Amelia Curran performs “Strangers” on Southern Souls ~ www.southernsouls.ca/amelia-curran
Some of the festival’s many highlights include concert sets by renowned “guit-steel” pioneer Junior Brown, master of the Telecaster Albert Lee, Wilco’s Nels Cline, the imitable Kevin Breit, as well as our very own Luke Doucet and the White Falcon. Legendary guitarist James Burton (the man practically invented rock-and-roll) backs a star-studded roll call of fantastic Toronto singers performing some of Burton’s greatest repertoire, from Presley to Cash to the Monkees and more. Collaborative workshops capture the spirit of Sleepwalk, with this year’s program featuring an all-steel line up with Austin’s Cindy Cashdollar leading the charge, an Acoustic Jam featuring Colin Linden and Paul Pigat…and we’ve even lined up legends James Burton, Albert Lee, Junior Brown and Cindy Cashdollar on one stage at one time. For more info, visit:
NEW Amelia Curran video for “Black Bird On Fire” from the album Spectators directed by Krista Davis!
Our Autumn of Awesome continues through this festive (Canadian Thanksgiving) and spooky (Halloween) month of October. I keep trying to think of a cool Halloween costume to wear this year. For some reason I just can’t shake the idea that I am destined to go as a Smurf, even though I really don’t want to cover myself in blue makeup, and those recent Smurf movies were utterly horrible. I would go as a Juggalo, but really, that is more of a lifestyle than a costume, amiright?!
There are a few times in the life of a little label like ours when we think, what the heck are we thinking? This is a crazy amount of work! Wouldn’t it have been easier to jump on the food truck craze? Or the pulled pork craze? Or the flash mob craze? Or the moustache craze? Or the artisan bread craze? Or the charcuterie craze? Or the pop up shop craze (wait, we did that.)? Or the internet meme aggregator craze? Or the caipirinha vs mojito battle royale craze? But then again, after a handful of minutes wasted identifying crazy crazes, we always realize that this Six Shooter ride continues to be effin’ awesome, and we revel in being entirely craze proof! Fresh off the smashing success of our first ever Interstellar Rodeo, we embarked on the release of four of the very best albums we have ever released (which is saying a lot, ‘cause everything we release is a-mazing). And while we haven’t had a moment to breathe and our offices are a disastrous mess, we forge ahead knowing that this is a defining year for Six Shooter. In the last five weeks, we have launched these amazing records by these amazing artists:
Amazing record #1: “The Fate of the World Depends on this Kiss” by Whitehorse, the husband and wife team of Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland. It’s true what they say that Whitehorse is greater than the sum of its already great parts, with a Massey Hall date booked just 18 months after we launched this project last year with their self-titled EP. The new album is going to blow your miiiinds, maaaan! I really feel like Whitehorse are evolving and hitting their stride with this one, filled with genre smashing and beautiful songwriting. In fact, I would say that the fate of the world is in pretty good hands, given the smooch power of this duo (and since the fate of the world is now fully taken care of, I suppose you can go ahead and have that fossil fuel bonfire you were planning on for Thanksgiving).
Amazing record #2: “Black Birds are Dancing over Me” by Danny Michel. As the Autumn Of Awesome rolls into town, and that crisp cool tinge enters the air, I’ve pulled out the ol’ magic gloves for yet another season. Magic gloves truly are magic. No matter how chubby my digits get from slamming entire Thanksgiving Tofurkeys, these miracles of synthetic fiber warmth always seem to be a perfect fit. This leads me into a convoluted metaphor whereby I insinuate that as Danny’s catalogue of fantastic music has grown, Six Shooter has become the perfect fit for his new material… yes, we are the magic gloves of record labels. On this latest outing, Danny has figured out how to blend his obsession with Belize (where no magic gloves are needed, unless you are hauling in ice for the caipirinha vs. mojito battle royale) with his proficiency in writing excellent songs with this career record, made with members of the Garafuna Collective and famed producer Ivan Duran. The result is magic. Like gloves. I have to admit though, when black birds are dancing over ME, I get scared as hell.
Amazing record #3: “The Beautiful Wild” by Jenn Grant. This new joint by Jenn Grant is, well, both beautiful and wild! It feels like all of our artists are riding a particularly creative high these days, and I luvs it! Jenn took some different approaches when writing this album, taking an inspired step away from her previous techniques, and letting her voice be the guide to wonderfully layered instrumental exploration. The result is a truly deep and textured album that explores how life is defined by one’s ability to love, and how, as life throws changes and curveballs at us, the mess of experiences we leave behind become the tangled and beautiful wild (hey, that would be a good name for an album… oh wait).
Amazing record #4: “Spectators” by Amelia Curran. A couple days ago my father-in-law was showing me videos of music he digs on the ol’ YouTube, and he was all “omgz, have you heard Amelia Curran?!”, and I got to brag that I totally met her once (mind blown, bonus points scored). True story. Early reviews of Amelia’s simply superb stuff, her finest yet, have been aptly touting this as “simply superb stuff” (Exclaim) and “Curran’s finest yet” (New Canadian Music). We think that pretty much nails it. Canada’s new poet laureate (that’s Amelia!) has surpassed the already high bar she set with her Juno Award winning album “Hunter, Hunter.” Amelia’s new album also features an unofficial “Where’s Waldo” game on the front cover, where the goal (that I set) is to find the cool guy in shades. It’s pretty easy, I found him right away.
To celebrate the Autumn of Awesome, we prepared a lovely butternut squash soup, then we asked our friend and artist Tyler Clark Burke to create an awesome poster for the fall, which you can check out in person when you support your local indie record shop to pick up physical copies of these fine new albums (no really, get out and do that! It’s way more fun than downloading, we promise!). They are also available through mail-order via the Six Shooter webstore, in a bundle of 4 CDs for $40, easy peasy. Oh yeah, and to ramp up the super fun autumnal frolicking, we have a bunch of great contests running via our facebook page, twitter feed, and instagram account. We have become hashtagging experts! Download a hard copy of the internet and like/follow us til yr fingers bleeeed!
Video for “What Will You Be Building” by Amelia Curran, from the album Spectators, released October 2, 2012 on Six Shooter Records. Produced and Directed by Light Echo Productions.
We are pleased to announce some of the headliners and guest guitarists for Sleepwalk Guitar Festival 2012, held at the Great Hall (1087 Queen St. W) in Toronto on the weekend of Nov 2-4, 2012.
Friday night (Nov 2) concert sets will be performed by Nels Cline and Zeena Parkins at 9:00 pm, and Luke Doucet and the White Falcon at 10:30 pm.
Saturday night (Nov 3) concert sets will be performed by Albert Lee at 9:00 pm and Junior Brown at 10:30 pm (both artists will be accompanied by their bands).
Check out the workshop schedule HERE.
Tickets available via Six Shooter Records.
Info at www.sleepwalkguitar.com.
Just when you think things couldn’t get more awesome, we slide into the room on our knees while ripping a face melting tapping solo on our custom double necked Ibanez JEM. I do mean this metaphorically of course, since my knees could never handle such pure unadulterated rocking, but what I am really trying to say is that we have recently announced the line up for the second annual Sleepwalk Guitar Festival! This year’s lineup is a continuation of some of the themes (such as, um, guitar) presented at last year’s three-day guitar extravaganza, while at the same time expanding our minds & ears with the culmination of some of the world’s finest pickers. We are proud and humbled to present a collection of what can only be described as masters. James Burton, Albert Lee, Junior Brown, Cindy Cashdollar, Colin Linden, Nels Cline (Wilco), Paul Pigat, Kevin Breit, and many more. Holy crap. This list pretty much tops curator Luke Doucet‘s dream list when we first conceived the festival a couple of years ago, and here it is, coming to fruition. Take the time to read Luke’s exuberant welcome message here to learn more about these fantastic players. After reading Luke’s welcome message, I personally took the time to do a google image search for “Luke Doucet guitar face”, which was also quite rewarding.
Sleepwalk Guitar Festival is an event to be enjoyed by all music lovers (you don’t have to be a guitar player to enjoy the mind-blowing musicianship that is going to happen on the stage at the Great Hall in Toronto on the weekend of Nov 2-4). Concerts, collaborative workshops, and interviews await you.
The Canadian Folk Music Awards have announced their nominations for records released between Aug ’11 and July ’12. We’re stoked as all get out to see some of our albums in the running! Whitehorse and Deep Dark Woods picked up noms for Contemporary Album of the Year, the Deep Dark Woods are up for English Songwriter of the Year, Whitehorse is nominated for Vocal Group of the Year and Ensemble of the Year, and Del Barber appears in the category for Solo Artist of the Year. Folkin’ A!
We had a banner year at the Americana Music Awards in Nashville last month, with fantastic concerts by Whitehorse and the Deep Dark Woods, not to mention the shooter-filled Outlaws & Gunslingers luncheon on Broadway Avenue’s Second Fiddle. Fellow Canadians Belle Starr and Joe Nolan added to the fun. International execs lined up to get on the horse with our fantastic Six Shooter artists…. stay tuned for news on album releases in the USA, Australia, and Europe.
I feel comfortable understating that the boys of Harlan Pepper were pretty pumped to meet their hero, “Uncle” Neil Young, at his recent concert in Windsor, ON. Check out the amazing picture here and no, sadly, those flowers are not from the band (although they do plan to class it up with a bouquet next time). Up next for Harlan Pepper is a Canadian tour with the amazing Blackie and the Rodeo Kings (check tour dates).
We can haz wax! Vinyl is, and has always been, my favorite format for recorded music, so I am pleased as punch that the renewed popularity of vinyl continues to rise! We are pressing more records than ever before here at Six Shooter, so get on down to your local indie record store, or head over to our webstore, to check out which titles are available on a glorious 12 inch platter with big and beautiful artwork! Presales are now available for Jenn Grant‘s The Beautiful Wild & Whitehorse‘s The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss.
Jenn Grant‘s fourth album ‘The Beautiful Wild’ released September 25, 2012 on Six Shooter Records.
New video for In The Belly Of A Dragon, from Jenn Grant’s The Beautiful Wild, out September 25th, 2012. Made by Jenn Grant on her iPhone.
AMELIA CURRAN’S NEW ALBUM, SPECTATORS, CONFIRMED FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 2, 2012.
From the fathoms, the dark solitary deeps, comes Amelia Curran’s Spectators, a new album set for release on October 2, 2012 on Six Shooter Records. A meditation on frailty, restlessness, time and its finitudes, Spectators is both storm and harbour.
The Juno winning artist has charted a course through longing and loss with lyrics that face life’s beauties and terrors with disconsolate urgency. With Spectators, Curran returns to the scene with ten tracks that yet raise the bar on her signature lyricism, but push beyond the folk boundaries that have defined her previous releases.
Produced by John Critchley, Spectators brings surprises, including brass, strings, piano, and rumbling percussion. “What Will You Be Building,” a downtrodden Dixieland dirge, distills existence into one essential question. “The Modern Man” is another standout track – Curran’s stark vision stands sharply against a dark, tense, shivering backdrop. Even, or perhaps especially, the love songs, cut through the bone. In particular, the earthquake heartache of “San Andreas Fault,” is as graceful as it is devastating.
The opening track, “Years,” strides forward with a dynamic deliberation undercut by repeated speculation about all the trouble’s worth. Ever cautious in her optimism, “Years” introduces the record’s measured truths in fine fashion.
Guest musicians and arrangers are a collection of Toronto and St. John’s notables, including The Once, Todor Kobakov, Bryden Baird, Selina Martin, Oh Susanna, and Martin Tielli.
Six Shooter Records is proud to release Spectators on October 2, 2012.
We’re pleased to release the new Whitehorse video for ‘Achilles’ Desire’! Produced & directed by Light Echo Productions. The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss is out now! (Purchase Here)