It's funny digging through these old photos and seeing what the heck I was wearing and what my hair was like. It's also an interesting exercise trying to remember some of the other people in the shots who I haven't seen for years.
It's actually surprising just how many of them I do bump into on a regular basis considering the way the music industry has gone over the years. Some of them are still in the biz, while others just love being out west and have found other careers here.
Most of the close-up "on stage" pictures shown here are courtesy of this guy in the hat. He's a big music fan and you can see him around Calgary at tons of gigs over the course of a year - especially taking photos down front at The Ironwood.
So be sure to say HI to: John Duff / QMAX Photography
Back in radio after my stint with the majors and as an independent radio tracker etc. "Wide Cut Country" was born when I pitched my show to CKUA, Canada's oldest public broadcaster. Through the years I have been lucky enough to meet, often interview, and sometimes build lasting friendships with some of the artists whose work I love & respect.
This page shows SOME of them.
These were taken at the 10th Anniversary Of "Wide Cut Country"... and I gotta say... this was a BIG DEAL for me, & it turned out to be a great show.
On March 6th 2009 we packed The Ironwood Stage & Grill in Calgary, & treated the audience to EIGHT great musical guests in two hours. A lot of changeovers, but our great production crew nailed 'em all!
Many thanks to Karla Anderson, Stephen Fearing, Lynn Miles, Cam Penner, Ian Tyson, Conrad Walz, Tim Williams and The Joe Defendants (Steve Pineo, Tim Leacock, Ross Watson & Kit Johnson). All of these performers, along with the Ironwood management & staff, the patient standing-room-only crowd, everyone listening on the other end of the radio, the production crew & everyone at CKUA - YOU ROCK!! Thank you!
My years working in Promo & Marketing for various labels were a heck of a lot of fun. I got to work with people like Leonard Cohen, Celine Dion, The Stones, Bryan Ferry,
Pearl Jam, Chris Whitley, John Lee Hooker & tons more. Below are just some of the shots taken on various occasions along the way.
It's always great to broadcast live from the folk festivals and to have guests come on the show. Here's a shot of Guy Clark on "Wide Cut Country" from the
Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2002. Unfortunately I can't find any more pictures from EFMF 2002 OR 2003, but I'm sure there are some more kicking
Calgary was lucky enough to host a Blues & Roots Festival in 2003 & 2004. Although I wasn't broadcasting live from the site either year, I did have in-studio guests prior to the music getting underway.
2003 saw Mary Gauthier, Slaid Cleaves and Gurf Morlix dropping by to talk and play. It turned out to be the start of a great friendship with all three of them. Again, there aren't too many photos around from these festivals, in fact I could only find three from 2003 (Right).
Greg Trooper came by the studio to sing & chat before heading down to the 2004 festival.
As Greg left, all three of The Flatlanders walked in the door.
You never know quite what to expect when three long-time friends come by for an interview. It can often
end up being an "old boys club" session with inside jokes and stories.Well Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock were one of the greatest band interviews that I think I've ever had. No pretentions.
What you see (and hear) is what you get... Three Texas Gentlemen!
Guests dropping by during the live WCC broadcast from the
2005 Calgary Folk Music Festival included Mary Gauthier accompanied by Thomm Jutz, a solo set from
Justin Rutledge and Alberta's own Swiftys.
I headed down to Austin, Texas for the 2006 SXSW Music Conference.
Tons of great music to see & hear, but I managed to get a whole bunch of interviews in the can for future WCC shows, as well as calling into CKUA each day to recap happenings with David Ward, host of CKUA's "Afternoon Edition"
There were LOTS of highlights, but getting in to see Alejandro Escovedo's SXSW wrap-up at The Continental Club when Garland Jeffreys & Charlie Sexton sat in was probably THE one for me.
My post-sxsw interview with Alejandro in Wimberley turned out to be
VERY memorable. I ended up airing the interview when Alejandro played
Calgary in January 2007. He asked me for a copy of it, and he listened to
it back in his hotel room prior to the show.
We had supper with him that evening and he raved about the interview.
He now mentions it every time we meet. For me, THAT'S COOL!
2005 was a great year at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival too...
Mary Gauthier was there also, and despite the fact she wasn't scheduled as a guest she came over to hang at the CKUA tent anyway.
My "official" guests were: Gurf Morlix, Eliza Gilkyson, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum as well as The Bills
and Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch & Fats Kaplin.
CKUA was an integral part of Alberta Scene in 2005. A celebration of Alberta's great pool of talent, Alberta Scene took over Canada's Capital City of Ottawa for a week in May of 2005. CKUA brought much of the experience to its listeners back home in Alberta by broadcasting several of the events live.
Wide Cut Country showcased The Calgary Fiddlers, The Swiftys, Old Reliable and Corb Lund, and ended off with Ian Tyson. The show took place that day in the lobby of Ottawa's National Arts Centre.
There were plenty of other non-interview highlights for me too: getting to hear Kris Kristofferson, Garland Jeffreys, Marty Stuart and especially catching
Stephen Bruton, who sadly passed away a few years later.
Also caught live were Uncle Earl, James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, Sarah Borges, Adrienne Young and a whole whack more.
I can highly recommend SXSW to anyone who is into music of ANY genre.
For some strange reason I don't seem to have many pics from the 2006 Calgary Folk Music Festival.
Guess I'll have to keep checking and post them if they ever show up. Romi Mayes was scheduled to come by but got held up along the way and couldn't make in the end due to workship conflicts.
One of the guests who DID make it down to play that day (check July 29, 2006 on my Music Page) was Robbie Fulks who was a very amusing guy to talk to, and I did actually manage to find some shots of him.
Calgary's Tom Phillips and also Jaxon Haldane from Winnipegs' The D. Rangers managed to drop by the booth too.
Hungry Hill, A Great Bluegrass band based in the Yukon finished off the show for me that day. Unfortunately I don't appear to have any pics of them.
The Edmonton Folk Music Festival of 2006 saw Paul Kelly, Le Vent Du Nord and The Porkbelly Futures come by the CKUA tent for interviews and to play for us. Shown here (L to R) are "The Porkbellys": Rebecca Campbell, Martin Worth and the late Paul Quarrinqton who was also a very talented author. Once again, digital photo storage ain't all it's cracked up to be, as the shots of Paul Kelly & Le Vent Du Nord have gone AWOL over time.
Here are some earlier B&W career shots, starting out with my years at CKIK in Calgary...
There were some great times at the various labels, and some life-long friendships were forged.
The 2004 Calgary Folk Music Festival had an amazing line-up, and I was able to snag a full complement of guests to come on Wide Cut Country. Once again, there ARE photos kicking around somewhere, but for now I can just tell you that my live on-air guests were: Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Carolyn Mark, Po'Girl, Arlene Bishop, andSteve Coffey & The Lokels. In some ways, this show is responsible for kicking WCC Folk Festival broadcasts into a higher gear.
A couple of weeks after the Calgary festival was the 2004 edition of the
live from the site.
Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez, John Reischman & The Jaybirds, Fred Eaglesmith & Oh Susanna are shown here, while I'm missing shots of Lynn Miles, The Swiftys and also Blue Rodeo's
Jim Cuddy who stopped by just for an interview.
Well, if you were one of the lucky crowd members gathered around the CKUA tent at the
2007 Calgary Folk Music Festival you were in for a real treat, as you got to see
(as well as hear) not only popular local roots performer Cam Penner, but also two legendary singer-songwriters, Darrell Scott and PF Sloan.
It was just so great to have these guys on, as not only were they great interview guests
with great stories, but the songs they played (old and new) just gave you shivers...
especially PF's acoustic "Eve Of Destruction" that has remained very relevant through the decades since it was written.
I don't mind admitting that there were another three GREAT guest slots on the 2007 edition of "Wide Cut Country" broadcast LIVE from the
Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
It was great to have Mary Gauthier back on the show again, as well as the WCC debut appearance of CKUA's own Roy Forbes.
Also on the show that morning was Blackie & The Rodeo Kings. Due to workshop schedule conflicts at previous festivals, I could never actually get all three of the guys on the show at the same time. Today was THE day however, and Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden & Tom Wilson were all available. Hallelujah!!
An added bonus for me this year was that EFMF Producer Terry Wickham had called one of the Friday evening "Sessions" Wide Cut Country, and asked me to introduce the scheduled line-up of: Roy Forbes, Darrell Scott & Kenny Malone as well as
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives. Damn... what more could a gal ask for?
Oh yeah... and that's Colin Linden sitting in on guitar with the guys too.
Just another Friday night "session stage" at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival people.
If you've never been... WHY NOT?? Thanks Terry!!
The 2008 Calgary Folk Music Festival finally saw my buddy Sam Baker playing in Alberta.
People even showed up to see Sam who had never been to a folk festival previously.
Other show guests were: Jesse Winchester, Mark Erelli and Outlaw Social. It was a busy little spot in
front of the CKUA broadcast tent for a couple of hours during Wide Cut Country that morning, and ended up
being quite a busy stage unto itself..
We lost a dear friend and a great musician when Billy Cowsill sadly passed away on February 18, 2006. I had known Billy for many years, and he especially loved Calgary for the music community that embraced him and in turn immersed himself in.
I put together a two hour Tribute To Billy Cowsill for the February 25, 2006 edition of Wide Cut Country that featured interviews with many of Billy's friends and musical compadres throughout the years, as well as a VERY special and emotional talk with Billy's sister Susan Cowsill.
Susan and I subsequently met at the 2006 SXSW conference (see above), and a couple of months later she came up to Calgary for a memorial concert that was held at Knox United Church on May 18, 2006.
"On The Floor Of Heaven - Remembering Billy Cowsill" was hosted by Stewart MacDougall and featured many friends and musicians including: Tim Leacock, Steve Pineo and Ross Watson (Billy's bandmates from "The Co-Dependents"), as well as Jenny Allen, Allen Baekeland, Jane Hawley, Ralph Boyd Johnson, Julie Kerr, Craig Korth, Danny Patton, Tom Phillips, Mark Sadlier-Brown, Mike Stack, Charlie Veilleux and others.
The memorial show was sold out, and an audio/video feed was provided for an overflow crowd in the church basement.
The Province Of Alberta was featured in the 2006 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC.
Being the Provincial broadcaster, CKUA was on-location with a full complement of announcers. I was lucky enough to be there
over the course of both weekends broadcasting Wide Cut Country live from "The Mall", featuring many diverse talents from Alberta's arts community.
Every aspect of what makes Alberta great was showcased during the festival, from authors to ranchers, and from the oilpatch to first nation dancers. Among others who graced the WCC airwaves on July 1st (Canada Day) and July 8th were: Tim Hus, Corb Lund, John Wort Hannam, singer-songwriter / poet / author Sid Marty and cowboy poet Ms. Terri Mason.
It was definitely a gals day out at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2008 when my special
guests were Alison Brown, Eliza Gilkyson, Romi Mayes and (literally) odd man out Ridley Bent.
Unfortunately I don't have a shot of Alison, but she was a great guest to interview, and she also brought her
young daughter along with her.
... & evidently someone, somewhere along the way (I'm thinkin' maybe Romi) said something kinda funny...
I had another chance to interview Romi Mayes in early spring of 2009, and took the opportunity to open up my home studio to an interview guest for the very first time.
Romi was in the middle of a tour with The Weber Brothers and they had played a gig the previous night to a packed house at
The Twin Butte General Store. WOW, those guys rock! Sam Weber came by too and added some tasty guitar parts.
Ever since (what became) MIX97.7 went on air, they have been major sponsors of the 2009 Calgary Folk Music Festival. Subsequently I have to wear different hats during the course of the festival weekend, as I also interview certain guests for Night Mix on MIX97.7. Until 2009 I hadn't had any good shots of guests, so here for the first time ever...I can show you some of the guests that I interviewed for Night Mix as well as for Wide Cut Country. You can play "Spot The Crossover" performers(s)!
There were a few other "MIX" guests too, but evidently my official photographer didn't realize that he was supposed to be around 24/7... just in case. Y'know what they say... good help IS hard to find!
The Wide Cut Country 2009 Calgary Edition saw a trio of Canadian female acts perform. My guests were Carolyn Mark, Myrol and The Good Lovelies.
Requests to get Hayes Carll and Ray Wylie Hubbard live on WCC ended up not happening due to scheduling conflicts. At least I did get to talk to them afterwards, over at the
MIX97.7 tent (See above). I love it when a plan comes together!
This is the jam-packed 2009 Edmonton Folk Music Festival... and what a show!!! Wide Cut Country started off with a great live set from Slaid Cleaves & Billy Bright, followed up by Kimmie Rhodes, with son Gabe out on guitar. Are ya likin' it so far? OK then, how about Sam Baker & Gurf Morlix in there too, topped off with Rodney Crowell!?
Yeah, I think this may be my favourite one yet, but I love 'em all... just like your kids right? Anyway, apart from the on-air guests I also sat down for an interview with Raul Malo as well as a more in-depth interview with Rodney Crowell later on that same day. Lots of pics here, but tough to choose from them all.
The shots below aren't really associated with the show as such, but all taken the same year in Edmonton at various stages and around the festival site. Oh, and if you're wondering about the one at bottom right...
well, what is there NOT to laugh about during a weekend like this?
"Alberta Arts Days" happened in September 2009 and CKUA had several live broadcasts from around the Province to showcase the Alberta Arts Community. Wide Cut Country had its two hours in the spotlight, broadcasting live from Olds College on September 19th. My guests included Allen Christie, The Polyjesters and Jo Hikk.
On June 11, 2010 Tim Hus stopped by the Wide Cut Country studio down here near Pincher Creek on his way to a gig in Calgary. Tim's new CD Hockeytown was due for release on June 15th, so I got a sneak preview and also a chance to chat to Tim about the release. The interview aired on June 19.
Thanks for checking out the pics! Hope you enjoyed 'em.
Over in the CKUA tent on Saturday morning of the Calgary Folk Festival 2010 edition we kicked things off with my first guest, Calgary's own J.R. Shore, who was followed by a solo performance by Mark Browning from Ox.
Corb Lund was the third guest that day, and Tom Russell wrapped things up for another VERY smooth and successful live broadcast of Wide Cut Country from The Calgary Folk Music Festival.
It was another stellar year of talent at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival in 2010. Once again, I could have filled a four hour show with guests that were on my wish list, but travel itineraries and "session" schedules often just don't cooperate. However, in 2010 it worked out that I could get two of Alberta's musical treasures in
Stewart MacDougall and also Dave McCann with his band The Firehearts. Alejandro Escovedo made a very welcome return appearance on the show, and it was really great that Joe Pug was also able to drop by. This was the first time that I had met Joe, but I really dig his music.
Once again, I thought I'd throw in some "non-show" shots taken at different stages around the folk festival site. The pics of Alejandro are from his main stage show, as well as from a session stage with Dala, Brandi Carlile and others.
For those who have never been to the festival and seen the great site located in the river valley I've included a shot of the site taken from downtown Edmonton. You can see just how close to downtown it is.
Sam Baker & Gurf Morlix: I have lots of photos of these two together and individually. Here's just a few, mostly from Feb 2010.
Dave Alvin, Christy McWilson & Chris Miller. The Geomatic Attic. Lethbridge, Alberta. March 22 2010.
Some odds & ends in no particular order
CKUA kicked off the Spring 2008 Fundraiser with a big bash at the Bowness Community Centre in Calgary. Baba was among those who came down from Edmonton, and Tom Coxworth, David Ward, myself and other "Calgarians" were there too.
I thought I'd spent a long time on that hairdo... Oh Well!
I can tell you that in 2002 The Laws and Lynn Miles were on the show along with Guy Clark. 2003 saw Colin Linden (of Blackie & The Rodeo Kings), and
The Brothers Cosmoline guesting.
At The 2002 Calgary Folk Music Festival live gusts included Mike Stack and Ralph Boyd Johnson, and in 2003 The Backstabbers came by the
CKUA tent for an interview and to provide some live music.
Ian Tyson was actually scheduled to be on the July 8th edition of Wide Cut Country, but was unable to make it. Instead, CKUA announcer Bob Chelmick graciously allowed me to sit in on his Sunday afternoon show on July 9th to conduct an interview with Ian.
Besides my own shows and sitting in with other announcers, I also got to emcee and moderate various panel discussions. Besides all this work, the heat, the humidity, the huge thunder storms etc etc... it was an honour to be invited, and one heck of a lot of fun, as you can probably tell. Many of us also came home from this trip with some great new friends.
These pics from SXSW 2011 may not be the best quality but they make for good memories of a great night at the Lost Highway Records 10th Anniversary bash that took place at the new home of the Austin City Limits TV show, The Moody Theatre.
The line-up... Black Joe Lewis, Hayes Carll, Ryan Bingham, Robert Earl Keen, Dan Tyminski (did a "tweener"), and headlining the night was Lucinda Williams! Great show!!
Pics were mostly taken on a "smart" phone that just ain't too smart at taking decent pictures. Guess I gotta get me one of those phones with an "i" in front of it for these kind of occasions... when my mobile contract comes up for renewal.
Many of the acts that we saw while we were in Austin were not part of SXSW, although some had official showcases as well as playing several unofficial ones.
A few miscellaneous pics of the trip - arriving at Sam Baker's, 6th Street downtown Austin on Wednesday afternoon... you know, the touristy kinda thing.
Me, Me, Me... well, it is MY web site after all, so here are some shots that my "official photographer" (who follows me around pretty much everywhere I go) took, so I'm in 'em all... along with a lot of the acts we saw.
On Saturday we didn't have to move until supper time. We hunkered down for the whole day at Zax Restaurant to see label showcases put on by Music Road, Red House & Signature Sounds. A great line-up with... (your cue to look at the pics below)
... as well as Stonehoney, Slaid Cleaves (both Music Road label acts), Storyhill, Ray Bonneville (Red House), and on the Signature Sounds label, Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers and Eilen Jewell. Happy Saturday!!
The 2011 Calgary Folk Music Festival was a big change for me to the previous three years. Despite getting a stomach bug I still ended up see more music as I didn't have interviews to do for MIX97.7 this year as they have switched formats... see my bio & blog pages for more on that.
My guests on Wide Cut Country were Matt Masters & The Gentlemen Of The Rodeo, Morgan O'Kane and John Showman & Ben Whiteley from New Country Rehab.
Unfortunately my planned fourth guest Martha Scanlon developed an abscessed tooth and couldn't attend the festival. With Morgan O'Kane running (literally) late it was nip & tuck on the timing of the show, However, they made it down and wowed the substantial crowd that had shown up to see them.
All was well in Wide Cut World!
You always fly by the seat of your pants a bit broadcasting LIVE at festivals, but despite three brief power outages, one no-show guest, one late-show guest and an exploding bass... I have to say that it was a pretty darn good day!
Edmonton's 2011 Folk Music Festival featured a truly stunning line-up of roots & country performers, including: Lyle Lovett, The Flatlanders, The Del McCoury Band with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Nanci Griffith, Pieta Brown, Karla Anderson, Sarah Jarosz... you get the picture.
The absolute worst thing to come out of all these great acts performing on different stages is that you have absolutely no chance of catching everyone that you want to see.
I did OK though, and it was a GREAT weekend!
The other problem for me with such a great line-up is deciding just who to have as guests on Wide Cut Country.
Luckily (in a way) some of the decision making was out of my hands due to travel schedules and "session stage" time conflicts. I ended up with two acts who are WCC "traditions", Mary Gauthier and Blackie & The Rodeo Kings. Winnipeg's Del Barber did a great job on his Wide Cut Country live debut, and the icing on the cake for me was a visit from veteran Guy Clark, who was last on the show nine years before.
Having a legend like Guy come on the show, along with a great songwriter like Mary, who I've gotten to know really well over the years, is truly an honour.
With old friends like Colin, Stephen and Tom it's like old-home week. A reunion that reminds us all how long we've known each other, what we've been through and what has happened in (to) the music industry over those years.
A talented and enthusiastic "newcomer" like Del Barber can give you goosebumps and hope. Could HE mature into the next Guy Clark? You just never know... stay tuned.
Thank you all!
Just a few miscellaneous pics to finish off 2011 at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. Thanks Terry Wickham!
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We had to scramble during the show to put up a makeshift awning, as it started to rain.
As they say in the biz... "The show must go on"... and go on it did, with Mike Lent's bass doing double duty as a tent post.
There was also some time to interview Stuart Vexler from the Kerrville Folk Festival.
Not a bad line-up all in all!
There are a couple of folks pictured to the left that I want to make a very special "tip of my hat" to.
Far left is Don Marcotte who was with CKUA for several years & always helped enormously on my live broadcasts, taking all my yelling in stride and getting the job done... & doing it well! Don ended up working at CBC, and I'm sure he still occasionally wakes up at night in a cold sweat hearing me in his nightmares yelling... Donnnnn!
David Ward, after many years as an integral part of CKUA, also left to work at the CBC, but he is one of those people in my life that just "clicks" and we will always be able to reconnect at the drop of a hat... and NO... my husband doesn't mind at all, in fact he's known David a lot longer than I have.
David was actually the first person I spoke to at CKUA when I was "pitching" Wide Cut Country. He was always very supportive and a great sounding board for creative ideas, music-specific questions, technical "stuff" and pretty much anything CKUA-oriented. Many thanks to both Don and David for their support and friendship. xo!
Finally getting to see, hear and meet Kasey Chambers was certainly a highlight. Kasey and husband Shane Nicholson were touring their wonderful "Rattlin' Bones" release. The shot here was taken in the green room where I got some station IDs... no thanks at all to Fred Eaglesmith, whose imitation of Kasey just didn't quite cut it.
The Steeldrivers were amazing too, both on and off stage. This was prior to Chris Stapleton unfortunately leaving the band. What a voice!
Well, I gotta admit that the Calgary Folk Festival 2010 edition was a very cool one for me, as I got to interview The Avett Brothers who were getting tons of play on Night Mix, and they were very appreciative of that.
Interviewing Michael Franti was a definite highlight too, although I did have some initial apprehensions about what he might be like. Well folks, a nicer guy probably doesn't exist on planet earth.
Believe me, it's VERY cool when an interviewee has such a calming effect on the interviewer. Michael has a knack of making you feel totally at ease... even to the extent of helping a non-techie type person (me) figure out a recording problem prior to the interview.
Also interviewed for MIX97.7 (but no pics I'm afraid) were Dan Mangan, Karla Anderson and Jon & Roy.
Despite two bad knees, a bad hip and having no sessions scheduled until later in the afternoon, Guy got an early shuttle down from the hotel to the site to be on the show.
I had scheduled him as my last guest in order to give him more time to get to the site. Unfortunately a couple of snags made him a bit too late to get set up to play, but we had a great chat, & he was on form with some great one-liners along the way.
Yeah, I have a great job, and if I ever need reminding about that fact, it's times like this that I remember. Guy didn't "need" to be on my show, not even to plug his new live disc...
He did it because he's a seasoned professional and a sweet, sincere guy. It's a very humbling experience.
NO... not that one. Try again
NO... not that one. Try again