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Rod McKuen Seasons in the Sun

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Story Courtesy of The Guardian

Rod McKuen moved to Paris, where he struck up a friendship with Jacques Brel. He translated the Belgian’s great song, Ne Me Quitte Pas, which became a hit in 1966 as If You Go Away.

Rod McKuen, who has died aged 81, was, at his peak, a cultural phenomenon whose massive success as a songwriter and singer saw him become America’s most popular poet, dubbed The King of Kitsch by Newsweek magazine.

His books of poetry were found both on middle American coffee tables and in the bedrooms of adolescents, reflecting their combination of dreamy romantic loneliness and uplifting platitudes. It was no coincidence that one of McKuen’s biggest hits was the title song for the animated Peanuts film A Boy Named Charlie Brown, for which he was nominated for an Oscar. A shrewd judge of passing styles and a hardworking promoter of his own work, McKuen produced 30 collections of poems and around 200 recordings of easy-listening music that sold in the millions. But it was his songwriting, covered by artists as varied as Frank Sinatra and Madonna, Dolly Parton and Chet Baker, Johnny Cash and Barbra Streisand, that made his fortune.

McKuen was born in a charity hospital in Oakland, California; his mother had been abandoned by his father. His stepfather beat him regularly and he was sexually abused by relatives, which was even more damaging. “Physical injuries on the outside heal,” he said, “but those scars have never healed and I expect they never will.”

Sly Stone Wins $5 Million In Unpaid Royalties Lawsuit Against Manager, Lawyer

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Story Courtesy of The Huffington Post

A jury has awarded Sly Stone, iconic lead singer of Sly and the Family Stone, $5 million in unpaid royalties concluding a lawsuit that began almost exactly five years ago.
The Guardian reports that Stone (real name Sylvester Stewart) was urged to sign an employment and shareholder agreement with Even St Productions. The singer claimed his manager Gerald Goldstein and attorney Glenn Stone then used the agreement to divert royalties to themselves instead of the musician.
The defendants responded by stating the musician knew the terms of the contract but broke an agreement to record new music.
"It was a classic case of Hollywood accounting, but I guess it would have to be called record industry accounting," the singer's attorney Nick Hornberger said following the decision.
The singer, now 71, has become known for his reclusive and enigmatic behavior in recent years, as well as a longstanding battle with drugs. The New York Post famously reported in 2011 that Stone was homeless and living in a camper van.

Poor Nameless Boy Joins Chronograph Records Roster

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

Calgary-based Chronograph Records is pleased to welcome Regina-based indie folk artist Joel Henderson, known by his stage name Poor Nameless Boy, to their roster. Following the acclaimed release of his introspective album “The Activity Book” in 2013, Joel returns to the studio in Spring 2015 to record brand new music for a Fall release.
"From the first time I talked with Chronograph, it was clear to me how much time and care they put into their artists. I know they have been branching out a little bit with genres in the last few years and I'm happy to be a part of that. It was apparent how passionate they were about my music and that is the most important thing. I'm thrilled to see what kind of music will be made with them, " said Joel.

Music is in Joel’s blood – his dad toured for 18 years and his brother maintains an active presence in the Canadian country music scene, so it comes naturally to him. He has performed on CTV and Global TV, and showcased at Folk Alliance International and Canadian Country Music Week. Large stage appearances include Ness Cress Music Festival and the Cathedral Arts Festival in Regina.

“From the first time I saw the video for his song “Rush Me An Ambulance,” I was hooked on his voice, his melodies, his writing. I couldn’t be more excited to work with such an exceptional talent, and look forward to sharing his music with the world!” explains Chronograph VP Stephanie Hutchinson.

BTW-starring The High Dials, Closer To The Heart, Winterfolk Festival Highlights, Lesley Curtis, Dee Bronte, Timber Timbre, Dan Mangan & Blacksmith

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

In 2015, The High Dials are so on the radar of folks who think they define the nu-pop sensibility. In which case, dudes can claim O.G. stake, as ‘In The AM Wilds’, dropping Feb.3, is the duo’s fifth full-length cookie. This thing they’ve been doing is an amalgam of psychedelic, electronic, and folk rock influences, meshing with the compositions of singer-songwriter Trevor Anderson.

Centered around the band’s founders, Anderson and guitarist Robbie MacArthur, and operating with a rotating line-up, The High Dials have spent the last while working on soundtracks for two Montreal indie films, which led to a lot of experimentation. Any long-term band can slip into a comfort zone of lazy habits. That’s where producer Marc Bell (We Are Wolves, The Fugees) came into things. “Meeting Marc was huge because he really helped us stay fearless in moving forward. He knew nothing about our history. We were able to incorporate more of the influences that had always been there lurking but never really come through.”

Association of Country Music in Albert Award Winners 2015

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

The Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) held their 4th Annual ACMA Dinner & Awards Show on Sunday, January 25th, 2015 at Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta.
The night featured performances by performances by:  The Orchard,  Livy Jeanne,  Craig Moritz featuring Sydney Mae, The Boom Chucka Boys,  Trinity Bradshaw,  Drew Gregory, The Royal Foundry and Tenille.

This list of winners is as follows

Talent Buyer of the Year:  Tie (Panhandle Productions/ The Calgary Stampede)
Industry Person of The Year:  Bill Borgwardt
Male Artist of the Year:  Brett Kissel
Female Artist of the Year:  Alee
Group/Duo of the Year:  The Boom Chucka Boys
Rising Star:  The Boom Chucka Boys
Album of the Year:  Brett Kissel "Started With A Song"
Single of the Year:  Brett Kissel "3-2-1"
The SOCAN Songwriter of the Year:  Hey Romeo and Deric Ruttan for "Hello Patio"
Fan's Choice:  Hailey Benedict
ACMA Hall of Fame:  Ray Griff and Hal Yerxa

The big winner, of course, was Brett Kissel taking home Male artist of the Year, Single of the Year and Album of the Year.


Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival Line-Up Announced

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Photo at right: Julian Taylor

The artist line-up has been announced for the Winterfolk Festival XIII and it sure to be a time for them to shine at this great event.

TORONTO –The Winterfolk XIII Blues & Roots Festival is proud to announce a stellar lineup for the 13th annual edition of the festiva taking place February 13-15, 2015. A variety of music styles will fill five stages in various venues at Broadview and Danforth in Toronto, where the festival will present four ticketed events along with many other affordable concerts, community stages and workshops. Featured artists include: roots and blues luminaries – Danny Marks, Jack de Keyzer, Gary Kendall, Al Lerman and more. Local rising stars The Heavyweights Brass Band, Vivienne Wilder Band, Jessica Stuart Few and the Andrew Collins Trio will perform along with many other fresh and familiar faces. For more information please

The Scottish Tattoo to Celebrate at the Sony Centre

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

‘Across the hills the pipes are heard an ancient Highland blood is stirred’.

Bagpipes are the most controversial instrument on earth – it can make you cry or it can make you cringe. Being a first generation Scottish Canadian I am in the first part – they make me cry and stand just a little bit straighter with pride.

So with Robbie Burns Day (January 25) right around the corner if you want to continue your celebrations there is a wonderful event at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on January 29th at 7:30 pm – The Scottish Tattoo – The Music of Scotland.

Led by famed music director and Pipe Major, Steven Dewar, THE SCOTTISH TATTOO features bagpipe players, drummers, musicians, singers and dancers - every last one direct from Edinburgh.  This unique presentation will carry you along for a whole evening on a journey through Scotland that is as stirring as it is varied.

So if you want the experience of Scotland right here in Toronto, inhale deeply and get a fresh a breath of real Highland air. It doesn’t get any better than this!

Dinna be cheap – dig into your wallets (or sporrans) and buy some tickets to a lengendary performance.

For tickets visit: www.sonycentre.ca

Drummer Dallas Taylor Gone At 66

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Submitted by Don Graham

Dallas Taylor, the original drummer for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, has died at the age of  66. His wife, Patti McGovern-Taylor, posted the news on her Facebook page, but did not disclose the cause.

Her post read “This morning at 2:30 am I lost the love of my life Dallas W. Taylor, he came into my life almost 18 yrs ago and saved me as much as I may have saved him, To me he was just a Good Man, a Good Friend, a Good Father, a Good Grandfather, (or Pop Pop) Great

Drummer and much beloved by many. I cannot even find the words to put down to say how grateful I am for the many friends and family who have been there for both of us these many days he has spent in the hospital, especially last night. I know he is at peace. He will be missed beyond words; it is so very hard to imagine my life without him by my side, but i feel his love even as I write these words. Much Love to you all.”

Taylor was born in Denver, Colorado, and started out as a session musician in the early 1960s, soon joining the psychedelic rock band Clear Light. In 1967, he was recruited into Crosby, Stills and Nash when Stephen Stills asked Taylor to play drums on their record.Taylor performed on their breakthrough self-titled debut album, released in 1969, and their following album, Déjà Vu with new member, Neil Young, in 1970. Taylor played on Stills’ solo album and with Manassas.

April Wine's Myles Goodwyn Donates Hundreds of Shoes to Homeless

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada Credit CBC News

A member of Canadian rock royalty with ties to Nova Scotia is hoping his new Canada-wide charity will bring some sole to the homeless with new and gently-used shoes. The lead singer of the band April Wine, started the Soleful Caring campaign over the holidays in conjunction with Shelter Nova Scotia and Value Village. 700 pairs of donated shoes and winter boots delivered in first round of Soleful Caring Charity.

Myles Goodwyn, the lead singer of the band April Wine, started the Soleful Caring campaign over the holidays in conjunction with Shelter Nova Scotia and Value Village. He was in Halifax to help deliver 700 of pairs of donated shoes and winter boots.

The idea for the charity came from Goodwyn's experiences living with Type 2 diabetes, a condition that can leave patients' feet permanently numb.

Goodwyn and his Montreal doctor, who also lives with the disease, developed Soleful Caring with fellow sufferers in mind.Canadian rocker Myles Goodwyn helps load donations of shoes and winter boots for his Soleful Caring campaign.

"I think it's very important to get good shoes on all of them," said Dr. Stan van Duyes. "But I certainly think that diabetics should be prioritized."

R.I.P. Tim Drummond Long May You Run

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Submitted by Don Graham

Session and touring bass player Tim Drummond, who spent most of his career playing with the likes of Neil Young, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan and the Beach Boys, died on January 10th, 2015 at the age of 74. The cause of death wasn't immediately available, but no foul play or trauma was involved.

Drummond was the bass player on Neil Young's 1972 bestseller Harvest as well as its follow-up, 1992's HarvestMoo. Both were highly praised acoustic albums with the same bunch of musicians. He played on every Young studio LP between 1974's On the Beach and 1980's Hawks and Doves. He also played in various backing bands for Young: the Shocking Pinks, the Stray Gators, and the International Harvesters. Following, Harvest Moon, Young's 1993 MTV Unplugged performance was the final show of Drummond's tenure with the singer-songwriter.

The list of major artists with whom Drummond has performed is long and impressive. It includes  Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Joe Cocker, Jewel, James Brown, Conway Twitty and Crosby, Stills and Nash among the most notable. Drummond played on albums such as Jewel's Pieces of You,Dylan's Slow Train Coming and the Beach Boys' 15 Big Ones. Drummond also co-wrote Dylan's "Saved”.

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