Alternative, Canadian, Country, Listen, Music

[Listen] The Barrelmen – Cold Highway

No Comments 27 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Polishing off a Saskatchewan triple play, just call this Saskatoon Afternoon. The Barrelmen offer up their twangy take on alt country.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Country, Folk, Music, Psychedelic

[Album Review] The Schomberg Fair- I Won’t Be Afraid

No Comments 25 September 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Release Date: July 8th, 2014
Label: Independent

According to bassist Nathan Sidon, this is the record that The Stromberg Fair have been striving for all along. Not only that, it is so good that they may consider it their swansong. We all hope that isn’t true, but if it is then at least they went off on a high note because ‘I Won’t Be Afraid’ is truly an album to be reckoned with.

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Album Reviews, Alternative, Blues, Canadian, Country, Folk, Music

[Album Review] The Crooked Brothers- Thank You I’m Sorry

No Comments 23 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Release Date: September 23rd, 2014
Label: Transistor 66

On ‘Thank You I’m Sorry’ the trio known as The Crooked Brothers embellish their rootsy folk music with the more urban sounds of rock, blues jazz and funk. These “rural” and “city” forms of music form a sort of dichotomy which is best illustrated by contrasting the song “Organs on Demand”, with its urbane spoken word poetry set against a funky blues rhythm, to the likes of “Kennedy”, with its acoustic folk guitars and down home steel guitars.

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Acoustic, Canadian, Country, Folk, Watch

[WATCH] JEN & JOHN – END OF THE WORLD

No Comments 21 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Singers John Antoniuk and Jen Lane team up as Jen & John (bizarre name). Here they perform “End of the World” from their self titled album.

Acoustic, Canadian, Country, Covers, Folk, Listen, Music

[LISTEN] HONEY ROSE – COVERS: Volume One

No Comments 19 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Peter Gardner, lead singer of Hawk and Steel, had an idea: team up with folk singer Sydney Batters, rent a warehouse and then, with little rehearsal, just record their favourite folk-rock songs. Simple. Earnest. Brilliant. The pair lovingly render versions of classics by Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle and Guy Clark. The rustling of fabric, the odd missed note, a false start and some traffic noise merely add to the honesty of the effort.

Alternative, Canadian, Country, Folk, Music, Watch

[Watch] New Country Rehab- Lost Highway

No Comments 16 September 2014

New Country Rehab now has an action packed video for “Lost Highway” from their album Ghost of Your Charms.

Canadian, Country, Folk, Listen, Music, Roots

[LISTEN] BEN EVERYMAN – 2 AM DRUNK

No Comments 11 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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“It’s 10:00 pm and I’m 2:00 am drunk” — don’t you hate it when that happens to you? I know, right? Well, Ben Everyman with his weird rockabilly, yeah he knows.

Canadian, Classic Rock, Country, Listen, Music, Roots

[LISTEN] GREG ARCADE – FIVE LITTLE COINS

No Comments 08 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Some rootsy rockabilly from Winnipeg’s Greg Arcade.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Blues, Canadian, Country, Jazz, Music, Pop

[Album Review] Petunia- Inside of You

No Comments 07 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

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Release Date: July 21, 2014
Label: Trapline

Petunia is a bizarre and mysterious character. I cannot determine his real name, but I do know that he is originally from rural Quebec and is now based in Vancouver, although he seems to have spent time in almost every corner of the country (both Toronto and Fredericton claim him as a former resident, just as examples). What I do know is that he’s an entertainer – I mean in the old-school sense of someone who sings anything, plays anything, does anything in the name of entertainment. He’s Buffalo Bill Cody, he’s P.T. Barnum, he’s Ed Sullivan and he’s a carnival sideshow barker. He wants to take you go on a wild ride with his album ‘Inside of You’, so step right on up, folks. 

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Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Country, Folk, Music, News/Tours

COUNTDOWN TO RIFFLANDIA! SIXTEEN “MUST SEE” ACTS: SECOND INSTALLMENT (Victoria, BC Sept. 11th – 14th)

No Comments 04 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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OK, the second act at Rifflandia that you do not want to miss is:

KANDLE AND THE KROOKS (Montreal)
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Kandle (Osborne) is a mesmerizing singer of smoky southern blues rock and alt country. Her debut full-length album ‘In Flames’ was met with enthusiastic reviews. She teams up with guitarist/bassist Sam Goldberg Jr., so you know you are in for a top notch show.

Canadian, Classic Rock, Country, Folk, Listen, Music, Roots

[LISTEN] ELLIOTT BROOD – JIGSAW HEART

No Comments 03 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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The rootsy sounds of Elliott Brood are back! “Jigsaw Heart” is a teaser from the upcoming full-length ‘Work and Love’ due out in October.

Blues, Canadian, Country, Folk, Listen, Music, Roots

[LISTEN] JENNIS – I’M NOT HERE ANYMORE

No Comments 02 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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It’s Tuesday, so you know what that means. Let’s kick off Weird Tuesday with a song called “I’m Not Here Anymore” by the duo known as Jennis (Dennis Gaumond and Jen Gillmor).

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Country, Folk, Music

[Album Review] Bahamas- Bahamas is Afie

No Comments 23 August 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Release Date: August 18th, 2014
Label: Universal/Brushfire Records

I have to start this review up by saying that I’ve been listening to Bahams is Afie ever since I could get my hands on a copy. At work it is currently the most played thing on my Spotify account. I had the pleasure of listening to Afie play it in the CBC Radio 2 studios before it’s release. He was clean-shaven, hair cut, in a suit – grown-up, as his latest album sounds. Continue Reading

Blues, Canadian, Country, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop, Roots

[LISTEN] PETUNIA AND THE VIPERS – RUNAWAY FREIGHT TRAIN HEART

No Comments 15 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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A manic rockabilly number from Petunia and the Vipers. “Runaway Freight Train Heart” is from ‘Inside of You’, an old-time carnival of an album filled with wonder, delight and weirdness.

Blues, Canadian, Country, Listen, Music, Roots

[LISTEN] THE REVEREND RAMBLER – THE REVEREND RAMBLER (LP)

No Comments 14 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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The Reverend Rambler is, for the most part, a storm-in-a-bottle one man show. However, he kicks up enough dust for an entire stampede. It’s hard to believe this dude is from Winnipeg ‘cos his brand of stompin’ country blues sounds like it came right out of the swamps of Louisiana or maybe the Texas prairie. The Reverend plays this rootsy brew with the respect it deserves, but there’s a cowpunk attitude lurking in the mix. And you gotta love that cover illustration!

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