Curran, an incisive lyricist and mental health activist, gives lead single a shot of feminist rock grit.
Six Shooter Records is proud to announce details of the forthcoming album Watershed, from the acclaimed musician, Amelia Curran. Watershed will be released in North America on March 10, 2017 and is the followup to the widely praised They Promised You Mercy (2014), which earned Curran multiple East Coast Music Awards including Songwriter of the Year and both Polaris Music Prize and JUNO Award nominations. Watershed is eleven songs which Curran co-produced in Toronto with Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre, Jill Barber, Elliott Brood) at Union Sound Company, over the summer and fall of 2016.
Curran, a songwriter, activist and mental health advocate from St. John’s, Newfoundland has won or been nominated for JUNO Awards for her past three consecutive albums and for more than a decade distinguished herself as one of this country’s most cherished lyricists and preeminent poetic songwriters.
Watershed, marks a threshold and a directional change. The tenor of this new album is openness (not to be confused with optimism), a reflection in part of Curran’s increasingly public efforts to battle the stigma of mental health issues in the arts. As a whole, the album calls for compassion and unification as a breakwater against the sea of cruelties we inflict upon each other, and upon ourselves.
In keeping with the artist’s off-stage commitment to raising her voice, Curran establishes a core feminist dimension to Watershed’s theme of speaking up with “Gravity” and “No More Quiet,” two of the album’s standout – and vigorously feminist – songs. Lead single “Gravity” is a two-and-a-half-minute precis accented by horns and bass-y power chords. On this song, Amelia’s noted lyricism gets a shot of feminist rock grit – think Chrissie Hynde meets Ron Hynes. “No More Quiet,” is a powerful take down of gender tokenism, and slams the door on those who perpetuate inequality with a soaring soul outro by the larger-than-life vocals of blues singer Shakura S’Aida.
From the opening notes of the title track throughout the album, waves of distorted guitar batter Watershed’s softer shores. The surges of electric riffs create a strong undertow, churning and roiling as Curran’s lyrics express agitation, frustration and exhaustion with fighting the currents. “The root of advocacy is somewhere near exhaustion and rage. I am tired and I am angry,” Curran has said of her mental health advocacy. Certain songs on this album, such as “Try” and “Stranger Things Have Happened,” address a similar fatigue and hostility with the music business. “It’s no place for art,” is all Curran will say.
Watershed is the result of a convergence of autobiographical and political fault lines, as in recent years, Curran has become more involved with political and humanitarian work focused on mental health awareness and acceptance. Curran is the founder of It’s Mental, a grassroots community organization based in St. John’s. She also produced and directed the film “Gone,” an exploration of art and suicide. The documentary, which aired on CBC Television to Canada’s East Coast this Fall, will air nationally in 2017, recounts the loss of several close friends and Curran’s own struggles with depression, treatment and self-acceptance. Curran’s willingness to end her own silence on the subject of mental health has also formed the basis of recent speaking engagements in schools and music conferences across Canada.
In addition to the release of Watershed, 2017 will see Amelia Curran’s first literary publication, Relics & Tunes, a collection of lyrics and notes, via Breakwater Books.
“Thought-provoking poetry.” – NPR Music
“Easily reminiscent of the collision between the vulnerability and defiance that Chrissie Hynde displayed.” – PopMatters
“Dark and occasionally Gothic Folk songs with a Celtic rawness.” – No Depression
“Strong, quietly forceful.” – The Telegraph (UK)
LONDON, ON: Aeolian Hall, April 25*
PICTON, ON: The Regent Theatre, April 26*
PETERBOROUGH, ON: Market Hall, April 27*
OTTAWA, ON: National Arts Centre, April 28*
CREEMORE, ON: Avening Hall, April 29* – SOLD OUT
RIDGEWAY, ON: The Sanctuary, April 30*
BAYFIELD, ON: Old Town Hall, May 2*
HAMILTON, ON: Hamilton Public Library, May 3*
OTTAWA, ON: National Arts Centre, May 13
* Writes of Spring tour with Hawksley Workman, Donovan Woods, and Tim Baker.
“Tagaq, who is originally from Cambridge Bay, is getting the appointment for her “contributions to Canadian culture through her avant-garde Inuit throat singing.”
The Polaris Prize and Juno Award winning performer released her fourth album, Retribution, this year.
Tagaq and Nuqingaq are the 29th and 30th people from the territory to be named to the order in its 50-year history. This afternoon Governor General David Johnston, announced a total of 100 new appointments to the Order of Canada.” – CBC
Rose’s new EP, a love letter to the Lone Star State, coming January 27, 2017 on Six Shooter Records.
To set the stage for 2017, Whitney Rose announces her plans to bring the sound of South Texas Suite far and wide. Rose’s newly confirmed Canadian tour dates, which include shows in Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta in February 2017, are part of an expansive tour of North America and beyond, with more details to come.
Whitney Rose has been soaking up the Lone Star State’s music scene and rich history, honing her blend of classic country and vintage pop to potent results. From the honky tonk vim of “My Boots” to the 1950s pop dreamscape of “Bluebonnets For My Baby,” South Texas Suite demonstrates how deftly Rose intertwines these two worlds.
South Teas Suite, Rose’s self-produced Six Shooter debut, will be released on January 27, 2017 worldwide.
To celebrate the first-ever pressing of Whitney Rose’s music on vinyl, Six Shooter is offering a special holiday delivery option for subscribers to Whitney Rose’s mailing list. Sign up HERE to receive a code to order South Texas Suite from the Six Shooter store for Christmas. Buy it here.
AUSTIN, TX: Continental Club, Dec 8 + 15 + 22 + 29
DALLAS, TX: City Tavern, Dec 10
AUSTIN, TX: Continental Club, Jan 5 + 12
AUSTIN, TX: The White Horse, Jan 7
AUSTIN, TX: Continental Club, Jan 26 *South Texas Suite Release Show
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
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
“Enough of hurting the planet. People ask why I chose to be an activist. It’s not a choice.”
~ Tanya Tagaq
We are proud to have David Suzuki Foundation host a new video for Tanya Tagaq’s song ‘Sulfur,’ from the new album Retribution.
Sulfur is the by-product of the processing of bitumen in the tar sands.
Click below to watch the video. If you feel moved to act, The Suzuki Foundation has provided a link to a letter expressing your desire to ask the government to rethinking the Kinder Morgan and Line 3 pipeline approvals.
We are pleased to announce that we are offering you an exclusive chance to participate in the retail madness of Black Friday from the comfort of your own home, with a super duper early-bird opportunity to cop weekend passes for Interstellar Rodeo (while quantities last)!!! Put on your hockey pads, and go forth toward the internet!
A limited number of Adult Non-Transferable Weekend Passes to Interstellar Rodeo Winnipeg will be on sale at 11am CT this Friday, November 25, 2016. Order tomorrow morning and choose between three different holiday gifts to accompany each ticket. We’d tell you what they are, but then we’d ruin the surprise. No peeking!
There is a limit of two tickets per customer.
Interstellar Rodeo Winnipeg is thrilled to announce that Vanessa Kuzina has joined the team as Community Development Manager. Kuzina will be Six Shooter and Interstellar Rodeo’s woman on the ground in Manitoba, taking the reins on local partnerships, volunteer coordination and outreach initiatives.
“The depth of awesomeness in the Winnipeg arts scene is something to behold,” says Rodeo Boss Shauna de Cartier. “We have such an amazing team of people working to make Interstellar Rodeo great, and Vanessa has been a shining star in our constellation. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Vanessa bring her incredible energy and heart to the festival in a bigger way as she works to deepen our ties within the Winnipeg community.”
Kuzina has acted as Interstellar Rodeo’s Volunteer Services Coordinator since the festival launched in 2015. In addition to her experience as a musician (a member of the award-winning band Oh My Darling), Kuzina brings extensive non-profit and neighbourhood activism experience to Interstellar Rodeo’s team. Safety, diversity and sustainability have been Kuzina’s driving principles throughout her career, and her integrity, enthusiasm and creativity are welcomed with enthusiasm.
“Working for Interstellar Rodeo as Volunteer Services Coordinator for the past two summers has been a thrilling adventure,” says Kuzina. “I’m inspired by the awesome experience and culture that has been created and I am thrilled to be a part of Interstellar Rodeo as it grows. It is a fantastic event and atmosphere to be take in, I am absolutely delighted to come aboard the Interstellar Rodeo team as Community Development Manager for Winnipeg.”
2017 Festival Dates
Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton – July 21-23
Interstellar Rodeo Winnipeg – August 18-20
Hot off a sold-out show with Margo Price in Brooklyn, Sam Outlaw continues to tour until the end of the year with upcoming shows across the southern and mountain states.
Angeleno, Outlaw’s debut, was just nominated for AmericanaUK’s International Album of the Year, alongside Sturgill Simpson, Price and Drive By Truckers.
Outlaw will wrap up 2016 on home turf in California, an environment that has distinguished Outlaw’s music from his Nashville peers with his Baja-influenced sound, and balmy yet biting outlook.
PHOENIX, AZ: Valley Bar, Nov 25
TUCSON, AZ: 191 Toole, Nov 26
ROSWELL, NM: Pecos Flavors Wine Bar, Nov 28
AUSTIN, TX: Cactus Café, Nov 30
DALLAS, TX: Rustic, Dec 2
HELOTES, TX: John T. Floore’s, Dec 3
HOUSTON, TX: Bronze Peacock at HOB, Dec 4
FORT WORTH, TX: Magnolia Motor Lounge, Dec 5 + 6
NORMAN, OK: The Deli, Dec 7
FORT COLLINS, CO: Downtown Artery, Dec 8
DENVER, CO: Lost Lake Lounge, Dec 9
SALT LAKE CITY, UT: The State Room, Dec 10
COSTA MESA, CA: The Wayfarer, Dec 14
PASO ROBLES, CA: Tooth & Nail Winery, Dec 15
SAN DIEGO, CA: Normal Heights Methodist Church, Dec 16
Look for news of Outlaw’s next full-length album in early 2017.
“Drive south with the one you love,” John Hiatt wrote. In a new single, Joe Nolan taps into his own gruff exterior with a new song called “Broken Angel,” one that tells a story of love done and gone. “I drive myself crazy every time I’m passing through the city where you used to be mine,” he sings. It’s a very different kind of road trip.
Alberta’s Joe Nolan made his Six Shooter debut in 2014 with Tornado, an album that captured a dark road-worn mystery and rugged grace, learned and earned mostly on the highway between Calgary and Edmonton. Nolan’s songs tell of regrettable yet irresistible decisions in a voice that is equally ghostly and gravelly. The album received a WCMA nomination, national reviews and opened the door to Nashville, as it was produced by Colin Linden and recorded in Music City.
“Broken Angel” now takes Nolan into new terrain; the song was recorded with Hawksley Workman at his Muskoka studio. Hawksley has long shown a keen ear for emerging songwriters, and “Broken Angel” has a heftier geology, a rockier landscape over which Nolan’s voice traverses.
“Broken Angel” is out today on all digital partners and available worldwide.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
EDMONTON, AB: Brixx, Nov 4
CALGARY, AB: SAIT, Nov 5
VANCOUVER, BC: Guilt and Co., Nov 8
ROSSLAND, BC: The Flying Steamshovel, Nov 9
FERNIE, BC: Artstation, Nov 10
EDMONTON, AB: The Needle, Dec 8 (full band)
LLOYDMINSTER, AB: The Legion, Dec 9
Last month experimental Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq released her fifth studio album, Retribution, addressing politically-charged topics including climate change, the Canadian government’s treatment of indigenous communities, and the continued prevalence of sexual assault (highlighted by a somber cover of Nirvana’s “Rape Me”).
Today we’re premiering the equally gripping music video for the almost eight-minute title track, which opens with the foreboding lyric, “My mother grows angry, retribution will be swift.” Directed by Brian Johnson, it sees the one-time Björk collaborator growling and writhing chaotically in an eerie industrial warehouse, accompanied by fellow Inuk performer Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and a lone wolf.
“The ‘Retribution’ video embodies the idea of nature being forced into unnatural spaces. It’s about how one cannot remove the essence of life and instinct out of our bodies, no matter how debilitated this society becomes,” the singer told THUMP over email. “Laakkuluk is a Greenlandic mask dancer that articulates the emotional elements of humanity. Fear. Anger. Laughter. Lust. Our ode to nature is our ode to life.”
Six Shooter Records and Interstellar Rodeo are thrilled to announce Chris Wynters as Director of Festival Marketing and Partnerships. Wynters is one of Edmonton’s most esteemed music industry members, and brings decades of experience on stage, in the studio and in the boardroom.
Wynters is no stranger to the Six Shooter world. Says President Shauna de Cartier, “I’ve known Chris since we both started in the Edmonton theatre scene a million years ago. I’ve learned so much from him in the many capacities that we have worked together; in fact, he is the person who convinced me to quit my corporate job and enter the music business. I am extremely happy to welcome a longtime friend and trusted colleague into the world of Six Shooter and Interstellar Rodeo. The energy, positivity, insight and leadership he brings to our companies will make us stronger and more awesome than ever.”
In Wynters’ most recent tenure as Executive Director of Alberta Music, he worked to develop career opportunities for Alberta artists at home and abroad. As well, Wynters was heavily involved in hosting duties for the 2016 Juno Awards in Calgary.
In his new role, Wynters will steer Interstellar Rodeo’s marketing initiatives in both Edmonton and Winnipeg. Wynters will also continue to develop strategic partnerships in Western Canada, nationally and beyond. 2016 marked a landmark year for Interstellar’s corporate partnerships, including an extensive deal with Bell Media in Winnipeg. Wynters’ role will also include liaising with the City of Edmonton and City of Winnipeg/The Forks, programming assistance and (in the spirit of Six Shooter’s work ethos), whatever else is required.
“I’ve emceed every day of Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton since year-one. I love the event. And my history with Six Shooter Records goes right back to 2000, when Captain Tractor’s ‘Hoserista’ album came out on the label. I am thrilled to dig in with a company that I feel extremely passionate about, alongside some of my favourite people in this industry.”
Chris Wynters joins the team on January 3, 2017. Wynters will be based in Edmonton, AB.
2017 Festival Dates:
Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton – July 21-23
Interstellar Rodeo Winnipeg – August 18-20
ABOUT CHRIS WYNTERS
Chris Wynters has been the Executive Director of Alberta Music since September 2012. Alberta Music is a member-driven not-for-profit service organization dedicated to helping Albertans in the Music Industry succeed in their careers. Wynters moved into his role at Alberta Music with much experience in the music business as a songwriter, producer, studio owner and as a road weathered touring musician from his over 20 years of fronting Captain Tractor (Six Shooter Records 2000/2005), one of Alberta’s most successful indie bands ever.
Chris is also on the steering committee for the Alberta Music Cities Initiative (AMCI), which launched with the mandate of working towards making Alberta’s two largest cities, Edmonton and Calgary, into vibrant hubs for the music industry in Western Canada. Founded by Alberta Music, the National Music Centre, Music Canada and the Scotlyn Foundation, the AMCI is committed to building a strong music industry that benefits the province on multiple levels, and with a diverse range of groups. Chris is the Vice President of the Western Canadian Music Alliance, the Vice President of Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations and has been sitting on FACTOR’s National Advisory Board for the past four years. He is also on the board of the Unison Benevolent Fund.
Photo courtesy of Chris Sturwold.
New video for Whitehorse’s take on Willie Dixon’s party anthem “Wang Dang Doodle” out now.
Long live the legacy of Chess Records.
Whitehorse celebrates the foundations of rock and roll in The Northern South Vol.1, a collection of songs that showcases the legendary artists who helped to shape modern sound. In celebration of the music and legacy of Chess Records (co-founder Phil Chess passed away last week), Whitehorse releases the final video from The Northern South Vol. 1. Watch “Wang Dang Doodle” shot live in the recording studio here.
“Willie Dixon’s contributions to the Blues and therefore, Rock and Roll, ARE hard to exaggerate. He wrote countless songs for the greats, including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter and Bo Diddley. When we chose the songs for the Northern South, it was not our intent to dedicate half of the material on this album to his compositions but his work is so ubiquitous that an effort would be required NOT to represent him in a predominant way. Only after we researched writing credits did we realize what we had done.
Willie Dixon wasn’t simply a hit maker who offered easy palatable renditions of the narratives of the day. “Wang Dang Doodle” is the best example of his lyrical humour and bravery. His are among the more idiosyncratic lyrics in the Blues and Rock and Roll Cannon.” – Luke Doucet
“Tell Fats and Washboard Sam, that everybody gonna to jam
Tell Shaky and Boxcar Joe, we got sawdust on the floor
Tell Peg and Caroline Dye, we gonna have a heck of a time.
When the fish scent fill the air, there’ll be snuff juice everywhere
We gonna pitch a wang dang doodle all night long”
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
SAN DIEGO, CA: Soda Bar, November 30
LOS ANGELES, CA: Bootleg Bar, December 1
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Hotel Utah, December 3
PORTLAND, OR: Doug Fir Lounge, December 5
SEATTLE, WA: Tractor Tavern, December 7