tried it. One of the many themes running through Petunia’s lyrics relates to living life on one’s own terms – fearlessly and without regret.
I’ve had the opportunity to tag along on some of his solo tours and can attest that he lives the life he sings about. His curiosity and adventurous nature compels him to check out what’s around the corner and if something offers a challenge or a hair of excitement there’s no holding him back. You can hear this in his music, boldly exploring new sounds and ideas. You will discover something new each time you listen to Petunia & The Vipers. – Al Mader, 2011.
"Telling Time, an honest, earthy and beautifully crafted 12-track album, recorded in Nashville with Grammy- and Juno-winning producer and performer Colin Linden" —.Mike Bell, Calgary Herald
“Telling Time shows Chaisson as a singer-songwriter to watch, a gifted lyricist steeped in the various branches of folk music.” – Tom Murray, Edmonton Journal
Telling Time, Lucas’ latest release, made its debut at #2 on the CKUA Charts, and remained in the Top 30 for over a month. Lucas was pleased to recently receive a 2015 WCMA nomination for “Roots Solo Recording of the Year” as well as a place on the Edmonton Music Prize Short-List.
Both of Lucas’ previous full-length recordings Growing Pains, and No Loitering, received Canadian Folk Music Award nominations for “Young Performer of the Year”. And, in November 2012, Lucas became one of only seven Alberta artists to win a Canadian Folk Music Award.
Telling Time, produced by Grammy winner Colin Linden, highlights Lucas’ strong songwriting, and very distinctive vocal delivery. Combining a seamless blend of folk, roots, blues and country flavors throughout, Telling Time has a Canadiana feel with an Americana sound. This recording illustrates Lucas’ unique sound and features the versatility of his tasteful guitar stylings filled with texture and dynamics.
The strong songwriting showcased on his recordings, and his ability to make an emotional connection with his audience has garnered him the opportunity to play high profile venues such as the Edmonton, Calgary, Canmore, Vancouver Island and Winnipeg Folk Festivals. These strong showings have also led to performances at The Epcor Center for the Performing Arts, the Arden Theatre and numerous Folk Clubs and soft seat venues across Western Canada.
An honest and confident songwriter, Lucas isn’t afraid to tread familiar ground with new eyes.
JAY GILDAY BAND
Jay Gilday hails from Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories and is the son of a Dene activist mother and an Irish Canadian musician father. Gilday's live performance will leave you mesmerized by his unforgettable voice, accompanied by his skillful guitar playing, and soulful lyrics.
Based in Edmonton since 1997, Jay has been touring his music to communities large and small for more than 15 years. Jay balances his many musical endeavors while being a devoted father of 4.
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Kat Danser’s music navigates a paddle steamer from the muddy banks of the Mississippi Delta downriver toward a big ol’ full moon over New Orleans. Dubbed ‘Queen of the Swamp Blues’, this Edmonton-based guitar slinger, songsmith, and blazing vocalist channels the spirit of roots, blues and gospel music pioneers.
Her fourth album, Baptized by the Mud, is a collaboration between Danser and Juno-award winning producer Steve Dawson. The recording addresses the dichotomy of ‘church-blues’: blues music as devilish and church music as angelic. This sub-genre demonstrates that human truth and the divine are one in the same – “one is preached from behind the pulpit and the other from behind the plow”.
This CD (distributed by Outside Music) is the summation of years of study, mentorship, and songwriting with legendary blues icons in Mississippi- birthplace of the blues- and her graduate studies at the U of A, where Danser focused her Masters thesis on the representation of blues music over the past century.
A national touring and award-winning artist, Danser has performed at the 25th Anniversary of Canadian Women in Blues at Massey Hall in Toronto, the Calgary International Blues Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, Folk on the Rocks Festival in Yellowknife, Regina Folk Festival, Saskatoon Blues Festival, Lethbridge Jazz Festival, Vancouver Island MusicFest, The Winspear Centre’s ‘Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts’, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, Harmony Bazaar Festival, Mountainview Music Festival, Islands Music Festival and the Winter Roots & Blues Festival.
Media reviews and interviews have occurred with CBC Radio, Global TV, Halifax Chronicle, FYI Music, Vancouver Georgia Straight, Edmonton Journal, CKUA Radio, Winnipeg Free Press, CTV, Edmonton Sun, Toronto Blues Society, Blues Matters!, Penguin Eggs; with highlights being featured by CTV’s Alberta Primetime, co-hosting an edition of Natch’l Blues on CKUA with Holger Petersen, Penguin Eggs and completing a short documentary film entitled Rails & Rivers: Searching for the Heart of the Blues.
Her accolades of late have been many. Danser recently won the Ambassador of the Blues Award (Blues Underground Network), International Blues Competition Semi-Finalist Best Independent Blues Album, Top 5 Albums of 2014 (Blues Underground Network), her third Western Canadian Music Award – Spiritual Recording of the Year nomination, Top 11 Albums of 2013 (CBC Radio) and The Maple Blues Award – Best New Artist of the Year nomination.
Danser is also a nationally award winning scholar and has presented at conferences throughout North America. She holds a Masters in Musicology from the University of Alberta and has completed her PhD coursework toward a full doctorate in Musicology specializing in blues and roots music in the American South.
She combines her performance and education skills to assist community building through the arts. Toward that end, Danser is the Artist in Residence at the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts (Calgary), facilitates music and healing at the U-School Program for Marginalized Youth, Foothills Youth Psychiatric School, and instructs her own Music Education Program from elementary schools to adult instructional camps. Danser’s primary goal is to use music as a space for personal exploration and as a method to strengthen communities.
SHORT OF ABLE
Greetings from the Short of Able camp! We have been very quiet over the last few years, however, we are very excited to announce the release of our brand new record "Welcome"!
"Welcome" will be our third full length release and is a culmination of our experiences as a band over the last 4 years. The record was recorded and produced by Stew Kirkwood at the lovely Sound Extractor and we wholeheartedly believe it is our best work to date.
We are thrilled to finally announce the release date of our record will be Saturday April 30th, 2016. We have recently locked down a venue and will be hosting a release party on this date in Edmonton. SAVE THE DATE!
Stay tuned for more exciting news over the coming weeks as we get ready for April 30th. WE ARE SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!
Justin, James, Colin & Devin
Dave Babcock was born in Vancouver but moved to Edmonton and graduated from the Grant MacEwan College music program. Return of the Formerly Brothers, on which Babcock made an appearance, won a 1988 Juno Award for best roots and tradition album.
Long John Baldry's Right to Sing the Blues won the same award in 1996 and featured guests Dave Babcock and Colin James (with whom Babcock has played). Babcock has been a part of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival house band since 1995 and is a member of the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra.
Can you remember the last time you listened to a record that stayed with you long after it had finished playing? Where the songs got under your skin right away, and worked their way right into the deepest part of you. Where you swear the singer ripped the words right off the pages of the book of your life to bring everything back to you in ways you’ve felt, but never been able to express. Listening to Matt Pattershuk’s music is like that.
Born in Burns Lake, BC, and brought up in Edmonton and other prairie towns across Canada, Matt Patershuk is the real deal. A country man through and through, he wouldn’t waste your time singing about things that don’t matter. It’s always good news when he leaves his tiny town of LaGlace, Alberta to tour or record an album, and this time around, he’s created something really special.
“I Was So Fond of You’ is Matt’s second record, and like his debut, the Western Canadian Music Awards nominated ‘Outside The Lights of Town’, Patershuk tapped Juno award winning producer and multi-instrumentalist, Steve Dawson to guide it to completion. To make this record, the pair met at Dawson’s newly relocated Henhouse studio in Nashville to hunker down and record one of the most honest Canadian country albums to ever see the light of day.
Matt Patershuk’s unaffected singing belongs to a different time and his voice reflects a reserve and unspoken toughness that is rarely heard today. Patershuk’s baritone may not be the most delicate voice you’ll ever hear, but it suits his songs so well that you couldn’t imagine him sounding any different. You can hear the resolve it takes for Matt to honestly share these songs; no matter how delicate the matters they express, he never skirts true emotions or takes the easy way out by giving way to melodrama. The songs on ‘I Was So Fond of You’ are peppered with the kind of humanity that you can hear in Willie Nelson’s best work and sometimes reflect a subdued irony that wouldn’t be out of place in a John Prine tune.
There’s a very active and intuitive imagination at work beneath the gruff exterior of Patershuk’s music and the songs on ‘I Was So Fond of You’ are like short stories that document turning points or uncomfortable interludes in their subject’s lives. He handles the expression of very raw and intimate emotions on songs like ‘Back Against the Wall’ with a grace and ease that few songwriters are ever able to muster. ‘Prettiest Ones’ is a deceptively simple country ditty that examines the temporary nature of love and beauty, while, still very much in a metaphysical state of mind, Patershuk’s ‘Little Guitar’ considers that in a sad world, music may be the only solace. He sings ‘you can’t make a fist when you’re playing guitar, singing songs about your Red River home’ and that like the old guitar that is the subject of the song, one person’s junk may be another person’s salvation.
The emotional heart of ‘I Was So Fond of You’ centres around two songs, ‘Harviestown’ and the title track that share Patershuk’s struggle to make sense of the tragic death of his sister, Clare who was killed by a drunk driver in June 2013. ‘Harviestown’ is as bare and painful a reflection about the hopelessness and finality of death as has ever been written, and you’d have to be made of pretty stern stuff not to tear up while listening to Matt trying to come to terms with his loss on ‘I Was So Fond of You.’
Like every project Steve Dawson is involved with, “I Was So Fond of You’ is a sonic treat full of brilliant instrumental performances. Dawson’s unmistakable string work adds the perfect touch to every track to evoke the sad and lonely worlds that Patershuk sings about. To capture the immediacy of these songs, the album was recorded live off the floor with only a few overdubs – including Ana Egge’s haunting and gorgeous back up vocals – added after the sessions. The result is a gorgeous sounding record that evokes the rugged feel of Waylon Jennings or Kris Kristofferson in their primes.
In a perfect world where substance mattered more than style, Matt Patershuk would be a big star. ‘I Was So Fond of You’ is everything that a good country record should be. With its simply expressed stories of real life, beautifully played and truthfully sung, it is the most authentic music you will hear anywhere this year.
THE RAYGUN COWBOYS
The Raygun Cowboys are a Psychobilly rock n roll band from Edmonton, Canada. The Cowboys play high energy badass rockabilly that gets people on the dance floor from the first to the last song.
The band started in 2000, playing local shows and quickly became the go-to band to support touring acts. In 2005 the Cowboys released their first recordings on Zombie Night in Canada 2 compilation and released their debut Underworld Boogie in 2006. Following this, the band did 2 tours of Western Canada.
In 2007 they added a horn section to the traditional 3 piece rockabilly line-up. The addition of a trumpet and a trombone to the line-up gave the band a unique sound that has gained them rave reviews everywhere they play.
In 2008 the Rayguns recorded a new album and signed a deal with Stumble Records. The followed this with 2 tours of Canada in 2009.
Over the past 4 years, the band has played some of the best festivals in Canada including the North Country Fair, Folk on the Rocks, Beaumont Blues Fest, Hotrod Hootenanny, and the Salmon Arm Blues and Roots Festival.
They rocked the hell out of Pembina River Nights last year. You wanted more, so they're coming back!
Jez Hellard & The DJukella Orchestra
A singer of potent songs, stunning harmonica player, guitarist and producer, Jez Hellard thrives on music of all stripes. His band, The Djukella Orchestra, play traditional and contemporary folk music, from jigs and reels to tango, rhumba, funk and reggae. From original and traditional songs to rare gems from some of the world`s greatest, if lesser known song-writers; often fellow troubadors who Jez has met in many years on the road.
Since 2005, Jez has played over 900 gigs; from Vancouver to Istanbul, New York to Taipei. He`s performed at festivals including Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party in the UK, North Country Fair and Sasquatch Gathering in Canada, Macedonia`s Pivoland and Taiwan`s Migration Music Festival, and venues ranging from London`s Jazz Cafe to theatres, clubs, house-concerts, pubs, tunnels and street corners around the world.
Whether he`s improvising over Gypsy rhythms, stomping out fiddle tunes on the harmonica, singing a rebel ballad, or dropping fresh beats on a variety of drums, his infectious energy, skill and passion for music has gained him fans far and wide.
As a harmonica player, he`s renowned as an adept improviser in most styles of music and loves to be put on the spot, either on stage or in the studio.
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.
Some things are just meant to be. Birds are born to fly, politicians were born to lie, big fat guys with giant beards were born to ride their machines without getting hassled by the man, and Carolyn Mark was born to make music.
Ever since first taking to the stage as Templeton the rat in her elementary school's musical version of Charlotte's Web, show business has been the main driving force in Carolyn's life. In the early '90s, after coming to the obvious conclusion that musicians were much more fun to hang around with than actors, Carolyn formed her first band... all-girl surfy twang popsters, The Vinaigrettes. This was the beginning of a long love affair with music, musicians and the road that, even after 15+ years of crazy hard work, still puts the nitro in her funny car.
After the Vinaigrettes, Carolyn did brief stints in such bands as The Metronome Cowboys and The Fixin's before, in 2000, making her Mint Record debut with her first solo album, Party Girl. Since then, and with the help of a revolving cast of Can-Country super stars including, but not limited to, Tolan McNeil, Garth Johnson, Ford Pier, Nathan Tinkham, Corb Lund, NQ Arbuckle, Luke Doucet, Amy Honey, Greg MacDonald, Neko Case, and Carey Mercer, she has released many highly acclaimed albums.
As well, she has also travelled thousands of miles entertaining crowds of 4 to 4000... touring Canada, the United States, the UK, Norway, and Italy. She has shared the stage with such talented musicians as Jenny Whitely, Hank & Lily, Luther Wright, Sarah Harmer, Kelly Hogan, Lederhosen Lucil, Geoff Berner, Joel Plaskett, The Handsome Family, Neil Hamburger, JT and The Clouds, The Shiftless Rounders, NQ Arbuckle, Wanda Jackson, The Waco Brothers, The Sadies, and Blue Rodeo.
July 2, 2007 marked the release of Carolyn Mark's sixth Mint album, Nothing Is Free, described by Carolyn as her "woodsy, introspective album". Appropriately enough, Nothing Is Free was recorded by Myke Hall at Beaver Point Hall (between visits from the ladies drum circle and a teenage karate class) on British Columbia's scenic Salt Spring Island. Along for the ride was guitar virtuoso Paul Pigat (Cousin Harley), guitar and mandolin heavyweight Paul Rigby (Neko Case), expert vocalist Emilie Rhone (Fishing Derby, Antler), and vivacious violinist Diona Davies (Po' Girl, Geoff Berner, ESL). Additional help was ably rendered by Allison Russell and Awna Teixeira of Po' Girl and the mythical Calvin Dick (Neckbeard).
In October of 2009, Carolyn released a collaboration with NQ Arbuckle: Let's Just Stay Here. The album was received by some of her highest acclaim yet, garnering a Juno nomination for Roots & Traditional Album Of The Year and landing in the top 10 on PopMatters' Best Country Music of 2009 list. Of the album's 12 songs: 6 were originals by Carolyn Mark, 3 were originals by NQ Arbuckle, and remaining 3 were hand picked cover songs chosen for the important places they occupy in each musician's personal cosmology... or maybe just because they liked them. Co-conspirators for the album included The Kesper Twins, John Dinsmore (bass, wine glasses), Corb Lund (mandolin), Lily Fawn (musical saw), Jenny Whiteley (harmonies), and Miranda Mullholland (violin).
Ever the prolific songstress, she found time later on in 2009 to put together a special tour-only CD with her roommate Tolan McNeil. The Sound of the Tone - Echoes from the Last Resort featured a mix of eccentric new songs and bizarre answering machine messages. After strong sales on the road, that album subsequently became available through iTunes and the Mint Records website.
Carolyn's eight solo release for Mint, the cleverly titled The Queen Of Vancouver Island, arrived in fall 2012 and showcased her confident and collaborative, yet never too haughty, approach to songwriting.
ROOSTER DAVIS GROUP
David Aide, aka Rooster Davis, is an Edmonton based freelance piano and Hammond organ player.
As a piano player David specializes in the New Orleans piano traditions of players such as Dr. John, James Booker, Professor Longhair, and Alen Toussaint, and has created his own style that combines their influences with aspects of jazz, country, and rock, as heard on his playful yet soulful Christmas album "My Chestnuts, Your Fire." It is because of this style that he earned the moniker, Rooster Davis, which he records and performs under as a solo artist.
As an organist David has appeared on many albums and tours as an Americana, country, soul, and blues player. He has seriously studied the Hammond organ, having worked in this regard with Hawksley Workman, country star Adam Gregory, Adam Cohen, Americana/roots artists Jack Marks, James Murdoch, soul/folk songwriter Ann Vriend, The Wheatpool, and others.
David is currently the Musical Director/Bandleader for Canadian country music star Adam Gregory, whom he has toured with for seven years in Canada and the U.S., including opening for Alan Jackson, LeAnn Rimes, Keith Urban, and other country legends.
David also freelances with many independent Canadian artists including Foxworthee, Dave Babcock, Blue Montegos, and countless others. His 20 plus years of professional experience as a keyboardist, in genres as diverse as reggae, electronica/house, jazz, funk/R&B, and pop, including being a founding member the legendary Edmonton bands Feast and Rameses Soul Revival, makes him a sought after musician in Edmonton and beyond, including in Nashville, where he was based while touring with Adam Gregory.
In addition to work as a sideman, David works as a solo keyboardist and appears regularly at one of Edmonton's finest restaurants, Sabor Divino, as their featured pianist, where he airs out his New Orleans piano stylings.
Once there was a boy named Ray Elliott from the Rocky Mountains of Alberta right near the great divide. The mountains would speak and he would write and this was how it was to be. . The boy grew to man and found he would have to leave the mountains .To the prairies he would go and this was how it was to be.
He would find his home near the North Saskatchewan River Saskatoon. There he found others, they would play the music of the prairies, but the man always carried the mountains with him too. People would ask the man what music do you sing and play on your guitar? People call it folk rock or alt country the man would reply, knowing when they heard it they would have their own names for the sounds they heard. The others played pedal steel, bass, Dobro guitar , accordion and drums. Songs that change like the weather in the mountains or flow free like waves on wheat fields in the wind, nothing too complicated, simple really, something to connect with, an experience to be shared.
The man was content with this. Tales of us all in this Great Lone Land, this is who we are.
LARA YULE SINGH
I have loved music my whole life. And, even more so, I love innocence and joy being freely expressed. This is the true beauty in music. Combine all of the above with meaningful intelligence, and for me, this is what has me wanting to sing, play, write, record, learn, and teach music.
As a teenager, I became clear that I wanted to sing and write songs, so I enrolled at Grant MacEwan University as a vocalist. I completed the music program with both composition and recording diplomas. Soon after graduating, my dear friend Kevin Parkinson (talented drummer and more) invited me to come and sing some backup vocals with a local singer/songwriter who was working on his first album release. I sang with Joel Kroeker for a year.
In 2005, after years of open stages and jams, I played my first solo show. Soon, I was like a wild, unbridled horse, charging forward, performing anytime, anywhere I could. One lucky evening, I was at an ARIA (Alberta Music's previous moniker) meeting and heard a sweet songbird named Alexia Melnychuk, performing her music. I immediately liked her softness and lovely voice and approached her. We connected right away, and soon after we were making plans to tour together.
In 2006, I released my first album "Something In the Still" and was honoured to receive national radio play. In my hometown of Edmonton, the album was #1 on the CJSR campus radio charts and, I think #6 on the CKUA Radio charts. I love both of these stations and it was pretty cool to be acknowledged like that.
Alexia and I played 100s of shows across Canada, including festivals such as North Country Fair, South Country Fair, Fred Eaglesmith's Southern Ontario Picnic, and many more. From shore to shore we met numerous kind, beautiful people who helped us along and seemed to enjoy our music. It was a wonderful partnership, and we continued to work together, booking tours, promoting, backing each other live and in recordings. With support from Alexia, Kevin Parkinson, and Colin Lay (wonderful recording engineer), I recorded and released my next album "The Great Divine" in 2008 which reached #1 on the CKUA Radio charts. That was awesome!
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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PATRICK ALEXANDRE LECLERC
Following his recent successes with Little Miss Higgins, and long time bandmates, the F-Holes, multi-instrumentalist/producer/song-writer Patrick Alexandre Leclerc found himself once again hard at work. This time, instead of turning a bison ranch barn into a recording space, Leclerc has chosen a century old house in the heart of Wolseley near his Winnipeg home, to frame his newest creation.
Inspired by old world practices, and new world problems, The album, "Strange New World", was recorded entirely on an 8 track reel to reel 1/2" tape machine. Acting as engineer, performer, writer, producer, and custodial staff; Patrick brought to life a passion project that roots itself in the blues.
-"It was kind of like trying to explain technology in Latin. You end up having to use more "human" language than we're used to using when dealing with that stuff. It puts it into perspective somehow..." explains Leclerc. He goes on to liken the analog recording process to horseback ridding :"Automobiles didn't make horses obsolete... Just because they're faster, it doesn't make it a better, or more enjoyable ride. I don't believe digital recording will completely replace analog..." The feel throughout this album is true, and it presents a sense of honesty that is sought after by all roots music purists.
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'.