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Is Kellylee Evans a Canadian Sasha Fierce?

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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

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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.

Andy Kim Is Going to ‘Happen Again’ !

Cover April 9, 2010
by Sandy Graham

On first encounter with the speaking voice of Andy Kim, you can hear the richness and passion in his words. And he is not even singing. Kim is a combination of amazed and excited about the release of his new CD, ‘Happen Again’, distributed by E1 Canada.

“The CD was recorded in Los Angeles, but it all came to life when I met Eric Alper last November, and E1 expressed serious interest in promoting and marketing Andy Kim and my new product", explains Kim. ‘’ I have been living in the U.S. for many years, but Canada has always been my home. It is quite fitting that my launch of this new product is right here – in my home country".

JOE SATRIANI: I DECIDED TO BECOME A GUITAR PLAYER…THE DAY JIMI HENDRIX DIED

Joe Satriani Live In Paris

JOE SATRIANI
I DECIDED TO BECOME A GUITAR PLAYER…THE DAY JIMI HENDRIX DIED
by Catherine Kruczko

As Joe Satriani is about to embark on the “Experience Hendrix” Tribute Tour (starting March 2, 2010), I was able to speak with him from his San Francisco home.  Mr. Satriani does not disappoint, he is eloquent, gracious, a family man and so much more…

Where to start with this “Guitar Guru”?  He has taught so many greats! Joe’s DVD and CD set of LIVE IN PARIS just released, the band he is a part of is CHICKENFOOT with Sammy Hagar, Chad Smith and Michael Anthony …really where do you begin?!

So…I decided, the beginning, what is it like to have a guitar lesson with Joe Satriani? How about a lesson that includes Joe as the teacher and Tom Morello (guitarist of Rage Against the Machine) as the student?

Cashbox Canada's Live Six Pick for CMW- Half a dozen hot numbers that must be seen to be appreciated.

© Lenny Stoute

Think About lifeThink About life

Think About Life was formed in Montreal in 2005 by drummer Matt Shane and keyboardist Graham Van Pelt as a dance electronica indie rock act. The addition of vocalist Martin Cesar's idiosyncratic ways with classic r'n'b grooves pushed the band into a territory all its own. With a pair of well-received albums in the catalogue and name brand tours with such as Franz Ferdinand and Land Of Talk, Think About Life is edging closer to mainstream attention.

Who is Linda Luztono?

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By: Bill Delingat

Not only is she the first Canadian female singer to get to perform on 106 & Park on BET she is another young promising star to watch break in the USA.

Her original competition date was set for “Wild Out Wednesdays “,January 13th, however with the Earth quake disaster in Haiti, BET had dedicated time to help the survivors of this international emergency and relief fund and has rescheduled her appearance for Thursday January 21st, 2010,at 6pm ,with a special episode called “Thursday Night Throwdown” which will launch “Mobile Voting” for the contestants as well, so we hope that at the time of this article everyone has texted in her #79922 and we will have great news for our viewers and her fans on where she placed or better yet that she wins the competition.

Rawkin’ The Gospel in a Gin Joint Near You

Cover Jan 22, 2010

By Lenny Stoute

Ain’t every day dude steps up and tells you he’s about putting the stank on Gospel. Specially when said dude is a former missionary with significant cred in Gospel music and a founding member of Canada’s premiere old school Gospel act. But Marcus Mosely is a man with a mission and a heart full of soul. When he says the stank is needful, believe it.

“ The mission is to bring Gospel music back into the mainstream. We’re doing it by emphasising the music, not the message. We’re putting The Sojourners stank on because people seem to like it like that”, says the Texas-born Mosley from his Vancouver crib.

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