July 2015

Stony Plain Records Signs Colin Linden & Will Release His Latest CD, Rich in Love, on September 25

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

EDMONTON, AB – Stony Plain Records announces the signing of acclaimed eight-time Juno Award-winning singer/guitarist Colin Linden and the September 25 release date for his latest CD, Rich in Love. The new CD marks a return to the same label that released Colin’s first studio album, The Immortals, in 1986, and also represents his first new studio recording since From the Water in 2009. Colin Linden’s last album was a live recording released in 2011. To stream an exclusive preview of the song, “No More Cheap Wine,” click here: http://bit.ly/nomorecheapwine

Sporting a beautiful cover designed by Jim Sherraden of Nashville’s famed Hatch Show Print, Rich in Love was produced, recorded and performed by Colin Linden (guitars, vocals, ukuleles and mandolins) and his band, affectionately known as The Rotting Matadors: John Dymond on bass and Gary Craig on drums. Special guests include multiple Blues Music Award-winner and six-time Grammy nominee Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica, legendary keyboardist Reese Wynans (Stevie Ray Vaughan), Amy Helm (Levon Helm, Ollabelle) on harmony vocals and organist Tim Lauer (Rodney Crowell, Keb’ Mo’, Allison Moorer, Lady Antebellum).

Tony Bennett Interview: The Streets of Astoria

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Submitted by Bill King

In 1993, I conducted a marvelous interview with Tony Bennett, one I would repeat to my vocal students for years. I found him forthcoming and informative. It wasn’t a pop star mishmash of gibberish but a revealing conversation about art at its highest level.

In 2009, I had the opportunity to photograph him in concert at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier de la Place des Arts in Montreal. Going in, I knew this would be a battle zone. The money shooters would be there, so my strategy was to arrive early, stake a position and hold firm. Both sides of the stage were flanked by 300 to 400mm lens. Even a couple point-and-shoots jostled for visual territory.

The stage was a shooter's delight—stark, no microphone stands, music stand or galley of musicians. In fact, the players were situated far enough back to allow Bennett space to jog half a mile if he chose. It didn't matter which side the photographers positioned themselves; the man would stroll there in a matter of seconds.

The show opened with Bennett's daughter Antonia, who for her part gave a fair reading of the material. Yet it sent a wave of fear through our photographers’ minds—would her father's performance time be cut short?

Dave Woods In The Country Picture This !

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Submitted by Cashbox Magazine

Dave Woods is one of the best friends a Canadian country artist can ask for with his ‘In The Country’ online radio show providing a platform for up and coming artists, established artists and legacy artists who paved the road for the ones that followed. After six plus years of being a bona fide country music booster on radio, Dave has decided to up his game and take the concept to the next level.

Bullseye Records Getting Ready To Hit The Mark

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Submitted by Cashbox Magazine

Rita Chiarelli: The Queen of Canadian Blues

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Submitted by Julijana Capone
Courtesy of National Music Centre

To iconic blues singer-songwriter Rita Chiarelli, blues music was always the most honest expression in music. The expression was real. It was about life—the anger, joy, and sadness—and you could hear it in the lyrics.

The Queen of Canadian Blues, as Chiarelli has come to be known, was the daughter of Italian immigrants, born in the working-class steel town of Hamilton in the early ‘50s.

“In Hamilton, we identified with blues music,” says Chiarelli. “We identified with hard work and hard times—that blue-collar mentality. That’s the kind of town it was.”

Chiarelli’s parents worked difficult jobs that paid very little at nearby cotton mills. And although they were strict, they were supportive of their daughter’s passions.

“Singing seemed like an impossibility,” she says. “But they believed I deserved to be heard. For traditional Italian parents, that’s a huge leap of faith. I give them credit for that.”

With Hamilton’s close proximity to Michigan, radio frequencies from the U.S. spilled onto local airwaves, offering the nascent singer her first taste of the blues.

She soaked up the soulful tunes of ‘60s powerhouse singers, such as Big Mama Thornton, Janis Joplin, and Odetta. “Hearing blues music for the first time was a revelation,” she recalls.