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AMELIA CURRAN BRINGS “WATERSHED” TO THE CBC STUDIOS FOR FIRST PLAY LIVE.

“Watershed is defined as “an event or period marking a turning point in a course of action or state of affairs.” And so it is apt that Amelia Curran has chosen the word as the title of her eighth and latest album.” – CBC Music

Read the full article and check out the full CBC First Play Live Session here.

TANYA TAGAQ UNVEILS HER NEW VIDEO FOR “AJAAJA.”

“Ajaaja” is a song that connects people across families and generations. Watch the video now and head over to Spotify to hear what Tanya has to say about the song.

Listen to Tanya Tagaq’s commentary on “Ajaaja” with music critic Carl Wilson below.

PANTHER IN THE DOLLHOUSE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER TODAY.

Whitehorse’s new record, Panther In The Dollhouse, is now available to pre-order on iTunes, CD, and vinyl. Pre-Order Panther In The Dollhouse today and download “Boys Like You” instantly. Click here to get it on iTunes.

WHITEHORSE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, PANTHER IN THE DOLLHOUSE. ROCK N’ ROLL DUO TEASES DETAILS ABOUT THEIR NEXT FULL-LENGTH, COMING 5/12/17 ON SIX SHOOTER RECORDS.

Whitehorse trades some shade in a new video for “Boys Like You,” released today. Directed by Edmonton’s Trevor Anderson, an award-winning filmmaker whose work has appeared at Sundance and TIFF, the video for “Boys Like You” echoes the song’s 90s recall with slinky glam and winking artifice. “Whitehorse is ready to gloriously bust some balls again,” writes Noisey in today’s premiere piece. “The video places all the tension of the tune between the two of them, coasting along through photo shoots, backstages, green rooms, and live shows. Read the full story here.

The video leads the band’s announcement that there will be a new full-length album, called Panther In The Dollhouse, out May 12, 2017 on Six Shooter Records.

On this new album, Whitehorse takes a place of wholesome, conventional life and sets loose a wild animal to stalk, shred and smash its way through ideals of adult life and social conditioning. Whitehorse turns a microscope on domestic life to reveal a writhing, tangled biota of dreams and desire, despair and degradation.

With Panther In The Dollhouse, the duo’s songwriting makes a clean break from autobiography to fully embrace cinematic fiction in sleek, stylized collages of neo-noir drama and high-gloss showmanship. From the grindhouse ballad of “Die Alone” to the peroxide burn of “Trophy Wife,” the new songs are full of flawed characters, foiled plans and anti-fairytales.

To make this record, Whitehorse expanded their studio team with the addition of Likeminds, a pair of hip-hop/r&b producers and musicians. The beat-makers joined the returning crew of Gus Van Go and Werner F, who produced the band’s previous album, Leave No Bridge Unburned. The results bring vintage drum machines, samplers and analog synths into duo’s space twang sound.

Panther In The Dollhouse prowls May 12, 2017 on Six Shooter Records.

TOUR DATES:

BAYFIELD, ON: Bayfield Town Hall, April 7 + 8
WATERLOO, ON: Starlight Social Club, April 12
MONTREAL, QC: Metropolis, July 6

WATERSHED NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER WITH INSTANT GRATS “GRAVITY” AND “NO MORE QUIET.”

Watershed, Amelia Curran’s follow up to her Juno nominated album, They Promised You Mercy, is now available for pre-order. Pre-Order Watershed on iTunes here and download “Gravity” and “No More Quiet” instantly. You can also stream both “Gravity” and “No More Quiet” on Spotifyhere. Amelia Curran will also be releasing Watershed on CD and Vinyl. Get your copy here.

SAM OUTLAW’S SOPHOMORE ALBUM “TENDERHEART” AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER TODAY.

Sam Outlaw’s second full length album, Tenderheart, is now available to pre-order digitally, on CD, and on Vinyl through his PledgeMusic Campaign. Pre-Order Tenderheart on iTunes and download “Trouble” and “Everyone’s Looking For Home” instantly.

TANYA TAGAQ JOINS FORCES WITH BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE IN NEW POLARIS PRIZE COLLABORATION.

Tanya Tagaq joins forces with Buffy Sainte-Marie for their Polaris Music Prize collaboration “You Got To Run (Spirit of The Wind).” Watch the video below.

“AMELIA CURRAN STANDS UP TO MUSIC INDUSTRY SEXISM ON ON “NO MORE QUIET”‘ – EXCLAIM

“The best thing about Amelia Curran is that everyone listens to her and accepts her truth as universal…yes, she speaks from a woman’s heart, but just attend one live concert and you’ll quickly notice that even as the women in the audience are quite present as sisters in arms, the men there are just as committed to being there, listening to and hearing every word and everyone is responding with smiles, tears, movement and applause…
– Shakura (Award Winning Canadian Blues Vocalist, featured on “No More Quiet”)

Click here to read the full article on Exclaim. Pre-Order Amelia’s new record, Watershed, this Friday.

Listen to “No More Quiet” below.

“SAM OUTLAW’S TENDERHEART PROVES HE’S JUST THAT” – THE FADER

“In the lead track from his sophomore album, Tenderhearted, Sam Outlaw proves he’s precisely that: a sweetie, albeit one with a tough-guy name. That’s not to say the Outlaw appellation isn’t earned — it’s Sam’s mother’s maiden name, and there’s surely an independent streak to his career, which started at the late-breaking age of 31 with the release of his 2015 debut, Angeleno.” – Head over to The Fader to read the full article.

THE JUNO NOMINATIONS ARE IN! THE STRUMBELLAS AND WHITEHORSE TO APPEAR AT THIS YEAR’S JUNO CELEBRATION IN OTTAWA.

The Strumbellas take home three Juno 2017 nominations today with Group of The Year, Song of The Year (Spirits), and Juno Fan Choice Award. The band will also be performing at the live televised broadcast on Sunday, April 2 on CTV.

You can vote for The Strumbellas Fan Choice Award here.

Stream Hope on Spotify.

Whitehorse has been nominated for the Blues Album of The Year for their recent album “The Northern South Vol. 1.”

Listen to The Northern South Vol. 1 on Spotify.

SAM OUTLAW ANNOUNCES TENDERHEART, NEW ALBUM COMING APRIL 14, 2017.

Sophomore album filters neo-traditional influence through Outlaw’s ‘SoCAL Country’ lens. Expansive North American tour includes stops in Toronto and Vancouver.

WATCH THE ALBUM TRAILER NOW.

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Cynicism comes easy, but having a soft heart takes real guts. With his new album, Tenderheart, Sam Outlaw dares to tread gently, and looks inward with unapologetic sentiment and un-ironic nods to the genre’s greatest neon rainbow chasers.

With this second album, Outlaw – one of LA’s only modern country artists – shows an impressive refinement of his artistic identity. Sonically, the album further elaborates Outlaw’s “SoCal Country” sound, a sun-bleached, Baja-influenced twang that deftly points to country music’s neo-traditionalists and LA’s legendary singer-songwriters. Thematically Tenderheart is a thesis on self-discovery and the power of love, and sets this course from the opening chords of “Everyone’s Looking For Home,” (as heard in the fittingly personal, even vulnerable album trailer released today, shared by Rolling Stone Country). The song is a cinematic, mariachi-laced meditation on Outlaw’s own conflicted, life-reorienting decisions.

Tenderheart’s introspection is most potent when filtered through Outlaw’s distinctive Los Angeles lens. “Bottomless Mimosas” is emotionally hollowing in its portrayal of west coast existentialism. “Bougainvillea, I Think” and “Dry In The Sun” round out this trio of ‘Los Angeles songs’ that explore the city’s faded beauty and define “SoCal Country” beyond instrumentation.

“Trouble,” one of the album’s standouts, makes being bad sound pretty damn good with determined ‘Side A’ swagger, and kicks off a classic country song cycle that chronicles a heart’s bend, break and mend. “She’s Playing Hard To Get (Rid Of)” showcases acerbic wit in teary three-four time, and sets the scene for “Two Broken Hearts” – a lovers’ getaway story with an open ending. Tenderheart shows that Outlaw’s songwriting continues to sharpen; his clever intertwining of country tropes with crisp modernism has already impressed the like of alt-country pioneer Ryan Adams, who repeatedly praised Outlaw’s debut.

Outlaw’s second album is a testimony to the new life set in motion by Angeleno, his debut. Angeleno’s success and critical acclaim propelled 18 months of international touring, including a performance at Stagecoach, four trips to Europe and several hundred gigs in the USA. It’s fitting that Tenderheart bottles the songs that are mainstays of his live show, including slow-burn waltz “Diamond Ring” and honky-tonk sing-along “All My Life.” “Look At You Now” is a regular highlight of his acoustic tours overseas, where Angeleno was recently nominated for AmericanaUK’s International Album of the Year alongside Sturgill Simpson, Drive-By Truckers and Margo Price.

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Not one to mess with a winning combination, Sam called on many of the same musicians that made Angeleno such a success: harmony singer Molly Jenson, pedal steel pro Jeremy Long and guitarist Danny Garcia, along with Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes) and Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket). Co-produced by Martin Pradler and Outlaw and recorded in the San Fernando Valley, Tenderheart also features Erwin Vasquez and Mariachi Teocuitatlan, a local mariachi group who appeared in the video for Angeleno’s title track.

Over the past two years Outlaw has learned that great dreams can only be achieved at great cost. At its core, Tenderheart is the outcome of another lesson learned: if your heart stays true, the sacrifice is worth it.

TENDERHEART TOUR DATES:

April 13 – Decatur, GA @ Eddie’s Attic #
April 14 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge #
April 15 – Knoxville, TN @ Barley’s Tap Room #
April 17 – Washington DC @ Songbyrd #
April 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle #
April 20 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge #
April 21 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott #
April 22 – Portland, ME @ Portland House of Music #
April 25 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern *
April 26 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark *
April 27 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement *
April 28 – Goshen, IN @ Ignition Garage *
April 29 – Evanston, IL @ SPACE *
May 1 – Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall *
May 2 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
May 4 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium *
May 5 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Icon Lounge *
May 6 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Jr. *
May 9 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room *
May 10 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Blue Door *
May 11 – Fort Worth, TX @ Billy Bob’s
May 12 – Austin, TX @ Cactus Café *
May 13 – Eden, TX @ The Green Apple Arts Center
May 16 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
May 18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room *
May 19 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux *
May 20 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *
May 21 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern *
May 23 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir *
May 25 – San Francisco, CA The Chapel *
May 30 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
May 31 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
June 1 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour *
June 2 – Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s *
June 3 – Bakersfield, CA @ B-Ryder’s *

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* Michaela Anne

TWO-STEP FORWARD: WHITNEY ROSE’S SOUTH TEXAS SUITE IS OUT TODAY.

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Join Six Shooter Records for a Texas Two-Step Lesson Dance Lesson at The Horseshoe Tavern on Thursday, February 16, 2017 @ 8pm.

South Texas Suite, Whitney Rose’s love letter to the Lone Star State, is out today on Six Shooter Records. The distinct fusion of classic country and girl group era pop puts an unmistakable stamp on the new collection, which has already put Rose on many ‘Artists to Watch in 2017’ radars across North America. South Texas Suite is also gaining radio traction, and debuted as #2 on the Most Added album on the Americana Radio Chart.

From the Waylon-esque stomp of ‘My Boots’ to the soaring Ronnettes-recall of ‘Bluebonnets for My Baby,” South Texas Suite packs a lot into just six songs. Rose is earning serious honky-tonk stripes for the self-produced EP, which is a nod to Texas’ rich country music history from a decidedly modern – and feminist – perspective. This element is not lost on reviewers, who align Rose with the likes of Amanda Shires and Kacey Musgraves, artists who are at “the vanguard of country music’s ladies getting their own.” (AXS)

Rose’s four-month tour makes several stops in Canada, including Toronto – where her career really began – and select dates across western Canada. Rose will also return home, that’s Austin now, for SXSW, before heading to Europe, Scandinavia and the UK.

Buy South Texas Suite on iTunes, stream it on Spotify, or click here to buy it on vinyl.

TOUR DATES:

HAMILTON, ON: Mill’s Hardware, Feb 15
TORONTO, ON: Horseshoe Tavern, Feb 16
BUFFALO, NY: Sportsman Tavern, Feb 18
MINNEAPOLIS, MN: 7th St. Entry, Feb 21
WINNIPEG, MB: WECC, Feb 23 – tickets
EDMONTON, AB: The Almanac, Feb 24
CALGARY, AB: Commonwealth, Feb 25
SEATTLE, WA: Sunset Tavern, Feb 27
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Hotel Utah, Mar 1
BURBANK, CA: Cody’s Viva Cantina, Mar 3
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA: Don The Beachcomber, Mar 4
PHOENIX, AZ: Rhythm Room, Mar 5
TUCSON, AZ: Club Congress, Mar 7
AMARILLO, TX: Golden Light Cantina, Mar 9
LUBBOCK, TX: Cactus Theatre, Mar 10
AUSTIN, TX: SXSW Mar 13 – 17
HOUSTON, TX: The Mucky Duck, Mar 17
FREDERICKSBURG, TX: Luckenbach Dance Hall, Mar 18
NASHVILLE, TN: The Country, Mar 20
DAVENPORT, IA: Village Theatre, Mar 21
KANSAS CITY, MO: Knuckleheads, Mar 22
NEWPORT, KY: Southgate House Revival, Mar 23
HANNOVER, GERMANY: Glocksee, March 28
HOOFDDORP, NETHERLANDS: Duycker, March 31
GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS: De Spieghel, April 1
VALENCIA, SPAIND: Loco Club, April 5
MADRID, SPAIN: Cafe Berlin, April 6
BILBAO, SPAIN: Kafe Antzokia Kutxa Beltza, April 7
BERN, SWITZERLAND: Hush Hush, April 11
UNTERMEITINGEN, GERMANY: Four Corners, April 15
SCHIJNDEL, NETHERLANDS: Paaspop, April 16
OOSTENDE, BELGIUM: De Zwerver, April 17
OUD TURNHOUT, BELGIUM: De Djoelen, April 20
SOLINGEN, GERMANY: Altes Stellwerk, April 21
MALMO, SWEDEN: Folk a Rock, April 25
KRISTIANSTAD, SWEDEN: Kulturkvarteret, April 26
HALMSTAD, SWEDEN: Cafe Strandgatan, April 27
OLAND, SWEDEN: Carlas pa Bo Pensionat, April 28
KLIPPAN, SWEDEN: Norrehus, April 29
HULTSFRED, SWEDEN: Hulingen, April 30
GOTEBORG, SWEDEN: Pustervik, May 1
KARLSKOGA, SWEDEN: Statt, May 2
HALDEN, NORWAY: Siste Reis, May 3
OSLO, NORWAY: Gamla, May 4
BERGEN, NORWAY: Bergen Live Sessions, May 9
TRONDHEIM, NORWAY: Moskus, May 11
OSTERSUND, SWEDEN: Gamla Teatern, May 12
UMEA, SWEDEN: Droskan, May 13
UPPSALA, SWEDEN: Klubb Hijazz, May 14
MARIEHAMN, FINLAND: Pub Ettan, May 15
OREBRO, SWEDEN: Bosses Lastkaj, May 16
VASTERAS, SWEDEN: Intiman, May 17
LINDESBERG, SWEDEN: Salute, May 19
SKEBOBRUK, SWEDEN: Skebopuben, May 20
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN: Lilla Hotellbaren, May 21
NOTTINGHAM, UK: The Maze, May 23
SHEFFIELD, UK: The Greystones, May 24
NEWCASTLE, UK: Cluny 2, May 26
LONDON, UK: Green Note, May 27