December 2016

Guitarist/singer Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer Dies

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Journalist Jill Lawless
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LONDON - Musician Greg Lake co-founded both King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer — bands that helped define the sprawling, influential but often-maligned genre known as progressive rock.

Lake, who died of cancer at 69, was instrumental in bringing classical influences, epic length, mythic scope and 1970s excess into rock 'n' roll, winning millions of fans before punk swept in and spoiled the party.

Manager Stewart Young said in a statement that Lake died Wednesday after "a long and stubborn battle with cancer."

Born in the southern English seaside town of Poole in 1947, Lake founded King Crimson with guitarist Robert Fripp in the late 1960s. The band pioneered the ambitious genre that came to be known as progressive rock.

He went on to form ELP with keyboardist Keith Emerson and drummer Carl Palmer. With Lake as vocalist and guitarist, ELP impressed crowds at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, in a lineup that also featured Jimi Hendrix and The Who.

The band released six platinum-selling albums characterized by songs of epic length, classical influence and ornate imagery, and toured with elaborate light shows and theatrical staging.

Dean Brody Releases Newest Video for Hit Song “TIME”

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Following a successful sixth album launch, country star Dean Brody is revealing the music video behind his emotive, critically acclaimed single, “Time”. The song was officially released to radio on November 18th, just in time to make listeners stop and think about the importance of spending time with family and loved ones over the holidays. Less than a week after release, it was already the #1 Most-Added track, across all formats.

VIEW THE NEW VIDEO HERE NOW.

2-time JUNO Award Winner, 13-time CCMA winner and BC native recently released his latest album, Beautiful Freakshow. Audiences first learned about the song “Time”, when Brody performed it during the CCMA Award broadcast in September. After only a week of being released digitally, the song was already the #1 Canadian Country Single, and #5 overall on iTunes.

The filming of the music video took Brody back to his native province of BC, where he worked with a local team under esteemed director, Stephano Barberis. “With ‘Time’, I didn’t want to simply act out the storyline in each verse. When people listen to the song, they automatically relate to it in their own individual way, and I wanted the music video to reflect that,” said director Stephano Barberis.

Cool Cat Records announces Heather Ballentine's newest "Rockabilly Rebel"

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Cool Cat Records has announced the release of "Rockabilly Rebel", a fresh new music video and single by singer songwriter, pin up model, and super luxe entrepreneur Heather Ballentine. The video, directed by Marc Esteves & produced by Ballentine Entertainment, features cameos of Toronto biker & entrepreneur Paul Dutra as the "Rebel" and CCMA Hall of Fame inductee Barry Haugen.

"Rockabilly Rebel" is from the album "The Cat's Meow", produced by Pete Anderson, available on iTunes.

Heather recalls, "my first boyfriend smoked, wore a leather jacket, and picked me up for dates on a motorcycle. My dad wasn't thrilled, but years later the experience was the inspiration for 'Rockabilly Rebel', which I co-wrote with Lary Bartley".

Heather Ballentine is a beautiful southern belle with a keen ear for quality music and a keen eye for exotic luxury cars. And that’s exactly how she lives her life: selling Lamborghinis, writing music, singing songs, building media brand, and modeling pin-up. Entrepreneur by day, artist by night. Her pursuit of excitement, education, and entertainment all began in Arkansas. There, she was born to Marilyn Monroe (not to the Marilyn Monroe: but to a wonderful woman named after the star). This early exposure is what gave Heather the insatiable hunger for a taste of the world of pin-up fashion.

Ken Tobias Soul Tune

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Ken Tobias, Canadian music legend is at it again. He has just released a brand new single Soul Tune that ranks up there as one of his best to date. And that’s goin’ some cause Ken has had a slew of hits and made some great records.

His most famous song “Stay Awhile” was a monster hit for the Bells in the 70’s but Ken himself recorded a lot of hits on his own. His first album included the title track “Dream #2” and “ I Just Wanna Make Music” , both hits, and was recorded in L.A. featuring Hal Blaine on drums, Joe Osborneon on bass, Larry Carlton on guitar and Larry Knechtel on keyboards.

His second album recorded at George Martin’s Air Studio in London, England and yielded “Good To Be Alive in the Country”, “My My” and “Fly Me High”. These were followed by his first Attic record that featured “Every Bit Of Love”, “Run Away With Me”, “Lay Me Down Again”, “Give A Little Love” and “Lady Luck”. These hits were followed by “New York City” and “My Maria”.

Veteran Canadian Radio Host Holger Petersen Releases Second Book of Musical Conversations

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While Holger Petersen’s best known for his blues-based radio programs, he’s just as interested in artists who work in other roots music genres — Cajun musicians Zachary Richard and Bobby Charles, Allen Toussaint, Sam The Sham, Van Dyke Parks, Rory Block, Mose Allison, Billy Boy Arnold, UK singers Maggie Bell and Maddy Prior (together), guitarists James Burton and Albert Lee (together) and songwriters Chip Taylor, Dan Penn/Spooner Oldham (together) and Tony Joe White are among those whose interviews are included.

Each of the conversations is introduced by Petersen’s personal recollections of the artists he’s meeting, and the book’s foreword is contributed by Grammy-winning musicologist Rob Bowman. As Bowman explains, “Talking Music 2 is an important collection, as interviews with the majority of the artists included are not common and certainly do not get included in question- and-answer format interview anthologies such as this.

“The strength of these interviews is Petersen’s conversational tone and the ease he has with the artists he is talking to.”

In addition to his ongoing 30-year run at CBC, Petersen has hosted “Natch’l Blues” on the Alberta radio network CKUA since 1969. He estimates that he’s done well over 3,000 interviews — and the conversations in Talking Music 2 were originally recorded for his radio programs, or at side-stages at folk festival.