April 2017

Headstones Announce New Studio Album Little Army

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Headstones, one of Canada's most enduring and hardest rocking bands, announced earlierthis year that they were heading to the studio to record their forthcomingalbum Little Army. Today they are thrilled toreveal it will be unleashed to the world on June 2nd via Cadence Music and have given fans a first taste of thealbum with first single "Devil's On Fire."

A smart, addictive, dirty rock 'n' roll track, "Devil's On Fire" is acontagious, aggressive rock anthem. Fans have been getting an exclusiveinside look at the making of Little Army on the band's socialchannels since February, in real time. With tours of the Bathhouse,adventures around NYC, and a little inside look at the recording process,Headstones once again kept the fans close and a part of the process.Headstones frontman Hugh Dillon couldn't be more excitedto share this with the world, saying "We set out to write the best rockalbum of our career, and I think that's what we've done."

Markus James Song ‘On a Mississippi Porch’ Placed in Oprah Winfrey Film

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Singer-songwriter and blues/roots traveler Markus James’ 2015 CD, Head for the Hills, garnered international critical acclaim, and now a song from that album, “On a Mississippi Porch,” is in the soundtrack of the new Oprah Winfrey film, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which premiered on HBO Saturday, April 22, 2017.

The song features Markus James playing a hand-made gourd banjo, accompanied by legendary Mississippi Hill Country drummer Calvin Jackson, on hambone percussion.

“It’s an honor for this music to be part of this powerful film,” says Markus James. “I had made the gourd banjo and been playing it at a few shows, and had it with me on that trip. I played at Memphis’ Beale Street Music Festival that year (2013), with Kinney Kimbrough on drums, and the next day I reached Calvin Jackson, down in Luxahoma, Mississippi, and asked if he was up for some recording. I told him about the gourd banjo, and we started talking about recording some acoustic music on his family’s porch. So I went down there, we sat on the porch and I started playing that tune I had going on the banjo. Calvin started hamboning, some birds were singing, and I hit ‘record.’ When I picked up the cigar box guitar, he got some buckets from around back and played some rhythms that reminded me of the African drummers I’ve played with.

Matt Andersen Live and Spellbinding

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Photo Credit: Fiona Lawson Studio 22 Photography

Listening to a Matt Andersen CD is an exciting audio experience, seeing Matt Andersen with a full band is awesome, but seeing Matt Andersen solo takes it to a whole other level. 

The man and his guitar is something I wasn’t really prepared for. Andersen was over the top on all levels, his hold on the audience, his powerful and controlled vocals with acres of dynamics and guitar mastery that made his acoustic guitar sound like an entire band.

Michael Williams Presents…SOUL IN THE CITY LIVE!

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Photo at right: Liberty Silver

Toronto: Multiple award-winning recording artist Liberty Silver will be joined by pianist Eddie Bullen, singer/songwriter AHI and DJs JC Sunshine (of the original Sunshine Crew), Paul Chin and Michael Williams for a night of classic live Soul music, DJs and dancing onSunday May 7th at the popular Whistler’s Grille in Toronto. This will mark the launch of a monthly Soul in the City Live! Sunday night dance series presented by Michael Williams…

Jammin’ the “back in the day” way!

Winner of 3 Juno Awards and a Grammy Award for her musical collaboration, Liberty Silver possesses an astounding 6.5 octave vocal range. She hasperformed at the Ottawa Jazz Festival, Niagara Jazz Festival, Oakville Jazz Festival, The Beaches Jazz Festival, and many others. Liberty has performed for former US President Barack Obama, Maya Angelou, Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu and former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, and with Bob Marley (Madison Square Garden), Celine Dion, The Temptations, Oscar Peterson, Gladys Knight.

Dean Brody Releases Progressive New Single "Beautiful Freakshow" Ahead of Cross Country Arena Tour

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Just before the kick-off of the Beautiful Freakshow cross-country arena tour, Dean Brody’s latest single, "Beautiful Freakshow", a progressive track featuring a rap vocal contribution from Halifax native Shevy Price, was released to country radio on April 12. Co-written by Price and Brody, lyrically the track takes a look at an exquisite, imperfect, relationship between two people coming together from different walks of life, which are mirrored by the synergistic fusion of country and rap.

Just one week after its official release, Beautiful Freakshow was the #1 Country Album, with the second single, “Time”, remaining the top-selling single for 13 weeks straight.

The Beautiful Freakshow Tour 2017 kicks-off April 25 in Hamilton at Hamilton Place Arena. On the west coast dates, 2015 CCMA Rising Star and reigning BCCMA Female Artist of the Year, Madeline Merlo will perform in advance of Brody taking to the stage, and on the Ontario dates, newly Warner Nashville signed act High Valley will bring fans straight into the headliner. Fun loving, Top 5 Canadian country radio act, James Barker Band will be opening the action-packed show across Canada.