Monthly Archives: June 2011

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All for a song with Kevin Closs

Kevin Closs has got the goods: he’s a sweet guitar picker with a gift for lyrical songwriting and a gilded voice. And this Manitoulin Islander (who began as a rocker!) is no newcomer – he got his break at Sudbury’s ...
Opinion

Sam the Record Man remembered

We were sad to learn today that Canadian icon Sam the Record Man has died. The following article first appeared in June of 2011, celebrating Sam Sniderman’s ninety-first birthday. We repost it today with our condolences to Sam’s family, and ...
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Catherine MacLellan live

Catherine MacLellan’s new album Silhouette will be released in Canada on July 5th and to the rest of the world this fall, but we enjoyed a preview of the new music tonight at Roots Music Canada with an intimate concert ...
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Sarah Harmer, Luther Wright reunite with Weeping Tile

I went to a reunion show on Friday, of a band that I count among my favourites. I’ve seen them perform at least seven or eight times. Not bad for a band that broke up five years before I’d ever ...
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Suzie Vinnick brings Mabel to the Woodshed

She’s one of the hardest-working musicians in Canada, and whether you know it or not, Saskatonian blues maven Suzie Vinnick has been entertaining you for years. That’s her sweet voice, singing “…always Tim Hortons” so irresistibly in the iconic jingle. ...
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Ask Mother Maple: from mighty Ochs to tiny seeds

Hello darlings: This week I have a special two-in-one Ask Mother maple for you. Dear Mother Maple: I was chatting with a friend the other day, and mentioned Phil Ochs. He didn’t know who I was talking about! Should I ...
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I was a Kerrville New Folk finalist!

B.C. singer-songwriter Jane Eamon was the only Canadian finalist to play in the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk competition for songwriters. Jane and her husband/sideman Gord Brush took part in the the competition at Quiet Valley Ranch in Kerrville, ...
Opinion

5 Ways to Lose Fans on Twitter

Most artists and bands now use Twitter to promote their music and connect with their fans. (Editor’s note: So do we! @rootsmusicanada) But as with any promotional tool, there are certain things you should avoid doing. I’ve searched through literally ...
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Blackie and the Rodeo Kings up the ante

The new Blackie and the Rodeo Kings album Kings and Queens may be the most ambitious project by a Canadian roots band since The Band invited a bunch of friends to join them on stage for the filming of The ...
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Gurf Morlix in 12 questions

Gurf Morlix is a highly respected Austin, Texas producer, multi-instrumentalist, and singer-songwriter. Gurf is a member of the Austin Music Awards Hall of Fame (2004) and the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame (2005), and is the Americana Music Association Instrumentalist ...