#Hope is almost here. Pre-order a digital copy of The Strumbellas upcoming album, HOPE, today on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. Each pre-order comes with an instant download of the chart smashing #1 hit, Spirits. Hope will be released on April 22, 2016. You can also pre-order the CD and beautiful blue vinyl through the Six Shooter webstore here.
“Angeleno” is both the title track of Sam Outlaw’s debut album and the marrow of his sound and sensibility, coined “SoCal Country” by Outlaw himself. The album track, pacific in origin and temperament, shows Outlaw’s fusion of classic, graceful country songwriting matched with the famous mariachi touches of Jesús “Chuy” Guzmán, who notably toured with and recorded on Linda Ronstadt’s Grammy-winning Spanish album Canciones de Mi Padre (Songs of My Father).”
Now, a new video for “Angeleno” pairs Outlaw up with another ‘cowboy in LA’ outsider – a professional bareback rodeo rider named Cesar Kid Bañuelos. Bañuelos attended a show at The Troubadour last spring and felt a strong camaraderie with Outlaw’s story, which mirrored his own experiences and challenges as a west coast rider on the rodeo circuit. Bañuelos contacted Outlaw, and the concept for the video was born.
Alongside footage shot at a recent rodeo in Denver, CO, the video for “Angeleno” features Hollywood’s Roosevelt hotel, a sprawling, twinkling city seen from the Hollywood hills and a local mariachi band, “Mariachi
Teocuitatlan.” There’s longing and dreaming contrasted with hard knocks and grit – two poles that define LA in popular imagination. The video was directed and edited by Max Cutrone.
Sam Outlaw is currently on the Country & Western Nights Tour with Six Shooter Records labelmate Whitney Rose. Outlaw is also confirmed to play California’s Stagecoach Festival in April, where he will make a rare appearance with a 10-piece band, featuring Mariachis.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
SEATTLE, WA: The Sunset Tavern, Feb 26*
VANCOUVER, BC: The Cobalt, Feb 27*
SPOKANE, WA: The Bartlett, Mar 2*
BOZEMAN, MT: Live from the Divide, Mar 3*
BILLINGS, MT: Pub Station, Mar 4*
LARAMIE, WY: Phoenix Ballroom at Gryphon Theatre, Mar 5*
DENVER, CO: Larimer Lounge, Mar 7*
SALT LAKE CITY, UT: Kilby Court, Mar 8*
PHOENIX, AZ: Viva Phoenix Downtown Music Fest, Mar 12
TUCSON, AZ: Flycatcher, Mar 13*
ROSWELL, NM: The Liberty, Mar 15*
DALLAS, TX: Twilite Lounge, Mar 16*
AUSTIN, TX: SXSW, Mar 17-19
ATLANTA, GA: Vinyl, Mar 24*
KNOXVILLE, TN: KMW Secret Show Series, Mar 25*
NASHVILLE, TN: The High Watt, Mar 26*
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA: The Roxy, April 29
INDIO, CA: Stagecoach Festival, April 30
* w/ Whitney Rose
Celebrated songwriter Amelia Curran returns to the road this spring with tour dates that crisscross Canada. In addition to the headline shows listed below, Amelia will also join the bill as opener for The Rheostatics’ upcoming Live at Massey Hall concert on April 29, 2016, marking nearly ten years since the iconic band’s official farewell show at the same venue in 2007. This will be the first time Amelia brings her own material to Massey’s hallowed stage.
Curran’s last trip west took her to Kamloops, where she performed a new song, “The Ballad of Marie Philip Poulin,” for Hockey Day in Canada’s annual concert, again organized by Dave Bidini. Curran is the first in the history of the event to write a song about women’s hockey.
Amelia Curran’s most recent album, They Promised You Mercy, received a Juno nomination last year, making it her third in a row to receive the nod.
WINNIPEG, MB: The Good Will, Mar 6
REGINA, SK: The Exchange, Mar 8
SASKATOON, SK: Village Guitar & Amp, Mar 9
VANCOUVER, BC: Fox Cabaret, Mar 11
CALGARY, AB: Central United Church, Mar 12
SUDBURY, ON: The Motley Kitchen, Mar 17
WAKEFIELD, QC: Black Sheep Inn, Mar 18+19
PETERBOROUGH, ON: Market Hall Theatre, Mar 20
STRATFORD, ON: The Revival House, Mar 24
SWIFT CURRENT, NL: Kilmory Resort, Apr 9
PRINCETON, IL: The Princeton Coffee House, April 23
TORONTO, ON: Massey Hall w/ The Rheostatics, April 29
After a successful Group of 7 concert series at Toronto’s AGO in September, The Rheostatics are back on stage this Spring at Massey Hall. They’ll be performing on April 29, 2016 for the Live at Massey Hall Concert Film Series with special guest Amelia Curran. Presale tickets go on sale Monday, February 22 at 10am. Public on sale begins Friday, February 26 at 10am. Tickets and info about the concert can be found here.
The Wet Secrets present a glorious, hair-whipping thesis on the “virtuous futility of labour” with a new video for “I Can Swing A Hammer,” directed by drummer (and highly decorated filmmaker) Trevor Anderson.
“‘I Can Swing A Hammer’ is a song about getting’ shit done,” Anderson told Paste Magazine, which premiered the clip, “so we made the video in that spirit. Lead singer Lyle Bell built that hat hut with an actual hammer, so we got a lot of joy outta burning it to the ground.”
“I Can Swing A Hammer” is out now on an EP called I Can Live Forever. The new music is generating a ‘get in on the ground floor’ sentiment in recent reviews, and the band is gathering momentum in advance of SXSW and tour dates in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.
GOLDEN, BC: Golden Sound @ The Golden Civic Centre, Feb 20
CHARLOTTE, NC: The Fillmore, Mar 4 w/ The Black Angels
AUSTIN, TX: SXSW, Mar 17-20
LOS ANGELES, CA: Hotel Cafe, Mar 25
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Hotel Utah, Mar 27
SEATTLE, WA: Make Out Room, Mar 30
TORONTO, ON: Mod Club, CMW, May 4 w/ Royal Canoe
“An infectious track destined to get stuck in your head.” – Paste
– “Equal parts art punk, space funk, and pop junk.” – No Depression
– “Musically speaking, think early-’90s-alt-pop-meets-‘00s-indie shot through with a lethal dose of ’60s garage. Or better yet, don’t think, but instead just get your ass down…”
– Georgia Straight
ROLLING STONE breaks news of Country & Western Nights Tour today.
See the full post here.
“Angeleno by Sam Outlaw. Just beyond great songwriting. What a record.” – Ryan Adams
‘SoCal Country’ singer Sam Outlaw takes Angeleno back out on the road in February and March for the Country & Western Nights Tour with new Six Shooter Records labelmate Whitney Rose. The tour brings together two exciting breakout artists, both at the vanguard of country music, each with a distinctive sound and style. Outlaw’s country is classic and smooth, made his own with dappled Baja tones; Rose has developed a rich countrypolitan sound with beguiling vintage pop inflections.
The Country & Western Nights Tour starts on Outlaw’s home turf in California and will cover ten states, through country music hotbeds and heartlands of past and present. Fittingly, the tour winds up in Nashville, TN.
Hailed as one of the best country albums of 2015 by Rolling Stone and The Guardian, Angeleno and Outlaw have just made a strong showing in Nashville Scene’s annual and influential Country Music Critics’ Poll, with New Artist and Best Album nods.
Whitney Rose made an impact with Heartbreaker of The Year, produced by Raul Malo of The Mavericks. The New York Times, Rolling Stone and American Songwriter are included on a long list of enthusiastic coverage Rose has received thus far.
SAN DIEGO, CA: Soda Bar, Feb 19
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA: The Grange, Feb 21
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: The Chapel, Feb 22
PORTLAND, OR: Mississippi Studios, Feb 24
SEATTLE, WA: The Sunset Tavern, Feb 26
VANCOUVER, BC: The Cobalt, Feb 27
SPOKANE, WA: The Bartlett, Mar 2
BOZEMAN, MT: Live from the Divide, Mar 3
BILLINGS, MT: Pub Station, Mar 4
LARAMIE, WY: Phoenix Ballroom at Gryphon Theatre, Mar 5
DENVER, CO: Larimer Lounge, Mar 7
SALT LAKE CITY, UT: Kilbey Court, Mar 8
PHOENIX, AZ: Viva Phoenix Downtown Music Fest, Mar 12*
TUCSON, AZ: Flycatcher, Mar 13
ROSWELL, NM: The Liberty, Mar 15
DALLAS, TX: Twilite Lounge, Mar 16
AUSTIN, TX: SXSW, Mar 17-19
ATLANTA, GA: TBA, Mar 24
KNOXVILLE, TN: KMW Secret Show Series, Mar 25
NASHVILLE, TN: The High Watt, Mar 26
* Sam Outlaw only
Six Shooter Records is proud to put out Danny Michel’s upcoming record, Matadora, on April 8, 2016. Danny has been documenting the recording process and giving us an inside look at the album through his Indigogo campaign here.
Today, The Strumbellas release their official music video for their debut single, Spirits, via Billboard. The video, directed by Daniel AM Rosenberg and produced by Michael Goldlist, was shot last month at St. Aidan’s Church in Toronto. Spirits is the first track off of their upcoming album, Hope, which will be released worldwide on April 22, 2016.
The Strumbellas hit the road with Blue Rodeo next month with Blue Rodeo. Tour dates are listed below.
Check out their interview with Billboard here.
January 30-31 – Guelph, ON – Hillside Inside
February 11 – Montreal, QC – Place des Arts *
February 12 – Hamilton, ON – Hamilton Place *
February 17 – Meaford, ON – Meaford, Hall Arts & Culture Centre
February 18 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall *
February 19 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall *
February 20 – Oshawa, ON – General Motors Centre *
February 21 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens *
February 23 – Cape Breton, NS – Centre 200 *
February 24 – Halifax, NS – Scotiabank Centre *
February 25 – Moncton, NB – Molson Canadian Centre at Casino New Brunswick *
February 27 – St. John’s, NF – Mile One Centre *
March 10 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
March 15-20 – Austin, TX – SXSW
* with Blue Rodeo
Whitney Rose, purveyor of stylish countrypolitan music for modern ears, starts 2016 by signing with Six Shooter Records.
2015 was a massive year for Whitney Rose. The vintage country pop specialist’s sophomore offering, Heartbreaker of the Year, converted critics’ double takes into palpable buzz with its beguiling blend of then and now.
Heartbreaker of the Year was produced by The Mavericks’ Raul Malo, who also duets on multiple tracks. Rose’s vocals convey both vulnerability and sharpness – a contrast that permeates her music as a whole – to enthralling results. The album’s success has impelled those in the know to include Rose’s name in any conversation about the future faces of Americana and Country music.
Whitney Rose honed the material for Heartbreaker of the Year at Toronto’s Cameron House, an artist incubator, live music destination and record label that has cultivated the early careers of musicians that represent the next generation of roots, rock and folk creativity in Toronto and Canada. Rose has performed at major festivals such as Boots & Hearts, Cavendish Beach, Winnipeg Folk Festival, NXNE and more.
2016 will see Whitney Rose tour across North America. Rose continues to pack Austin’s Continental Club every Thursday at 6:30pm with her ongoing artist residency at one of America’s premiere clubs. A Los Angeles debut gig is confirmed for Thursday, February 18 @ 7pm at Hotel Café.
AUSTIN, TX: Continental Club, Thursdays @ 6:30pm (ONGOING)
LOS ANGELES, CA: Hotel Cafe, February 18 @ 7pm
An exciting announcement about more tour dates is coming soon.
2015 YEAR END ACCOLADES
– “A sultry country classicist with a tremble in her voice, Whitney Rose is partial to the magisterial gestures of the 1950s and 1960s.” – NY Times
– “Playfully croons through tales of love and mischief with girlish breath and devilish twang.” – Rolling Stone
– “Fiery swing … hazy, honky-tonk swirl.” – NOW Magazine
– “Whip-smart … an adventurous affair.” – The Globe & Mail
– “Heartbreaker of the Year is as cool as country comes – an intoxicating round of tequila shots served with the salt of despair.” – Calgary Herald
– “It should go down a storm.” – The Toronto Star
– “By joining classic country and retro pop, Rose has nailed a distinctive style that sounds pure and natural.” – American Songwriter
– “Sultry, dynamic, spicy in the way it slides between styles yet continues forward cohesively, Heartbreaker of the Year is quite the exhibition of Whitney’s talents.” – Saving Country Music
“Gritty, shambolic, exuberant, demented rock.” – Vue Weekly
The Wet Secrets, a dance rock six-piece from Edmonton, AB, dress up their scrappy, scathing outlook in impeccably tailored pop attire. Leave eyerolls and apathy to the others: The Wet Secrets’ buoyant brand of irony turns dysfunction into inspiration. Equal parts punk rock and halftime show, The Wet Secrets’ vibe is a fusion of the bass-driven grit of The Stranglers with the lurid surrealism of The B52s.
The first single from the new EP, “I Can Swing A Hammer” is confidence-in-a-can, an epic pep talk that works on and off the field. “I Can Swing A Hammer” is also the perfect rallying cry for a shiny new year, a high gloss time of best intentions and resolve. CBC Music included “I Can Swing A Hammer” in a recent Songs You Need To Hear, calling it a “jangly, catchy, fist-pumping anthem…a motto worthy to repeat every morning.”
Principal vocalist/songwriter Lyle Bell (also of Shout Out Out Out Out) lays swampy basslines through songs that balance misanthropy with empathy, caustic barbs with uplifting mantras. Cravat-wrapped drummer Trevor Anderson (also an award-winning filmmaker whose work has shown at Sundance, SXSW, Berlin and more) embodies the band’s high-art non-conformism. Kim Rackel and Emma Frazier contribute towering, dancing hornstacks on trumpet and trombone, with wildmen Paul Arnusch and Christan Maslyk rounding out the furry-hatted fray on keys, timbales, congas, sax. All six Secrets sing along, creating vocal harmonies galore.
I Can Live Forever covers a lot of ground in only four songs. Over the squirmy intergalactic synths of “If I Was A Camera,” the Secrets shout “Take off all your clothes,” a message that’s more about watching than doing, with a sweet geeky voyeurism. “Final Curtain for a Drama Queen” is a madcap staccato sendoff, a paranoid’s sweaty, horn-heavy fever dream. Final track “Quelle Surprise” is as close to a ballad as The Wet Secrets get, with a slinky 70s vibe, faraway vocals and tinkling off-kilter scales.
The Wet Secrets will follow up with a full album expected in Summer 2016.
SASKATOON, SK: Winterruption, Louis’ Pub, Jan 22
CAMROSE, AB: Bailey Theatre, Jan 23
FERNIE, BC: The Northern, Jan 29
ROSSLAND, BC: Blizzard Fest, Jan 30
KELOWNA, BC: Fernando’s, Feb 2
NANAIMO, BC: The Cambie, Feb 3
CUMBERLAND, BC: Waverly Hotel, Feb 4
PORT RENFREW, BC: Song & Surf Festival, Feb 5
VANCOUVER, BC: The Cobalt, Feb 6
GOLDEN, BC: Golden Sound! Golden Civic Centre, Feb 20
AUSTIN, TX: SXSW, March 15-20
LOS ANGELES, CA: Hotel Café, March 25
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Hotel Utah, March 27
Sam Outlaw – Angeleno
– Named one of the best country albums of 2015 by The Guardian
– #21 on Rolling Stone’s 40 Best Country Albums of 2015
– “Jesus Take The Wheel (and Drive Me to a Bar)” is one of NPR’s favourite songs of 2015
– Saving Country Music deems “Angeleno” as one of the most essential albums of 2015
Whitehorse – Leave No Bridge Unburned
– CKUA’s #2 on 2015’s Year End Chart
– CBC’s Best Canadian Albums of 2015
– Mercury (UK)’s top 5 Albums of 2015
– “Downtown” is in the Top 10 Songs from Toronto by BlogTO
– “Downtown” is one of CBC Radio 2’s Top 30 #1 songs of 2015
– Massey Hall show one of Now Magazine’s “7 Shows That Made Us Cry This Year.”
– Juno win for Best Aboriginal Album of The Year
Hawksley Workman – Old Cheetah
– “We’re Not Broken Yet” on the STROMBO HUNDO (Top 100 Songs of 2015) as picked by George Stroumboulopoulos
C and C Surf Factory – Garage City
– CKUA’s Top Albums of 2015