For the second year in a row here at Roots Music Canada we’re publishing our list of our top 10 stories of the year based on the number of times people read them. And it’s gratifying to look over this list because of the diverse range of articles that are on it. Stories about the struggles facing artists proved to be most popular this year, but so were community news items such as the Maple Blues Award winners, the Home Routes concert season announcement, and the passing of Mose Scarlett. In addition, several new song/video premieres also attracted huge audiences. If you haven’t yet read some of these pieces or heard the songs we premiered, please check them out. There’s a reason they made the top 10.
A wonderful, in-depth exploration of the most serious problem facing artists today… and Roots Music Canada’s first viral story! You can read Ian’s follow-up reflections on the piece and on the experience of “going viral” here:
I wrote this piece because I was genuinely curious to know the answer, and apparently, so are other people. Lots of people have searched this out since we published it in the spring.
We’re proud to be your source for news on the Canadian roots music community, and we’re thrilled that so many of you were keen to hear who won the Maple Blues awards.
We published a follow-up to this for Remembrance Day this year, but this original piece from Remembrance Day last year is still a popular resource.
The small town of Sioux Lookout doesn’t usually register on our site’s analytics – the statistics on who’s reading us. But when hometown boy Nick Sherman premiered the title track from his new album with us, suddenly, the northwestern Ontario town was showing up on our radar. But it wasn’t just the northwest that was digging this new track. We had hits from all over the place!
Chris has been on the scene for 20 years and has made a lot of friends during that time. Judging by the feedback on this story, a lot of them were happy to see him get some well-deserved attention.
A veteran artist from northern BC, Mark got attention from well beyond the Smithers area with this song inspired by the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.
Mose was a legend in Canada and beyond so it’s no surprise that this tribute to him was so popular.
Coco has had a huge year with the launch of her new album and a busy touring schedule. The popularity of this preview of the title track from the new album is evidence of the momentum she’s experiencing.
Again, we’re excited to be your destination for news about roots music happenings, and we’re happy that you’re finding this resource so helpful. Home Routes goes well into the spring, so keep checking this story out for news on who you can see next.