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Submitted by Don Graham

The Road Hammers, Doc Walker and Blackjack Billy on the same stage, on the same night? In 16 different cities?  In Canada?  Man, it is gonna get loud!  You don’t see this sort of lineup (three major bands touring together) very often. It’s not unusual to see solo acts sharing the bill but the band concept is a throwback to days of yore! Dick Clark and His Caravan of Stars in the 50’s and 60’s pioneered the concept. In the  70’s you could see combinations like Country Joe and the Fish, Ten Years After and Procol Harum together at The Fillmore East.  So being able to see two future Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame acts like the Road  Hammers and Doc Walker along with fast rising U.S stars Blackjack Billy is going to be one for the scrapbooks. Or today I guess it would be one for the memory sticks.

I had the opportunity to  sit down with some of the major players in this package show;  Jason McCoy of the Hammers, Chris Thornsteinson, Dave Wasyliw of Doc Walker and Noll Billings of Blackjack Billy over coffee in downtown Toronto to discuss the upcoming invasion of The Bands on the Run. Just having coffee with these guys is worth the price of admission. They were all pretty pumped about the possibilities to be had on this tour.

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The Rex hosted one helluva Dutch treat when Amsterdam quartet Kogging dropped by to show off new album ‘Sketches of Ordinary Life’. Kogging is...

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Kogging

Submitted by Lenny Stoute

The Rex hosted one helluva Dutch treat when Amsterdam quartet Kogging dropped by to show off new album ‘Sketches of Ordinary Life’. Kogging is Norbert Kögging, (composer/lyricist) vocals; Folkert Oosterbeek, (composer) piano; Tobias Nojboer, bass...

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Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 20:51
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Helix are a classic Canadian hard rock/heavy metal band and are best known for their 1984 single "Rock You." The original lineup was formed by drummer Bruce Arnold, and consisted of lead vocalist Brian...

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Sills and Smith have released their 4th studio album , Etched , as is their modus operendi  the evolution continues.  Like the river you stand in is not the river you walk in, the boys creative energy flows constantly and never at the same speed...

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