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The Boy Who Would Be King

Cover Aug 13, 2010

by Don Graham

On January 8th, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, was born to Gladys and Vernon Presley, a baby boy. He would be named Elvis Aaron Presley, and one day would be known simply as…..The King !

From his humble beginnings in that tiny two room house in Tupelo, Elvis lived what seemed to be a normal life with his poor but hard working parents. An only child, his twin Jesse Garon died in childbirth, Elvis was given whatever his parents could afford to give, but most of all he was given an abundance of love by his doting mother. It is widely thought that because of the passing of his twin, Gladys was determined that young Elvis would be protected and well looked after.

When Elvis was thirteen, in 1948, the Presleys moved to Memphis, Tennessee where Elvis would begin to form his musical style. He was influenced by the country and pop music of the day as well the church music that he heard and the music at the all night Gospel services he would sometimes attend. Combine these influences with the black R & B that he heard on Beale Street and you get an idea of where this mixture of sounds and feels would take this young singer.

The Demo

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Keith Bradford is Executive Director of Cashbox Magazine, Nashville Tennessee. Mr. Bradford is also the director of NBRN.FM, owner of KMA Records, and also runs Keith Bradford Promotions.
Bradford is in the pre-production of the release of his new DVD Series, The Music Business – Ya Gotta Luv It!
Cashbox Canada is pleased to present weekly excerpts from this series to be released in 2011.

The Demo
by Keith Bradford

The word demo is an abbreviation for demonstration recording. It came about after the final realization that many fine songwriters did not know how to read or write sheet music. They could however strum a guitar and sing you the song or accompany themselves on the piano or some other musical instrument.

No longer did a publisher have to give an artist a piece of sheet music to show them how a song sounded. With the demo the artist can hear instantly how the melody goes and learn how to sing the song without being able to read a single note.

The difference between a demo and a master is sometimes very vague. The demonstration recording is supposed to be just an idea of how the song goes. The master on the other hand is the finished arrangement and production of the song. Sometimes demos come out so well they end up being released as the master.

The Music Business, YA GOTTA LUV IT

RB Renegade - Second Time Around

RB Renegade

When you first start talking to RB Renegade, you immediately get caught up in his infectious enthusiasm for everything. His music, the country legends stars he interviews for his NBRN internet radio show, his writing, his family, his soul mate and wife, Shari.

Born in Toronto, Canada, RB was recruited to move to the U.S. for work not related to the music industry. He stayed on and now Boston, MA is his home, where he resides when not travelling back and forth to Music City, USA.

When asked how he first was influenced to be a singer/songwriter his answer was surprising. ‘I played trombone in the High School band. But we had an English teacher, you know they typical British school marm type, who really opened my eyes to my writing. Her name was Mrs. Robinson and one day she brought an album in for us to listen to during class. It was Simon and Garfunkel, ‘Sounds of Silence’. That was it for me. I was hooked. I went home and wrote my very first song that night; ‘In My Room’, hugely influenced by ‘I Am A Rock’. I spent many hours with Mrs. Robinson after that, who encouraged me to write poetry, which of course is really what the basis of all good songs are anyway. Later on I was influenced by great writers like Gordon Lightfoot, I loved rock n roll like all kids my age, The Beach Boys, Beatles, then later on I liked great Canadian artists like Bryan Adams and Blue Rodeo.’One person whose music was always an influence was that of Terry Sumsion and to be on the same label with him now and to be working with him is such an honor.

The NEW Record Club

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Keith Bradford is Executive Director of Cashbox Magazine, Nashville Tennessee. Mr. Bradford is also the director of NBRN.FM, owner of KMA Records, and also runs Keith Bradford Promotions.
Bradford is in the pre-production of the release of his new DVD Series, The Music Business – Ya Gotta Luv It!
Cashbox Canada is pleased to present weekly excerpts from this series to be released in 2011.

By Keith Bradford

Dwight Yoakam-What’s Gold Is New Again

Cover Aug 6, 2010

By Lenny Stoute

Country music’s renaissance cowboy Dwight Yoakam is back on the tour circuit and kicking it hard. The man from Pikeville, Kentucky’s assembled a mighty touring unit and is setting fans afire from Austin to Salinas. The set’s about to become hotter come August 24 when Dwight’s newest compilation Top Ten (New West) drops.

The tracks are drawn from the golden age of Dwight Yoakam, circa 1986-1993 and there’s not a dog in the lot. They also offer a timely reminder on the almighty impact Yoakam’s sound had on the direction of country music. Sporting painted-on jeans, Manuel jackets, a low-slung white Stetson and a punchy, authentic hillbilly sound, Dwight Yoakam rocked into the mainstream with a girl catching swagger, then turned around and moved the traditionalists over to his side with his evocative song writing and electrifying performances.

From the guitar riff of his very first single “Honky Tonk Man” off his very first album Guitars, Cadillacs, etc., etc; the dude was serving notice we were in the presence of something special. Twenty fours years later Top Ten rightly kicks off with the title track and Honky Tonk Man, from that genre bustin’ debut.

FRIENDS DAY 2010, the Beginning

Friends Day 1

By Bill Delingat

ZEN – Friendship
“To Love People who love you is easy. Choose to be everyone’s friend, whether they like you or not. When you love and accept others as they are you will have friends everywhere.”

Elaine Tennyson is such a person and when she walks into the room everyone becomes aware of her dynamic presence. Elaine was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and moved to the metropolis of Toronto with her family at a young age. Elaine’s charm and beauty soon brought her into the high fashion modeling scene as a young teen and off she went to New York to pursue her blossoming career. On returning to Toronto for a visit Elaine decided to pursue her love for art deco and opened a 20th Century design store Red Indian Art Deco with her partner in the downtown core. Elaine also produced events and sold her couture designs at the store and soon utilizing her enormous list of clients founded Elaine Tennyson Enterprises (E.T.E.)

A PR franchise was born and the Toronto event scene would never be the same as her unique approach to fashion shows and special events would have an impact and reshape the industry, so much so that this incredible woman was dubbed by the National Post as a “PR Powerhouse.”

After a couple of tragic years of losing many friends, Elaine decided to give back to her friends and also initiate the idea for others to follow and acknowledge her vision of a day designated for friends to celebrate with each other - “Friends Day.”

Rockit88 Blasts Off In A New Direction

Rockit 88

By Lenny Stoute

It’s been six years since this country’s had “Too Much Fun” and that’s not Rockit88’s fault. Core members Bill King (keyboards, vocals) and Neil Chapman (guitars, vocals) stay busy making music. So busy they’ve not had the time to get back to Rockit88 until now.

Six years later, the boys are back in town with new members, a new sound and a whole new persona, several steps away from the deep-dish blues of the debut album. The new album’s Sweet Sugar Cane, the new backline’s Lionel Williams on bass and groove merchant Jim Casson working the skins and our host is the smooth-talking Bill King.

“ The first album, being that it was all covers, was more about the playing, with emphasis on the piano and guitar. This one is more focused on the songs and maintaining a consistency of style across 12 tracks”.

That style would be swampy country blues rock, cut with essence of the Rolling Stones and Little Feat at their most down home. Those are tough sailin’ shoes to fill, but Chapman and King found themselves well up to the task. Another daunt about this style of music, it can be a tough row to handle the vocals credibly. The vocals on Sweet Sugar Cane get their authority from King’s uncanny ability to locate the appropriate period nuances for each song. Vocal output is further boosted by the recent addition of Stacey Bulmer.

Jo Hikk Ain’t Looking For Kicks

Cover July 30, 2010

Jo Hikk’s front guy Kelly Sitter talks quietly about upcoming album ‘The Game’, near-fame and how it all came about
by Lenny Stoute

“If this is the highest level the band ever gets to and if this is the happiest I’ll ever be, then I’m real good with that” As Granny might say, “Now there stands a man happy in his skin” and if she’s talking about Kelly Sitter, the ol’ dame’s right on the money.
The defining voice of Alberta country band Jo Hikk is at home with the kids in his small-town hometown the day Cashbox Canada called up. Sitter describes a leisurely paced life, with lots of time between rehearsals to check out the local baseball games and play a few gigs. In the background is the knowledge that all this could change big time after August 10, the release date for Jo Hikk’s much-anticipated sophomore album, ‘The Game’.

What is Old is New again…..The New York Dolls

New York Dolls

What is Old is New again…..

"The New York Dolls created punk rock before there was a term for it. Building on the Rolling Stones' dirty rock & roll, Mick Jagger's androgyny, girl group pop, the glam rock of David Bowie and T. Rex, and the Stooges' anarchic noise, the New York Dolls created a new form of hard rock that presaged both punk rock and heavy metal. Their drug-fueled, shambolic performances influenced a generation of musicians in New York and London, who all went on to form punk bands. And although they self-destructed quickly, the band's two albums remained two of the most popular cult records in rock & roll history. All of the members of the New York Dolls played in New York bands before they formed in late 1971. Guitarists Sylvain Sylvain (who named the band), Johnny Thunders and Rick Rivets, bassist Arthur Kane, and drummer Billy Murcia were joined by vocalist David Johansen. Early in 1972. The group began playing regularly in lower Manhattan, particularly at the Mercer Arts Center. 

Now in 2010 the Dolls are back embarking on the road one more time with the help of the new media “the internet” that has brought their sound and story to new listeners and old fans alike inspiring a cross country tour to bring the show back “live on stage”.


Fans corner: New York dolls Burlington songfest June 19 2010

Don't Believe Your Own Hype

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by Keith Bradford

Keith Bradford is Executive Director of Cashbox Magazine, Nashville Tennessee. Mr. Bradford is also the director of NBRN.FM, owner of KMA Records, and also runs Keith Bradford Promotions.
Bradford is in the pre-production of the release of his new DVD Series, The Music Business – Ya Gotta Luv It!
Cashbox Canada is pleased to present weekly excerpts from this series to be released in 2011.

Be very cautious about starting to believe your own PR that is or was created for you.  All too often Artists start believing what is being said about them either by fans or professional publicity agencies whose job is to make the artist look bigger than they really are? 

In some instances the promoter does it all as a platonic relationship and innocently stretches the truth, just a bit to make the artist appear to be a star.  In other scenarios the manager/promoter has a serious infatuation with the artist (sometimes bordering on idolatry) and anything and everything that can be said to make the artist feel great about themselves is all used in the promotion. 

This doesn't seem to hurt anyone but the artist themselves.  When the time comes for the artist to produce the goods as we say in the business, they fall down and the embarrassment begins.  All too often an artist is booked almost solely on their hype and after a miserable performance they are informed they won't be back. 

Don't believe everything you read or hear about yourself.  It can be dangerous. 

The Music Business Ya Gotta Luv It.

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