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Available Right Here In Alberta!
"Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah"
Available on DVD by special arrangement with director Kevin Triplett! Alberta-based GoToAGig.com is currently the ONLY Canadian online site where you can buy this great documentary on DVD. NTSC All Regions.
Also available from GoToAGig is the newest release from J.R. Shore.
"State Theatre"is a superb 2CD set, one disc of which is a collection of some of J.R.'s favourite songs by other musicians that he loves to cover.
Rough Edges And Ragged Hearts
Is there too! The first true collaboration with her husband James Whitmire.
My May 5th 2012 Wide Cut Country interview with Linda is ARCHIVED HERE
These great Various Artist Benefit compilation discs of Alberta acts are initiatives of Calgary's Bow Valley Music Club. Proceeds from sales go towards travel, accommodation & other expenses that our Alberta musicians incur in order to showcase their talents in front of hundreds of "industry folks", including talent buyers and all-important festival artistic directors at the all-important Folk Alliance Conference.
Funds also go towards manufacturing enough copies to put in every delegate's all-important conference "swag-bag" so they can take Alberta home with them.
Priced at just $20.00 (including mailing costs within Canada & the US) it boils down to around a buck a track...
!!LIVE! IN KANSAS CITY: Alberta Artists Showcasing At The 2015 Folk Alliance
BUY A COPY (OR 2) NOW!
The 2015 Folk Alliance is now history BUT the CD that The Bow Valley Music Club compiled for the event isn't!
They put together another great disc of Alberta acts who represented our province there.
GoToAGig is once again the "official" online vendor for the disc and there are still some copies of the previous two collections available. They would ALL make great Christmas gifts for your music-loving friends & family.
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Well, as I mentioned last week... there IS indeed more from the new album byEmmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
AND the new Allison Moorer on the show today.
Brand new music from Eilen Jewell. Her new album is "Sundown Over Ghost Town" and you can grab the "Rio Grande" track that I play today & other tracks as a FREE & LEGAL DOWNLOAD on her NoiseTrade sampler HERE!
Also this week, a track from the upcoming RayLand Baxter album, "Imaginary Man" It isn't due until August 14, but you can download "Yellow Eyes" by RayLand & many other ATO label acts on their Spring 2015 Sampler. You're welcome!!
The Steeldrivers release "The Muscle Shoals Recordings" on June 16th. "Brother John" with guest Jason Isbell gets a spin on WCC today. You can check out a brief promo video for the album AND hear the track HERE.
Thanks to show sponsors Tom & Charlotte Fredericks today. They're wonderful supporters of CKUA & Wide Cut Country, but more importantly they support the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation via CHOPPERS FOR CHARITY.
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This week on Wide Cut Country, an interview with the great Ian Tyson. Ian has just released his new album, “Carnero Vaquero" on the Stony Plain label and it proves that the 81 year old is still a vital songwriter and performer. I dedicate a full half hour to Ian today with talk and four tracks off the album. The entire phone interview can be heard HERE.
Also today, another Canadian who has just released her first album in some time; Buffy Sainte-Marie. “Power In The Blood” is Buffy’s new album on the True North label.
More from the new Lee Harvey Osmond album, “Beautiful Scars” today too. You can see "Lee Harvey" himself - Tom Wilson perform the “title track” for the first time ever in public at right >>>>>>>>
As Tom explains in the video, it’s HIS “Houses Of The Holy”… another title track that was never actually on the album of the same name!
Some new tunes this week from The Steeldrivers, Joe Pug, Darrell Scott, Alberta's own Scott Cook and The Pine Hill Project; the duo of Lucy Kaplansky & Richard Shindell performing mostly covers. I spin their version of Nick Lowe's
"I Live On A Battlefield" on Wide Cut Country today.
The new release from Darrell Scott is a 10-song "tribute" to Ben Bullington, who Darrell met in the last few years of his life, prior to Ben succumbing to cancer. You can check out a video of Darrell, along with Tim O'Brien, paying tribute to Ben HERE. There is also a video of Ben performing "Born In '55" (the track I played by Darrell today), flanked onstage by Darrell Scott, Rodney Crowell and Will Kimbrough. Pretty good company if you ask me!
While I'm on the subject... if you click on the album graphic of Darrell's new album at right, it'll take you through to a 4-track digital album of Darrell & Bill Frisell playing together. There are more links there to concert downloads and more.
Another track from the latest Buffy Sainte-Marie album, "Power In The Blood". Buffy isn't exactly prolific, but when she releases an new record its usually pretty frickin' amazing. I'm certainly looking forward to catching her this July at the Calgary Folk Fest. Check out her extensive catalogue & be sure to spend some time clicking around the rest of the site while you're there.
A new live release from Greg Trooper this week, as well as new & recent tunes from The Steeldrivers, Duane Steele,
Willie & Merle, Leeroy Stagger and more.
A great new 2CD various artist set called "Dylan, Cash & The Nashville Cats: A New Music City" (named after the Country Music Hall Of Fame exhibit) landed in my mailbox this past week. Its a great set of mostly previously released music featuring tracks that utilized the talents of some of THE best players in Nashville in the late 60s & early 70s. Today I played a previously unreleased version of "If Not For You" by Bob Dylan. Click on the cover art at right to learn more of the backstory on the collection. Some of the acts on the disc might just surprise you. Pitchfork also has a nice piece HERE & the full tracklist + samples is HERE
With our July 1st "Canada Day" celebration coming right up, I focused on tracks about the... "True North Strong And Free" today. Nothing overly patriotic but songs that mention some of the places, towns, cities and provinces that make up this great country. My full playlist for today is HERE, in fact ALL of my playlist archives are on my MUSIC page if you have some extra time on your hands.
It wasn't a completely Canada-centric show today though; new & recent tracks from Della Mae, Trigger Hippy and two great new releases from Red House Records by Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams and Dale Watson. Click on the album covers at right to check out videos from each of them.
Next weekend is THE big July 4th celebration for the U.S. so I'll be spinning plenty of tracks referencing our friends & listeners south of the border. #equaltunetime - I hope you'll join me.
With this Wide Cut Country show falling on July 4th it is only fitting to give a tip of the hat to the U.S. (and all of our friends and listeners there) with some songs that reference various parts of the country, the flag and more. Tracks by Johnny Cash, Arlo Guthrie, Ryan Adams, Martin Sexton are here, and of course... Dave Alvin's classic "Fourth Of July" is a shoe-in.
New & recent music from Chris Stapleton, The Waterboys, Barnstar!, Asleep At The Wheel, as well as a great new upcoming release from Alberta boy Brady Enslen. Brady's debut release "Beautiful Things" (with Scott Nolan doing a great job producing), is due to hit the streets in September.
Check out the video of Brady (at right) performing "It's All Clear" - a song that was subsequently renamed "The Engineer" on the CD release.