October 2018

Skidderpup: Conquering The Great Divide

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Submitted by Kevin Kelly

Cover Photo Credit: Gerry Antle   

“’Cause when you see me comin’, you better get out of my way.”
-Runaway Train by Skidderpup

When you visit the rural Newfoundland community of Grand Bank on the province’s Burin Peninsula, you see a close-knit community of 1500 with a rich connection & history to the sea.

But lately, Grand Bank and the rest of the South Coast has been rocking more often than not lately, thanks to the sounds of a power rock trio named Skidderpup.

The band, which features Dave Noseworthy, Damon Greene & Chad Grandy, is no stranger to the area, and have been together since 2001.

The musical bug was likely introduced by Chad’s grandfather, George Grandy, a well known Burin Peninsula entertainer, who was one of the originals in the growth of the area’s music scene.

“I was only young when I watched my grandfather play,” Chad recalls. “He was the face of rock and roll on the Burin Peninsula from the 1950’s onward, filling dance halls around the Peninsula.”

But the elder Grandy instilled a love of music in young Chad.

“I was very curious about music even back then and I’ll never forget the very first guitar and amplifier he bought for me,” the younger Grandy recalls. “Even today at 81 years of age, his passion about music and playing is something I’m extremely proud of. That’s what has formed the strong connection between us. He’s an inspiration to all of us.”

The band’s beginnings came almost by accident.

’68 Comeback Special The 50th Anniversary Edition Elvis Presley

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

This 7-Disc definitive box set Contains all known recordings/rehearsals from the RCA vaults and from original NBC-TV videotapes available November 30, 2018.

’68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition) is the definitive chronicle of the now legendary NBC-TV show, Elvis. After years of making formulaic movies, Elvis was finally unleashed to perform live again on an intimate stage with his original sidemen, Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana. Playing “That’s All Right”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” and many of his great hits, the sheer rawness and excitement of the performances attracted unanimous critical acclaim. Greil Marcus in his book Mystery Train said, “If ever there was music that could bleed, this was it”. 1968 was a profound year for America. Martin Luther King had been assassinated, and while Elvis was making the special, Bobby Kennedy was shot. The closing song “If I Can Dream” encapsulates every emotion that Elvis and the entire production crew felt during the making of the special. NBC-TV’s Elvis is as raw and inspirational today as it was in 1968.

BTW-Madeleine Roger, The Málchico, The Treble, Kyp Harness, Abby Zotz, Steph Cameron, Buckman Coe

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Here’s a feminist Resistance anthem doing it right, by being simultaneously trenchant and grabby. Winnipeg singer-songwriter Madeleine Roger released new single '60 Years More' recently, somewhat off the radar but that won’t last long. It's the third single to be released from debut solo album Cottonwood, out October 26th.

“'60 Years More' is a powerful song about what it feels like to be a woman in 2018 and how far we still have to go in the fight for gender equality. When I started writing it, I really meant to write a quick satirical tune to make myself feel better about the bullshit that comes along with the magnificence of being a woman," says Madeleine. “I’ve always been really skeptical of conventional gender roles and have always refuted the idea that certain capabilities apply only to certain genders, but it's impossible to ignore that a lot of the world does not see it that way. It seems like there are a million domineering opinions about the ways that women should and shouldn't dress, raise their children, feed themselves, have an income, experience relationships, explore hobbies, etc, etc, etc. It's extremely tiresome, annoying, and boring to have to prove that you're capable of a skill that doesn't fall into someone else's limiting expectations of you.”

Those Without - Five Punks With One Dream

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Submitted by Chris Kerwin

Last week the Burin Peninsula in Newfoundland, Canada came to life for Live At Heart Newfoundland- an international music conference in its inaugural year, drawing heavy-hitting music industry delegates such as award-winning producers, managers, strategists, record labels, bookers and writers and connecting them with artistic talent from all around the world. The magic that this incredible showcase festival embodied was as much a product of the landscape, community and culture of its "islanders", as it was in the artists that brought their passion and dreams to Newfoundland, charged with the hope of impressing the industry and furthering their careers.

RJ Curtis Named Incoming Executive Director of Country Radio Broadcasters/Country Radio Seminar

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

The Country Radio Broadcasters/Country Radio Seminar has announced long-time radio and industry veteran, RJ Curtis as the incoming Executive Director of the non-profit organization. Curtis, who currently serves as the Nashville Editor for All Access Music Group, will start his new position on Nov. 12 and until then, can then be reached at rjcurtis@allaccess.com.

Curtis fills the position most recently held by Bill Mayne, who has served as Executive Director of the organization for nearly a decade. This past April, Mayne announced that he would be leaving his position following the 50th Anniversary year of Country Radio Seminar. Curtis will work alongside Mayne through the end of his term, which is May 2019.