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.
“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.
“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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
One might say that there has always been a certain gravity about Amelia Curran’s music, and—pun-centric jokes aside—her latest, “Gravity”, would back these claims. Complete with bombastic horns and an earworm of a riff, the Newfoundland singer-songwriter, mental health advocate, and activist wistfully embraces female empowerment with this jubilant leap into the world.
With an open mind and heart, the accompanying stop-motion video uses its stop-motion, collaged charm to deliver a message of peace, environmentalism, and self-drive. Recent world events in mind, this single release is all-importantly well-timed for its inspiring message of perseverance, and the artfulness of its video accompaniment isn’t anything to shake a stick at, either.
90s alt rock meets the duo’s lethal riffs and harmonies on new single.
“Boys Like You” is out today worldwide. STREAM IT HERE.
All I wanted was to make the top five with no chance of wakin’ up with y’all
Whitehorse, a go-for-broke duo with a wild imagination and lethal riffs, serves up an anthem for those who get fooled – but only for a time – by the smooth talkers, the social climbers, the neon lighters, the brake squealers, the black and red detailers, the Diesel wearers, the face suckers, and all those boys who live with their mothers. Forever. And Ever. And Ever. And Ever.
“Boys Like You” goes back to the 90s with its tinny beats, flashy tremolo guitar licks and rollercoaster dreamscape chorus. The song taps into a rich lineage of scathing alt-rock send-offs, this one a tale of pathetic entitlement, hostile insecurities and overcompensation. This one’s not for the drunk sad bastards, but for those who have to deal with them.
Fits on a playlist with: Beck, The Charlatans, Cake
BURLINGTON, ON: Performing Arts Centre, Feb 21
RICHMOND HILL, ON: Centre for Performing Arts, Feb 22
ST. CATHARINES, ON: Partridge Hall, Feb 23
OAKVILLE, ON: Center for Performing Arts, Feb 24
Glam and sleaze, desert grit and subway rats, scumbags and fakers, hot messes and cold shoulders: welcome to the world of Whitehorse.
Whitehorse’s brazen sonic breadth encompasses psychedelic surf, arid border rock, lo-fi ingenuity and icy 80’s sparseness. Luke Doucet’s Gretsch White Falcon and impeccable tone, combined with Melissa McClelland’s blazing vocals and badass P- Bass playing, have made the duo’s sound unmistakably, inventively Whitehorse. The duo’s songwriting is distinguished by its cinematic fiction, full of flawed characters, foiled plans and anti-fairytales that transform real life into sleek, stylized collages of neo-noir drama and high-gloss.
Whitehorse began as something of a folk duo, but quickly outgrew that box with their inventive instrumentation and resistance to expectation. The duo moved into ‘space cowboy’ twang territory on the apocalyptic debut full-length, The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss, a fitting title lifted from a Wonder Woman comic. From there, Whitehorse expanded the intergalactic atmospherics with Leave No Bridge Unburned, a chase-scene-velocity acceleration into rock n’ roll, with lethal riffs and near indecent vocal heat. Most recently, the duo rebuilt early electric blues for The Northern South Vol. 1, which showcased the duo’s adventurousness and enviable guitar collection.
The duo’s profile has grown exponentially with each release. In 2015, Whitehorse won a Juno Award and performed on the award’s live television broadcast to millions.
With the new single “Boys Like You”, Whitehorse once again mixes things up, adding hip-hop producers and processed beats, and expanding their studio sound with samplers, vintage drum machines and more. The result is a song that is an irresistible fusion of 90s guitar rock riffs and Britpop-inspired swells with futuristic, cinematic production.
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