July 2018

Stony Plain Records Partners With True North Records and Linus Entertainment for Global Rights Management

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

Stony Plain Records of Edmonton, Alberta and Linus Entertainment Inc of Waterdown, Ontario  are pleased to announce their agreement to transfer administrative obligations of the Stony Plain Catalogue to the Stony Plain Rights Management, a division of Linus Entertainment Inc. effective July 1st, 2018.

Under this joint arrangement, Linus will assume responsibility for administration of Stony Plain’s catalogue, Stony Plain’s distribution will continue to be handled by Warner Music (Canada) ADA (a division of Warner Music -US) and The Orchard (a subsidiary of Sony Music-Global) in addition to existing export and licensing partners around the world.

“We’re happy to be working with Geoff Kulawick at Linus Entertainment and proud to be associated with the Linus Entertainment and True North Records team,” said Holger Petersen, President of Stony Plain. “Transferring our catalogues rights management to Linus Entertainment will ultimately take advantage of their marketing, distribution, administrative capabilities and efficiencies while providing optimal service to our artists.”

Rayland Baxter Unveils "79 Shiny Revolvers" From 'Wide Awake'

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

Less than two weeks before the release of his album Wide Awake (July 13/ATO), Rayland Baxter has offered a new song from the Butch Walker-produced project. "79 Shiny Revolvers" was the first song Rayland wrote during his three-month-long isolation quest at Franklin, Kentucky's secluded Thunder Sound Studios. He composed fifty songs there, ten of which eventually became Wide Awake.

"79 Shiny Revolvers" is, in Rayland's own estimation, one of the most important songs he's ever written. Its lyrics burst with irony and cutting humor to interrogate our nation's fixation on guns: "You really wanna save the world, man / well, I wanna save it too / we can blow em away / the American way."

Says Rayland, "'79 Shiny Revolvers' is a satirical and sensitive song about the shortcomings of our human race. I watch and I write, not only as an onlooker but as a participant. As the world continues to swing around the sun, I cannot help but notice that we are good people. However, our shortcomings have been highlighted by a long line of imperfect decisions. Leonard Cohen died the day I wrote this song."

Listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6VKdDcDCBY

Scott Smith Band: I Will Love You

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Submitted by G.E Williams

San Francisco based singer/songwriter Scott Smith builds on the success of his EP release Igniting the Flame with a double-sided single featuring songs “I Will Love You” and “Spinning Round”. His country rock sound is shepherded by Igniting the Flame producer Julie Wolf and she invests two essentially romantic tunes with the sort of sonic atmospherics both songs require to realize their potential. Smith has sacrificed nothing from his memorable debut and, if anything, this new release, however brief, reveals another subtle shade in his songwriting color. His vocal chops elevate the package to another level and deliver every ounce of meaning he can to its lyrics without becoming overwrought. There’s a classic tilt to the way he attacks a song, it's phrasing, and relationship to the other instruments recalling icons of the past while still writing and recording songs that never sound like museum pieces.

Tribe Royal The Road to Muscle Shoals

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Submitted by Don Graham

In November of 2017, I had the good fortune to record in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with the uber-talented and esteemed producer Norbert Putnam. Norbert gained his accolades for his productions, Jimmy Buffett, Dan Fogleberg and Joan Baez to name a few as well as voluminous sessions as a bass player and owning and operating one of the first independent recording studios in Nashville, Tennessee, Quadrefonic Sound Studio. We recorded at The Nutthouse Recording Studio and the experience was amazing.

When I returned to Canada, Sandy Graham of Entertainment Music Group introduced me to a new band who were about to sign on as my label and stablemates, Tribe Royal from Ottawa, Ontario. A young band with vintage sounds and a whole lot of originality. They have a great vocal, create awesome harmonies and creative parts with background vocals as well as a high energy stage show. Sandy had sent Norbert their debut CD and Norbert agreed to produce a couple of sides for this new, refreshing talent.