Sleepwalk 2012 Announced

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.

TEET SWIDBITS

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 The Beautiful Wild EPK


Jenn Grant‘s fourth album ‘The Beautiful Wild’ released September 25, 2012 on Six Shooter Records.

New Jenn Grant Video!


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.

Americana Music Awards

Six Shooter Records heads to Nashville for the Americana Music Awards.
Catch Whitehorse, the Deep Dark Woods, and more!

Amelia Curran’s New Album ‘Spectators’

Amelia Curran 'Spectators'

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.

Whitehorse ‘Achilles’ Desire’ Video


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)

Also, we have a bunch of new and beautiful Whitehorse videos courtesy of CBC Music :
Mismatched Eyes (Boat Song)
No Glamour In The Hammer
Out Like A Lion

The Autumn of Awesome Bundle

The Autumn of Awesome Bundle

Six Shooter Records comes into its own this fall (wait, am I saying that we haven’t come into our own yet?! I would certainly be nonplussed if this was true), with four career-defining records from some of Canada’s premiere songwriting powerhouses. New albums from , Danny Michel, Jenn Grant and Amelia Curran together make an incredible collection of revelatory songwriting, inventive production and, most of all, surprises. There is freshness everywhere, from the masterful genre-skipping breadth of Whitehorse’s first full-length, the culture-crossing vision of Danny Michel’s Belizian dream, Jenn Grant’s adventure into the jungle, and Amelia Curran’s bold advances beyond folk horizons (we are blushing at said bold advances).

To celebrate the Autumn of Awesome, Six Shooter is offering a bundle pre-order of all our fine Fall releases. Pre-order all four records (each will be sent a few days prior to release) for $40 (plus $10 shipping).

The Autumn of Awesome Bundle includes:
Whitehorse – The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss (August 28th)
Danny Michel & The Benque Players – Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me (September 18th)
Jenn Grant – The Beautiful Wild (September 25th)
Amelia Curran – Spectators (October 2nd)
· Purchase “The Autumn of Awesome” Bundle

Tickets on Sale Now:
WHITEHORSE @ MASSEY HALL · Purchase Tickets
DANNY MICHEL @ WINTER GARDEN THEATRE w/ Quique Escamilla · Purchase Tickets
JENN GRANT @ WINTER GARDEN THEATRE w/ Cuff The Duke · Purchase Tickets

New Whitehorse!

Whitehorse

The classic tale of musical romance continues for Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, the husband and wife duo behind Whitehorse. One year after their debut, Whitehorse returns in ambitious fashion with The Fate of the World Depends on this Kiss and a date at Massey Hall in 2013.

The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss is everything the talented pair’s first full length promised. As a whole, the album reveals the range of creative possibility that only expands as Whitehorse develops and focuses their sound. Song by song, the record takes surprising turns; while each track confidently bears Whitehorse’s signature blistering guitar work and love-knotted vocals, their willingness to take risks and ability to pull them off makes for captivating listening.

Whitehorse’s live show is built on mesmerizing guitar work and smoldering vocal chemistry, but also brings much more to the stage with complex layers of percussion, keyboard and telephone receiver amplification, tangled like an embrace with the help of looping pedals. Their sold out Winter Garden Theatre show in February, 2012 signaled their unquestionable arrival as a band.

With savage talent and tender hearts, Whitehorse expertly plays both lion and lamb on The Fate of This World Depends on This Kiss. Six Shooter Records is proud to release this fine album on August 28, 2012.

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Jenn Grant’s The Beautiful Wild

The honeymoon continues for East Coast nightingale Jenn Grant, who is set to release her third album on Six Shooter Records on September 25, 2012. With The Beautiful Wild, Jenn follows love’s twisted, tangled path deep into the heart’s jungle. The new record is about finding the courage to lose oneself in the wilderness, in all of its savage and sublime experiences.

The dense, exotic sounds of The Beautiful Wild depart from the giddy blush of Honeymoon Punch, Jenn Grant’s Juno Nominated and Polaris Long Listed previous album. There is a mature solemnity to be found that creates a new intimacy and immediacy with the listener. Jenn Grant’s intuitive ability to express emotion has helped to define her as one of Canada’s premiere vocalists; even in the darkest corners of the wilderness, her prismatic, iridescent voice continues to sparkle, dancing over adventurous new layers that include harp, flute and sitar.

Jenn Grant is a lively member of a thriving East Coast artist community. The Beautiful Wild features many notable locals, including Old Man Luedecke, Rose Cousins, Erin Costello, Kinley Dowling, David Christiansen and the Halifax Boys’ Honour Choir.

Jenn Grant will tour with Kathleen Edwards and as a co-bill with Cuff The Duke this Fall, 2012. In between Canadian dates, Jenn will be touring in Australia, Germany and Japan.

Lose yourself in The Beautiful Wild, out on Six Shooter Records on September 25, 2012.

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Massey Hall Awesomeness

Six Shooter artists are confirmed for several milestone shows in Toronto, including Whitehorse’s debut as headliners at Massey freakin’ Hall (March 2, 2013). As well, Jenn Grant performs with Cuff The Duke (November 24) and Danny Michel with Quique Escamilla (December 8), both on the dreamscape stage of the Winter Garden Theatre (the coolest garden around… get it?).

All of our artists will be touring heavily in the coming year, which is awesome, ‘cause we are sick of them leaving all of their gear in our office. Check out the tour dates section for details on shows near you.

For tickets:
Jenn Grant/Cuff the Duke: http://tickets.masseyhallroythomsonhall.com
Danny Michel: http://tickets.masseyhallroythomsonhall.com
Whitehorse: http://tickets.masseyhallroythomsonhall.com

Deep Dark Woods Americana Music Award NOM NOM NOM


It’s been more than a year since we released “The Place I Left Behind”, which continues to receive accolades all over the world. The most recent acknowledgement comes from the Americana Music Association, who has offered the Deep Dark Woods a giant feast in their honor. Oh wait, that’s meant to say nom, not NOM. The straight details are actually that the Americana Music Association named the Deep Dark Woods as a nominee in the category of Emerging Artist at their esteemed awards show! We’re pleased that the DDWs will be playing the Americana Music Awards on Sept 12 in Nashville, one of our favourite events of the year.

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