October 2016

Forever Country

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Submitted by Don Graham

Country music needs some savin’. The road has been bumpy with resistance to some of the changes in song content and presentation. Some of the discontent is justified as a lot more emphasis seems to be placed on how much revenue a song can generate as opposed to how the song can reach and touch people. But country music is strong and has a rich history and background to draw on. So with the 50th anniversary of the Country Music Association Awards coming in November some of the biggest acts in country music have joined together and filmed a remarkable and memorable video – ‘Forever Country’.

Shane McAnally, a CMA winner as well as a board member, produced the video and confessed that the mashing together of several country music’s classics was ‘a very scary process’.“The first conversation I remember having about the CMA project was at a CMA board meeting when everyone was just sort of brainstorming about an interesting, unique way that might bring light to the 50th Anniversary,” he explained.“I didn’t think it would work in our genre. I said, ‘Maybe in pop music you can just take a piece of a song, but we tell stories. And we can’t just cut into them and take a piece.”

But judging by the final result that fear was unfounded. The video is a remarkable piece of work.

BTW-Phish, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Piper Hayes, Raine Hamilton, Brendan Canning, The Pack A.D.

Phish

Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Jam meisters Phish is dropping new studio album, Big Boat  Friday, October 7th and everywhere bongs are being loaded to the hilt. Big Boat was announced last week with an exclusive album trailer, viewable now at phish.com. The album was produced by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, KISS), his second collaboration with Phish following 2014's Fuego.

Recorded in Nashville, New York and the band's home state of Vermont, Big Boat features 13 new songs contributed by all four members of the band - Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, and Page McConnell. The album was recently named among Rolling Stone's "Fall Preview 2016: 35 Must-Hear Albums," with Anastasio noting, "There's definitely a point of view to this one. We're old enough to have a healthy respect for mortality." we can regard the end times with celebration of life rather than with doom, it feels like one of the more personally direct songs in Phish's repertoire."

PHISH FALL 2016

The Statistics Release Brand New Single ‘Old Habits’

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Submitted To Cashbox Canada

Prince George alt-rock duo The Statistics are excited to announce the release of their brand new single 'Old Habits' with the premiere of the video on Permanent Rain Press. The Statistics will also be hitting the road in support of the new single and video, playing a string of Western Canadian Tour Dates starting in Vancouver on September 29th. See below for full tour listings. 

The Statistics are Darby and Erin Yule, a pair of brothers from Prince George, BC, who play Alternative Rock. They released their debut EP Haunts in 2014 and the single 'Jealous Heart' in January of this year. Their new single 'Old Habits' and the previous single 'Jealous Heart' will both be included on a brand new EP set to be released in 2017.

'Old Habits' was recorded partly at Vertical Studios in Vancouver and partly in their own home, and the overall sound is a bit more alt-country than alt-rock. 

"'Old Habits' is about two people who just can’t make the timing of their relationship work," explains frontman Darby Yule. "We’ve been describing it as a song for the drives you take when you’ve got a lot your mind. It features the lovely Amy Kirkpatrick on guest vocals. We tried to include a California Sound/Country Rock vibe to the song which is new for the band. All the instruments were recorded by us and a large portion was done in our own home."

A Downtown Neighbourhood Jazz Festival in Toronto Finds its Feet and Debuts in Style

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Submitted Courtesy of Richard Flohill
Photo at right: Jackie Richardson

Packed houses, enthusiastic crowds, a buzzing neighbourhood: the inaugural Kensington Market Jazz Festival debuted in style on September 16, 17, 18.

More than 200 Toronto musicians played 80 shows at nine venues across Kensington Market during TIFF's closing weekend and during the Toronto Urban Roots Festival.

Ivana SantilliIvana SantilliDespite other attractions, the new and highly focused festival captivated, engaged and involved audiences throughout the weekend.

The hub of piano talent, iconic Baldwin Street suit store Tom's Place, was packed for performances by Gene DiNovi, Joe Sealy, Andrew Craig and Robi Botos, who performed on an acoustic Yamaha grand piano.

Joan Marie Johnson Faust of the Dixie Cups Passes Away

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Submitted Courtesy of Rob Durkee/Cashbox Magazine USA

NEW ORLEANS — Joan Marie Johnson Faust, an original member and founder of the Dixie Cups, has passed away due to congestive heart failure. According to oldiesmusic.com, she was 72.

Faust was the cousin of sisters Barbara and Rosa Hawkins, who together formed the Dixie Cups. That group had one of the most memorable #1 wedding hits in 1964 with “Chapel Of Love”...(and, yes, that’s Fabian introducing them in this 1989 performance on the TV show “Let’s Rock Tonight")...

When “Chapel Of Love” replaced “Love Me Do” at #1, the Dixie Cups became the first American group to dethrone and replace the Beatles at #1. The Fab Four had been at #1 with "Love Me Do.” The Dixie Cups also had Top 40 hits with “People Say,” ”Iko Iko” and “You Should Have Seen The Way He Looked At Me."

For more on the Dixie Cups...

http://www.wwltv.com/news/local/joan-marie-johnson-faust-founding-member...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dixie_Cups