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Canadians and Americans Celebrate A Music Icon Returns to Music City U.S.A

Nashville Office Cover

by Sandy Graham

May 2010 will be a month to remember in Nashville,Tennessee. True, it was the month of the great flood, when the Cumberland River crested to a near all time high but even in the face of adversity, it was the rebirth of a great American music tradition, CASHBOX MAGAZINE in Nashville. The return of this institution was to be marked with a Mother’s Day Cashbox Artist Showcase at the legendary Nashville Palace. With the occurrence of the tragic floods, the event was in danger of being postponed due to water damage and inaccessibility, but in true Tennessee fashion of “the show must go on” the show went on.

CASHBOX NASHVILLE is headed up by Nashville mainstay Keith Bradford. Bradford and his brother Mike Bradford also operate NBRN.FM, a great internet country radio station, and KMA Records, an independent label for up and coming country artists.

Summer Songs

Lighthouse Sunny Days

by Sandy Graham

In Canada, we have the tradition of the May 24 long weekend, in honour of Queen Victoria. Being the Commonwealth country, we still uphold this holiday, but not so much as a Birthday recognition of a long ago Monarch, but as the tradition of cottages opening up for the season, gardens getting prepared for the summer flowers, holidays being planned and always the music.

Summer brings the radio stations back to playing hits from the past that we all identify with the season approaching. ‘Summer in the City’ by The Lovin’ Spoonful, ‘Summer Breeze’ by Seals and Croft and of course the Canadian summer anthem ‘Sunny Days’ by our very own Lighthouse. Since Cashbox Magazine was known for Charts in it’s heyday, Cashbox Canada has compiled a list of the Top 30 Songs that represent the summer season.

1. Kokomo The Beach Boys
2. Summer in the City Lovin’ Spoonful
3. Sunny Days Lighthouse
4. Good Day Sunshine The Beatles
5. Here Comes the Sun The Beatles
6. Hot Fun In the Summertime Sly and the Family Stone
7. All Summer Single Billy Idol
8. All Summer Long The Beach Boys
9. Summer of Love John Mellencamp
10. Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer Nat King Cole
11. Summer Breeze Seals and Crofts
12. Summer of 69 Bryan Adams
13. Summer Wind Frank Sinatra
14. Here Comes Summer Cliff Richard
15. Summer Nights From Grease
16. Sealed With A Kiss Bryan Hyland
17. The Boys Of Summer Don Henley
18. Summer Turning Blue Max Webster
19. Summer Rain Johnny Rivers
20. Black Summer Rain Eric Clapton
21. A Summer Song Chad and Jeremy

ROCK WAR PEACE

John Brower
By Bill Delingat

If you were one of the lucky ones to be part of the Summer of Love 1969 in Toronto, Ontario, you will recall that surreal moment when a thunderous sound interrupted the music from the concert stage, as everyone looked to the sky expecting to see an EMS helicopter or a news chopper overhead. What in fact was the perpetrators of this noise was a chopper of a different kind as an escort of motorcycle club members cleared the path as they lead in the fleet of limousines containing the stars of the day’s event, John Lennon and Yoko along with the Plastic Ono Band. (Full story in Cashbox Canada archives)

At this year’s Canadian Music Week, the powerhouse team of Brower and Saunders, writers and developers of this historic film project arrived to flog their wares to the place and people that made it all a reality 40 years ago. Cashbox had a chance to ask a few questions and they got the answers from the illustrious Mr. Brower.

Omega Crom: Blood, Steel & Fire On The Highway

Omega Crom Cover
by Lenny Stoute

The road is a mean motha that’ll make ya or break ya. Mention a western tour in winter to a Canuck musician and the answer’s always; "Who’d you piss off?"

From Vancouver to St. John’s, crisscrossing the vast prairies and lush river valleys, musicians roam the land bringing their sounds to willing ears far and wide. Some come hard, some come soft, some melodic, some all noise and few louder or more fierce than Omega Crom.

They’re recently back in Vancouver after their first ever cross-Canada tour, a Canuck rite of passage replete with tales of rip-offs, skanky groupies and stinky vans, jammed into close quarters for long periods in unfamiliar circumstances will bring out all manner of behaviours but band leader Johnny Ketlo says theirs was as smooth as a salmon belly.

"It was just awesome. Turned out we all got along really well on the road. It was all new to everybody, everything from playing to 300 people one night and 30 the next to checking out the chicks making out in the mosh pit".

It helped the crew were rolling in a big ass Chevy Suburban with the gear in a trailer, leaving lots of room to spread out. The tour was in support of "Blood, Fire and Steel", the band’s much-anticipated debut, a chest rattling, blood rousing call to rock ’n’ roll arms. Same as it ever was, if you wanna move units Facebook’ll help but you gotta take the show to the people.

Is Kellylee Evans a Canadian Sasha Fierce?

Kellylee Evans 2

By Lenny Stoute

The soulful songstress clues us to this and other ideas simmering on her follow-up album, The Good Girl.

Where most artists who drop a noticed album tend to want to build on that by serving up more of the same, Kellylee Evans is confident fans will follow her to another place. The Scarborough-born singer came outa nowhere in 2007 with debut album Fight or Flight to win an award for best female artist, Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, plus Juno and Gemini nods. Evans is poised to drop her follow-up The Good Girl and a sneak listen reveals it rarely gives a look in on the jazz ‘hood.

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN - GARY CHARLES QUINN 1954 -2009

Gary Quinn

By Bill Delingat

It was around a year ago when the phone rang and Marty Williams said “Belson, what’s up?”, the usual response was answered with the reply,” I have bad news for you it’s Quinn, he’s dead.” Well, unfortunately it was true after the 3 of us and other old friends had just recently reacquainted at yet another compadre’s funeral, (Platinum Blonde) Kenny McLean. The story goes that when he couldn’t be reached his best friend from school days (and ‘roomy’ at one time) Chris Bernard discovered that “Quinn,” as he was called by his friends, had passed away. Leaving behind his 3 beloved Siamese cats and his Gibson Guitar on his lap as he sat waiting to move on over to the other side. It is unfortunate when close friends pass on like Kenny McLean and Gary Quinn, less than 6 months apart and ironically enough, both very talented musicians.

Jam Toast

Jam Toast 1

Malcolm McLaren, 1946 -2010

With all that is lost something is gained and his talent and genius has spawned years of angry young musicians and than there is the legacy that will carry on for years.

Having been part of the scene in the 70’s it was described by some as childish, immature, untalented abuse of a 3 chord “AABA” form of music.
In reality the term “Punk” was once described by one of the Ramones as the name given for those young lads who in order to survive did favors for the rich males hunting the streets for a bit of fun.

In turn that is what their music became labeled.

Well here we are 40years latter and one of those interesting off shoots of the Punk scene is a very unique concept that you would not normally expect but why not JAM Toast.

The latest CD is described best here by its founder Michael McKinnon

Don Graham A Willing Heart CD Review

Don Graham Promo

by S. Robertson

The country market is filled with great singers, talented songwriters and larger than life performers. That is why it is refreshing to hear a CD that has it all.

This new CD by veteran country rock artist, Don Graham (a founding member of Graham County) has it all. Great story telling songs, amazing production, infectious guitar lines and most of all a voice that will keep you hooked from the first song.

The first track, “GOT WHAT IT TAKES”, says it all. ‘An everyday man of everyday means at home in my t-shirt and my old blue jeans’ captures the image of an average man who is comfortable in his own skin.

Track 2, “DUG A HOLE” is along the same lines, a southern front porch, swampy kind of feel with a great hook. By the time I hit the 3rd track “THE WORLD DIDN’T END” I started to realize that this CD had a thread of a story to it. In this day of digital downloads and iPod shuffles, how refreshing to hear something with continuity to it.

HIP KITTY

Hip Kitty Cover

by Sandy Graham

If you could harness the raw originality of the 1960s Jefferson Airplane and the dynamic power of Heart from the 1970s and ‘80s and transport them to the 21st century, you’d probably end up with a sound very similar to HIP KITTY.

Make no mistake, this is not an ordinary band with a cute name. These folks can play! And sing! And write great songs!

From the very top of The Art of War CD, with the ethereal orchestral intro leading into the first cut “The March of Tzu” right through to the 14th track “A Same New Day,” this group will grab your auditory attention and will not let you go until the last note stops ringing.

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