Following the highly-anticipated release of her twentieth album, “Dig In Deep”, Bonnie Raitt will kick off her 2016 North American Tour, returning to major cities where she's long been recognized as one of contemporary music's great live performers. The tour comes to the Sony Centre in Toronto on March 15, 2016. The pre-sale Ticket sales on Bonnie's site include Special Benefit Seats and packages to pre-order Dig In Deep CDs and LPs and to purchase an exclusive merchandise item.
Bonnie's “Dig In Deep” Tour will feature her longtime touring band, which backs her on the forthcoming album, including James "Hutch" Hutchinson (bass), Ricky Fataar (drums), and George Marinelli (guitar), along with Mike Finnigan (keyboards), who joined the line-up for the triumphant 2012-2013 Slipstream tour.
"So much of the album is focused on what I want to do live," Bonnie says, "I write and pick these songs so we can nail them on stage."
Since the release of 2012's GRAMMY Award-winning album Slipstream, Bonnie has performed over 200 shows in the U.S. and abroad, including a sold-out concert at Boston's Fenway Park with James Taylor this past summer. Her powerful chemistry with this band creates a magic that has been described as "exquisite" (Chicago Tribune) and "perfect" (Boston Globe).
There’s a lot of talk going around that there aren’t many good singers around these days, that there are not a lot of classic voices that will be remembered years from now. But after seeing some award shows and other performances of current artists doing hits from the past, I’m starting to think the problem isn’t really the singers as much as the songs. In my opinion there were a lot better songs being written back in the day but you need somebody to find those songs and get them to the artists and producers and get them recorded. There was none better at this then Bob Montgomery, the best friend a song and songwriter ever had. Working out of Music Row in Nashville, Tennessee, Bob discovered and championed countless songs and their writers as well as writing classics of his own, “Back in Baby’s Arms” for Patsy Cline and the huge crossover hit “Misty Blue”.
Singer/songwriter Tom Ghent may not be a household name in a lot of homes but he is in mine. Tom Ghent almost has “six degrees of separation” status he’s been associated and connected with so many big name recording artists. Kris Kristofferson, Bobby Bare, Bobby Goldsboro, Nat Stuckey, Rita Coolidge, Steve Goodman and Mickey Newbury to name a few.
Toronto singer/songwriter Terry Draper has had a remarkable run in the music business and is still breaking new ground in his musical quest, he is in fact still “Searching”, the title of his brand new, just released CD. The 13 track album, actually 14 (there’s a hidden track) shows Draper at his melodic and lyrical best. His experience and background have over the years taught him well in the construction, melodically, lyrically and sense of purpose in the arrangement to create a perfect pop song.
A little of Terry’s background will help in understanding his musical journey. Terry is probably best known for his work in Klattu, a Toronto based band that created mystery and controversy in the ‘70s and early ‘80s. “Klattu was a band that wanted to remain anonymous, we just wanted to make music without all the hype and extracurricular activities that come with being a rock band. Well somehow with nobody knowing who we were or what we looked like, a rumour got started the Klattu was actually the Beatles. Then Capitol Records took a full page ad out in a major music trade saying that Klattu weren’t the Beatles and said quite simply KLATTU IS KLATTU. Then people started thinking that we perpetrated the rumor and that we were scamming people. The attendance at our shows started dropping and finally we just packed it in as a band.”
Poor Nameless Boy actually does have a name and it’s one that you will know very shortly as Joel Henderson is poised to make a big splash on the folk/roots/Americana scene.. When asked about his choice of Poor Nameless Boy as a stage name, Joel explains “ My dad toured for 18 years as a musician and my brother Chris has got a good sized Country music following so I wanted something that would give me my own indentity. I went to see my dad and brother with about 40 name ideas but none of them really worked. I couldn’t come up with one and dad jokingly said “ Poor Nameless Boy” , and that was it.”
One of the hardest things for young people these days is trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives. There are so many options and it’s hard to make up your mind at a young age to decide what you would like to spend your life doing. But that’s not a dilemma for young Avery Raquel. At 14 years old, Avery is focused and primed for a career in music. When asked about her favourite musical memory Avery says, “I remember my parents taking me to see Annie when I was about 4, and I came home and learned all the songs.”
From the age of 4, she began traveling from her home in Hamilton, Ontario, across the country to perform and quickly became proficient in singing, dancing and acting. But of the three, although Avery has worked in film with television productions for Disney and Dreamworks, music is the source of her passion. “I remember my Dad playing Ray Charles’ version of ‘Over The Rainbow’ and calling me down to listen and sing along. I loved singing those great songs.”
Inge Andersen is one of those hidden gems that are scattered on the musical landscape, just waiting for hungry ears to discover. A pure voice, intelligent but moving lyrics all captured on a 10 song CD, Fallen Angel, brilliantly produced by Americana icon Eric Anderson.
The debut album by this Dutch singers/songwriter was a long time coming as life took her down a different path early on, a path of academia, a path on which she earned a PhD in Educational Psychology. But Inge loved poetry and music for as long as she could remember and she describes a life changing event that took place while she was in college “My friend in college, who was a music collector, took me to a concert of a group of singer-songwriters. This was in 1989. Townes van Zandt, Guy Clark, David Olney and Eric Andersen were on a joint tour. This was the first time I saw and heard Eric. I immediately loved his music. However, it took eleven years before we actually met and another five years before we started singing together. I accompanied Eric on a tour of Japan in 2005 and after that we performed regularly together, with the brilliant Italian violinist Michele Gazich. We played songs from the whole of Eric's repertoire. Eric and Michele encouraged me to perform my own songs and eventually co-produced my album Fallen Angel.”
The world was shocked to wake up to news of the passing of an icon, musical superstar David Bowie. Although not many even knew he was sick; Bowie had been battling cancer in private for 18 months. But Bowie knew his days were numbered when he made one final public appearance in December 2015 at the New York City premiere of his off-Broadway musical –‘Lazarus’. The press wrote that he looked so well, so healthy but it was reported later that when he left, he collapsed.
Bowie’s passing came after a difficult few years during which he suffered half a dozen heart attacks related to his cancer. But that didn’t stop the icon from creating as he just released his new album “Blackstar” on his 69th birthday, two days before his death. His sense of timing is eerie, he released “Space Oddity” only days before the moon landing in 1969.
Last year the decision was made at Cashbox Magazine Canada to start to dedicate legacy awards to individuals who have made major contributions to the Canadian Music Scene.
To date the recipients have been: Bobby Curtola Canada’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Legend and Member of the Order of Canada Danny Marks Guitarist/Entertainer, Blues Historian and Radio Host of Blues FM and founding member of Edward Bear Robbie Lane of Robbie Lane and the Disciples fame Singer/Performer, TV Host and currently a Radio Host on AM 740
The newest recipient of the award was one Sandy Graham, CEO and Editor in Chief of Cashbox Canada was one that she felt extremely honoured to be able to award to Fred Ramsperger, a man who was a partner in one of the largest record stores in Montreal in the 60's and 70’s. As Sandy explained,“I started in the music business working at International Music Store in downtown Montreal, and everything I have accomplished in this industry started at International.”
This is it! It’s here! Finally, the album I’ve been waiting for! I didn’t know who was going to record it, but I knew that one day it would happen. One day there would be an album that would remind me of those days of opening up a new vinyl 12” LP and putting the needle down gently on the grooves and being transported to a beautiful place. A place of warm rich tones and richly textured vocals singing heartfelt lyrics. Lori Yates captured lightning in a bottle with her new record Sweetheart of the Valley and this should be the ticket to get her back where belongs on the alt-country music scene. This is Lori’s first album since 2007 when she released The Book Of Minerva, and it was well worth the wait. Backed up masterfully by Hey Stella, whose members include Blue Rodeo's Bazil Donovan, David Baxter and Michelle Josef and steel player Steve Wood.