Watch the video below and download the track here
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They Promised You Mercy
Blue Rose/Six Shooter CD/DL
Canadian folk queen gently kicks out the jams.
Newfoundlander Amelia Curran has got the seven-album itch. After six largely acoustic albums she’s pulled out an electric guitar and just about decided to rock. No matter what the setting, however, it’s the lyrics that you come to Curran for, and here she displays a new-found acceptance of her own frailty, but also an accompanying defiance, daring all to take on “the queen of the closing bar” at their peril. But for all the horns and strings and guitar solos, folk still underpins her music, and no better than with the delicate beauty of Time, Time. What sets Curran apart is an absence of whimsy, the harsh light of experience driving her songs rather than wispy, idealized fantasy, and that grit ensures this material remains timeless.
– Andy Fyfe
LONDON, ON: Aeolian Hall, Mar 5
TORONTO, ON: the Great Hall, Mar 6
WAKEFIELD, QC: The Black Sheep Inn, Mar 7+8
VICTORIA, BC: Upstairs Cabaret, Mar 20
CALGARY, AB: Festival Hall, Mar 24
EDMONTON, AB: Mercury Club, Mar 25
SASKATOON, SK: Village Guitar, Mar 26
REGINA, SK: The Exchange, Mar 27
WINNIPEG, MB: The Park Theatre, Mar 29
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE, Confederation Centre for the Arts, Apr 17
PICTOU, NS: DeCoste Centre, Apr 18
Whitehorse chatted with Pop Music Critic Ben Rayner (one of our favourite music writers) + performed a few songs from the new album, Leave No Bridge Unburned, at the Toronto Star.
Leave No Bridge Unburned has been top of mind in 2015 as one of the year’s most hotly anticipated albums. The build-up to the official release date has seen Whitehorse’s profile break new ground, driven by the commercial radio success of “Downtown,” the album’s first single.
Rave reviews are rolling in and critical consensus is that the band has raised their own bar yet again. Luke Doucet has said Leave No Bridge Unburned “has vastly different bones” than previous works; Leave No Bridge Unburned is a major step up, a commanding work of art poised for widespread attention.
The band’s extensive North American tour starts kicks off in April, and includes stops at SXSW in March and Toronto’s Massey Hall in May.
Six Shooter Records is proud to say that Leave No Bridge Unburned is out now.
CBC Music presents Whitehorse at Steam Whistle’s iconic Roundhouse in Toronto, where the band unveiled songs from Leave No Bridge Unburned in front of friends and fans.
Go behind the scenes at this event and listen in to Luke and Melissa speak about the making of the new album. To mark the occasion of this album launch, Whitehorse performed “Sweet Disaster” and “Baby What’s Wrong?” with a string quartet.
Austin, TX (aka the hometown to Shakey Graves) is celebrating Shakey Graves Day once again this year. In celebration of SGD, “Nobody’s Fool” an EP consisting of songs that were recorded during the making of “And The War Came” is now available on Shakey Graves’ bandcamp page. Tracks outside of that EP include an acoustic version of Dearly Departed, Call It Heaven, and The Perfect Parts (which was recorded during his stay at CBC).
PopMatters got the scoop on a new video for the opening track of Leave No Bridge Unburned, coming February 17 on Six Shooter Records. Baby What’s Wrong? is “an alluring cut of desert rock,” says PopMatters, and “sounds like a would-be James Bond theme, if said James Bond movie were directed by John Hillcoat and was set in the desert.”
Six Shooter Management is thrilled to welcome Ariana Gillis, kinetic young artist with a wild imagination, a fearless approach to songcraft and a potent set of pipes, to the artist roster.
Gillis is an exceptional artist and represents the next wave of unique musical talent in Canada. If Gillis’ idiosyncratic style “fits” anywhere, it’s amidst Six Shooter Management’s eclectic mix of singular talents.
Ariana Gillis has an album in the works and new representation by Julien Paquin of Paquin Artists Agency. Expect to hear much more from her in the coming months.
“I’m staggered by how good she is. There is not much that impresses me these days but after hearing her available tracks I can honestly say she’s the single most exciting thing I’ve heard in a very long time.” – Bernie Taupin, lyricist for Elton John.
“Ariana is two people in one. She’s a normal nice demure 21-year-old, but when she begins to sing her entire body is taken over by the most powerful force, and the songs become a lot more than just words or music…. her stage presence is the most visually grabbing I’ve ever seen. I was stunned at the intense connection between herself and what she was singing; I thought of the strength of character that embodied Janis Joplin’s performances.” – Steve Wozniak (co-founder Apple Computers).
“Canadian folk singer/songwriter Ariana Gillis has rocketed herself into that stratosphere. ‘Forget Me Not’ soars with provocative imagination and brutal honesty. Her stunning voice warm and robust, conveys stories rippling with animated sincerity. They posses a certain pop intelligence without falling into the pop category. It’s refreshing to hear such a grounded young artist orbit into greatness.” – FOUND Magazine
“Ariana Gillis may be the best new emerging artist anywhere, PERIOD!” – Dave Marsh, best selling author, former music critic of Rolling Stone Magazine & Creem Magazine.
GUELPH, ON: Hillside Inside, Feb 8
KANSAS CITY, MI: Folk Alliance – NERFA Showcase (ROOM 632), Feb 19, 11pm
KANSAS CITY, MI: Folk Alliance – suite 702, Feb 19, 2am
KANSAS CITY, MI: Folk Alliance – Lou DeMarco showcase, Feb 20, 2am
TORONTO, ON: The Great Hall, Mar 6 w/ Amelia Curran
This year’s Juno Awards nominations include: Tanya Tagaq for Aboriginal Album of The Year & Alternative Album of The Year, Amelia Curran for Roots & Traditional Album of The Year (Solo), The Deep Dark Woods for Roots & Traditional Album of The Year (Group), and Jesse Zubot for Producer of The Year (Animism).
The Juno Awards will be taking place in Hamilton, Ontario at the FirstOntario Centre on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Click here for tickets.
Amelia Curran extends her “They Promised You Mercy” Canadian tour with stops in Toronto, Edmonton, and Regina. Dates marked with * will be accompanied by Ryan Boldt of The Deep Dark Woods. Click here for the full list of tour dates.