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.
Some of the festival’s many highlights include concert sets by renowned “guit-steel” pioneer Junior Brown, master of the Telecaster Albert Lee, Wilco’s Nels Cline, the imitable Kevin Breit, as well as our very own Luke Doucet and the White Falcon. Legendary guitarist James Burton (the man practically invented rock-and-roll) backs a star-studded roll call of fantastic Toronto singers performing some of Burton’s greatest repertoire, from Presley to Cash to the Monkees and more. Collaborative workshops capture the spirit of Sleepwalk, with this year’s program featuring an all-steel line up with Austin’s Cindy Cashdollar leading the charge, an Acoustic Jam featuring Colin Linden and Paul Pigat…and we’ve even lined up legends James Burton, Albert Lee, Junior Brown and Cindy Cashdollar on one stage at one time. For more info, visit:
We are pleased to announce some of the headliners and guest guitarists for Sleepwalk Guitar Festival 2012, held at the Great Hall (1087 Queen St. W) in Toronto on the weekend of Nov 2-4, 2012.
Friday night (Nov 2) concert sets will be performed by Nels Cline and Zeena Parkins at 9:00 pm, and Luke Doucet and the White Falcon at 10:30 pm.
Saturday night (Nov 3) concert sets will be performed by Albert Lee at 9:00 pm and Junior Brown at 10:30 pm (both artists will be accompanied by their bands).
Check out the workshop schedule HERE.
Tickets available via Six Shooter Records.
Info at www.sleepwalkguitar.com.
Just when you think things couldn’t get more awesome, we slide into the room on our knees while ripping a face melting tapping solo on our custom double necked Ibanez JEM. I do mean this metaphorically of course, since my knees could never handle such pure unadulterated rocking, but what I am really trying to say is that we have recently announced the line up for the second annual Sleepwalk Guitar Festival! This year’s lineup is a continuation of some of the themes (such as, um, guitar) presented at last year’s three-day guitar extravaganza, while at the same time expanding our minds & ears with the culmination of some of the world’s finest pickers. We are proud and humbled to present a collection of what can only be described as masters. James Burton, Albert Lee, Junior Brown, Cindy Cashdollar, Colin Linden, Nels Cline (Wilco), Paul Pigat, Kevin Breit, and many more. Holy crap. This list pretty much tops curator Luke Doucet‘s dream list when we first conceived the festival a couple of years ago, and here it is, coming to fruition. Take the time to read Luke’s exuberant welcome message here to learn more about these fantastic players. After reading Luke’s welcome message, I personally took the time to do a google image search for “Luke Doucet guitar face”, which was also quite rewarding.
Sleepwalk Guitar Festival is an event to be enjoyed by all music lovers (you don’t have to be a guitar player to enjoy the mind-blowing musicianship that is going to happen on the stage at the Great Hall in Toronto on the weekend of Nov 2-4). Concerts, collaborative workshops, and interviews await you.
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
We 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!).
Trinity Hall (Trinity + 6th, Upstairs)
So, you know about this whole Sleepwalk Guitar Festival thingy right? The only festival where Six Shooter (that’s us) enlists supreme face melter Luke Doucet to hand pick other face melters to melt your face on the official dates of shred (Nov. 4-6)? Ohhh yeah, it’s goin’ down!!! I’ve gone undercover as super sleuth T. Elecaster (aka Kark Mnopfler) to get you the exclusive details on this most excellent widdly fest.
In addition to the Friday night concert featuring Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis and Luke Doucet and the White Falcon, and the Saturday night concert featuring The Sadies, and the Richard Lloyd Trio (from Television), here are a few of the events that we’ve got planned for the festival:
SIDE AND CENTRE – SONGWRITERS + GUITARISTS. We’ve confirmed the line up for the Side and Centre Workshop (Sat Nov 5 @ 5 pm), which will feature songwriters Andy Maize, Danny Michel, Justin Rutledge and Melissa McClelland. Guitarists are Afie Jurvanen, Christine Bougie, James Robertson and Kurt Swinghammer. Each songwriter will provide acoustic demos to two of the guitarists, who will write guitar parts to be performed live for the first time at Sleepwalk. The purpose of this event is to convey what a guitarist brings to a piece of music, and how different the results can be. Stay tuned for info on other great workshops happening the same Saturday.
SUNDAY COUNTRY + BLUES JAMS CONFIRMED. Sleepwalk Guitar Festival announces two impressive lineups of guitar-slinging talent for the Sunday afternoon Jam Sessions. The Sleepwalk Country Jam features Telecaster masters Brent Mason (Nashville, TN) and Redd Volkaert (Austin, TX) alongside Hurtin’ Albertan Grant Siemens. The Blues Jam welcomes Les Paul player Duke Robillard, Stony Plain stalwart Amos Garrett, Winnipeg Perpetrator Jay Nowicki and Multi-Platinum Juno Award winning Colin James. Both jams will be backed by the Sleepwalk rhythm section, John Dymond on bass and Derek Downham of The Beauties on drums.
Sleepwalk’s Sunday programming also includes a clinic (guitars welcome) by Amos Garett on how to play the iconic Billboard-topping “Sleep Walk” instrumental guitar composition. The tune is instantly familiar, and one of my personal all time faves – see the original Santo and Johnny performance here: http://youtube.com
SLEEPWALK GUITAR FESTIVAL OFFERS EMERGING ARTIST SCHOLARSHIP. The inaugural Sleepwalk Guitar Festival extends an open invitation to the next generation of six-string slingers to apply for the Emerging Artist Scholarship. The winning artist will take home a $1000 cash prize (donated by Six Shooter Records) and a Traynor QuarterHorse amp (donated by Traynor). The Scholarship is open to anyone 19 and under. Entrants should post a link to their performance of an original composition or an interpretation of an existing work on the Sleepwalk Guitar Festival facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/sleepwalkguitar. Entries will be judged on innovation, artistry and technique.
SLEEPWALK SPECIAL PARKING LOT SHOWCASE. Sleepwalk’s unofficial parking lot programing will feature ME trying to hack my way through the chords to Tom Petty’s ‘Free Falling’ on one of those cool guitars with a handle cut out of the body (Ibanez JEM, for those of you that speak-a da language). I may also try to make up some new jams based around the same chords as Tom Petty’s ‘Free Falling’, possibly capped off with an epic tapping solo, if I can figure out how to do that. It’ll be a heartbreaker fo’ sho.
Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet continue to blow away audiences on both sides of the border with their new band, Whitehorse, and their self-titled debut, Whitehorse. Our American friends can check out their local indie record store for a copy of the new album starting Oct 18 (which, in case you haven’t been keeping score, is the same release date as Harlan Pepper, and the American release date for The Deep Dark Woods! Big day!). Many thanks to all the USA radio stations who have added Whitehorse to their playlists. New Yorkers can, and should, catch a Whitehorse set at the Rockwood Music Hall on November 9. If you need some official vouch-age, Toronto’s Now Magazine was one of the many publications who recently gave Whitehorse a slam dunk NNNN review, awarding Luke and Melissa the apt title of “space cowboy lovebirds”. Don’t miss it NY! More USA dates to be announced soon!
Meanwhile, Ontario fans of heartwarming tales can catch Whitehorse on any of the multitude of Vinyl Café dates throughout the province this month. Check below for deets.
Whitehorse, the album by the group Whitehorse, comes out digitally in Europe, and everywhere else in the world where not currently available, on Oct 26. Physical street date is set for Nov in the Netherlands (or, as I like to call them, the Nether Regions) and January 30 in the UK (or as I like to call them… uh, the UK?).
So, by now you MUST have heard about Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland joining musical forces to form the unstoppable force of Whitehorse, right?! It’s kind of like the janky stereo I am listening to right now, where the radio never really turns off, so even though I have switched over to listen to a Pete Shelley LP that I picked up at a thrift store, I can still hear Bono crooning away in the back ground. Actually, it’s not like that at all, aside from maybe in an abstract conceptual way (Melissa being Pete Shelley, and Luke being Bono, because he likes to talk about politics and stuff), since my current listening experience is kind of annoying as all hell, whereas Whitehorse is a glorious earhole massage, like a fresh q-tip dipped in good-tune balm (available soon in our webstore). The Whitehorse album is now out and available, garnering some serious slam dunk accolades. If the reviews and our good word aren’t enough for ya, you freeloadin’ hippies can head over to the iTunes store to preview the album and cop a free download of ‘Emerald Isle’, which is, conveniently, the Free Single Of The Week!
Luke and Melissa have been working hard on their live show, including a number of ram-jammed live rehearsals in Waterloo and Hamilton (I mean of course, that the shows were well attended… all Whitehorse, no Black Betty). The new show is, frankly, soooo awesoooooome!!! Whitehorse is not your typical folk duo…they’ve got all kinds of crazy technological stuff going on with loops, keyboards, stomp box boards and more. It boggles my mind, and my feet, but not my ears or the musical enjoyment pleasure center in my brain. Here, check out this link of the pair playing on Canada AM:
Whitehorse kicks things off officially with a set at the Festival Music House during the Toronto International Film Festival. It’s not open to the public since we are for sure expecting Brangelina, but enterprising souls might be able to figure out a way to win tickets. For instance, if anyone can convince Jim Carrey to recite an awkward and inappropriate video love letter to Whitehorse, we will totally find a way to score you tix. Hell, we might even score you tickets if you make your own awkward and inappropriate video love letter to Melissa and Luke and post it on youtube for millions to see. Whitehorse plays Tuesday at 8 pm.
After TIFF, Whitehorse jet off to their new digs in NYC, where they start a tour with Frazey Ford of Be Good Tanyas fame. Ticket information for these shows are available on the six shooter site, as well as the new Whitehorse site: http://www.whitehorsemusic.ca
Oh, and speaking of the website…and for that matter, all the fabulous art direction on this project was done by Tyler Clark Burke.
Please note: We had previously announced that the Sept 30 show in Hamilton was sold out, but there are in fact some tickets still available. Their Glenn Gould Theatre show, however, is long sold out, but there are still tickets available for their upcoming concert at the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto on Feb 24. We realize that you are probably still trying to squeeze a bit of life out of summer at this point, and the word Winter coupled with a date in February probably sends a chill up your spine, so we want to reward those of you who are cool early-adopters with a little contest!
Here is how this contest works:
1. Buy tickets to the Winter Garden Theatre show.
2. Prove it by sending your ticket confirmation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Answer this skill testing question:
How many of Melissa McClelland’s solo albums has Luke Doucet produced?
4. Win a t-shirt of Luke or Melissa’s, plus a copy of Luke’s EP ‘Fokestar’!
Six Shooter Records’ Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet tie the musical knot with the debut of their new band, Whitehorse, marrying their talent and chemistry on stage as a smoldering duo. They already tied the knot in the smoochy way in real life, so this makes perfect sense! This kind of touring-musical-lovebirds dealio definitely reminds me of a classic Johnny and June type scenario, but without all the stuff in the movie where you are like “wow, Johnny is being such a dick to that other girl”… maybe Luke and Melissa are actually closer to the duo Laid Back and their hit song ‘White Horse’, although I do realize two German dudes making proto-techno might be a little off the mark for this project. WhitehorseÕs debut recording will be released on August 30. See a fun preview for Whitehorse here:
Whitehorse are givin’ ‘er straight outta the gates, and will be playing a bunch of dates in the fall in Ontario, Quebec, and the USA. Also just announced is their Feb 24 concert at Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto. The last time we put a show on sale via the peeps at Massey Hall, it sold out almost instantly, so get your tickets right away. The public on-sale date is Aug 15 at http://roythomson.com.
The live show is really going to trample your turtle. Luke and Melissa have been working hard at it, and if you live in (or are willing to travel to Hamilton or Waterloo), you can participate in the process. They will be performing five “live rehearsals” at the Jane Bond and the Casbah. No cover charge, renegade punk stylez.
Pre-orders for the new Whitehorse recording are up for sale now.
We were very pleased when we found out that the one kabillion jurors for the Polaris Long List have included two Six Shooter albums in the mix: “Honeymoon Punch” by Jenn Grant, and “Steel City Trawler” by Luke Doucet & the White Falcon. Yay, us! When I first saw the list, I was so excited that I texted Luke Doucet a lil’ message along the lines of “OMG Polaris Long List! YGG! IMHO u Rock! ROTFLOL!”, and I was kind of offended when he didn’t even reply! Has Polaris Long List fame already gone to Luke’s forever-young blonde head?! I was so disheartened that I didn’t even bother texting Jenn Grant (that, and I don’t have her digits). Anyway, this is our last chance to brag about our Polaris goodness, because they are announcing the short list imminently. Maybe even today. So say three cheers for us while the going is good!
Don’t miss Luke and his awesome band the White Falcon this summer! It has just occurred to me that Luke should probably dress up as Falco for Halloween this year. Mostly because my mind works on Cockney logic, and Falco sounds kind of like Falcon to me, and every time I read the name of Luke’s band, “Rock Me Amadeus” gets stuck in my head. That’s a pretty sweet tune, so I don’t mind. In addition to a number of exciting festival plays, El Dee and the Double You Eff are also performing at a number of clubs. Notably in Wakefield, Edmonton, and Calgary. Details below, and tix for most shows available at www.sixshooterrecords.com
Apparently chives are supposed to be annual, one time only type joints, but I’ll be damned if those suckers don’t just come back every year once you plant ’em. Ol’ Luke Doucet is totally the chive in the vast garden of festival season. He just keeps coming back for more, and, uh he goes well with baked potatoes (sorry, I didn’t really think through the chive analogy). What I’m getting at though, is Luke Doucet is a perennial festival favourite and this summer is no different. With his rocking’ rock band, The White Falcon, in tow, Luke kicks it off this Saturday at the Burlington Sound of Music Festival, and then over to the Harbourfront Amphitheatre (now called the WestJet stage, by mere coincidence that has nothing to do with the airline WestJet other than them paying a speculated buttload of money to rename it, maybe) on Canada Day. Other festivals Luke is going to jam include Folk on the Rocks in Yellowknife, NWT, Canmore Folk Festival, Burnaby Roots & Blues Festival, Eaglewood Folk Festival, and capping off the summer with a rocking set at the Shelter Valley Folk Festival on Labour Day weekend. Holy festivoli! He will also be playing select club dates, including Wakefield, Calgary, and Edmonton (home of the longest stretch of public parkland in North America, which will be lovely for a running enthusiast such as Luke). Yay summer!