July 2017

“American Idol” Finalist Casey James Returns to his Texas Blues Roots

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Released June 9, ‘Strip it Down’ by Casey James, is produced by Grammy-winner Tom Hambridge and features a guest duet with the legendary Delbert McClinton.

“All I want to do is play music,” says singer/guitarist, Casey James. “All I want to do is play music,” says singer/guitarist, Casey James. “Stripping it back to just me making a record of music that I love was a huge stepping stone in my life.”

It’s titled Strip It Down because it’s exactly what Casey James did – shed off the layers of stylized artistic clothing that he’d been given in those other public ventures to find the real artist underneath, a guy with a convincing, smokey vocal quality and a burning, lyrical skill with a guitar.

Recorded at Sound Stage Studio and The Switchyard in Nashville, Strip It Down is a glorious return to the blues and roots music Casey James grew up on in his native Texas, and was a major influence in both his singing and guitar playing. “This music has been a lifetime in the making for me,” Casey says. “If you listen close enough, you can hear my heartbeat; the thing that keeps me alive. It’s all here. This album has been a healing process for me. To truly share my heart and passion with the world in an honest way is the best feeling I’ve ever felt.”

Adam Gregory Returns With New Single “Dirt Road Therapy”

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After a brief hiatus, Country music legend Adam Gregory is back, and the award-winning singer is bringing a fresh new single with him available now on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play.

“Dirt Road Therapy” is the first of many upcoming singles to be released, which, along with several performances including the Big Valley Jamboree in Alberta on August 6th, lead up to the launch of Gregory’s latest album due to come out early 2018.

The song talks about how a good, long drive never fails to do wonders for the soul. Putting your troubles behind you, seeing the expanse of the open road, and feeling the wind go through your hair almost magically seems to clear the head and put troubling things in perspective. While there are numerous methods to shake off the blues, as the song goes, “sometimes all we need is dirt road therapy”!

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Montreal trio Timber Timbre have unveiled the video to "Sincerely, Future Pollution", the title track to their recent sixth album, released on Arts & Crafts. The video was directed, animated and produced by Joël Vaudreuil. Timber Timbre's music has arrived at a smoky, grimy space for roots sounds like blues, folk, and early R&B, fitting framings for their most politically savant album yet.

The pair have always created music that traces a shadowed path, using cues of the past to fuse the sound of a distant, haunted now. On Sincerely, Future Pollution, the band coats the stark, sensual sound of 2014's Polaris Music Prize Short-Listed andJUNO Award nominated album Hot Dreams in an oil-black rainbow of municipal grime. It is the cinema of a dizzying dystopia, rattled by the science fiction of this bluntly nonfictional time.

Jim Roberts and the Resonants: Beneath The Blood Moon

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Submitted by Iain Patience

This initially seems to be a new independent release from a new US band. But a few years ago the Jack Roberts Harvey Band punched out an excellent, pulsing blues album called ‘Devil On A dirt Road,’ an album that was easily one of the best independent releases of the year. Jim Roberts and the Resonants is none other than the same basic outfit with a new, reinvented name and, yet again, another top-dollar, blues release that could once more prove to be one of the finest indie offerings of the year.

All tracks come from band-members and are powerful, lyrically strong and feature musicianship that genuinely engages with a clear sense of purpose and colour. Roberts himself is an evident slide guitar wizard who switches effortlessly between resonator, electric and cigar-box guitars with ease and ability. The remaining core band members also rock along with a determined drive that pushes through with each successive track. ‘Beneath The Blood Moon’ is a ten-track album that highlights this US West Coast blues band’s skills, confidence and sheer talent to full effect.  At times, straight-on blues, there are flashes of swampy Louisiana sounds in the mix together with Delta-inspired hooks and pounding hints of the Deep South.

An excellent album full of top-dollar playing, writing and delivery. One to grab when you can.

The Fimisters Play/Pause/Resume

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Submitted by Kim Gillard

In high school, I travelled to Kingston or sat around Colin Blamire’s house to listen to these guys jam and share their passion with us all. In as many years as I have lived away from the town we went to high school in, The Fimisters had not played together. But in the last several years these guys have not only gotten back together, they have released their second album. So, when the opportunity to interview them about the new adventure in their lives came up, I was both excited and nervous, for I hadn’t seen these guys in 20 years!

I got to have lunch with Cory Gauvin and Basil Wood just after they picked up their new CD’s, titled Play/Pause/Resume to chat about it and catch up with them on the years that had passed since we had all finished our high school careers. They also filled me in on Andrew Gilchrist, Colin Blamire and Rob Gillet, as they couldn’t join us.The CD is aptly named as it follows their musical career as The Fimisters. They played, they paused and 20 years later they have resumed. Thanks for my copy guys, I am truly enjoying it!

It was great to hear about their families, what they have been up to and, of course, about how the guys rejoined forces and began recording their second album.