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The Ault Sisters In Concert At Sanderson Centre

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Joined by four of the best: Dave Restivo (piano); Russ Boswell (bass); Nathan Hiltz, guitar & Ethan Ardelli (drums), the Sisters will give a performance to include songs from one of the most loved and well-known sister groups of all time, The Andrews Sisters.  Amanda, Alicia and Alanna will be singing their way through musical history from that iconic vocal trio.  In addition they have a programme that includes some seasonal/holiday music, some of their favourites from Timeless [their last album] and a couple of their own originals that’ll be on the upcoming album.

The girls have been working hard and have delighted audiences in and around Toronto in addition to venturing further and further out into this amazing province.
Robin Munro, Executive Producer of Barrie’s FESTIVENT World says, “Over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity and pleasure to present The Ault Sisters and this year The Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival commissioned the Sisters to present a “Giants of Jazz”concert based on The Andrews Sisters. ...they charmed and engaged the enthusiasm of a multi-generational crowd of music lovers.”

We do hope you’ll be able to join us at the gorgeous Sanderson Theatre (what an absolute jewel this venue is).

THE AULT SISTERS IN CONCERT @SANDERSON CENTRE
88 DALHOUSIE STREET, BRANTFORD • 1.800.2650710 or 519.758.8090
MONDAY, DECEMBER 12• DOORS 7:15/MUSIC 8PM • $30 GENERAL ADMSSION

Michael Williams Presents - Christmas with Liberty Silver and Friends

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Michael Williams Presents SUNDAY NIGHT presents two firsts.... our first annual Christmas concert and our first anniversary. Join in the festive celebrations with a fabulous line up of artists including R&B singer/songwriter Liberty Silver and award winning producer Eddie Bullen, Jeff Jones (Red Rider, Carpet Frogs), AHI, Sam Taylor, Lisa Hartt, Don Graham, Jessica Lockwood, Julianna D'Assisi and more, Sunday December 11, 2016 at Taste of Colombia's El Salon.

Michael Williams began the Sunday night concert series, opening with guest artists Lost and Profound, one year ago. Seeking a platform to present live music in an intimate setting, he found the perfect venue in El Salon. Since then the Sunday Night concert series has offered a host of performing artists for our listening pleasure including Gord Deppe (The Spoons), Fergus Hambleton (The Sattalites), David Storey (Corner Gas), Toney Springer (Wild T & The Spirit), Sarah Smith, Prakash and Jordan John (The Lincolns), Julian Taylor, David Celia and many others. Through his Open Mic Series, Williams has also provided opportunities for young local artists to meet and perform with the more seasoned professionals, giving them exposure to a wider audience.

Songwriter Mentor Williams of “Drift Away” Fame Dies

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Story Credit CMT / Journalist Edward Morris

Songwriter Mentor Williams, composer of Dobie Gray’s 1973 hit, “Drift Away,” died Wednesday (Nov. 16), according to the Taos (New Mexico) News. The location and cause of death were not reported, although he was a longtime resident of the Taos area. Nor was his age confirmable at press time.

Williams also co-wrote such country hits as Alabama’s “When We Make Love” (1984), Eddy Raven’s “She’s Gonna Win Your Heart” (1984) and Randy Travis and George Jones’ “A Few Ole Country Boys” (1990).

Narvel Felts had a Top 10 country hit with “Drift Away” in 1973. The song was later covered by Waylon Jennings, Rod Stewart, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison and Michael Bolton, among others. Uncle Kracker enlisted Gray to join him on a remake of the song which peaked at No. 9 on Billboard’s all-genres Hot 100 chart in 2003 and topped the trade publication’s adult contemporary chart.

Williams is the brother of singer, songwriter and actor Paul Williams, who now serves as president and board chairman of ASCAP, the performance rights society.
Mentor Williams had a romantic relationship with country singer Lynn Anderson from the 1980s until her death in 2015.

Editor’s Note: Cashbox Canada had the pleasure of meeting Mentor Williams brother, singer/songwriter Paul Williams many times at Canadian Music Week. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Paul Williams and his family on his loss.

Sneak Preview of the 15th Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival

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Festival-goers will have a chance to get a sneak preview of what’s in store at the 15th ANNUAL WINTERFOLK BLUES AND ROOTS FESTIVAL when some of the finest folk, roots and blues artists will take the stage at Toronto’s Black Swan Tavern on Saturday, November 26th. Doors open at 7:30 pm and music starts at 8:00 pm for this event to benefit Winterfolk. Presented by Winterfolk XV Blues and Roots Festival, the event also serves as a benefit for the festival. Artists will include Tony Quarrington, HOTCHA!, Brian Gladstone, Glen Hornblast, Jerome Tucker, D’Arcy Wickham and Noah Zacharin. There will also be an open mic for anyone who would like to add a tune or two.

Toronto’s Winterfolk XV festival – which will run from February 17-19, 2017, will present a jam-packed night of music as a teaser to the upcoming all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof urban blues and roots festival. Every year the Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival engages in special preview performances that showcase some of the finest emerging and established talent the city has to offer. We want audiences to get a glimpse of what will be on offer for the upcoming festival. Artists will include guitar aces Tony Quarrington, D’Arcy Wickham, hillbilly swing duo HOTCHA!, flying finger pickin’ Brian Gladstone, singer-songwriter Noah Zacharin, authentic Chicago blues man Jerome Tucker, plus award-winning troubadour Glen Hornblast.

Cashbox Canada Announces the Newest Legacy Award Recipient Lori Yates

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Cashbox Magazine Canada is proud to announce the lastest recipient of its legacy award. The honour is awarded to a Canadian music personality who has paved roads and through dedication and hard work earned a spot in Canadian music history. Previous honourees have been entertainers Teen Idol Bobby Curtola, Legendary Singer/Radio Personality Robbie Lane, Record Store owner pioneer Fred Ramsperger (International Music-Montreal) and the well-loved blues performer/radio/TV personality Danny Marks.

The decision of choosing the person is done carefully by committee with contributions weighed and then voted upon. Not surprisingly Lori Yates was a unanimous choice.

Born in Oshawa, Ontario, small town girl, big time talent Lori was raised in Downsview, a suburb of the Big Smoke where was weaned on Dolly Parton, Pink Floyd, Tanya Tucker and Suzi Quatro while cutting her gigging teeth at the Turning Point, Larry's Hideaway with an in your face punk type band The Last Resorts. Lori Yates found herself touring with cowpunk superstar Dwight Yoakum, the edgy Steve Earle and the iconic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Her latest album, released in 2015, ‘Sweetheart of the Valley’ was met with high praise and critical acclaim.

Reggae Music is Back in Bronte with Jason Wilson at the Michael Williams Presents Sunday Nights

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Former MuchMusic VJ Michael Williams has been producing shows in a wonderful ‘listening’ environment with his Michael Williams Presents Sunday Nights at Taste of Colombia's El Salon in Bronte, Ontario.

The tradition continues with a live, acoustic Jazz, Celtic, Reggae performance by featuring the return of Jason Wilson and the Perennials Sunday Dec. 4th 2016.

Michael Williams says, “I have watched Jason Wilson develop his unique style after his mentor Reggae Legend, Jackie Mittoo. First there was Tabaruk a Canadian version of musical youth. Next came his many projects featuring various styles from Jazz to Celtic, always including Reggae in the mix perfectly. A talented songwriter of importance in the Canadian musical mosaic. Jason is accompanied by musicians from Tabaruk and new players who fit in acoustically and musically.” Jason Wilson and the Perennials is one of the best shows of 2016 bringing the warmth of Reggae back to Bronte and Taste of Colombia. A show not to be missed!”

Leon Russell Gone at the Age of 74

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Leon Russell died on Nov. 13, 2016 in Nashville at the age of 74. His wife said that he passed away in his sleep.

The Master Of Space And Time was a legendary musician and songwriter originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma who performed his gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues, and country music for over 50 years.

Leon was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2011.

Leon led the famous Joe Cocker's ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen’ tour and performed with George Harrison and Friends at the Concert For Bangladesh. Leon has also toured with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, Edgar Winter, The New Grass Revival, Willie Nelson, and Sir Elton John.

Leon Russell Master of Space and TimeLeon Russell Master of Space and TimeLeon's songwriting credits include 'A Song For You', ‘Delta Lady’, ‘Hummingbird’, ‘Lady Blue’, ‘Back To The Island’, ‘Tight Rope’, and ‘This Masquerade’.

Won’t You Stand By Me ? And They Did

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Photo Credits: Pat Blythe A Girl With A Camera "The Picture Taker"

October 20, 2016 was a night to remember. John Long, of Downtown Towing and Promotions holds a yearly event to remember his two brothers, Clifford and Gary who passed within days of each from cancer. Sadly, this year he added his lifelong friend to the list. A man he considered to be his other brother, Bobby Curtola. Teen heartthrob Curtola succumbed to a heart attack on June 4, 2016. The event this year was held at the Rock Pile and the turnout was in honour to the ones we have lost.

Every now and then a magical musical moment is forever etched in history and this night was one of those moments. The event was hosted by the talented Danny Marks who also brought along his bandmates, Leon Stevenson (drums and vocals) and Rodney St. Armant. (bass and vocals). A poignant choice as Curtola was the one who gave Danny Marks the Cashbox Canada Legacy Award last year.

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Curly Putnam Heading For The Green Green Grass of Home

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Claude “Curly” Putman, has died at the age of 85. Putnam was a prolific songwriter writing or co-writing such hits as Tammy Wynette’s classic DIVORCE with Bobby Braddock and the George Jones comeback hit He Stopped Loving Her Today. But he is probably best known for the all time favourite Green, Green Grass of Home, which propelled Tom Jones to stardom

Curly was born and raised in Princeton, Alabama, on a mountain named after his family where his father worked in the sawmill where he would also work after school. He went to Southern University Junior College before spending four years in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Valley Forge.

After leaving the Navy, he played steel guitar with a band in Huntsville, Alabama, where he met his future wife, Bernice They would marry in 1956. They moved around for several years eventually settling in Huntsville where he worked in a shoe store. As a songwriter he had his first cuts from Marion Worth and Grand Ole Opry star Charlie Walker. He was transferred to a Nashville store before moving to Memphis then back to Huntsville where he played in a band at night. In 1960, he recorded "The Prison Song," a top 30 single. On a 1963 visit to Nashville, he ran into Buddy Killen, who was working for music-publishing company Tree International.who hired Putnam as a song plugger.

Country Music Awards 2016

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Photo at right: Dolly Parton Wins Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award

The Country Music Awards are the best of the best in Country Music today. An A-star list gather together, with many hoping to be a winner.

The CMA Awards have been touted as "Country Music's Biggest Night" and A-list stars were all hoping to leave as winners.

Two stars were guaranteed to make acceptance speeches right off the top. It was announced in advance that Kenny Chesney would receive the Pinnacle Award and Dolly Parton would be honored with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.
Meanwhile Chris Stapleton took home two trophies and Garth Brooks nabbed the big award of the night, Entertainer of the Year.
Here is the list of CMA 2016 Winners:

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