SADDLE UP FOR THE INTERSTELLAR RODEO

We love festivals so much, we decided to throw one of our own! On a grassy slope under the prairie stars, icons of modern music history will take the stage for the first ever Interstellar Rodeo, a celebration of music, food and wine, making its debut in Edmonton’s Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park, July 27-29, 2012.

We are thrilled to announce that Blue Rodeo, the sweethearts of summer nights and soundtrack to our best memories, will perform. As this year’s inductees to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Blue Rodeo symbolizes our pride in homegrown talent. Their creative longevity and incredible list of hits reinforces our belief in the romance and power of beautiful music. We are also humbled to welcome Sinéad O’Connor this first year. A cultural revolutionary, creative firebrand, and electrifying performer, Sinéad is the fearsome voice of a generation, intimidating both for her talent and for her conviction. Sinéad recently released a new record to worldwide acclaim, and it is exciting to present this iconic artist as she returns to the spotlight. The stars have also aligned to bring Randy Newman to Edmonton. Newman is a songwriter’s songwriter, and his name is always included in our favourite artists’ lists of influences.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a party if we didn’t have some of our own posse on board to entertain and electrify. Six Shooter artists confirmed on this inaugural year include Whitehorse (featuring Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland), Jenn Grant, and The Beauties. Weekend pass buyers will receive a free album by the participating Six Shooter artist of their choice. We are also pleased to welcome our old pals Hawksley Workman, Richard Buckner, and Jason Plumb + the Willing, as well as new friends Shakura S’Aida, The Sojourners, and Michael Rault. Interstellar Rodeo presents an opportunity to celebrate artists we love and admire.

Stay tuned – there are more announcements to come.

EARLY BIRD weekend passes on sale now through the Six Shooter Records website. The schedule will be announced April 16, and single tickets go on sale on May 2.

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JUNOFEST MADNESS

Along with our pals at Starfish Entertainment, we are super stoked to be presenting an Outlaws & Gunslingers event at Junofest. The evening kicks off with former Juno Award winners and current nominees The Good Lovelies, who will delight and entertain. Next up are our live music superstars, The Beauties, who will play for three hours and have learned 28 songs in preparation for this event, where they welcome an incredible cast of Canadian talent to their stage. Guests include: Oh Susanna, Bazil Donovan, NQ Arbuckle, Wayne Petti, Jenn Grant, Dustin Bentall and Kendel Carson, Glenn Milchem, Devin Cuddy, Jim Cuddy, Daniel Romano, and members of the Sadies. Get there early…the venue, Mavericks, is not that big. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm.

As if that wasn’t enough, we have a similarly great night planned for Saturday with a Six Shooter double header at the Live Lounge with Harlan Pepper and the Deep Dark Woods. Don’t miss these amazing bands!

Oh, and Juno Cup hockey! Cheer on our very own Luke Doucet, who will be tending goal for the musicians. What this actually means is that he will be blocking the puck from his own teammates. We couldn’t exactly pit him against the former NHL all-stars, now could we? He’s only 136 pounds, after all. In addition to Luke, about half the line up from the Outlaws and Gunslingers line up will also be donning their helmets and skates — Jim Cuddy, Devin Cuddy, Dustin Bentall, Kendel Carson, and more.

You might also catch a glimpse of us rolling out of our party bus and on to the red carpet on Sunday night. With three Juno Award nominated artists (Deep Dark Woods, The Good Lovelies, and Jenn Grant) there is a big crew of us ready to wreak havoc amid the rock-and-roll royalty mayhem. I personally am hoping to get to meet Captain Kirk. Wish us luck!

COALITION FOR MUSIC EDUCATION

Luke Doucet is an Champion for the Coalition for Music Education. Luke’s song,Tomorrow is Coming, was specially commissioned to be this year’s Music Monday anthem by the Coalition and the CBC. Over 600,000 voices will join together on May 7th 2012 to sing Tomorrow is Coming in support of music education. You can find arrangements for the song and register for Music Monday by visiting www.musicmonday.ca

WHITEHORSE @ SXSW

WhitehorseThe smoldering duo of Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet, Whitehorse, has been burning up the highways, putting fire in the hearts of everyone who sees them play, racking up radio spins and youtube views, and selling out shows right/left/centre. You definitely don’t want to miss out on them if you’re headed to Austin. They are only there for two days, during which time they appear three times:

Wed, 3:40 – 4:05pm:
Canadian Blast BBQ, Brush Square Park

Wed, 11:00 – 11:40pm:
No Depression Showcase, Continental Club

Thurs, 2:00 – 2:40pm:
Trinity Hall (Trinity + 6th, Upstairs)

SLEEPWALK @ SXSW

Sleepwalk Guitar FestivalWe are very pleased to be presenting the Sleepwalk Guitar Festival SXSW Jam in Austin! We are excited to welcome some of Austin’s hottest players, including Johnny Moeller, Cindy Cashdollar, Phil Hurley, Bill Kirchen, and Brad Rice. Rounding out the bill are Canadianers Alex Cuba and Gordon Grdino. The whole thing is led by Sleepwalk Guitar Festival curator Luke Doucet. It’s going to be a killer jam that will take you on a musical journey that encompasses blues, country, “beautiful noise”, and everything in between (ie. ripping face melter tapping solos, and a “guitar face” competition… maybe).

The event is Thursday, March 15 @ noon. Trinity Hall (Trinity + 6th, Upstairs). We know this is early, and you may still be sleepwalking at this point, so we’ll be serving up some delicious breakfast tacos and Caesars (how Canadian of us!).

Thurs, 12:00pm:
Trinity Hall (Trinity + 6th, Upstairs)

JENN GRANT @ CMW

Jenn Grant

Jenn is confirmed for a CMW appearance at Toronto’s Mod Club on Thursday, March 22 with Young Rival and Mise En Scene (9pm). The show will be full band and will include new material from an album scheduled for release in Summer 2012.

Jenn is one of three Six Shooters to add a Juno nomination to the list of achievements this year. Honeymoon Punch is in fine company in the Adult Alternative category alongside Feist, Jim Cuddy, Ron Sexsmith, and Cuff The Duke. Yay Jenn!

More congrats to Jenn on her multiple East Coast Music Awards nominations! This time around, Jenn has been nominated for four: Album of the Year, Rock Recording of the Year, Song of the Year (“Getcha Good”), and Entertainer of the Year. Also, Honeymoon Punch producer (and co-star of the new video) Daniel Ledwell received two nominations for Audio Professional and Graphic/Media Artist of the Year (which includes the album art for Honeymoon Punch).

THREE JUNO NOMINATIONS

Good LoveliesThere’s no better party in Canada than Junoweek, so we’re sharpening our partying skills in preparation for all the fantastic times ahead in Ottawa this year. We’ve even built a replica Gatineau River in the alley behind our office. We are super stoked about our three Juno Award nominations this year. Jenn Grant’s Honeymoon Punch is up for Best Adult Alternative Album of the Year, competing against Cancon stalwarts Feist, Jim Cuddy, and Ron Sexsmith. Squaring off against each other for Best Roots & Traditional Album of the Year (Group) is the Deep Dark Woods and the Good Lovelies. We think that they should both win, can we make that happen? Those two bands are going to be sitting together at the Gala Awards night (food fight?). I personally think they should call the gala dinner “The Juno Noms”.

OUTLAWS & GUNSLINGERS AT JUNOFEST

The BeautiesFor the good people of Ottawa we also have a killer show in store for you. We’re teaming up with our pals at Starfish Entertainment to present the Outlaws & Gunslingers show at Junofest. It’s goin’ doooown at Mavericks on Friday, March 30. The Good Lovelies kick things off at 9 pm. Then the Beauties take the stage, first offering up some of their own tunes, and then backing a crazy line up of awesome musicians, including Jim Cuddy, Jenn Grant, Luke Doucet, Wayne Petti, Devin Cuddy, Dustin Bental and Kendel Carson, Daniel Romano, and more.

DEEP DARK WOODS INDIES NOM

In other CMW news, the Deep Dark Woods would love your votes in support of their nomination of Best Roots Album. Check out http://www.theindies.ca to vote. It’s your democratic privilege!

Deep Dark Woods

NEW ALBUM COMING BY TRAMPLED BY TURTLES

Trampled By Turtles has already performed on NPR’s Prairie Home Companion in anticipation of the release of Stars and Satellites, coming out April 10, 2012 on yours truly, Six Shooter Records here in Canada. They also have a jam-packed SXSW schedule, so check them out if you’re in Austin:

Thursday March 15th:
11am – ACL Bloody Mary Brunch – ACL Live – 310 Willie Nelson Blvd (Guadalupe & West 2nd) – Invite only*
2pm – Sony Music Showcase – Six Lounge, 117 West 4th Street (@ Colorado) – Invite only*
12am – Thirty Tigers’ Showcase – Cedar Street Courtyard – 208 West 4th Street (@ Colorado)
*Let me know if you’d like to get on the list

Friday March 16th:
9am – KUT SXSW Live Broadcast – Four Seasons Hotel Main Ballroom – 98 San Jacinto Boulevard
1:15pm – Noise Pop Party @ Red Eyed Fly – 715 Red River Street (@ 8th)
4:30pm – First Ave Party @ Swan Dive – 651 Red River Street (@ 7th)

AMELIA CURRAN ON TOUR

Amelia Curran
She’s here, there and everywhere. And, to be specific, playing in these fine cities:

VANCOUVER, BC: The Media Club, Mar 11 w/ Caracol, tix: http://www.themediaclub.ca
MONTREAL, PQ: L’Astral, Mar 20 w/ Caracol, tix: http://www.sallelastral.com
ST. HYACINTHE, PQ: Le Zaricot, Mar 22 w/ Caracol
SHERBROOKE, PQ: Boquebiere, Mar 23 w/ Caracol
ST. EUSTACHE, PQ: Centre d’Art La Petite Eglise, Mar 30 w/ Caracol
JONQUIERE, PQ: Cafe Theatre Cote-Cour, Mar 31 w/ Caracol
QUEBEC CITY, PQ: Theatre Petit Champlain, Apr 26 w/ Caracol
VICTORIAVILLE, PQ: Au Vieux Saint Pierre, Apr 28 w/ Caracol
GANDER, NLFD: A&C Centre, May 3 w/ Don Brownrigg
GRAND FALLS, NFLD: A&C Centre, May 4 w/ Don Brownrigg
CORNERBROOK, NFLD: A&C Centre, May 5 w/ Don Brownrigg
STEPHENVILLE, NFLD: A&C Centre, May 6 w/ Don Brownrigg
LABRADOR CITY, NFLD: A&C Centre, May 8 w/ Don Brownrigg

SIX SHOOTER WELCOMES HARLAN PEPPER

I know it’s not really fair, but every time I hear about a new band made up of young whippersnappers, the first thing that comes to mind is Old Skull, the punk band of yore whose members were 9 years old. Considering that such “hits” as Old Skull’s ‘Homeless’ (http://www.youtube.com/watch) were recorded before Hamilton’s Harlan Pepper were even born, I really need to re-evaluate my curmudgeon-y “kids today” attitude. Clearly, youngsters have evolved at a rapid rate since the dark era of 1989. I am listening to Harlan Pepper’s debut Young and Old right now, and lemme tell ya, it’s a burner! These dudes have crafted a beautifully mature record, effortlessly blending a variety of folk and roots styles. It’s almost like they are the musical equivalent of Brad Pitt at the end of that movie where he is an old dude trapped in a baby’s body or whatever (although, probably closer to the character at the end of the short story that the movie was based on, since I heard a kid on the bus say it was waaaay better, and these guys are damn good).

Anyway, the boys in Harlan Pepper grew up together sharing classrooms and hockey teams. With prize money won from a local jam contest the band recorded Young and Old , Produced by Aaron Goldstein (Huron, Espanola) at Hamilton’s Vibewrangler studio, and began touring throughout Ontario and Quebec. The independent release went on to hit the Top 10 on the CBC Radio 3 national chart, and landed them on stages with a number of renowned Canadian acts. Not bad for a group simultaneously focused on graduating high school. We are proud to be re-releasing this most excellent debut album on Six Shooter Records on October 18th! Yay!

Check out Harlan Pepper performing This Aint The Country and Little Miss Sunshine on Southern Souls:

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