Whitehorse’s “Leave No Bridge Unburned” Gets On The Polaris Prize Long List.

Congratulations to Whitehorse. Their latest record, Leave No Bridge Unburned, has been selected for the Polaris Prize Long List. This award “honours, celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music by recognizing, then marketing the albums of the highest artistic integrity, without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation, or sales history, as judged by a panel of selected music critics” (Polaris Prize.com). The long list starts with 40 of Canada’s best albums then the 10 album short list gets announce on July 16. The winner will announced at the Polaris gala in September. Read all about Polaris here.


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Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton unveils an unexpected addition to the 2015 lineup, with Kathleen Edwards, Luke Doucet and Joel Plaskett joining the bill together as this year’s Interstellar All Stars.

Kathleen Edwards made headlines when she quit the music business in February 2014 to start a coffee shop in Ottawa. You won’t see Edwards’ name on many festival posters this summer, so it is truly exciting that she will come to Interstellar Rodeo’s stage.

To add to the sense of occasion, Six Shooter’s own guitar slinging space cowboy Luke Doucet will join the All Star bill. With Whitehorse blazing up the radio charts and playing to huge crowds, Doucet’s solo gigs are also a rare event. Doucet’s appearance strengthens one of the through-lines of this year’s All Stars, the chance to see a genuine once in a lifetime performance.

Joel Plaskett comes to the All Stars as one of the most respected, celebrated and decorated musicians in this country. His live shows set a gold standard of awesomeness. Inventive, entertaining and hugely talented, Plaskett really is in a class by himself.

The All Stars feature presents the best songwriters on stage together, performing each other’s songs with a top-notch rocking backing band. Neither workshop nor supergroup, the All Stars finds the sweet spot that lets the music (and the magic) happen.

The #iRodeoYEG All Stars will perform on Sunday, July 26. Weekend passes and single day tickets are still available.

Listen to Sam Outlaw’s “Angeleno” a Week Before Release Date.

Angeleno is due on June 9, but The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy has an exclusive first listen of the album starting today. Click here to stream the album. Pre-order Angeleno on iTunes and download “Who Do You Think You Are?” “Ghost Town,” and “Love Her For a While” instantly. Physical pre-orders for the vinyl and CD versions are also on sale at the Six Shooter Records online store.

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Watch the Angeleno album teaser below.


Hawksley Workman Releases Old Cheetah and Debuts New Video for “We’re Not Broken Yet.”

Hawksley Workman unleashes Old Cheetah today and debuts the double vision video for “We’re Not Broken Yet.” Buy Old Cheetah on Vinyl, CD, or Digital here.

Watch the video below.


Interstellar Rodeo Winnipeg Four Pack Ticket Bundles Announced.



Bring your friends to Interstellar Rodeo at the Forks in Winnipeg this August with our Four Pack Ticket Bundle.

Interstellar Rodeo is pleased to offer a one-time Four Pack Ticket Bundle (four tickets for the price of three). This offer is available for adult tickets only, for same day tickets, and while quantities last.

You will receive ONE barcode when you purchase a Four Pack of tickets. We will then email you the three additional tickets. Please be patient. This process may take up to 24 hours.

We have a digital system where you will be sent a bar code to be scanned at the gate in exchange for a wristband.

All weekend pass buyers will be sent a FREE digital sampler from Six Shooter Records.

CBC Music Loves Interstellar Rodeo.

CBC Music published their list of “10 Best Canadian Summer Music Festivals of 2015” and Interstellar Rodeo gets the #1 spot. Take a look at the full list here.


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Single Day Tickets On Sale Now for #iRodeoYEG and #iRodeoWPG.

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There will be a limited number of single tickets offered at a 20% discount starting April 30, 2015, while quantities last!

Quick-on-the-draw Adult Single ticket (Fri, Sat, or Sun): $79.20
Quick-on-the-draw Youth/Senior Single ticket (Fri, Sat, or Sun) $60.00
A $2 surcharge will be added to all tickets, as well as applicable taxes.

Please note that this sale is only available at the Six Shooter Records webstore.


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Weekend passes and single tickets are now on sale through the Six Shooter webstore for #iRodeoWPG.
A $2 surcharge will be added to all tickets, as well as applicable taxes.

We are offering Earlybird Pricing, which is 25% the Advance Price.
Earlybird Pricing remains in effect until May 20, 2015, or while quantities last, whichever comes first.
ADVANCE PRICES start when the Earlybird passes sell out and run until July 31, 2015. These prices are available through our Six Shooter Records webstore only.



Interstellar Rodeo makes plenty of space for local and Alberta talent with this year’s Interludes lineup, a collection of super-talented songwriters and exciting performers that run the gamut of experience from seasoned vet to fresh-faced newcomer. Interstellar Rodeo is proud to shine the light on such a strong and diverse lineup culled exclusively from Canada’s Western provinces, and to position homegrown artists alongside the international stars on the bill. More than half of this year’s Interlude artists hail from Alberta, making 2015 the strongest hometown showing yet on the Interstellar stage.

UPCOMING #iRODEOYEG NEWS: Single day tickets will be available as of Thursday, April 30 @ 8am MT via www.interstellarrodeo.com. For a limited time, single day tickets will be 20% off.

Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton’s 2015 Interludes:

Mike McDonald (Edmonton)

Colleen Brown (Edmonton)

Joe Nolan (Edmonton)

Ryan Boldt (Saskatchewan)

Lucette (Edmonton)

Jay Nowicki (Winnipeg)

JJ Shiplett (Calgary)

Clinton St. John (Calgary)

Colter Wall (Saskatchewan)




Clinton St. John (AB)

Multi-instrumentalist Clinton St. John, is a Calgary-based singer-songwriter originally from Delburne, AB. His songs have strong narrative and dream-like qualities, finding influences in folk, blues, country, rock and psychedelic music. He released his latest full-length album, The Minor Arkhana, in September 2014.

Colleen Brown (AB)

“The talents of this Edmonton-based musician shine like a beacon,” writes The Globe and Mail. With a focus on themes of love, fate and psychic retooling, the small-town prairie fireball and hometown darling Colleen Brown just released a new album, called Direction, and with it, takes her work down new and exciting paths.

Lucette (AB)

It is obvious to all those who listen that Lucette’s raw, mellifluous and mysterious sound is as much old soul as it is ingénue. Lucette most recently toured the US in the fall 2014 with classic country sensation Sturgill Simpson. Her debut album, Black Is The Color, is out now.

Mike McDonald (AB)

Jr. Gone Wild’s legendary frontman, “cowpunk” pioneer and proud Dirt City music scenester, Mike McDonald is the real deal. In 2014, McDonald released his debut live solo album, Live At The Blue Chair Café. Unadorned by the electric chaos of a band and massive volume, Mike’s solo show is edgy folk, peppered with story and commentary, often hilarious.

JJ Shiplett (AB)

A songwriter in every situation and a dedicated player, JJ Shiplett’s passion for quality and sincerity is only matched by his goal to get everyone dancing. JJ’s approach to songcraft showcases heartfelt moments full of life experience, right alongside bursts of boisterous feel-good rock and roll.

 Joe Nolan (AB)

From theramin tremors to raw howls, Joe Nolan’s range of expression reaches extremes. He delivers bandaged fragility and raw rage with equal impact. His most recent album, the WCMA-nominated Tornado, showcases Joe’s lyrical style – intense, evocative and gripping.

Jay Nowicki (MB)

The Perpetrators front man, founding member and proud Winnipegger Jay Nowicki is rated one of Canada’s tastiest guitar players. Nowicki and The Perpetrators have cornered the market on tight, raw and intense blues, winning WCMA awards and Juno nominations along the way. The Perps’ most recent album, released in 2013, is called “Stick ‘Em Up.”

Colter Wall (SK)

Rugged and dark, the talented Saskatchewan-bred newcomer Colter Wall is poised to release his debut album, the evocatively and aptly titled “Imaginary Appalachia” in June 2015. Wall finds his inspiration in the rich tradition of Delta Blues and performs in true DIY, lo-fi fashion, with a tambourine duct-taped to his kick drum. 

Ryan Boldt (SK)

With “a presence far larger than his towering, scarecrow-like frame suggests,” (Vice) The Deep Dark Woods’ front man Ryan Boldt strikes out into a new wilderness alone. Boldt’s first solo album, Broadside Ballads, wraps traditional songs in Boldt’s signature haunting, folk-rock approach.



Interstellar Rodeo is pleased to announce the second wave of its inaugural Winnipeg lineup, the Interstellar Interludes. In keeping with Interstellar Rodeo’s focus on providing a distinct festival experience, the Interlude slots are noteworthy because they shine the spotlight on local and upcoming talent, positioning exciting new names and bonafide homegrown stars alongside marquee international performers.

UPCOMING #iRODEOWPG NEWS: Single day tickets will be available as of Thursday, April 30 @ 8am CT via www.interstellarrodeo.com.

Interstellar Rodeo Winnipeg’s 2015 Interludes:

– Greg MacPherson (MB)
– Ridley Bent (MB)
– Scott Nolan (MB)
– Son of Dave (MB/UK)
– Kacy & Clayton (SK)
– Wendy McNeill (AB/SW)
– Colter Wall (SK)
– JD & The Sunshine Band (MB)


Greg MacPherson (MB)

Local songwriting powerhouse Greg MacPherson has spent the better part of the past two decades with his head down, charging. Neither worn thin nor rendered a cynic, MacPherson has developed a voice, singular, significant, and strong, sharpened over six full-length albums. MacPherson’s most recent album, Fireball, was included on the Polaris Music Prize Long List.

Ridley Bent (MB)

Channeling the high-energy performance ethic of artists like Tom Petty and Little Feat, Ridley and his band can tear a deep strip off any joint with his most recent release Wildcard, which showcases the Winnipeg-based country artist’s keen fascination for characters whose life on the straight and narrow rarely lasts past the nearest exit to a short, crooked road.

Scott Nolan (MB)

Winnipeg-based, WCMA nominated songwriter Scott Nolan has earned plenty of respect for his earnest, if slightly weatherworn music. His are the songs sung for people with a past, sturdily backlit with unswerving musicianship and a disposition rooted in the best of rock n’ roll, roots and Americana. His most recent album is called North/South.

Son of Dave (MB/UK)

A Winnipegger by birth and a musician by trade, Son of Dave is known for his unique blend of styles, which include everything from blues to beat-box to R&B, largely featuring his trusty harmonica. Before striking out on a successful solo path, Son of Dave was a member of the Grammy-nominated hometown heroes The Crash Test Dummies.

Kacy & Clayton (SK)

Saskatchewan duo Kacy & Clayton interpret and compose their own distinctive sound inspired by forms of traditional music from Southern Appalachia and the British Isles. Educated by Grandfather and Great-Uncle respectively, Kacy & Clayton possess an admiration and respect for days past. Kacy’s vocals, virtuous and pure, weave seamlessly with Clayton’s accomplished finger-style guitar accompaniment.

Wendy McNeill (AB/SW)

Originally from Alberta and now based in Europe, Wendy McNeill’s music retains a love of wide-open space and big prairie skies. Her dark, idiosyncratic approach to folk music is largely shaped around the accordion, looped vocals and guitar. A compelling blend of the bold and the vulnerable with hints of cabaret and spoken word, Wendy makes music for dark hearted dreamers.

Colter Wall (SK)

Rugged and dark, the talented Saskatchewan-bred newcomer Colter Wall is poised to release his debut album, the evocatively and aptly titled “Imaginary Appalachia” in June 2015. Wall finds his inspiration in the rich tradition of Delta Blues and performs in true DIY, lo-fi fashion, with a tambourine duct-taped to his kick drum.

JD & the Sunshine Band (MB)

JD & the Sunshine Band is a creative collaboration between musicians and street involved people seeking to create the chorus for the streets of Winnipeg. Stories, slang and humour of the people were given a back-beat and a melody, and put back on the street with renewed swagger on a debut album, released in early 2015. The result is unmistakably Winnipeg, like slurpees in January.


With great pride, Tanya Tagaq will be heading to Halifax to receive a Doctor of Fine Arts Honoris Causa from her alma mater NSCAD in May, “in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to the arts.” Tagaq will also be giving the 2015 graduation address. “NSCAD influenced my life trajectory in a way that is undeniable. To have this honour bestowed upon me is very humbling,” says Tagaq.

For more details about NSCAD award – http://nscad.ca/

Tagaq also has a new video for the song “Uja,” from the Polaris Prize winning Animism, directed by Manitoba’s Procter Bros. The video presents the same stark instabilities, frailties, dangers and violences as evoked by the song (and, on a larger scale, Tanya’s music as a whole). From a frenetic concrete cityscape, menacing, militaristic and dystopian, to the bloody and brutal beauty of nature, the video for “Uja” is as skittish and unsettling as it is potent.

Tanya Tagaq recently appeared on the blockbuster relaunch of CBC’s q. Relive the “wild and improvised” performance here (audio only) – http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Q/ID/2664902592/

California Country Singer Sam Outlaw Releases First Song From Angeleno, Coming June 9, 2015 on Six Shooter Records.

Who Do You Think You Are?

Listen to “Who Do You Think You Are?” the first single released from Sam Outlaw’s debut full-length album, Angeleno, here.

Sam Outlaw performs “Who Do You Think You Are?” Live in LA.
The future’s bright for the young Angeleno
And an old song plays in his head
Far as he knows. . .

Introducing Sam Outlaw, a southern Californian singer-songwriter steeped in the music and mythos of west coast country, from the classic vibes of everything from ‘60s Bakersfield honky-tonk to ‘70s Laurel Canyon troubadour pop. With a sound that’s pleasurably past, present and future tense, Sam Outlaw’s impeccable California country music shines on Angeleno, his debut album due on June 9, 2015 on Six Shooter Records.

“The music I play, I call ‘SoCal country,’” says Outlaw. “It’s country music but with a Southern California spirit to it. What is it about Southern California that gives it that spirit, I don’t exactly know. But there’s an idea that I like that says – every song, even happy songs, are written from a place of sadness. If there’s a special sadness to Southern California it’s that there’s an abiding shadow of loss of what used to be. But then, like with any place, you have a resilient optimism as well.”

While he explores those shadows on the title track and the elegiac “Ghost Town,” Outlaw mostly comes down on the side of the optimists through Angeleno’s dozen tracks. Opener “Who Do You Think You Are?” breezes in with south of the border charm, all sunny melody wrapped in mariachi horns, while “I’m Not Jealous” is a honky-tonker with a smart twist on the you-done-me-wrong plot. “Love Her For A While” has the amiable lope of early ‘70s Poco, “Old Fashioned” the immediacy of a touch on the cheek, and the future Saturday night anthem “Jesus Take The Wheel (And Drive Me To A Bar)” shows Outlaw has a sense of humor to match his cowboy poet nature. Throughout, producers Ry and Joachim Cooder frame the material with spare, tasteful arrangements, keeping the focus on Outlaw’s voice. And it’s a voice that indeed seems to conjure up California in the same way as Jackson Browne’s or Glenn Frey’s. Easy on the ears, open-hearted, always with an undertow of melancholy.

Hawksley Workman Debuts New Video for “Don’t Take Yourself Away (Instant Nostalgia)” from Old Cheetah, Coming June 2, 2015 on Six Shooter Records.

Hawksley Workman gets all nineteen hundred and eighties with a new video for “Don’t Take Yourself Away (Instant Nostalgia),” the first single from the forthcoming album Old Cheetah, coming June 2, 2015 on Six Shooter Records. Directed by Ken Cunningham, the video captures a type of melancholy and brooding gothic angst that is, weirdly, found in both Wuthering Heights AND The Breakfast Club.

The video debuted with Exclaim! this morning.

Old Cheetah is now available for pre-order with instant download of “Don’t Take Yourself Away (Instant Nostalgia).”

Both songwriter and showman, Hawksley Workman is an unpredictable musical force prone to crafting wildly catchy songs that explode fully-formed from a swirling nuclear fusion of cabaret theatricality, glam rock and wantonly pop musical elements.