Paul Arow – Find Love in Her Soul

Fri Feb 04 2022
Paul Arow

With Valentine’s Day around the corner what better thing to do but find new love songs? And “Find Love In Her Soul” by Paul Arow is just that – a pure, straight to the heart love song.

Paul has had a lifelong love of music. He started singing in the Phoenix Boys Choir at age 11, and toured Hawaii, and performed at Phoenix Symphony Hall and Grady Gammage. He sang in the Phoenix Boys choir alumni, and with Mister Mister at Symphony Hall. Paul sang at All State, and with the Phoenix Christian High School choir, and won state competition. He sang with the R&G Singers (Arizona Republic newspaper) at Grady Gammage during college. Paul performed solo and with bands around Phoenix after graduating college. Paul has also been actively involved in worship music around the valley.

Paul started writing songs during high school. After graduating college he became a member of the Arizona Song Writers Association. His involvement with this association helped to hone his song writing skills. Currently he writes, records, and produces his own original compositions.

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne pays tribute to Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon with New Album

Fri Feb 04 2022
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne

Canada’s multi-award-winning beacon of the blues Kenny ‘Blues Boss” Wayne has prepared his Hall of Fame talents for takeoff with the announcement of his new album, Blues From Chicago to Paris: A Tribute to Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon — available March 4th via Stony Plain Records.

Check out “Rock and Rolling This House” here:

The 17-track album pays spirited homage to the piano-pounding and bass-slapping bygone legends from a legend himself — all while serving as a rousing and riveting guide to the lively post-war blues scenes of Chicago and Paris.

“Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon were a team, and their styles worked great together,” Wayne says of the artists behind the release’s inspiration. “Out of many other blues piano players I’ve listened to, I found a unique playfulness between these two men, unlike the many other great blues pianists.”

The 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

Fri Feb 04 2022
A Tribe Called Quest

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame have announced the Nominees for 2022.

Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton is one of several first-time nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame along with a Tribe Called Quest. Also on the ballot are alternative darlings Beck and Kate Bush, New Wave groups DEVO and Duran Duran, and singer-songwriters Lionel Richie and Carly Simon.

Several of the nominees are nominated for the first time. First-time nominees include Eminem, who makes the ballot in his first year of eligibility. An artist or band becomes eligible for induction 25 years after their first commercial recording was released, according to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.

Marshall Potts Brings “The Storm” with Single Release and Forthcoming Album

Fri Feb 04, 2022

Marshall Potts is blowing in with a fierce new single in “The Storm” from his forthcoming third album The Storm, to be released in March, 2022.

Check out the video for “The Storm” on YouTube here:

The country rocker from Canada’s West Coast is fusing Americana with classic rock on this heavyweight single – supercharged and ready to rip off the shingles and tear down the roof.

Potts, a rural songwriting superstar living on a 160-acre oasis in his native BC, treads the line on folk, country, and rousing rock and roll on an album drenched with his powerhouse vocals. Delivering on his commitment to convey the universal messages of positivity and optimism, Potts creates music he calls “moving beyond your past, taking back your power, embracing the moment and living in the here and now.”

Toronto’s Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival Confirms 20th Annual Lineup

Fri Jan 28 2022

It’s official: Celebrating its landmark 20th year presenting the finest sounds around, Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival adds award-winning guitarist and singer/songwriter Sue Foley to this year’s event lineup online February 18th - 20th, Featuring Sue Foley, Shari Ulrich, Lucy Kaplansky, Mean Mary, Jack de Keyzer Band, Robert Priest, Jerome Tucker Band, Suzie Vinnick, Ori Dagan, Taylor Abrahamse, Ken Whiteley and the Belua Band, Josh Ritchie, David Storey Band, Donne Roberts Band, Julian Taylor & More!

Fresh off the release of her latest album, 2021’s Pinky’s Blues, Sue Foley will close-out the three-day event, rounding out the highly acclaimed roster that includes the best and award-winning musicians across blues, rock, jazz, folk, roots, and more.

Registration to watch the expansive list of 18+ concerts is free, and optional donations collected to assist with festival expenses, the main one being remuneration for artists.

The Day the Swedish Music Wonder Is Dead

Fri Jan 28 2022
Peter Åstedt

Right now, there is more money in the music industry than ever! Yes, it’s true right now there is money floating around inside the industry than ever. It’s so much that several financial people consider it a financial bubble. So where is it you ask if you work as a musician or in a record company?

Of course, this is floating around in IT companies. In the past years, it has become trendy to invest in IT companies that contain music. Of course, the majority of these companies are start-ups with really no clear or good business structure. Let’s take a look at the second Swedish music wonder.

The first Swedish music wonder was in the 80’s 90’s and beginning in 2000. Here you have many songwriters and artists that made Sweden famous as a creative country with good musicians and songwriters. You have a bunch of cool artists that you know are Swedish beyond ABBA like The Hives, The Cardigans, Eagle Eye Cherry, Avicii, Europe, Ace of Base, Roxette, Ghost, In Flames the list just goes on and on. But at the end of the 90’s, the Swedish government made a decision that would change this wave into what is called the second Swedish music wonder.

Julian Taylor Nominated For Five 2022 Native American Music Awards!

Fri Jan 28 2022
Julian Taylor Nominated For Five 2022 Native American Music Awards!

Celebrated Canadian musician Julian Taylor has been nominated for five 2022 Native American Music Awards (aka “The Nammys”). Taylor has earned recognition in the categories of Best Debut ArtistCountry RecordingFolk Recording (both for his highly acclaimed 2020 album The Ridge), Male Vocalist, and Country Video (for the title track). For more information please visit any of the links below or Taylor’s.

"I'm extremely grateful to The Nammys for this incredible honour, and that my work has been recognized in such a beautiful way," says Taylor. "Congrats to all the nominees."

Micah Barnes Invites You to Experience Music, Memories and Magic with “Welcome to the Club”

Fri Jan 28, 2022

What happens when you combine legendary songs with a legendary era all presented by a legendary artist? You get Micah Barnes with his offering of Vegas Breeze.

For an album that was released in 2020, the tracks still have legs, and the new release of the medley/video continues to develop a new musical offering with the release of “Welcome to the Club”.

“We released ‘Vegas Breeze’ right when the pandemic hit and all the scheduled gigs were gone. I spoke with my publicity and PR expert, Eric Alper, who recommended we do a series of virtual concerts. It was a brilliant idea and we immediately kicked into action to make it happen. My fans, friends and family were delighted and it was a great success,” says Micah Barnes.

Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Artist Shirley Eikhard Says “Anything Is Possible” with New Release

Fri Jan 21 2022
Shirley Eikhard

Legendary singer/songwriter Shirley Eikhard is on her way back to the top with her latest drop, ‘On My Way To You’ and its new single, “Anything Is Possible”.

Check out , “Anything Is Possible” on YouTube here:

The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame alumni is sharing her talents and vivacious songwriting on a brand new album, full of 12 future classics honing and spotlighting her sensational talent as a songbird and performer.

Swedish Pop Outfit The Magnettes Have Created a “Monster” in Certifiable Electro Banger of a New Single

Fri Jan 21, 2022

Swedish pop outfit The Magnettes have created a “Monster” with the unleashing of their certifiable electro banger of a new single.

Check out the video and “Monster” on YouTube here:

With an 80s flair, mangled with a Dragonette-vibe, a rushing dance party pounds out of your speakers with experimental pop, exciting instrumentation, and a marching hook that will steal your heart.

“‘Monster’ is about that flirty, sexy, excruciating stage where it’s like ‘will-they-won’t-they?’,” singer Rebecka Digervall explains. “You’re a nervous wreck, trying to downplay your feelings but they’re growing and growing.”

“We’ve definitely been there,” adds Sanna Kalla. “The gushing, blood rushing, tingly thing that’s partly sweet, mostly unbearable.”

One of the Most Famous Dance Songs “The Twist” Made the #1 Chart Position – Twice!

Fri Jan 14 2022
Chubby Checker

The unthinkable happened at this time in 1962. Imagine, a song that was #1 sixteen months earlier...returning to #1.

The Twist – Chubby Checker

"The Twist" by Chubby Checker is by far the greatest dance single ever. It was the #1 single the first 21 years of the rock era (1955-76) and the #1 single in the 55-year history of one pop chart. When it went to #1 in September of 1960 and again 16 months later in January, 1962, it became the only song (discounting holiday songs) to make #1 in two separate chart runs.

An entire book has been written on "The Twist." Ironically, the song was twice the B side. For Hank Ballard, who wrote "The Twist" and sang it originally, it was the B side of "Teardrops On Your Letter." And for Chubby, it was the B side of "Toot."

Canadian Progressive Rockers The Garrett Band Keep Powering On Day After “One More Day”

Fri Jan 14 2022
The Garrett Band

Thriving in the music industry, especially during the past few years, are much the same virtues needed in our day-to-day lives: purpose, knowledge, drive, ingenuity, adaptability… Leave it up to accomplished Canadian progressive rock quartet The Garrett Band to both encapsulate and demonstrate all of these, and more, in their powerful and moving new single, “One More Day”.

Check it out here on YouTube:

The second single release from the band’s fourth studio recording, Sound Evolution, the exceptionally talented Vancouver-based artists don’t shy away from shining the spotlight on some pretty tough subject matter across the five-track EP.

Are Artists Cattle?

Fri Jan 14 2022
Peter Åstedt

Artists are Cattle! I guess that is what Alfred Hitchcock would say around today's music industry. He once said that actors are cattle. Or what he really said was - Fundamentally, actors are a race apart. This group is divided into two sections: first, those who have talent and have never received any recognition for it, and, second, those who have received recognition without having any talent. Either way, they're cattle.

When asked if he ever said that actors are cattle he replied, I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.

The problem I have today is that the music industry is really treating the artist like cattle. No, I’m talking about the evil record labels, publishers, or agents whatever has been up to artists to call the players in the music industry. Whatever you have to say about the music industry in the past they still cared about artists. Not all of them and of course there were disputes. I’m talking about the new music industry that has emerged in the past ten years. The digital music industry.

The Crickets and Their Buddies Celebrate the 65th Anniversary of That’ll Be The Day

Fri Jan 14, 2022

The Crickets will celebrate the 65th anniversary of their very first hit song this year, “That’ll Be The Day,” the iconic rock and roll classic written by Buddy Holly and Jerry Allison (produced by Norman Petty, who also received songwriting credit).  Released in 1957, the track quickly became a worldwide hit, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 and is ranked #39 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

Elyse Saunders - “Free”

Fri Jan 07, 2022

From the first time I met Elyse Saunders almost 10 years ago I knew she had something special. She hadn't blossomed yet, but the raw talent was there and most importantly so was the passion and the drive.

Elyse knew even then that it was a marathon not a sprint and I knew from just talking to her that she was ready, willing and able to roll up her sleeves and put in the 10,000 hours plus of hard work and discipline needed to reach her goal.

And now, almost 10 years in, the fruits of her labours are shining through. Elyse has taken all areas of her career and fine-tuned them to a high level, her songwriting, her vocal performance and stage presence are where they need to be to get to that next level.

Elowynn Highlights Chants from Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Tagaq in New Song, “Stop the Wheel”

Fri Jan 07 2022

In an all-embracing pleading towards peace, folk-rock singer/songwriter Elowynn gently affirms her powerfully poignant and increasingly timely new single, “Stop the Wheel” is very much a protest song.

Check out “Stop the Wheel” on YouTube here:

Drawing a colourful sign on the ‘island of peace’ she so loves, the track directly addresses the heartfelt need for mindfulness in a fractured world — and features moving chants from multi-award winning, Order of Canada members and multi-honourable doctorate recipients Indigenous Canadian artist and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Inuit artist Tanya Tagaq.

KC, Steve Alaimo and the start of disco with Rock Your Baby

Fri Jan 07 2022
KC, Steve Alaimo and the start of disco with Rock Your Baby

It was a tape of an instrumental track that only cost $15 and took 45 minutes to complete.

Harry Wayne Casey and Rick Finch had been doing such demo tapes for acts like Jimmy Bo Horne and Betty Wright for TK Records in Hialiah, Florida in 1974. Casey felt he couldn't sing the vocals because it would take someone with a higher pitched voice. 

Before scrapping the tape, they took it to TK Records owner Henry Stone and Steve Alaimo, the label's A&R (Artists and Repertoire) man.  "Steve flipped over it," Casey told, "and said not to change a thing.”

Casey and Finch figured Horne or another aspiring singer could do the vocal. When the latter--George McCrae--walked into the studio the next day, the decision was easy. It took only two takes for George to complete the vocals. "Rock Your Baby" would become a #1 hit and the forerunner of disco music…

How To Calculate Your Value

Fri Jan 07 2022
Peter Åstedt

The pandemic is still continuing to affect us all. We probably must live with it for several years and have more or less adapted to new rules and regulations. This of course has affected a lot of live establishments, festivals, and other things in the live industry. I guess it’s a bit early to start thinking of major tours and gigs again. That is not the phenomenon I would like to write about. I want to tell you how people value things wrong.

As an artist, you have a value, of course, but the value is also very subjective. You think you can get well paid for a show because you know how much time you have spent writing and rehearsing the show. The problem is that a person that runs a gig place or festival is mainly calculating your value by how many people that will buy a ticket or get into the place and consume food and drinks. It doesn’t matter if you have a great fan base in your home city and actually get some payment for a show. As soon as that fans base is not showing up your value is back again to zero. I meet too many people thinking that your value follows along with your name. It’s not, not even with big stars.

Jennifer Buchanan Shares ‘The Power of a Playlist’ for Health & Well-Being in New Book

Fri Jan 07 2022
Jennifer Buchanan

Can music and a mindfully-made playlist soothe and improve health and well-being? Multi-award winning Canadian music therapist Jennifer Buchanan knows it to be so, and shares both how (and why) in her new book, Wellness, Wellplayed: The Power of a Playlist.

“Just like our physical health, our mental health requires attention — perhaps now more than ever,” Buchanan says. “When you are in transition or feeling lost, music can be the lifeline you need to get you through to the next step. Even during the most challenging of times, it can reassure us that everything is going to be okay.”

Diving deep to transform absent-minded playlist-making into an artful form of self-care, Buchanan is a lighthouse in the endless sea of songs across Spotify, SoundCloud, and the like. Cover to cover, the Calgary-based author, entrepreneur, and keynote speaker wastes no time harnessing her leading expertise as a Certified Music Therapist (MTA) to guide readers through building their own thoughtfully compiled playlists — and why they should.