If you reeeeally like a venue, you might as well move in, right? Especially if they serve bitchin’ crantinis! I’m generally way too tough to drink something called a crantini, but hey, it’s summertime, I need refreshment, and I’ve convinced myself that cranberry juice is “healthy”, so keep ‘em coming! Our Steel City boys Harlan Pepper are (I assume) with me on this, and will be making regular appearances at primo crantini spot The Cameron House in Toronto this June. Every Tuesday night (10pm-12pm), Harlan Pepper will be warming up the new material from their forthcoming album, which was recorded with Colin Linden in Nashville. This is your chance for a sneaksy-peeksy! In addition to the Cameron House gig, Harlan Pepper will be touring out west this summer – check tour dates.
Amelia Curran – NEW VIDEOS ON SONGWRITING AND SONGWRITERS
So you all know by now that Amelia Curran is one hell of a songwriter. I am personally fascinated by hearing who has inspired the songwriters I admire, and what their process is, so I’m pretty damn stoked about Amelia’s new video series which covers just that! Check out these three new short videos by Light Echo Productions where Amelia discusses songwriters and songwriting, icons and inspiration.
On Kurt Cobain and being an angsty bummed out teen (who I can assume wore a lot of flannel)
»»» Watch Video
On Leonard Cohen and how you are lazy if you don’t spend 10,000 hours writing lyrics (she says it in a more polite way, I swear) »»» Watch Video
On “The Mistress” and Amelia’s own writing process involving pages and pages of lyrics, and not actually being a mistress »»» Watch Video
These videos are short and awesome, watch ‘em!!
So, Interstellar Rodeo isn’t our only festival, ya know! We also put on a rad 6 string focused festival called Sleepwalk Guitar Festival, which, along with truly amazing performances from some of the world’s finest guitar players, also includes a very strong workshop and interview component. We have just finished uploading a grip of inspiring videos featuring many of these interviews, so get those tube amps warming up, you are going to want to play after clicking on these links below:
James Burton: “I’ve been waiting for this moment for years” – Luke and James talk Teles and Hot Bands while noodling away on Pretty Woman, Susie Q, Mystery Train and more. »»» Watch Video
Albert Lee talks about his signature Music Man guitar and pinky finger playing: »»» Watch Video
Nels Cline on being a jazz guitarist (or not) and on playing the guitar: »»» “It’s the only thing I have the desire to do all the time, besides breathe and eat.” Watch Video
Colin Linden on rough edges and modern recording: the idea of perfection: »»» “It’s easier to be competent and harder to be excellent.” “Everything we love is based in that sensation that you get when you’re on fire with it.” There is an “on fire sensation” plug-in for Pro Tools, right? »»» Watch Video
Cindy Cashdollar on pedal steel: the importance of instinct and ear. Pedal steel blows my mind, instinct and ear indeed! »»» Watch Video
Junior Brown: “Where did country music go? The irony is that the parody has taken over.” »»» Watch Video
Paul Pigat teaches Luke a lesson he won’t soon forget. »»» Watch Video
Kevin Breit on burning the candle: practice, practice, practice, take a break for some Kraft Dinner, practice more. »»» Watch Video
We are beyond excited to announce that Weekend Passes, Friday night tickets, and Sunday day passes for the Interstellar Rodeo are now SOLD OUT! There are still day tickets for Saturday available, but they’re going fast. Like maybe we have about 30 left. Oh man, this is going to be one hell of a party! Oh, and since tickets are getting pretty scarce pretty fast, and we know some of you might be working yourselves into a bit of a tizzy about making sure you get to see all the great music you want to see, we have set up a cool swap board thingy where you can buy, sell, or trade tickets with all your Interstellar pals! If you need tix, or you have only just realized that you booked a non-refundable kite surfing vacation on the same weekend, make your way over to http://http://interstellarrodeo.com/forums/ to deal with that situation stat!
Presented at the Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park, Edmonton, on the weekend of July 26-28, Interstellar Rodeo 2013 welcomes a host of musical mavericks, outlaws and rogues of all stripes (and even a few nice and quiet law-abiding folks), including Alabama Shakes, Steve Earle and the Dukes, M. Ward, and more. Kicking off the festival is legendary Edmonton band Jr. Gone Wild, who announced their reunion just in time to be added to the bill. Six Shooterers Danny Michel (with the Garifuna Collective), the Deep Dark Woods, the Good Lovelies, and former Six Shooterers Elliott BROOD have joined the party, as well as local heroes and long time friends Shout Out Out Out Out. Our pals Serena Ryder, Sarah Harmer, the Skydiggers, CR Avery, and Mike Plume, as well as accolade soaked American up-and-comers Kurt Vile and John Fullbright, are all making the glorious pilgrimage to Edmonton, guaranteeing a weekend packed full of stellar tune-age! We are crazy passionate about our flagship festival, and believe me, we have put a lot of thought and effort into carefully selecting artists who blaze their own trails, defy expectations and make music that transcends genres. We want the Interstellar Rodeo to be the best, most memorable festival experience for you, our wonderful music loving fans!
Driven by the blissful glee of how awesome last year’s festival was, we are focused on making Interstellar Rodeo even better! To that end, we are adding two new musical features this year! First up, the Interstellar All-Stars (Sunday, July 28), is a one-day-only “songwriter supergroup” (complete with a fully rocking all-star backing band) featuring Jim Cuddy, Danny Michel and Quique Escamilla. The All-Stars idea grew out of a recent showcase presented by the Americana Music Festival, where these three distinct artists learned each other’s songs and put on such a wicked awesome show that we had to cop the idea ask them to do it again. The Interstellar All-Stars is Six Shooter’s spin on the classic workshop concept.
The second new feature is motivated by our desire to present as many artists as we can in one weekend, on only one stage. Interstellar Rodeo 2013 introduces the Interludes, short sets spotlighting a collection of incredible singer-songwriters. This year’s Interludes performers are Amelia Curran, Del Barber and Rachel Sermanni. In all, 23 artists will grace the Interstellar stage. Did any of you see that psychological thriller starring Jim Carrey called The Number 23? Yeah, me neither, but I’m sure cramming 23 artists onto our stage will be both psychological and thrilling!
We really have to take a moment here to give our sincerest thanks to our returning patrons, volunteers, and sponsors. It is so tremendously uplifting and exciting to see our festival grow and to have the opportunity to bring more amazing music to more amazing people! Together, along with newcomers to this year’s festivities, we’ll make Interstellar Rodeo 2013 a weekend to remember.
Follow us on Twitter @SixShooterR (#interstellarrodeo).
Six Shooter Records gets in the Record Day spirit with the label’s first-ever exclusive offering, a Whitehorse 7.”
Side A is a live recording of “Devil’s Got A Gun,” recorded at Catherine North Studio in Hamilton, ON (where The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss was made). The recording is a rare full-band performance, featuring Derek Downham (The Beauties) on drums, Anna Ruddick (Ladies of the Canyon) on bass and Chloe Doucet-Winkelman on backing vocals and keys.
Side B is Whitehorse’s take on a Veal classic. “Lipstick” brings Luke Doucet’s back-catalogue bossa nova gem back to life in humid Whitehorse fashion. The song showcases all that sweltering chemistry that has come to define Whitehorse on stage and on disc.
Look for the Whitehorse 7” at a fine independent retailer near you.
Six Shooter Records is excited to announce that Danny Michel is relaunching his Juno nominated album, Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me, with three brand new tracks today!
The Canadian relaunch comes in advance of the album’s world release on Cumbancha Records, the label that first introduced Andy Palacio and The Garifuna Collective to international audiences.
Danny talks about this career-shifting experience, the impetus behind the new material, and his relationship to Belize’s people and music in a brand new EPK, produced and directed by Light Echo Productions.
See the EPK, featuring new music, a live performance from the Danny Michel trio, and footage from Danny’s travels to Belize, here
One of the new songs, “Sad And Beautiful World,” is a breezy take on our sorry state, and showcases Danny’s remarkable ability to paint big picture realities in a balmy, radiant palette. See a video for the song here.
Get the new songs for free for a limited time here.
NEW TRACK LISTING:
1. What Colour Are You?
2. Survivor’s Guilt
3. A Cold Road
4. Behind The Waterfall
5. Break It You Buy It
6. Just The Way I Am
7. Sad And Beautiful World
8. Into The Light
9. The First Night
10. This Is What Is
Tickets for Interstellar Rodeo are now on sale: PURCHASE TICKETS
We are so excited to announce the full lineup for Interstellar Rodeo 2013. Check it out!
Go to www.interstellarrodeo.com for details.
We can finally use the phrase, “This ain’t our first rodeo” when it comes to our summer festival presented by Six Shooter in Edmonton, AB! I mean, we already using that phrase for many other things, like ordering breakfast, operating a juicer, taking public transit, negotiating with terrorists, entering a sheep shearing contest, building a competitive battle robot, giving the Biebs a piggy-back ride, wearing swim goggles while chopping onions, operating a Zamboni, going to an actual rodeo, sabre fencing, that kind of stuff. BUT, specifically in reference to our totally amazing summer music festival in Edmonton, AB, NOW is the time for us to use said phrase!! So here we go, this ain’t our first (Interstellar) rodeo! The line up for Interstellar Rodeo 2013 will be announced on Tuesday! You have a nice long weekend to prepare yourself for the announcement, and then BLAMMO, we gonna hit you with a truth bomb! We are really, extremely, hella stoked about the amazing artists we have coming to Edmonton this summer, and we know you will be too! Tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday, April 6, and will be available through our webstore at www.sixshooterrecords.com, and also in person (in Edmonton) through Blackbyrd Myoozik and Permanent Records.
For those who attended last year, you will be able to get in on the pre-sale happening between April 3-5. In order to qualify, you need to create a log in on our new webstore (go to www.sixshooterrecords.com, click “store”, and then click “log in” on the top right corner). When you’re filling out the form, click the button that says “I went to Interstellar Rodeo 2012.” Please note: being on this email list does not mean you are automatically on our new webstore system. The two are separate systems. One of them is the email list system, the other is the new webstore system. Systems. Not the same. Syyyyyssssteeeem-mm-m-m-m-s. *bloop*
The festival dates this year are July 26-28, and it will once again be hosted at the lovely William Hawrelak Park amphitheatre, and the vibes will once again be glorious.
We really can’t overstate how excited we are for the return of our festival! The inaugural edition of Interstellar Rodeo was so much fun, and the overwhelmingly fantastic response we got from those who attended last year has been truly inspiring. We can’t wait to saddle up and do it even better for you all this time around! Yaaa!
In more exciting news, we are currently running victory laps around our office in celebration of Six Shooter earning two Juno Award nominations this year: one for Amelia Curran‘s “Spectators” in the category of Roots and Traditional (solo) Album of the Year, and the other for Danny Michel‘s “Black Birds are Dancing Over Me” in the category of World Music Album of the Year. I can already taste the victory, and it tastes like blooooood! The Juno Awards are being held in the city of Regina this year on the weekend of April 19-21.
Watch out for the now annual Outlaws and Gunslingers show during Junofest, held on Friday, April 19 at the Exchange, featuring Danny, Amelia, and at least a million other great artists in town for the festivities. I’m not sure if I’ve ever actually clarified this, but just to set your mind at ease, Outlaws and Gunslingers is just a wicked cool name we came up with…in fact, we ripped it off of an NQ Arbuckle song. We are actually friendly Canadians, and none of the artists who are performing are actually outlaws or gunslingers, in fact most of them have never even shoplifted a string cheese from the gas station or anything. For that matter, we think guns are kinda scary, and would probably kinda poop our pants if we ever came in contact with an actual six shooter! The secret is out, we are just big ol’ sweeties with hearts of gold, awwwww!! OR ARE WE?! Pew-pew-pew! (gun noise).
Saturday, April 20 is Record Store Day (4/20 duuuude, Bob Marley picture disc, whuuut?), which is pretty much akin to music nerd Xmas! We love glorious vinyl, and we love independent music retailers, so we’re getting right into the spirit with an exclusive and limited RSD Whitehorse 7”! This release features two unique and unreleased versions of tracks from both the past and present. Representing the present, Side A is a live recording of “Devil’s Got A Gun,” recorded at Catherine North Studio in Hamilton, ON (where The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss was made). The recording is a rare full-band performance, featuring Derek Downham (The Beauties) on drums, Anna Ruddick (Ladies of the Canyon) on bass and Chloe Doucet-Winkelman on backing vocals and keys. Side B is Whitehorse’s current take on a past Veal classic. Remember Veal? Luke’s bitchin’ old band? We sure do! “Lipstick” brings Luke Doucet’s back-catalogue bossa nova gem back to life in humid Whitehorse fashion. The song showcases all that sweltering chemistry that has come to define Whitehorse on stage and on disc. Look for the Whitehorse 7” at a fine independent retailer near you, or stay tuned for your chance to win one of these limited edition Record Store Day exclusives.