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CR / CR live at Glenn Gould Studio

What happens when you pair up a couple of eccentric, multi-genre, critically-acclaimed, road-weary Canadian wizards of prose, back one of them with a delightful string quartet, guitar-playing drummer, and the other with one of Toronto’s most in-demand guitarists, multiple-Juno-nominated bassist, and a blues-belting, grand-piano-tinkling siren of song?  Magic. Laughter. Surprises. And multiple standing-ovations at CBC’s prestigious Glenn Gould Studio.  CR Avery and Corin Raymond, CR and CR. Meet them. Enjoy. But if you don’t like colourful language, go to the next post.

East Vancouver’s CR Avery might be the most original, high-quality act you’ll see all year. There’s nothing that happens on stage that leaves the listener in a state of neutral; from the moment he strides on stage, you know you can’t leave yourself vulnerable, for he might gallop all the way up the aisle toward your safe seat and stick a mic in your face, asking you to sing a solo. He might shock you with his language, or songs about eating you out, and best yet, he’ll kidnap your tender musical soul with his remarkable sense of rhythm, piano-playing virtuosity, ironic arrangements, and pop-friendly phrasing.  He’s an 80’s icon in a 21st century body.

Southern-Ontario and Winnpeg Manitoba’s Corin Raymond is a storyteller, a man who doesn’t know mundane, a writer for whom every detail is worth examining. He’s a loveable bear of a country singer, and a sweaty, sexually overheated bluesman, just depends on the company he keeps, and the songs that he sings. He makes no apologies for his romantic works, he lives large, sings larger, and laughs at the elephants in the room. He, like CR Avery, is also smart enough to surround himself with brilliance, players like David Baxter, Treasa Levasseur, Brian Kobayakawa in The Sundowners, and Sean Cotton in The Undesirables.

On the heels of the  2010 Olympic games, this pair gets the gold medal for musical balls. Chalk up another one for Canada.

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1 comment

  1. avatar
    Richard Flohil 2 March, 2010 at 12:35

    I firmly beli\eve that C.R. Avery is the most obviously demonstrable link between Chicago blues harmomnica playing (think Shakey Horton, James Cotton, Sonny Boy Williamson, Junior Wells) and today’s rap and hiphop. And God blkess Corin Raymond for doing everything in his power to draw attention to one of the most unusual, unique artists in this country.

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