Toronto axe-master supergroup C & C Surf Factory brings their salty, scrappy instrumental surf rock off the stage and into the studio with Garage City, the debut album, coming April 14, 2015 on Six Shooter Records.

Garage City is not all sun and sand – C & C Surf Factory’s take is edgier and grittier than you might expect. Songs like “Cobra Basket” and “Fire on the Dance Floor” have sharp edges and dark corners, and live closer to the White Stripes than the Beach Boys. “Belt Buckle” is a trippy, swirling slow burn, and conjures more “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” than it does “Wipe Out.”

C & C Surf Factory filters the best of 60s surf style – think wet reverb, Fender amps and a stable of electric guitars – through the modern-day guitar wizardry and unimpeachable cool of founding members Colin Cripps (Blue Rodeo, Kathleen Edwards) and Champagne James Robertson (Lindi Ortega, New Country Rehab). The two began working on instrumental guitar pieces in 2012, and took the project in a direction sharply away from the world of roots, country and blues of their main gigs.

Why surf rock? The genre spotlights the guitar as a melodic instrument, which provided two of Canada’s most in-demand slingers the irresistible opportunity to obsess over tone, history, playing styles and obscure musical acts (Hank Marvin and the Shadows and the Ventures, for example). “Ultimately, the direction was a byproduct of our love for low-end twang and a common interest in wanting to play songs without words,” says Champagne James.

C & C Surf Factory has grown to include Sly Juhas on drums, Ryan Gavel on bass (P Bass, naturally), and Chris Stringer on keys and percussion. The band played shows in between busy touring and recording schedules, and quickly became a hot ticket at Toronto’s best music hangs.

Now, with Garage City, a retro, but not rose-coloured, collection of beach vibes and vibrato, C & C Surf Factory officially joins the Six Shooter roster, where musical excellence of all stripes finds a home. Garage City will be released April 14, 2015.


TORONTO, ON: The Dakota Tavern, April 14, 7-9pm

OUTLAWS & GUNSLINGERS BRINGS ANNUAL JUNOFEST EXTRAVAGANZA TO HAMILTON. Friday, March 13 @ This Ain’t Hollywood. Show starts at 9pm. 345 James St N.

Outlaws & Gunslingers shines the spotlight on songwriters at this year’s JUNOfest musical bonanza, to take place at This Ain’t Hollywood on Friday, March 13.

This year’s lineup includes 2015 JUNO Award nominees for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo – Amelia Curran, Del Barber, and Jeremy Fisher, as well as an impressive list of artists that demonstrate the astounding depth of songwriting talent across genres. Jim Cuddy, Devin Cuddy, Ryan Boldt (The Deep Dark Woods), Oh Susanna, NQ Arbuckle (solo), Jason Plumb, Hachey the MouthPEACE and Ariana Gillis will also perform. Hamilton’s own Harlan Pepper will open and close the show, as well as playing house band for the night.

As always, Outlaws & Gunslingers, the party pair of Starfish Entertainment and Six Shooter Records, aims to celebrate artistic excellence, achievement and good times.

The 2015 Outlaws & Gunslingers JUNOfest show is sponsored by CBC CBC’s Tom Power will host the evening.

FULL LINEUP (in order of appearance):
Harlan Pepper
Hachey the MouthPEACE
Ariana Gillis
Ryan Boldt (The Deep Dark Woods)
Crystal Shawanda
Jason Plumb
Oh Susanna
Jeremy Fisher
Amelia Curran
Devin Cuddy
Jim Cuddy
Del Barber
NQ Arbuckle (solo)
Harlan Pepper

Friday, March 13 @ This Ain’t Hollywood. Show starts at 9pm. 345 James St N. JUNOfest wristbands available at the door ($30).


Six Shooter Records has scored a huge personnel coup, announcing Michelle Aquilato as the label’s USA General Manager, a brand new position. As curator of the celebrated Americana Music Association’s Festival and a producer of its annual star-studded Honors & Awards show, Aquilato’s ability to identify up and coming artists, and her vast experience in working at the front lines of the Americana community, makes her one of the genre’s important tastemakers. During Michelle Aquilato’s tenure with the Americana Music Association, the festival earned a reputation for breaking major new talents.

“It took us a long time to find the right person to guide our company in America. We needed someone who is highly regarded, well connected, and with impeccable taste in music. We have found all of that and more in Michelle Aquilato. We couldn’t be more thrilled,” says Six Shooter Records President Shauna de Cartier.

Aquilato joins the team to spearhead the label’s US operations from a brand new Nashville SSR HQ. Michelle Aquilato’s first signing is Sam Outlaw, whose brand new album will be released worldwide on Six Shooter Records on June 9, 2015.

“I’ve admired the Six Shooter team and their roster for a number of years, and I’m thrilled to bring Sam Outlaw into such a passionate, artist-driven community. With Thirty Tigers in the mix too, it’s an exciting time to become part of the Six Shooter world,” says Aquilato of her new job, and of Sam Outlaw’s first label deal.


As part of this big announcement, Six Shooter Records officially welcomes Sam Outlaw, California country crooner, to the roster. Sam Outlaw is a rising star in both LA and Nashville circuits, and his brand new album Angeleno, produced by Ry Cooder and Joachim Cooder, is shaping up to be a major release worldwide.

“From the moment Michelle introduced me to Shauna and the Six Shooter team, I could sense their genuine enthusiasm for what they do. Running a label isn’t just a job for them – it’s their passion. And they’ve got the brains to back it up. Same goes for David Macias at Thirty Tigers. These people know how to take the time to properly develop an artist and I couldn’t be happier about having them on my team. I completely lucked out,” says Outlaw.

Angeleno is a smooth tip of the ten-gallon to classic west coast country, marked by Outlaw’s silver-tongued songwriting and impeccable instrumentation. It’s slick but not shallow; wry, but not without heart.

Angeleno will be released on June 9, 2015.


Thursday, March 19: Garden & Gun/Paradigm Showcase @ St. David’s, 12am
Friday, March 20: Vulcan Gas Company @ 1:20pm
Saturday, March 21: Interstellar Rodeo/Six Shooter Showcase @ Swan Dive, 9pm


We are also pleased to confirm a new distribution deal with Thirty Tigers, an independent juggernaut with an enviable roster of Americana music’s icons, rebels and most exciting talents. Based in the same building as Nashville’s beloved indie retailer, Grimey’s, and equally excellent venue, The Basement, the Thirty Tigers roster includes Lucinda Williams, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, St. Paul & The Broken Bones and more.

Thirty Tigers will distribute Sam Outlaw’s new album, as well as select Six Shooter titles in future. Of this new partnership, Thirty Tigers President David Macias says, “I’m thrilled to be working with Six Shooter. They have such incredible and varied taste and their reputation for working very hard and passionately is well established. Their commitment to growing in the American market by bringing Michelle into the family shows both vision and excellent judgment.”


Michelle Aquilato’s experience in the music business checks off all of the major boxes. From working in both a record store and a recording studio, to a major label job in both LA and New York, Aquilato’s early resume reads like a Nick Hornby novel. After working for Sony Music for 15 years, Aquilato moved to Nashville in 2007, where she joined the Americana Music Association.

Aquilato’s exceptional taste in music and knack for searching out new talent led her to become the curator of AmericanaFest and a producer of the Americana Honors & Awards, held annually at the Ryman Auditorium. Aquilato has also worked tirelessly to increase the event’s marketing and social media presence, which has served to bring the AMA festival and conference to its current reputation as one’s of the industry’s most important tastemaking events. Until joining Six Shooter Records, Aquilato worked full time as the AMA’s Director of Marketing & Artist Relations.


Sam Outlaw is a country singer living in Los Angeles. He was born in South Dakota and ‘Outlaw’ is his mother’s maiden name. Improbable? Sure. Fitting? Absolutely. Sam writes original songs that seek to capture the spirit of the classic country music he learned from his favorite singers: George Jones, Willie Nelson, Gene Watson, Don Williams, Keith Whitley, and Dwight Yoakam.

2014 was a pivotal year for Outlaw. Word spread about Sam’s self-released EP and live shows throughout Southern California – this buzz earned him a slot at The Stagecoach Festival in the Coachella Valley last April. He followed up this appearance with his Nashville debut at the world-renowned live music showcase, Music City Roots.

Off the stage, CMT premiered his first-ever music video. His second video, premiered by The Bluegrass Situation, became a viral hit in the tastemaking, elite musical world of the Americana community.

He spent the summer writing new songs and returned to Nashville in the fall as a featured artist at AmericanaFest. Sam has now completed his new full-length album, Angeleno, produced by Ry Cooder and Joachim Cooder. Some of LA’s finest musicians were hand picked for the Angeleno sessions, including Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Gabe Witcher (Punch Brothers), Danny Garcia (Reverend Baron) as well as Jeremy Long (pedal steel), and Joachim Cooder (drums).

MOJO gives They Promised You Mercy 4 stars!

Amelia Curran
* * * *
They Promised You Mercy

Blue Rose/Six Shooter CD/DL

Canadian folk queen gently kicks out the jams.

Newfoundlander Amelia Curran has got the seven-album itch. After six largely acoustic albums she’s pulled out an electric guitar and just about decided to rock. No matter what the setting, however, it’s the lyrics that you come to Curran for, and here she displays a new-found acceptance of her own frailty, but also an accompanying defiance, daring all to take on “the queen of the closing bar” at their peril. But for all the horns and strings and guitar solos, folk still underpins her music, and no better than with the delicate beauty of Time, Time. What sets Curran apart is an absence of whimsy, the harsh light of experience driving her songs rather than wispy, idealized fantasy, and that grit ensures this material remains timeless.

– Andy Fyfe

MOJO Magazine



LONDON, ON: Aeolian Hall, Mar 5
TORONTO, ON: the Great Hall, Mar 6
WAKEFIELD, QC: The Black Sheep Inn, Mar 7+8
VICTORIA, BC: Upstairs Cabaret, Mar 20
CALGARY, AB: Festival Hall, Mar 24
EDMONTON, AB: Mercury Club, Mar 25
SASKATOON, SK: Village Guitar, Mar 26
REGINA, SK: The Exchange, Mar 27
WINNIPEG, MB: The Park Theatre, Mar 29
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE, Confederation Centre for the Arts, Apr 17
PICTOU, NS: DeCoste Centre, Apr 18

Office Space: Whitehorse rocks the Toronto Star Newsroom.

Whitehorse chatted with Pop Music Critic Ben Rayner (one of our favourite music writers) + performed a few songs from the new album, Leave No Bridge Unburned, at the Toronto Star.


Leave No Bridge Unburned has been top of mind in 2015 as one of the year’s most hotly anticipated albums. The build-up to the official release date has seen Whitehorse’s profile break new ground, driven by the commercial radio success of “Downtown,” the album’s first single.

Rave reviews are rolling in and critical consensus is that the band has raised their own bar yet again. Luke Doucet has said Leave No Bridge Unburned “has vastly different bones” than previous works; Leave No Bridge Unburned is a major step up, a commanding work of art poised for widespread attention.

The band’s extensive North American tour starts kicks off in April, and includes stops at SXSW in March and Toronto’s Massey Hall in May.

Six Shooter Records is proud to say that Leave No Bridge Unburned is out now.


CBC Music presents Whitehorse at Steam Whistle’s iconic Roundhouse in Toronto, where the band unveiled songs from Leave No Bridge Unburned in front of friends and fans.

Go behind the scenes at this event and listen in to Luke and Melissa speak about the making of the new album. To mark the occasion of this album launch, Whitehorse performed “Sweet Disaster” and “Baby What’s Wrong?” with a string quartet.


Shakey Graves at Newport Folk Festival 2013

Austin, TX (aka the hometown to Shakey Graves) is celebrating Shakey Graves Day once again this year. In celebration of SGD, “Nobody’s Fool” an EP consisting of songs that were recorded during the making of “And The War Came” is now available on Shakey Graves’ bandcamp page. Tracks outside of that EP include an acoustic version of Dearly Departed, Call It Heaven, and The Perfect Parts (which was recorded during his stay at CBC).

Click here to download the full EP + B-Sides.


PopMatters got the scoop on a new video for the opening track of Leave No Bridge Unburned, coming February 17 on Six Shooter Records. Baby What’s Wrong? is “an alluring cut of desert rock,” says PopMatters, and “sounds like a would-be James Bond theme, if said James Bond movie were directed by John Hillcoat and was set in the desert.”

Leave No Bridge Unburned is now available for physical pre-order

WH bridge packshot

Click here to pre-order Whitehorse’s stellar new album, Leave No Bridge Unburned, on vinyl or CD. You can pre-order the album through iTunes and receive Baby What’s Wrong? Downtown, and Sweet Disaster instantly.

Official release date: February 17, 2015.

NQ Arbuckle Set to Record Live Album


Toronto’s Dakota Tavern will host the making of NQ Arbuckle’s upcoming live album this March. Buy tickets and be a part of the album.

Tickets here: March 24 and March 31