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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 just around the corner & once again The Bow Valley Music Club has compiled another great disc of Alberta acts who will be representing our province.
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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A great (and clever) Holiday song from BR5-49's Chuck Mead
Another track from the new Tom Phillips album on Wide Cut Country today. "Mr. Superlove" has already been in heavy rotation in my house and is being officially released in Calgary on February 14th! Today I feature Tom's take on Nick Lowe's "Lately I've Let Things Slide".
Another track today from the upcoming Steve Earle. His latest, "Terraplane" is also due in early February, as is the upcoming Gretchen Peters album "Blackbirds". Today I spin "When All You Got Is A Hammer" from the album. February is already shaping up to be a GREAT month for new releases!! so far.
Also today, another track from the Bow Valley Music Club's compilation of Alberta Artists Showcasing at the 2015 Folk Alliance in Kansas City. J.R. Shore has added a new track of his to the compilation, so "99 Crows" is the featured track today from "LIVE! In Kansas City: Alberta Artists Showcasing At The 2015 Folk Alliance". Check the artwork at right>>>> and follow the link to purchase it online from Alberta-based GoToAGig. The 2013 and 2014 editions are also there, so buy them all and support our Alberta musicians. Some of the other titles available on the site are shown HERE!!
This week is the Christmas edition of Wide Cut Country! Some old favourites (of mine anyway) along with some "new" traditional favourites! A brand new track this year is Corb Lund's "Just Me And These Ponies (For Christmas This Year)".
I have posted the video of it here for you to check out >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Whether you celebrate Christmas or not - maybe some other seasonal celebration is your tradition - May YOUR days be merry and bright and I hope you have a wonderful and safe Christmas and Holiday Season.
Next week is my final Wide Cut Country of 2014 so it'll be my year-end wrap-up / "best of" show! It is always a tough one to put together as there are always plenty of great releases each year. Be sure to tune in and see if we have some common faves of 2014!
Part one of my Wide Cut Country Year-Ender this week and the final WCC of 2014!
It is always a tough thing to wean down a whole year of releases to just one show... and I don't do a "Top 10" as such because that is WAY too hard to do.
Hopefully you have heard a few things on the show over the last twelve months that YOU have dug... and maybe gone out and purchased a copy or two... preferably from your local record store.
There will be more faves on the show next week along with some music that I just didn't have chance to squeeze in before the end of the year. Healthy, Happy and Musical 2015 to all!!
The title track of the upcoming release by Calgary's Tom Phillips on Wide Cut Country today. A wonderful album of "relatively" obscure covers (especially to a country audience) performed & produced flawlessly by Tom & friends with Lorrie Matheson at the board. The Ass Ponys "Mr. Superlove" is both the lead-off and title track that gets a spin today.
More from the new albums by Lori McKenna, Zak Smith and Joe Henry, plus new music from Chris Carroll, the wife of Texan Adam Carroll. Chris is from Ontario and the two fell for each other at Fred Eaglesmith's picnic some years back. Match dot com look out! If Fred decides to officially launch into the matchmaking game you're toast!!
Each year around this time we get a little sad remembering the wonderful Billy Cowsill who spent many years with us in Calgary and is definitely considered an adopted Albertan. Billy's birthday was yesterday, January 9, so a brief tip of the hat to Bill today on WCC with Deliver Me by The Blue Shadows.
Second part of my "Year-Ender" this week, as you can't just fit everything into one two-hour slot... and there was certainly a TON of great music released in 2014!
"Leftovers" (no insult intended) include Craig Moreau's "The Daredevil Kid" as well as albums from: Jim Lauderdale,
Zoe Muth, Petunia, Marty Stuart... and the list goes on!
New and recent music also this week from Lori McKenna, Mariel Buckley and Catherine Maclellan... all released late in 2014 but l wasn't able to get to them before now.
More from the new Gretchen Peters album on WCC today. February 10 is the release date for her great new album, "Blackbirds". February 3 sees the new Gurf Morlix album "Eatin' At Me". Another great album from our good friend from Austin... and as always... it is lyrically a bit on the darker side of life. Click on the cover art at right to head on over and purchase a copy directly from Gurf. He'll even sign it for you!
Ryan Bingham fans will be happy as this past week saw the release of HIS new album "Fear And Saturday Night".
More from Lori McKenna, Colleen Rennison, Joe Henry & LOTS more great music on the show today... though I do say so myself.
Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt are heading through Alberta right away, as is Lynne Hanson, so they each get a spin this week too.
As always, there are tons of gigs happening around our great province. Hopefully you can fit a few in along the way.