February 2017

Forty Below Records Set to Release John Mayall’sTalk About That Album on Vinyl February 17

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Photo: John Mayall by David Gomez

Forty Below Records announces a February 17 release date for the vinyl edition of iconic musician and Blues Hall of Fame member John Mayall’s latest album, Talk About That. Originally released on CD January 27, the vinyl version will also include a free download card.

Joining Mayall (vocals, keyboards, harmonica and guitar) and Greg Rzab (bass), Jay Davenport (drums) and Rocky Athas (guitar) as special guest is legendary guitarist Joe Walsh, who plays on two tracks, “The Devil Must Be Laughing” and “Cards on the Table,” both John Mayall compositions.

John Mayall will begin a lengthy European tour in early February. His most-recent American dates included several days onboard the “Legends Cruise,” and featured an exciting special guest appearance from another legend – Todd Rundgren – who jammed on guitar with John and the band on the Otis Rush classic, “All Your Love.”

Talk About That is drawing rave reviews from the press and extensive radio airplay. “…Mayall continues to work tirelessly to spread the blues gospel…the 11 tracks offer a master class in contemporary blues, topped off with a helping of Mayall’s trademark lyrical wit and even a guest appearance by Joe Walsh” - People.com.

Hugh’s Room Update Hooray The Ides of March

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Toronto’s troubled listening room venue, the much revered Hugh’s Room, has been thrown a life preserver.

The outpouring of support has been overwhelming and inspiring. Hugh’s Room publicist and Toronto folk music supporter from the Riverboat days, Jane Harbury has been keeping as all up to date with press releases and emails.

Murray McLauchlan to release 19th studio album, ‘Love Can’t Tell Time’

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Ever since Murray began writing songs and performing them in his late teens before moving on to famed venues like The Riverboat in Toronto and The Bitter End in New York, his astonishing status in Canada and around the world as a sturdy and beloved musician has been long settled.

Back in the day, before Murray had actually recorded an album of his own, his riveting magnificent “Child’s Song” was already making the rounds after being recorded by American folk star Tom Rush. Live versions of his song “Honky Red” were performed by Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, and Bobby Neuwirth, adding to his growing and committed following. He received early song boosts from country music star George Hamilton IV.

Now, with his 19th (!!!) album, ”Love Can’t Tell Time,” Murray answers the question, what more can he bring to his legion of fans? “I guess the most notable thing about this record is the songs. They are a great collection of songs I love to play when I have no other agenda than just to enjoy playing music.”

A mix of original material and a fair old-kicking to some much-admired chestnuts Pick Yourself Up, Hey There and Come Fly With Me, Murray says, “They’ve been around for quite a while but they are my songs, in so much as I have made them my own. They’ve seen me through some dark times and helped me celebrate seeing the clouds from the other side.

MusicCounts Announces Dianne Winmill as Recipient As Teacher of the Year Award

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MusiCounts , Canada's leading music education charity, announced Dianne Winmill of North Hastings High School in Bancroft, ON as the recipient of the 2017 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award. Canadian music icons and multi-platinum JUNO Award-winning artists, Blue Rodeo, are the sponsors of this year's award, which recognizes teachers with outstanding dedication to inspiring and nurturing the musical growth of Canadian youth. Blue Rodeo members, Jim Cuddy (vocals/guitar), Bazil Donovan (bass), and Colin Cripps (guitar/vocals), surprised Winmill with the award during a tour of their Toronto recording studio with several of her students. Following the presentation, the students had an exclusive opportunity to record in the studio.

"We are thrilled to sponsor this award as teachers like Dianne do endless work to inspire their students and keep music alive in schools, which is something that is very important to us," said Jim Cuddy, Blue Rodeo."I think the value of music programs is immeasurable in the development of a young person's identity in being part of a community," added Colin Cripps, Blue Rodeo.

Windsor Rockers The Silence Factory Release Video For New Single High

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Windsor rockers The Silence Factory are excited to announce the release of the video for their latest single'High'with an Exclusive Premiere today onLive in Limbo. The Silence Factory will also be touring in support of their new music, and have selecttour dates in February and March with a full Cross-Canada Tour throughout April and May, to be announced soon.See below for the latest tour listings.

The Silence Factory’s new track‘High’was produced by Juno award winning and Grammy nominated producerGavin Brown(3 Days Grace, Billy Talent) and is the second single from a new EP that will be released later this year. The song is currently going for adds at Canadian Rock Radio and is already getting spins97.7 Hits FM,FM 96,The Fox 105.3,Rock 106.7,The Wolf 104.9and more! The first single from their upcoming EP release, a cover of Harvey Danger’s‘Flagpole Sitta’,gained considerable spins at radio last year, charting at #51 on the Canadian active rock charts.

The video for‘High’was directed by Jendo Shabo from Moonjump Productions and in keeping with the lyrics of the song, the video has a dark, moody vibe.