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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.
In 2014 it takes place in Kansas City & in 2013 it was held in Toronto.
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 just a dollar a track... about the same as an mp3 but you get
a hard-copy disc instead!!
LOOK OUT KANSAS CITY!! BUY A COPY (OR 2) NOW!
The 2014 Folk Alliance is just around the corner & once again The Bow Valley Music Club is leading the charge with another great compilation of Alberta talent who will be representing the province.
The conference takes place February 19-23 2014 in Kansas City... so LOOK OUT KANSAS CITY!!
Although the 2013 Folk Alliance is all done, you can still purchase copies of the Toronto Bound benefit CD.
There is only a limited quantity left, so get one while they last & collect the set.
THESE & MORE AVAILABLE AT
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A great (and clever) Holiday song from BR5-49's Chuck Mead
A brand spanking new disc from Robyn Ludwick on Wide Cut Country today. Little Rain is released on July 17th and is once again produced by Gurf Morlix. Robyn is currently touring the U.S. with Australia's Bill Chambers (Kasey's Dad). Check out a couple of videos of Robyn & Bill performing together HERE!
Also on the show today, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison performing Departing Louisiana, written by Robyn. In case you don't know... Bruce & Charle Robison are Robyn's older brothers. Now THAT's one hell of a musical family!!
More new music on Wide Cut Country today from Sarah Borges, Amy McCarley, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Infamous Stringdusters and Dave & Phil Alvin. All in all, some damn fine tunes from some damn fine musicians!!
As this weekend marks the second & final weekend of the 2014 Calgary Stampede, I couldn't go without spinning a couple of nods to that from Don Walser and Martaca Berg. #Yeefreakinhaw!!
A few GREAT new releases today on Wide Cut Country... in fact Lynne Hanson's "River Of Sand" isn't officially released until September, but you can pre-order it NOW! The others are a new John Hiatt on New West Records and a superb 20-track country disc from the prolific Jim Lauderdale. He released "I'm A Song" on July 1st and it has been in heavy rotation at home ever since I got it. I've posted a couple of videos of Jim performing two of the tracks live HERE!
Another track from the new Robyn Ludwick on WCC today too. Another high rotation disc for me right now!
Also on the show today, a track from a great 2CD tribute to George Jones on the Deer Lodge label. Not an easy one to track down but worth the trouble. I've made it easy for YOU... just click on the cover art at right to head over to the venue / studio / label website.
I am always concerned if all of the scheduled performers will show up on time... or even at all? Well, today just worked out perfectly and SMOOTH was definitely the word of the day!
Alberta's own Matt Patershuk and fiddle player Scott Duncan, kicked it off right at 10am. Both were on deck early and set to go! From a duo to the full six-piece Waco Brothers with Jon Langford. WOW... they absolutely ROCKED!!
Thanks to CKUA's Duke Paetz it was a quick and seamless change back to a duo set-up for the amazing Patty Griffin
and her guitarist / producer Craig Ross. This was definitely another WOW moment for me. Patty freakin' Griffin singing and playing five feet away from me... on MY show - COOL!!
Capping off the show was the superb Mary Gauthier. It's become a tradition for Mary to be on WCC with me live whenever we are at the same festival. She's a class act and a hell of a great songwriter and performer who just keeps on getting better & better. Mary performed the now classic "Last Of The Hobo Kings" and the soon-to-be classic "Another Train" from her new album "Trouble & Love". It doesn't get ANY better. DAMN!!
Well the August long weekend is a little lull for me in between Calgary & Edmonton Folk Festivals... although I did have an invite to Canmore to catch Rodney Crowell... bummed I wasn't able to accept THAT one! Oh well.
New music from Norah Jones' latest project Puss N Boots on Wide Cut Country this week as well as the new one from Devin Cuddy and most recent Secret Sisters. A bit of a strange new one from The Mavericks; their version of Motley Crue's "Dr. Feelgood"!? The track is from an upcoming tribute to Motley Crue by mostly commercial country acts. Who the heck came up with THAT idea & WHAT were they on?? Strangely the track works pretty well, but I think Raul Malo & the boys are about the only ones who could pull it off!
More from the new Robyn Ludwick, as well as another from Old Crow Medicine Show and the excellent soon-to-be-released Lynne Hanson. "River Of Sand" is due in September and really is a should-have release for Wide Cut Country listeners. For good measure (as I'll miss him in Canmore) I threw in a Rodney Crowell track from Tarpaper Sky.
Click on the scrolling images to head on over to the respective wesites for more info. >>>>>>>>>>>>
It turned out to be another flawless show with all of the scheduled performers showing up on time and set to play. Even Joe Ely (who'd only committed to an interview) performed a great live version of "Not That Much has Changed".
The show kicked off rockin' with Parker Millsap, along with bandmates Michael Rose & Daniel Foulks.
Leeroy Stagger followed with Matthew Robinson helping out on guitar. Joe Ely kicked off the second hour and we finished up the show with Mandolin Orange, a duo comprising of Andrew Marlin on guitar and Emily Franz on fiddle.
Scott Franchuk made sure that the sound was top-notch for all of the guests this week.
There were a couple of other acts on my EFMF wish-list, including Holly Williams, but you can't win 'em all and workshop and concert stage schedules often conflict with my on-air time slot. That said, I sure consider myself a lucky gal to have had such amazing talents stood across the CKUA broadcast tent chatting and playing. Huge thanks to all!
Well, I'm done with my live festival broadcasts for another year. Thanks to everyone who had a hand in making them run smoothly, especially the performers who obliged with interviews and live performance. Without them, the CKUA
production crew and other staffers, the festival media folks and all of the other volunteers these broadcasts just couldn't take place.
These live broadcasts cost a LOT of extra money to put on, well over and above the cost of a normal studio broadcast hour, so a BIG THANKS to the listeners who donate to the station. Without you we could not stage these kinds of broadcasts.
PLEASE REMEMBER THIS, ESPECIALLY DURING THE NEXT CKUA FUNDRAISER THIS FALL, BUT DON'T FORGET THAT YOU CAN DONATE AT ANY TIME VIA THE SECURE CKUA WEBSITE.
If you heard my interview with Joe Ely last week & are interested in getting either a CD or download of his B484 release just click on the artwork at right