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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.
THESE & MORE AVAILABLE AT
IS A SITE THAT OFFERS TONS OF GREAT FREE & LEGAL (MANY EXCLUSIVE) MUSIC DOWNLOADS.
ALL YOU DO IS FILL IN YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS & A LINK IS EMAILED STRAIGHT TO YOU. YOU ALSO HAVE THE OPTION OF LEAVING A TIP FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF GETTING THE MUSIC.
Quite a lot of "Alberta Music" playing on Wide Cut Country today. I didn't set out to build the show that way but maybe there was just a little bit of my subconscious helping out. You see, my mid-October, multi-venue festival in Calgary features an ALL-ALBERTA line-up in the first year. That's right... Wide Cut Weekend is coming to Calgary October 15-17. Who knows... if its a success this year maybe we can take it on the road in the future. Maybe... just maybe... we can have one in your town in the future.Keep checking in for more info.
Some, but not ALL of these Alberta acts will be playing Wide Cut Weekend this year (unfortunately), BUT they did all get airtime on Wide Cut Country today. Scott Cook & The Long Weekends, John Wort Hannam, Corb Lund, Ian Tyson, Lucas Chaisson and Crystal Plamondon.
Crystal's brand new release, Half Gospel, Half Heartbreak was premiered on the show today and she is doing a run of CD Release shows over the next few weeks. Check it out >>>>>
September 8th was the media launch for Wide Cut Weekend!! In case you haven't heard, this multi-venue music festival takes place in Calgary October 15-17 2015. In the inaugural year we are featuring Alberta acts exclusively. We are blessed here in Alberta to have such a great pool of talent to choose from, as well as a FANTASTIC radio station to promote them. THAT would be CKUA!!
Tickets are NOW FOR SALE ONLINE and our list of performers and schedule are also posted on the site.
There are still some times / venues TBA so keep checking back for updates. For those who prefer to buy tickets from a real live person, HERITAGE POSTERS & MUSIC, 1502 11th Avenue S.W. in Calgary (403 802 1846) are also selling them. Music from a couple of the performers today: John Wort Hannam & the T. Buckley Trio.
Weekend passes are the best deal but individual day passes are also available for Friday & Saturday.
Tickets for a Thursday night "gala" at Wine-Ohs will also be available at a later date.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED & ABLE, YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT WIDE CUT WEEKEND AS A SPONSOR.
My WIDE CUT WEEKEND FESTIVAL is getting ever-closer and one of the acts performing is Matt Patershuk. Unfortunately Matt's new (Steve Dawson-produced) album "I Was So Fond Of You" won't be out in time for the festival; In fact it isn't out until February 2016!! Bless Matt and Steve though as they sent me fully-mastered digital files and allowed me to spin a track this week well in advance. Tough choice to pull just one off it but I chose "Back Against The Wall"!Ana Egge is all over the album adding background and harmony vocals for Matt, so I thought it only right to play a track from her latest album too. "Bright Shadow" was released in July this year and she recorded it with The Stray Birds as her band. NICE!!
Another track today from the new album by Crystal Plamondon as well as more from Corb Lund, Sam Lewis and Chris Stapleton.
Joe Ely's great new album "Panhandle Rambler" arrived in the mail this week. I was checking his website & discovered a digital download of a duet with Linda Ronstadt. "Where Is My Love" was recorded back in 1987 and is available as a single online via an iTunes download."
I re-discovered an old David Wilkie release in my library this week. "Shoebox" was released on CD back in 1991 an has lots of great instrumental tracks along with eleven tracks featuring Diamond Joe White and Katy Moffatt on vocals. Joe's rendition of the classic "There Stands The Glass" got a spin on the show today.
My mail also included Linda McRae's new album "Shadow Trails". Steve Dawson produced & also plays guitar, pedal steel and banjo. Other guests include Gurf Morlix, Ray Bonneville, Laurie Lewis and Fats Kaplin. Another great album from Linda as per usual; her first one of new material on the Borealis label.
Joe Nolan is a top six finalist in the 2015 edition of the (Alberta Treasury Branch) ATB Financial All-Albertan Song Contest. I spin his "Angel Of Alberta" entry today. Voting is open until September 30th. You can hear all of the songs HERE then vote for YOUR favourite... without any long election campaign dragging you down ;-)
WOW! The final Wide Cut Country of August already. Summer sure flies by when you're havin' fun huh?
As regular listeners of the show know, I LOVE getting advance copies of great albums to spin before other folks get their hands on them. Wicked Moon by Jack Marks is the latest of those to slip through my mail slot and I have to admit to having it on repeat all week long. The “Jack-track” today is “Wallflower Waltz”, a duet featuring the vocals of Angie Gunn. I have to admit to not being aware of Angie previously but I will sure be looking forward to hearing more in the next little while.
We lost a great singer, songwriter and all-round wonderful person recently. Audrey Auld lost her long and courageous battle with cancer a couple of weeks ago. A little tip of the hat to “Aud” today with “Bolinas”; the track that contains the lyric line of the album titled: “Lost Men And Angry Girls”. Audrey was anything BUT an angry girl. RIP lady.