ZEN – Friendship
“To Love People who love you is easy. Choose to be everyone’s friend, whether they like you or not. When you love and accept others as they are you will have friends everywhere.”
Elaine Tennyson is such a person and when she walks into the room everyone becomes aware of her dynamic presence. Elaine was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and moved to the metropolis of Toronto with her family at a young age. Elaine’s charm and beauty soon brought her into the high fashion modeling scene as a young teen and off she went to New York to pursue her blossoming career. On returning to Toronto for a visit Elaine decided to pursue her love for art deco and opened a 20th Century design store Red Indian Art Deco with her partner in the downtown core. Elaine also produced events and sold her couture designs at the store and soon utilizing her enormous list of clients founded Elaine Tennyson Enterprises (E.T.E.)
A PR franchise was born and the Toronto event scene would never be the same as her unique approach to fashion shows and special events would have an impact and reshape the industry, so much so that this incredible woman was dubbed by the National Post as a “PR Powerhouse.”
After a couple of tragic years of losing many friends, Elaine decided to give back to her friends and also initiate the idea for others to follow and acknowledge her vision of a day designated for friends to celebrate with each other - “Friends Day.”
It’s been six years since this country’s had “Too Much Fun” and that’s not Rockit88’s fault. Core members Bill King (keyboards, vocals) and Neil Chapman (guitars, vocals) stay busy making music. So busy they’ve not had the time to get back to Rockit88 until now.
Six years later, the boys are back in town with new members, a new sound and a whole new persona, several steps away from the deep-dish blues of the debut album. The new album’s Sweet Sugar Cane, the new backline’s Lionel Williams on bass and groove merchant Jim Casson working the skins and our host is the smooth-talking Bill King.
“ The first album, being that it was all covers, was more about the playing, with emphasis on the piano and guitar. This one is more focused on the songs and maintaining a consistency of style across 12 tracks”.
That style would be swampy country blues rock, cut with essence of the Rolling Stones and Little Feat at their most down home. Those are tough sailin’ shoes to fill, but Chapman and King found themselves well up to the task. Another daunt about this style of music, it can be a tough row to handle the vocals credibly. The vocals on Sweet Sugar Cane get their authority from King’s uncanny ability to locate the appropriate period nuances for each song. Vocal output is further boosted by the recent addition of Stacey Bulmer.
Jo Hikk’s front guy Kelly Sitter talks quietly about upcoming album ‘The Game’, near-fame and how it all came about by Lenny Stoute
“If this is the highest level the band ever gets to and if this is the happiest I’ll ever be, then I’m real good with that” As Granny might say, “Now there stands a man happy in his skin” and if she’s talking about Kelly Sitter, the ol’ dame’s right on the money.
The defining voice of Alberta country band Jo Hikk is at home with the kids in his small-town hometown the day Cashbox Canada called up. Sitter describes a leisurely paced life, with lots of time between rehearsals to check out the local baseball games and play a few gigs. In the background is the knowledge that all this could change big time after August 10, the release date for Jo Hikk’s much-anticipated sophomore album, ‘The Game’.
Keith Bradford is Executive Director of Cashbox Magazine, Nashville Tennessee. Mr. Bradford is also the director of NBRN.FM, owner of KMA Records, and also runs Keith Bradford Promotions. Bradford is in the pre-production of the release of his new DVD Series, The Music Business – Ya Gotta Luv It! Cashbox Canada is pleased to present weekly excerpts from this series to be released in 2011.
Be very cautious about starting to believe your own PR that is or was created for you. All too often Artists start believing what is being said about them either by fans or professional publicity agencies whose job is to make the artist look bigger than they really are?
In some instances the promoter does it all as a platonic relationship and innocently stretches the truth, just a bit to make the artist appear to be a star. In other scenarios the manager/promoter has a serious infatuation with the artist (sometimes bordering on idolatry) and anything and everything that can be said to make the artist feel great about themselves is all used in the promotion.
This doesn't seem to hurt anyone but the artist themselves. When the time comes for the artist to produce the goods as we say in the business, they fall down and the embarrassment begins. All too often an artist is booked almost solely on their hype and after a miserable performance they are informed they won't be back.
Don't believe everything you read or hear about yourself. It can be dangerous.