BLACKIE AND THE RODEO KINGS JOIN THE RODEO LINE UP.

We are thrilled to welcome Juno award-winning Blackie and the Rodeo Kings to this year’s Interstellar Rodeo. The fearless trio of Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing, Tom Wilson will be gracing the Interstellar stage on Friday, July 25 at 7:10 p.m.

Justin Townes Earle, who previously held this timeslot, announced last week the cancellation of all upcoming Canadian dates.

OH BEAUTIFUL CANOPY

Great news! The new Heritage Amphitheatre canopy has now been successfully installed. Congrats to the City and their hard-working crew for getting it in place in time for Interstellar Rodeo. We have cancelled our contingency plans to erect a temporary site…we’ll all be able to party in the Amphitheatre for good vibes and good times!

THURSDAY JUNE 19, THE HORSESHOE TAVERN. OUTLAWS & GUNSLINGERS + AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION + NXNE.

Outlaws & Gunslingers and the Americana Music Association join forces again to present an abundance of Americana + Canadiana talent for NXNE 2014.

From the big-name artists Jim Cuddy, Alejandro Escovedo and Whitehorse to the next generation of songwriters and performers from Six Shooter Records, Cameron House Records and beyond, the lineup showcases the strength, breadth and depth of songwriting in progressive folk and roots worlds.

NQ Arbuckle, hot off the unanimous praise of their long-awaited new record, The Future Happens Anyway, opens the bill. The next timeslot brings together Lindi Ortega, Harlan Pepper and Lee Harvey Osmond, all with strong ties to Nashville.

Jim Cuddy will join Whitehorse for another in-the-round performance, backed by Juno nominees The Devin Cuddy Band.

Alejandro Escovedo, one of the most respected names in the southern rock world, further expands this North American(a) musical map with influences from Texas and Mexican-American culture.

The night wraps with a third in-the-round set, featuring a triple-threat solo songwriter lineup of newcomers and up-and-comers: Joe Nolan, Sam Cash and Whitney Rose.

Outlaws & Gunslingers is the party power duo of Starfish Entertainment and Six Shooter Records.

THE LINEUP:
9pm – NQ ARBUCKLE
10pm – LINDI ORTEGA + HARLAN PEPPER + LEE HARVEY OSMOND
11pm – JIM CUDDY + WHITEHORSE*
12am – ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO
1am – JOE NOLAN + SAM CASH + WHITNEY ROSE*

*w/ members of THE DEVIN CUDDY BAND

Outlaws & Gunslingers’ AMA Showcase is Thursday, June 19 @ Toronto’s Legendary Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen St. W). TICKET INFO: NXNE Badge, NXNE wristband and walk-up.

 

About the Americana Music Association
The Americana Music Association is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year including the annual Americana Music Festival and Conference, Presented by Nissan, and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. For more information please visit www.americanamusic.org.

About the Americana Festival and Conference
The 15th annual Americana Music Festival and Conference will take place September 17 – 21, 2014. The event brings together fans and music industry executives alike offering four days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw, battery–recharging showcases each evening. The Americana Honors and Awards Show is the featured performance of the festivities taking place at the historic Ryman Auditorium and, in 2013, was broadcast live on AXS TV and featured on PBS in an edited one hour version called ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2013.

Tanya Tagaq – ANIMISM is out today!

ANIMISM is out today! In case you missed it, here are links to audio and video of Tanya Tagaq’s chat with Jian Ghomeshi on Q this morning. Enjoy! http://www.cbc.ca/q/blog/2014/05/27/tanya-tagaq-animism/

ACID RAIN AND SUGAR CANE: AUSTRALIA’S WAGONS HAS A NEW ALBUM COMING ON SIX SHOOTER RECORDS AND A CANADIAN SUMMER TOUR.

Melodrama, menace and mirth: the sixth Wagons album, Acid Rain and Sugar Cane, is a vision of 1970s Vegas glam and gloom as seen through a Campari soaked lens. With equal parts lounge and lizard, frontman Henry Wagons leads his band through a multitude of genres, from classic rock to bad boy boogie, gangsta country and prog rock, often in the same song.

Co-produced by Mick Harvey (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey), who also played on every song, Acid Rain and Sugar Cane is filled with drinking songs and driving songs (though never the two shall meet). Acid Rain and Sugar Cane was recorded at the band’s Goldview Studio in Mount Martha, Australia. Henry helped mix the album in LA at the mythic Ocean Way Studios with Matt Linesch (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros). In their initial Skype chat, Henry was confronted by a man with wild hair and beard, outrageous jewellery and an unbuttoned shirt: “It was like I was looking in a mirror.”

We last heard from Henry Wagons with his solo release, Expecting Company? Now, the wild-eyed Aussie returns with his longtime bandmates for a louder, grittier collection inspired by the “grand scope of the cinematic, trippy orchestral arrangements from the ’70s,” says Henry. The Wagons band includes the rumbling rhythm section of Mark “Tuckerbag” Dawson and Si the Philanthropist, and guitarists Richard Blaze and Long John Guscott.

Acid Rain and Sugar Cane will be released on Six Shooter Records on June 24, 2014 in advance of Canadian festival performances and club shows.

See a new video for “Why Do You Always Cry?”

TOUR DATES:

MONTREAL, QC: Montreal Jazz Festival, July 5-6
OTTAWA, ON: Ottawa Blues Fest, July 8-9
TORONTO, ON: TBC, July 10
NESS CREEK, SK: Ness Creek Folk Festival, July 17-18
VANCOUVER, BC: Vancouver Folk Festival, July 19-20
CALGARY, AB: The Palomino, July 23
EDMONTON, AB: Interstellar Rodeo, July 25-27

ANOTHER TASTE OF ANIMISM: NEW TANYA TAGAQ ALBUM OUT MAY 27, 2014.

Tanya Tagaq’s new album, Animism, will be out on Six Shooter Records on May 27, 2014.
Album Trailer features the song “Umingmak.”

GET FIRED UP FOR THE NEW WHITEHORSE ALBUM WITH A KICKSTARTER PRE-SALE AND NEW MUSIC

Whitehorse announces a 30-day Kickstarter Pre-Sale for the new full-length album, Leave No Bridge Unburned, to be released in February 2015. The campaign will include fans in the process of making and releasing the album, with incentives such as listening parties, studio hangs, participation in selecting key tracks, etc.

The Kickstarter pre-sale is now live here

From the debut EP to The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss, The Road To Massey Hall and Éphémère sans repère, Whitehorse have pushed themselves to constantly reinvent and evolve their sound. Every album is different. There’s no telling what kind of album Leave No Bridge Unburned will be, but Kickstarter backers will have exclusive first listens and looks as the project develops.

Leave No Bridge Unburned will be produced by Gus Van Go, who is best known for his work with The Stills. The band met Van Go at the 2013 Polaris gala and instantly hit it off. This is the first time Whitehorse will work with a producer.

SIX SHOOTER RECORDS WELCOMES SONGWRITING POWERHOUSE MARY GAUTHIER. NEW ALBUM, TROUBLE & LOVE, COMING JUNE 10, 2014.

Battle-scarred Americana trailblazer Mary Gauthier returns with a new album, Trouble & Love, and new Canadian label home on Six Shooter Records.

The pain and ache in Gauthier’s music comes from her own life’s jagged edges and gutting experiences, from adoption and isolation to addiction and trauma. As a chronicler of bad luck and hard times, Gauthier has carved out a particular place of emotional honesty and immediacy in the Americana world. Trouble & Love, her first album in four years, tells yet more tales of survival and struggle with new rays of hope and growth piercing the caverns of hurt.

Gauthier is a master of raw minimalism; Trouble & Love is an impeccable example of artistic restraint that delivers maximum emotional impact. Her music never rattles rafters or crashes like cymbals toward the high notes in a power chorus. Her tempos shuffle and trudge more than they dash. The musical talent that backs her on this album is similarly top-notch yet understated, a handful of Nashville’s unassuming best, including Darrell Scott, Beth Nielson Chapman, Ashley Cleveland, the McCrary Sisters, and Duane Eddy.

Listen to the opening track, When A Woman Goes Cold,

Six Shooter Records is all about the song, and Mary Gauthier’s music exemplifies a clarity of vision and ability to turn agony into beauty that we respect and admire. We welcome this fine album, Trouble & Love, on June 10, 2014.

CANADIAN TOUR DATES:

TORONTO, ON: Hugh’s Room, June 3, CD RELEASE SHOW
WAKEFIELD, QC: The Blacksheep Inn, June 5
MONTREAL, QC: Le Divan Orange, July 6
PORT MOODY, BC: REO Songwriters Retreat, July 13-17
EDMONTON, AB: Blue Chair Café, July 18 + 19

More tour dates to come.

ON STARTING FIRES AND TERRIBLE ENDINGS: A RARE INTERVIEW WITH NQ ARBUCKLE

It’s been six years since the last NQ Arbuckle album was released. The story of the time in between XOK and The Future Happens Anyway (coming April 29, 2014) isn’t one of drama or tragedy, band hiatus or break-up. The explanation is no more or less complicated than life itself, the everyday events that happen to or in spite of us, the small details and big pictures that can crowd or clear our vision.

A new EPK captures a classic NQ Arbuckle show at The Dakota Tavern, complete with fans sharing their favourite NQ lyrics, one of the first live performances of the song “Hospitals,” and a rare interview with front man and songwriter Neville Quinlan.

In the EPK, Neville covers his own musical upbringing, his approach to songwriting and details about the new album. For an artist who typically avoids the spotlight, including using his own name in interviews, the EPK offers an unusually candid look into NQ’s life and process.

Watch it here

EPK Highlights:

On making music – “When I was 14 I went to go see The Pogues. It was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. That RUINED MY LIFE. I couldn’t go and do anything else after that; am I going to go and not try to start a fire everywhere I go?”

On the importance of the opening line of a song – “The first line is a call to arms.”

On the album title and tiger – “The title is about knowing what’s going to happen – we’re all gonna die. The tiger is death, it’s coming for everyone. You probably want to make an active choice about how you are going to live your life, understanding that there is this terrible ending for everyone.”

COMING SOON ON SIX SHOOTER RECORDS – TANYA TAGAQ | ANIMISM | MAY 27, 2014

INTERSTELLAR RODEO TICKETS ON SALE TODAY!

 
Get your weekend passes to the 2014 Interstellar Rodeo today – click here now!
 
TICKETS FOR GURVINDER’S SECRET WINE PARTY ARE ALSO AVAILABLE NOW:

Gurvinder’s Secret Wine Party
Date: Saturday, July 26, 2014
Time: 10:30 pm – 1:00 am
Central Edmonton Location: tba at 10 pm, July 26th via Twitter
follow @EdmontonWineGuy @AllAccessEnt @SixShooterR

The concert in Hawrelak may be over at 10pm, but that doesn’t mean the party has to stop. Join Interstellar Rodeo’s wine curator, Gurvinder Bhatia, at the secret wine party on Saturday night featuring Interstellar Rodeo performers and other secret guests and, of course, lots of wines from around the world. There may even be a food truck or two. The location of the party will be tweeted beginning at 10pm. The location will be in central Edmonton.

Advance tickets $30 (plus service charge)
- includes admission, live performances, a Go-Vino glass, and all your wine
- only a limited number of tickets are available
- must be at least 18 years old to attend

Ride the bus for $6 (plus service charge)
- attending Interstellar Rodeo on Saturday, July 26th? The Rodeo shuts down at 10pm. Busses will depart from Hawrelak Park at 10:20pm and 10:30pm to take you to the secret after-party location. (Please note, the bus only takes you to the party. You will have to arrange your own transportation after the party)

ANNOUNCING THE 2014 INTERSTELLAR RODEO ARTIST ROSTER!

The moment is finally here. We started booking this summer’s line up as soon as last year’s festival closed, and we’re completely stoked about the incredible expanse of artists who will be joining us this summer.

We all know that our fair city of Edmonton is a great place for music, and we’re lucky that there is such exceptional homegrown talent. This year, we are excited to have Corb Lund and The Hurtin’ Albertans as one of our headliners, and to introduce Jeff Stuart and The Hearts, one of the rising stars on the local scene.

Two completely different, completely electrifying collaborations from big name artists make Interstellar Rodeo 2014 a destination for music fans looking for one of a kind live music experiences. Gord Downie, The Sadies, and The Conquering Sun, an idea that was years in the making, represent Canada’s most uncommon, enigmatic musical talents. Similarly, the triple-threat of Hydra brings the rich soundscapes of Snowblink and AroarA’s art rock guitar fuzz together with the unmistakable pipes of Leslie Feist.

We continue with Interstellar Rodeo’s trademark theme to celebrate artistic outlaws and musical mavericks. We are drawn to fearless, unique performers who refuse to settle for anything less than greatness. Jason Isbell, Andrew Bird, Bahamas and Justin Townes Earle are all incredible examples of artists who are at the top of their game.

There’s no weak link in this year’s deeply varied, talent-rich lineup. Our festival is a place of musical discovery with artists on the brink of big things. Bands who will make an impact this year include St. Paul and the Broken Bones, The Lone Bellow, and Six Shooter’s own The Strumbellas. Six Shooter Records is also represented this year by two of our international bands, Trampled By Turtles and Wagons. Wagons is officially the first Interstellar alumni to return – those who attended in 2012 will remember this Aussie tour de force as the smash hit that year.

We are proud to present the cream of the crop in a variety of genres, traditional and cutting-edge, from the classic soul of Lee Fields & The Expressions to the art-rock of Ford Pier. And, of course, there’s always a place for the rock bands – The Hold Steady, Bidiniband and No Sinner will satisfy those who like it loud.

We know that great music always starts with a song. Across our lineup, top-notch songwriters are again in the spotlight this year. Amos Lee, Tift Merritt, Jadea Kellyand, Selina Martin are all proof that no matter the genre, talented songwriters will always connect with music fans.

More detailed information about our performers can be found on our website: www.interstellarrodeo.com.

Weekend passes go on sale to the general public on April 7 at 8:00 a.m. MT. They will be available through the Six Shooter Records web store. In order to purchase tickets, you must create a membership profile and log in. You can do this in advance of April 7. A limited inventory of tickets will also be available at Blackbyrd Myoozik (10442 82 Ave) and Permanent Records (8126 Gateway Blvd).

In response to audience feedback, we are conducting a pre-sale open to people who purchased weekend passes in 2013 through our web store. The pre-sale will start at 8:00 a.m. MT on April 4. Eligible patrons must first be logged into the Six Shooter webstore. Go to the tickets page, where you can purchase up to two passes.

Single tickets will be available for sale on April 24 at 8:00 am MT. For more information about pricing and tickets, go to www.interstellarrodeo.com.

Thank you again to our returning patrons, volunteers and sponsors, and welcome to those who choose Interstellar Rodeo for the first time. We’ll see you at Hawrelak Park.

IT’S A LONG WALK BUT IT’S THE SHORT WAY HOME: NQ ARBUCKLE’S NEW ALBUM FINALLY ARRIVES.


THE FUTURE HAPPENS ANYWAY, OUT APRIL 29, 2014 ON SIX SHOOTER RECORDS.

Drunk dudes from Huntsville or Lethbridge or St. John’s or wherever hang on every word. Everyone sings, mostly louder than the band. The word motherfucker is a compliment. Every show is an uprising, a groundswell.

Don’t let the self-deprecation or inebriation imply that NQ Arbuckle isn’t serious about the music. This band has earned multiple Juno nominations, considerable critical praise (Pitchfork, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star etc.), and a legion of rabid fans.

NQ Arbuckle has consistently created impressive, treasured albums for more than a decade. But NQ Arbuckle has never made a record like this before.

Six Shooter Records is very pleased to finally confirm the release of The Future Happens Anyway, out April 29, 2014. WATCH THIS NOW – Fan video “NQ Rothbuckle”

(If you haven’t seen the lyric video that inspired this one, check it out here – watch)

There are two new songs, “Red Wine” and “Back To Earth” streaming here – soundcloud.com

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