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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
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
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
Watch Amelia perform “Time, Time” and “(What So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding” on
National Post’s Session Series.
Amelia Curran’s new album “They Promised You Mercy” is now available for pre-order.
Official Release date: November 4th.
Six Shooter Store: http://store.sixshooterrecords.com
Whet your appetite with two new Amelia tunes, “I Am The Night” (Video below) and “Somebody Somewhere” which you can also vote for in the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 Chart here http://music.cbc.ca/#!/The-Radio-2-Top-20
Watch the brand new video for Amelia Curran’s song “I Am The Night” (from They Promised You Mercy, out November 4, 2014), filmed on location in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Bonus points for anyone who has actually had a pint at The Ship!
We are so pleased to finally announce details of They Promised You Mercy, the fourth Six Shooter Records album from Amelia Curran, songwriter extraordinaire and pride of Newfoundland. They Promised You Mercy will be out on November 4, 2014. We decided to celebrate the songwriting on They Promised You Mercy by first sharing the complete album lyrics (music will come soon!), which you can read HERE.
On They Promised You Mercy, Amelia’s knife-sharp lyrics find peace and even cheerfulness amidst lush layers provided by award-winning producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda’s nuanced studio vision. The album is a poised, focused and consummate work that showcases Amelia’s singular songwriting talent. They Promised You Mercy raises the lyrical bar yet again with its unrivalled eloquence.
They Promised You Mercy heralds an impressive list of accomplished Canadian players that include guitarist Martin Tielli of the Rheostatics who also painted the portrait for the albums cover artwork, lap steel guitarist Christine Bougie (Bahamas), trombonist William Carn (Elton John), saxophonist Gene Hardy (Michael Bublé), pianist Aaron Davis (Holly Cole Trio), guitarist Dean Drouillard (Sarah Harmer) and drummer Joshua Van Tassel (Great Lake Swimmers).
Six Shooter Records is proud to release They Promised You Mercy on November 4, 2014.
There is seemingly no end to the number of accolades and awards that folks love to bestow on our own Amelia Curran, and the East Coast Music Awards do not disappoint. She just racked up another five noms for her beautiful album, “Spectators”:
- Solo Recording of the Year
– Folk Recording of the Year
– Song of the Year – “What Will You Be Building”
– Songwriter of the Year – “Years”
– Video of the Year – “Blackbird on Fire”
The video category is actually a Fan’s Choice situation, meaning that you can be an important part of Amelia’s TOTAL DOMINATION by casting your vote. Do it here, every damn day if you want to, from now until March 27: http://www.pei2014.ca/ecma
Oh, and hey, our pal Jenn Grant is in that category too! You’ll have to alternate your daily votes between them.
Hmmm, y’know, I think I might suggest that Amelia actually names her next album TOTAL DOMINATION. It has a nice all-caps kinda ring to it, and it would take the guesswork out of who is gonna win ALL DA REWARDZ next time around. Oh wait, maybe she should call her next album ALL DA REWARDZ….
Here’s the complete collection of Amelia Curran lyric postcards.
Find them at a merch table wherever/whenever Amelia plays.
This week’s lyric postcard brings us back to the days of Amelia’s Curran’s Six Shooter debut, the album War Brides. The song “Everything I’ve Got To Give,” is a real stunner, and we’ve heard Amelia describe it as the closest thing to a country duet she’s ever written.
Amelia Curran’s song “Blackbird On Fire” is our second pick for the lyric postcard series. It’ll cost you but a few nickels to put a stamp on this beauty and send it on its way.
Amelia Curran writes lyrics that come to exist beyond her songs, for their insight, humour and deeply poetic worldview. And so, we decided to pick a few of our favourites and have them made into postcards, real postcards, that we encourage you to send by mail to someone who needs to hear from you.
Here’s the first one of the series, designed by fellow Newfoundlander Jud Haynes. Each card comes with free download of the song featured, and they’ll be available at merch tables wherever Amelia performs.
Click here for 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!!
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).