WHO IS JOE NOLAN? SIX SHOOTER’S NEWEST FACE ON THE FOLK SCENE FUSES NORTH COUNTRY CHARM WITH SENSITIVE SONGWRITING.

Headbanger meets heartbreaker in Joe Nolan, the rising young songwriter whose new album, Tornado, was just released by Six Shooter Records. On stage, Joe’s intense, intimate performances are at once guttural and ethereal, and of no time or place whatsoever. But when he turns his baseball hat backwards and tells stories of trapping raccoons in cardboard boxes, it’s clear that the other side of this sensitive songwriter is a kid from Fort Saskatchewan who kept his guitar playing a secret from his high school friends. In Joe Nolan, you see a fascinating contrast between the rough edges of small town life and the poetic refinement of his song craft.

In “Hangin’ at the Garagemahal,” Joe Nolan talks about growing up on the “good side” of the river in Fort Saskatchewan, AB, which records he listened to through the floor while his parents played bridge until 2am, and all the money he made busking:

Tornado hit the streets on January 28, 2014, and Six Shooter marked the occasion at The Cameron House with a short and sweet set from Joe, a room packed full of industry, friends & fans, and, in honour of Joe’s prairie roots, all the pierogies we could eat. Now the reviews are coming in, and Tornado is making a strong impression, with high marks from the Globe & Mail, Exclaim, No Depression and others.

Tornado is a collection of songs about women (older women, mostly) and love (break-ups, mostly). Did Somebody Call The Cops, “one of the album’s showstoppers,” (Edmonton Journal) is a slow-burning song about a ‘relationship hitting the bottom,’ says Nolan. See a new lyric video for Did Somebody Call The Cops, directed by Jeth Weinrich, here:

JOE NOLAN LAUNCHES TORNADO

Like a hurricane, Tornado has hit the streets, and we celebrated in style at The Cameron House on release day (Jan 28) with a short and sweet set from Joe (not that he’s short, but he IS very sweet. Awwww), a room packed full of industry, friends & fans, and, in honour of Joe’s prairie roots, all the pierogies we could eat (I only ate two, because I am a dainty little bird… JK, I had like two dozen, buuurp). I had originally suggested that we honour his prairie roots by cramming everyone into the back of a giant pickup truck and drinking a buncha Pilsner (aka Alberta Champagne), but hey, you can’t win ‘em all, and I like me some ‘rogies too, so I’ll live (thanks for your concern).

Now the reviews are coming in, and Joe’s album is making the fantastic impression we knew it would. That’s why we signed him, duh. The Calgary Herald likens listening to Tornado to “Viewing the world from a battered heart and through beautifully bloodshot, half-mast eyes,” which actually sounds like a pretty unpleasant experience, but they mean it as a good thing (weirdos). No Depression recognizes that “Nolan is raw talent through and through.” And Exclaim Magazine raves on, calling the album “A remarkable collection of slow-burning melancholia.”

For those of you who missed the Toronto debut, or if you want (neeeed) more Joe Nolan, you can catch him at the Cameron House next Monday and the week after that. He is pretty much living there, I imagine because he read in multiple previous editions of this newsletter about how hard I vouch for their crantinis. His Alberta album launch party dates have also been announced — see tour dates below.

Aaaaaalso, check out this interview, “Hangin’ at the Garagemahal,” in which Joe Nolan talks about growing up on the “good side” of the river in Fort Saskatchewan, AB, which records he listened to through the floor while his parents played bridge until 2am, and all the money he made busking:

Oh, and alsooooooo, we also have a lyric video for “Tightrope Dancer”

THE STRUMBELLAS NOMINATED FOR A JUNO AWARD

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The Strumbellas made it two for two yesterday, when “We Still Move On Dance Floors” got a Juno Award nomination for Roots & Traditional Group Album of the Year! That’s two Strumbellas’ albums, two Juno nominations, if you’re keeping track. Holy moly. Go for the Threepeat, gang! The Strumbies (as I’ve just decided to call them right now) are rubbing elbows with some damn fine company in the category, and we can’t wait to go to Winnipeg for the annual awards extravaganza so we can also rub lots of elbows… in a sexy way. Our Six Shooter crew usually does it up pretty big at the Junos, rolling around in a fancy limo and stuff, but I think this year we should either a) buy a cheap El Camino and put a hot tub in the back of it, OR b) go a little bit fancier and rent a Mini Cooper so we can go all clown car steez with everyone crammed in there. Any reader opinions on which option you think we should go for are VERY welcome. Please send us many many many emails on the subject. We have a lot of spare time, and would love to consider your feedback thoroughly.

The Strumbellas play The Dakota every Wednesday in February, with opening bands and special guests and more more more (did we mention there’s still a Grand Prize of a trip for two to fabulous Lindsay, ON up for grabs? Buy something, get a scratch card, win a vacation to somewhere even snowier!). They will also hit the road with Corb Lund in April across Ontario. AND, more good news, we now have the vinyl edition of We Still Move On Dance Floors available from www.sixshooterrecords.com or at an esteemed indie retailer near you.

HARLAN PEPPER GIVES ‘ER ALL THE WAY TO THEIR ALBUM RELEASE

In more Toronto residency news, I’m seeing a bit of a trend here, Harlan Pepper’s weekly gig at The Cameron House continues throughout February. Every Thursday night @ 10pm the Hamilton boys hit the stage. They’ve been playing songs from the new album, Take Out a Twenty and Live Life to the Fullest, which will be out on March 11, 2014. Hey, btw, can someone lend me a twenty so I can take it out and live life to the fullest please?

“Gimme Love,” the carefree, Faces-esque first single from Harlan Pepper’s new album, Take Out a Twenty and Live Life to the Fullest, made its debut at CBC Radio 2 in the early days of 2014. See the band’s DIY video for the song here:

Given that the song is, as mentioned above, Faces-esque, I’m really hoping that eventually Harlan Pepper go full Rod Stewart, start wearing spandex jumpsuits and have at least one disco hit. That would be pretty dope. Or at least hilarious… to me.

Harlan Pepper will also be joining the Corb Lund tour for shows across British Columbia in May, after The Strumbies finish having their way with him in April. Tag-teamsies!

DANNY MICHEL ANNOUNCES DAKOTA TAVERN RESIDENCY

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Yep, it would seem this issue is all about Toronto residencies. Once our February residencies are all done, we know you’ll be lost in the world, not knowing where you are or where you are going. Thankfully, Danny Michel comes to the rescue, and brings some order to the world with “School Night Mondays” at the Dakota Tavern. Held every Monday night (go figure) in March, doors are at 7 pm, the show at 8 pm and each week features a surprise guest who’ll be sure to knock your socks off, and then you’ll have to go to school with no socks the next day, because Monday is a SCHOOL NIGHT!! Ok, I can give you one little hint about who one of the surprise guests might be… it’s your MOM! And she will be performing a song called “Go Home Right Now And Do Your Homework, Cuz It’s A SCHOOL NIGHT!!”. Her performance will be like viewing the world from a battered heart and through beautifully bloodshot, half-mast eyes, that really want you to do your homework and hopefully get a summer job.

YOU MUST CHECK OUT THE WET SECRETS’ NEW VIDEO

Our Edmonton pals, The Wet Secrets, make a triumphant return with their new album, “Free Candy,” and video for the song, “Nightlife”, starring SCTV’s Joe Flaherty! Whaaaat?! Such awesome, watch must:

It has been approximately one billion years since the last Wet Secrets album,
but damn was it ever worth the wait.

THE QUINTESSENTIAL NICK BUZZ REVIEW

We got another Nick Buzz review in for their album, “A Quiet Evening at Home,” this time from The Record. We were struck by the frankness and accuracy of the following statement:

“This group is old, weird, out of the loop, and Canadian — it’s hard to envision a marketing strategy. Like any run-of-the-mill, slow-burning, richly rewarding art rock masterpiece, it’s easy for this Nick Buzz album to disappear quickly into the ether. Don’t let it happen.”

I guess our marketing strategy is working though, because you can read the whole article here: http://www.therecord.com/whatson-story/4305959-a-buzz-that-demands-attention/

Woo!

TANYA TAGAQ LOVES TO EAT

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Speaking of cool videos…Our friends at Light Echo Productions launched their new project, Echoes this week. They interviewed Tanya Tagaq about her passion for food. And let me tell you (spoiler alert), she is SUPER stoked on food! Warning, this video is not for the squeamish vegetarian. She tells at least one story that’s evocative of the Empire Strikes Back tauntaun scene, but like in a nom nom nom way… http://echosproject.ca/videos/passion-for-food/

INTERSTELLAR RODEO DATES

Edmonton, mark your calendars for July 25-27, 2014. We have been working hard on putting together a killer line up for Interstellar Rodeo 2014 and we should be ready to announce it next month!! All we can tell you for now is that it will be the best weekend everrrrrrr. Meanwhile, save the date!

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ROAD TO MASSEY HALL NOW AVAILABLE IN CD FORM.

UNDISCOVERED TALENT JOE NOLAN MAKES HIS SIX SHOOTER DEBUT WITH TORNADO, OUT JANUARY 28, 2014.

While it’s not every day that a songwriter makes it from the shadows of open mic nights to the high wattage, real deal scene, Joe Nolan’s old soul lyrics and striking vocals suggest that the odds of breaking through are in his favour.

With Tornado, Joe Nolan blows in from the frozen prairies a fully formed artistic force worthy of national attention. This sophomore album showcases Joe’s lyrical style, not overly wordy or ornate, but intense, evocative and gripping. The power of Joe’s songwriting lies in the delivery: his ghostly vocals quiver and tumble between agony and ecstasy.

HARLAN PEPPER ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, “TAKE OUT A $20 AND LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST” OUT FEBRUARY 2014

Dan Edmonds, Thompson Wilson, Jimmie Hayes III and Marlon Nicolle are your average bunch of 21-year-olds, best friends since kindergarten, hockey teammates since they learned to skate and freshman roomies at university. On the other hand, as Harlan Pepper, these four are not your average group of musicians, talented beyond their years and catalogue, with only one record to their name but an impressive list of music biz milestones (meeting Neil Young, performing at Massey Hall, etc.) already achieved.

Somewhere in between the extremes of these two identities, the slackers and the prodigies, lies the secret to Harlan Pepper’s sweet and pure rock groove. The band exudes confidence without preciousness, an attitude that shapes their sound more than any of their many influences. Harlan Pepper’s good times vibes bring to mind a variety of musical references that meld seamlessly with the band’s roots rock instincts. In Harlan Pepper you’ll also find the fresh-faced teen themes reminiscent of 1950s rock and roll and elements of 1960s surf rock. Harlan Pepper’s music falls somewhere in between The Yardbirds and Traveling Wilburys, with a Tarantino-esque taste for retro groove.

With Take Out A $20 And Live Life To The Fullest, Harlan Pepper heads in the opposite direction of the hey-ho chorusing, hand-clapping pack. This album is not your average feel good fauxk, it’s a true blue rock and roll album that speaks to the contradictory essences of youth itself: innocence and lawlessness, ambition and loafing, odd jobs and big dreams.

See a trailer for the new album here:

Six Shooter Records releases Take Out A $20 And Live Life To The Fullest in February, 2014.

HARLAN PEPPER “TAKE OUT A $20″ PHOTO CHALLENGE!

#HP20 PHOTO CHALLENGE

Leading up to the release of Take Out A $20 And Live Life To The Fullest, send us a photo or video (Instagram, Flixel, Vine, digital photo, Polaroid, etc.) of how you’d spend $20 to live life to the fullest. We’ll show off your best submissions, and our favourite photos will win prizes, kudos and a permanent spot in an upcoming Harlan Pepper music video.

Tag your photo with #HP20 and send it via any of these social media platforms and smartphone apps:

Email * Facebook * Instagram * Twitter * Flixel * Vine

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