Highlights Jan 31-Feb 6
Here’s what was going on in our neck of the woods this week:
- February is Black History Month, so we’ll be celebrating Black roots artists all month, beginning this week with an audio documentary on the legendary Jackie Washington and our interview with Grammy-nominees The Carolina Chocolate Drops, along with a couple of hoppin’ performance clips.
- Legendary Canadian songwriter Gene MacLellan’s birthday was on Wednesday, and our David Sheffield wrote a worthy tribute to the man who wrote “Snowbird” and “Put Your Hand in the Hand.”
- The Juno Award nominations were announced on Tuesday, and many of our favourite Canadian roots & traditional musicians got nods. Check out our list, along with links to where we’ve covered these award-nominated artists in the past.
- There’s been a lot of chatter—and a lot of confusion—about the recent CRTC decison regarding usage-based Internet billing. Our Blaise Alleyne waded into the fray with a comprehensive and comprehensible explanation about what it all means for consumers.
- We have a shed! Our team spent last weekend building a shed/stage/studio, soon to be the scene of regular video interviews and live webcast performances. Stay tuned for more news on Roots Music Canada’s first Woodshed Session.