February 2015

Angie Palmer Old Sticks to Scare A Bird

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Submitted by Iain Patience

Angie Palmer is a Brit.  Now resident in France, she writes haunting country music with meaningful lyrics and Nashville-like melodies.  BBC Radio's country guru Bob Harris cites her as one of the finest British country musicians and is a long-time fan. With this marvelously entitled album, it's easy to see why.

The album is split, so to speak, with two 'sides': both feature Palmer's excellent vocals and compelling guitar picking. Reading between the lines it seems clear she comes originally from the acoustic-folk end of the music with themes that at times appear grounded in that genre albeit with a modern country sound and feel to them.

With twelve tracks, all self-written together with Paul Mason, Palmer has adequate time to develop here and from the hard-driving rhythm of the opening track, 'The Ballad Of Jack Everyman' to the subtlety of the closing 'Fresco', she comfortably and easily pulls the listener along in her wake with some beautifully crafted numbers and guitar licks.

At times something of a toe-tapper, this album is more than simply another pleasant modern country release. It's a showcase for Palmer's writing and playing that leaves the listener looking for more.  Angie Palmer is clearly a talented lady and 'Old Sticks To Scare A Bird' is a cracking example of her evident ability and talented musicianship.


Beatlemania February 9, 1964 The Music That Changed the World

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

Fifty one  years ago  73 million watched the Ed Sullivan show on February 9, 1964. Beatlemania was born.

Beatle fans were there when they landed at JFK Airport in New York City on Friday, February 7, 1964 and 73 million people watching the Fab Four on the "Ed Sullivan Show," that Sunday night. With only approximately three channels to chose from on tv back then that is a pretty high statistic. Back then families watched television together in the living room. Our family was no different.

I was just in the beginnings of my fascination with rock ‘n’ roll music, having watched my older sister through her keyhole, singing into her hairbrush to ‘Stand By Me’ and ‘Duke of Earl’. My older brother, Don had discovered Buddy Holly and bought the 45 of ‘Peggy Sue’ and I fell in love with the B side ‘Everyday’. But none of those songs or artists were ‘mine’.

So that Sunday night when the Beatles came on for the first part of the Ed Sullivan Show, my brother Don said ‘quick you gotta see this band – they are amazing and going to be huge.’ I told him I couldn’t care less and went to wash my hair. Later that evening, The Beatles came on to do their second segment and I was screaming right along with all those other girls. I still have no idea how that phenomena worked but I was suddenly a Beatlemaniac.

We had no idea in North America where the mop-topped lads came from other than some place in England, we just knew this was the beginning of a new era – The British Invasion. Pop music would never be the same.

Music Export Canada Presents: Canada Stand and Canadian Blast at MIDEM 2015

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June 5-8, 2015 in Cannes, France

On February 11, 2015 CIMA announced the line-up for the seventh annual Canadian Blast showcase series at MIDEM in Cannes, France. Seven Canadian artists are confirmed for nighttime showcases at Morrisons (10 rue Teisseire) in the heart of Cannes.
Canadian Blast showcases confirmed for:
Saturday, June 6 include Mario Peluso & les Hobos Hurleurs(Artic Records);
Mimi O’Bonsawin (EMG); The Jonny Debt Band (Sugar Moon Music) and Virginia to Vegas featuring Alyssa Reid (Wax Records)

On Sunday, June 7, showcases include Ambre McLean (Letting Artists Make Art (LAMA); Claire Mortifee (Bombay Records); The Walkervilles featuring Glenn Lewis and Dru (Fullcc Music Group – Full Capacity Concerts)

For the past forty years, CIMA has dedicated itself to strengthening the Canadian independent music industry.

Duffy Kane Dead Man Walkin'

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Submitted by Iain Patience

This is an album that rips away from the very off. The opening track, ‘Roadhouse Boogie Woogie’, gives the disc an immediate rolling appeal and Kane makes the most of things here with some mighty fine fretwork, shoring the whole thing up from start to finish.

Kane's sixth release to date, Dead Man Walkin' highlights the Texan's mastery of his home-built guitar while bringing fresh lyrics and power to the 11-track mix. Themes covered include his despair with the state of modern America, love, loss and optimism. Some withering cynicism and humour also feature, though ultimately he clearly remains hopeful for the future of the US despite the warnings that pepper the songs of insight here.

Interestingly, Kane describes himself as being 'a craftsman' rather than an above the wire artist. Nevertheless, despite his protestations, his artistry shines brightly throughout this album, reflected clearly in the quality of the guitar-work, the strength of his song-writing, vocal talent and the overall production values brought to the table with this CD.

He includes, perhaps with some daring, a neatly tailored arrangement of 'America The Beautiful', where the guitar picking is marvelously laid-back yet holds an inherent power to captivate, reflecting his hope and respect for America's fundamental ideals.

Grammy Award Winners 2015

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 8 2015 and the winners are: (drum roll!)