AFTER THE TORNADO: JOE NOLAN RETURNS WITH “BROKEN ANGEL,” NEW SONG OUT TODAY.

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“Drive south with the one you love,” John Hiatt wrote. In a new single, Joe Nolan taps into his own gruff exterior with a new song called “Broken Angel,” one that tells a story of love done and gone. “I drive myself crazy every time I’m passing through the city where you used to be mine,” he sings. It’s a very different kind of road trip.

Alberta’s Joe Nolan made his Six Shooter debut in 2014 with Tornado, an album that captured a dark road-worn mystery and rugged grace, learned and earned mostly on the highway between Calgary and Edmonton. Nolan’s songs tell of regrettable yet irresistible decisions in a voice that is equally ghostly and gravelly. The album received a WCMA nomination, national reviews and opened the door to Nashville, as it was produced by Colin Linden and recorded in Music City.

“Broken Angel” now takes Nolan into new terrain; the song was recorded with Hawksley Workman at his Muskoka studio. Hawksley has long shown a keen ear for emerging songwriters, and “Broken Angel” has a heftier geology, a rockier landscape over which Nolan’s voice traverses.

“Broken Angel” is out today on all digital partners and available worldwide.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

EDMONTON, AB: Brixx, Nov 4
CALGARY, AB: SAIT, Nov 5
VANCOUVER, BC: Guilt and Co., Nov 8
ROSSLAND, BC: The Flying Steamshovel, Nov 9
FERNIE, BC: Artstation, Nov 10
EDMONTON, AB: The Needle, Dec 8 (full band)
LLOYDMINSTER, AB: The Legion, Dec 9

“Inuk Throat Singer Tanya Tagaq Demands “Retribution” in Aggressively Kinetic New Video.” – THUMP

Last month experimental Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq released her fifth studio album, Retribution, addressing politically-charged topics including climate change, the Canadian government’s treatment of indigenous communities, and the continued prevalence of sexual assault (highlighted by a somber cover of Nirvana’s “Rape Me”).

Today we’re premiering the equally gripping music video for the almost eight-minute title track, which opens with the foreboding lyric, “My mother grows angry, retribution will be swift.” Directed by Brian Johnson, it sees the one-time Björk collaborator growling and writhing chaotically in an eerie industrial warehouse, accompanied by fellow Inuk performer Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and a lone wolf.

“The ‘Retribution’ video embodies the idea of nature being forced into unnatural spaces. It’s about how one cannot remove the essence of life and instinct out of our bodies, no matter how debilitated this society becomes,” the singer told THUMP over email. “Laakkuluk is a Greenlandic mask dancer that articulates the emotional elements of humanity. Fear. Anger. Laughter. Lust. Our ode to nature is our ode to life.”

Read the full article here.

BEST OF THE WEST: SIX SHOOTER RECORDS WELCOMES CHRIS WYNTERS TO THE INTERSTELLAR RODEO TEAM.

Six Shooter Records and Interstellar Rodeo are thrilled to announce Chris Wynters as Director of Festival Marketing and Partnerships. Wynters is one of Edmonton’s most esteemed music industry members, and brings decades of experience on stage, in the studio and in the boardroom.

Wynters is no stranger to the Six Shooter world. Says President Shauna de Cartier, “I’ve known Chris since we both started in the Edmonton theatre scene a million years ago. I’ve learned so much from him in the many capacities that we have worked together; in fact, he is the person who convinced me to quit my corporate job and enter the music business. I am extremely happy to welcome a longtime friend and trusted colleague into the world of Six Shooter and Interstellar Rodeo. The energy, positivity, insight and leadership he brings to our companies will make us stronger and more awesome than ever.”

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In Wynters’ most recent tenure as Executive Director of Alberta Music, he worked to develop career opportunities for Alberta artists at home and abroad. As well, Wynters was heavily involved in hosting duties for the 2016 Juno Awards in Calgary.

In his new role, Wynters will steer Interstellar Rodeo’s marketing initiatives in both Edmonton and Winnipeg. Wynters will also continue to develop strategic partnerships in Western Canada, nationally and beyond. 2016 marked a landmark year for Interstellar’s corporate partnerships, including an extensive deal with Bell Media in Winnipeg. Wynters’ role will also include liaising with the City of Edmonton and City of Winnipeg/The Forks, programming assistance and (in the spirit of Six Shooter’s work ethos), whatever else is required.

“I’ve emceed every day of Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton since year-one. I love the event. And my history with Six Shooter Records goes right back to 2000, when Captain Tractor’s ‘Hoserista’ album came out on the label. I am thrilled to dig in with a company that I feel extremely passionate about, alongside some of my favourite people in this industry.”

Chris Wynters joins the team on January 3, 2017. Wynters will be based in Edmonton, AB.

2017 Festival Dates:
Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton – July 21-23
Interstellar Rodeo Winnipeg – August 18-20

ABOUT CHRIS WYNTERS

Chris Wynters has been the Executive Director of Alberta Music since September 2012. Alberta Music is a member-driven not-for-profit service organization dedicated to helping Albertans in the Music Industry succeed in their careers. Wynters moved into his role at Alberta Music with much experience in the music business as a songwriter, producer, studio owner and as a road weathered touring musician from his over 20 years of fronting Captain Tractor (Six Shooter Records 2000/2005), one of Alberta’s most successful indie bands ever.

Chris is also on the steering committee for the Alberta Music Cities Initiative (AMCI), which launched with the mandate of working towards making Alberta’s two largest cities, Edmonton and Calgary, into vibrant hubs for the music industry in Western Canada. Founded by Alberta Music, the National Music Centre, Music Canada and the Scotlyn Foundation, the AMCI is committed to building a strong music industry that benefits the province on multiple levels, and with a diverse range of groups. Chris is the Vice President of the Western Canadian Music Alliance, the Vice President of Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations and has been sitting on FACTOR’s National Advisory Board for the past four years. He is also on the board of the Unison Benevolent Fund.

 

Photo courtesy of Chris Sturwold.

WHITEHORSE BRINGS THE SOUND OF THE NORTHERN SOUTH TO THE WEST COAST.

New video for Whitehorse’s take on Willie Dixon’s party anthem “Wang Dang Doodle” out now.
Long live the legacy of Chess Records.

Whitehorse celebrates the foundations of rock and roll in The Northern South Vol.1, a collection of songs that showcases the legendary artists who helped to shape modern sound. In celebration of the music and legacy of Chess Records (co-founder Phil Chess passed away last week), Whitehorse releases the final video from The Northern South Vol. 1. Watch “Wang Dang Doodle” shot live in the recording studio here.

“Willie Dixon’s contributions to the Blues and therefore, Rock and Roll, ARE hard to exaggerate. He wrote countless songs for the greats, including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter and Bo Diddley. When we chose the songs for the Northern South, it was not our intent to dedicate half of the material on this album to his compositions but his work is so ubiquitous that an effort would be required NOT to represent him in a predominant way. Only after we researched writing credits did we realize what we had done.

Willie Dixon wasn’t simply a hit maker who offered easy palatable renditions of the narratives of the day. “Wang Dang Doodle” is the best example of his lyrical humour and bravery. His are among the more idiosyncratic lyrics in the Blues and Rock and Roll Cannon.” – Luke Doucet

“Tell Fats and Washboard Sam, that everybody gonna to jam
Tell Shaky and Boxcar Joe, we got sawdust on the floor
Tell Peg and Caroline Dye, we gonna have a heck of a time.
When the fish scent fill the air, there’ll be snuff juice everywhere
We gonna pitch a wang dang doodle all night long”

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

SAN DIEGO, CA: Soda Bar, November 30
LOS ANGELES, CA: Bootleg Bar, December 1
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Hotel Utah, December 3
PORTLAND, OR: Doug Fir Lounge, December 5
SEATTLE, WA: Tractor Tavern, December 7

WHITNEY ROSE RELEASES NEW SINGLE “MY BOOTS” AND ANNOUNCES UPCOMING EP.

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Buy “My Boots” on iTunes here or stream it on Spotify here.

Whitney Rose chats with Rolling Stone Country about her new single, upcoming South Texas Suite EP, and documentary. Read the full Rolling Stone article here.

“One of the avant-garde’s most dynamic performers finally gets the studio album her unique vision deserves.” – Rolling Stone

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Click here to read the full Rolling Stone review.

Tanya Tagaq releases her stellar album, Retribution, today. You can buy and stream the album here.

Tanya Tagaq also released a track by track commentary album with music critic Carl Wilson on Spotify.

TANYA TAGAQ & SHAD PERFORM “CENTRE” FOR CBC MUSIC’S FIRST PLAY.

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Tagaq and Shad, along with producer/violinist Jesse Zubot and drummer Jean Martin, jump into their second take of “Centre,” which was filmed as part of CBC Music’s First Play Live session for Tagaq’s upcoming Oct. 21 album, Retribution. Dressed in a ceremonial amautiq (a traditional women’s parka) made by Rankin Inlet artist Salome Kalaserk and borrowed from the gallery, Tagaq is radiant, sidling up to Shad, the beads of her amautiq swaying, as she lays a bed of throat-singing for his verses sit atop. Click here to read the full article.

STREAM RETRIBUTION BY TANYA TAGAQ ON NPR MUSIC.

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I recommend two ways of listening to Tanya Tagaq’s latest record, Retribution. One is with eyes closed, given over wholly to the experience of a dense, immersive collection of sounds unlike any sounds on any other albums in your collection. The other is with eyes open, standing in front of a mirror, with one hand on your throat. The former is to better appreciate this record as a shockingly inventive achievement in music production. The latter is to better appreciate the marvel of the human body. Click here to read the full article.

TANYA TAGAQ RELEASES NEW SINGLE, RETRIBUTION.

Pre-Order Tanya’s upcoming album, Retribution, and download “Centre” and “Retribution” instantly. Listen to Retribution on Spotify here.

 

TANYA TAGAQ PREMIERS NEW VIDEO “CENTRE” VIA STEREOGUM.

“Polaris Prize-winning multi-instrumentalist and throat singer Tanya Tagaq will release a new LP next month titled Retribution. Its debut single, “Centre,” is a song about the interconnectivity of our universe, the way one life bleeds into the next, treating the womb as our world’s ultimate centerpiece. It’s an upbeat, impassioned song, and Tagaq’s decision to include Canadian rapper Shad on it makes her intent all the more blatant.” – Stereogum.

Click here to read the full article.

OUTLAWS & GUNSLINGERS AT AMERICANAFEST.

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SIX SHOOTER RECORDS AT AMERICANAFEST:

AMELIA CURRAN
NASHVILLE, TN: George Jones Museum, Outlaws & Gunslingers Luncheon, Sept 22, 12-2pm.
NASHVILLE, TN: The Basement, Sept 24 @ 8pm

SAM OUTLAW
NASHVILLE, TN: George Jones Museum, Outlaws & Gunslingers Luncheon, Sept 22, 12-2pm.
NASHVILLE, TN: Mercury Lounge, Sept 23 @ 8pm

WHITNEY ROSE
NASHVILLE, TN: George Jones Museum, Outlaws & Gunslingers Luncheon, Sept 22, 12-2pm.
NASHVILLE, TN: The Station Inn, Sept 24, 8pm

A FOOT-STOMPIN’ ODE TO AUTONOMY: WHITNEY ROSE RELEASES NEW SONG “MY BOOTS” IN ADVANCE OF AMERICANAFEST.

AMERICAN SONGWRITER PREMIERES “MY BOOTS” TODAY.

This year, Whitney Rose’s road to AmericanaFest starts in Travis County, Texas, where Rose has settled and recorded a new song, “My Boots,” that speaks to self-acceptance.

“My Boots” shows the lighter side of Rose’s songwriting. “While it’s ostensibly just about wearing whatever the hell you wanna wear,” Rose says, “it’s also about embracing the quirks and flaws that make you, you.” Rose walks the walk in her custom cactus and rose Liberty cowboy boots, a sparkly nod to her identity. Both are fitting symbols – Rose is no wilting flower, and “My Boots” contains a barbed message about intolerance and autonomy in the defiant feminist spirit of “You Don’t Own Me.”

Rose created a buzz at her AmericanaFest debut last year, and this new song shows the emerging talent has not been resting on any laurels since. The song is the first new music since Heartbreaker of the Year, an album that put Whitney on the Americana map.

“My Boots” features country music royalty Redd Volkaert (Merle Haggard) and Earl Poole Ball (Johnny Cash) trading solos over the Waylon-esque groove.

American Songwriter calls it a “defiant new tune.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

AUSTIN, TX: The Continental Club, Sept 15
HOUSTON, TX: McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, Sept 17
NASHVILLE, TN: AmericanaFest, George Jones Museum, Outlaws & Gunslingers Luncheon, Sept 22, 12-2pm.
NASHVILLE, TN: AmericanaFest, The Station Inn, Sept 24, 8pm
AUSTIN, TX: The Continental Club, Sept 29
HOUSTON, TX: McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, Nov 18

PRESS QUOTES:

– “A sultry country classicist with a tremble in her voice, Whitney Rose is partial to the magisterial gestures of the 1950s and 1960s.” – NY Times

– “Playfully croons through tales of love and mischief with girlish breath and devilish twang.” – Rolling Stone

– “Rose nailed this concoction of joining the purer sides of pop and country. The most exciting part is seeing where she goes next.” – American Songwriter

– “Whitney Rose’s voice sounds like it’s comin’ on out of a time machine in RCA’s Studio B in Nashville circa 1960. Her songwriting blends vintage R&B and retro country.” — Magnet

– “Sultry, dynamic, spicy in the way it slides between styles yet continues forward cohesively, Heartbreaker of the Year is quite the exhibition of Whitney’s talents.” – Saving Country Music

– “Stark and sultry, here Rose hits heartache right between the eyes. With a croon that wraps dances perfectly between plaintive guitar riffs, Rose skillfully delivers classic country magic.” — Guitar World

– “The Toronto-based singer-songwriter’s sophomore release is a whole heap of fun, filled with songs that recall an earlier age when country and pop were blended to perfection. Rose injects a healthy dose of her own charm and personality into the mix.” —Twangville

– “Her writing is first rate, and she is really fucking good at her instrument.” — PopMatters

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