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Bob Livingston The Cosmic Cowboy Ridin’ High

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Submitted by Don Graham

Ever hear of Bob Livingston? No? Yeah. Wait! I think so. It’s the degrees of separation that once brought to your attention bring Bob Livingston into clear focus. With names like Michael Martin Murphy, Jerry Jeff Walker, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Gary P. Nunn as associates on his resume, all Texas music legends, his place in Americana music history is cemented. And all of the aforementioned are proud to include Bob Livingston in their resumes. In fact, it was Bob who put the Wylie in Ray Wylie Hubbard and the P in Gary P Nunn. “ At the end of a Jerry Jeff Walker recording, I said ‘Ray Wylie Hubbard and Gary P Nunn’. Now Wylie was Ray’s middle name and Gary’s was Phillip hence the P, but from that moment on that was their identities.” Also, it was Bob who was responsible for Jerry Jeff recording Ray’s 'Redneck Mother'. Jerry Jeff broke a string while playing with Bob at the Broken Spoke and said to Bob ‘ sing them a song Bob’ and Bob sang Redneck Mother that he’d heard when Ray wrote it in Red River, New Mexico. And Bob is still working and entertaining audiences around the world and sounding better than ever with a full live schedule and a new album Up TheFlatland Stairs hitting the shelves this year. But let’s start at the beginning and tell the tale of the Cosmic Cowboy to this point in time.

Leah Capelle Walking With Giants

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Submitted by Don Graham
Cover Photo Credit Jessamyn Sheldon

One of the hardest things for a working artist to do these days is to follow their arrow. To go where they want to and need to go both musically and artistically without listening to the noise pulling them in the direction of popular compromise. But Leah Capelle is laser-focused on what she needs to do to fulfill her musical needs and please a hungry public. The alt/rock singer-songwriter came from the home of the blues Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California where pop dreams are turned into reality. “I moved to L.A. about 5 years ago now because I know this is where I need to be to make my music breathe life and fulfill my destiny. I love it here but I do miss Chicago sometimes. I miss the different seasons.”

Leah studied at the Chicago School of Professional Singing, The North Shore Music Institute, and Berklee College of Music before moving to L.A. where she now attends USC in the Thornton School of Music. Once in the City of Angels, she caught the eye and ear of the Grammy-winning producer Jeff Bova, which gave birth to the 2015 release of her self-titled

Rachel Cousins: “This Fire” Burns Bright

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Submitted by Kevin Kelly

If you live in Canada, you’ve likely seen Rachel Cousins on your TV screen, but you might not have realized it at the time.

As a young girl, Cousins, currently a 17-year-old singer/songwriter from St. John’s, and one of the rising female stars in the province, starred in award-winning television commercials promoting tourism in Newfoundland & Labrador. The commercials, which featured a young Cousins exploring the beauty of rural Newfoundland settings, were hugely popular, and are still showcased regularly, even though Cousins herself is now letting her musical accomplishments showcase herself & her province on the national & international stage. Iceberg Alley NL Tourism Ad featuring a young Rachel

Iceberg Alley, TV Ad, Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RpShYvI84JI

Skidderpup: Conquering The Great Divide

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Submitted by Kevin Kelly

Cover Photo Credit: Gerry Antle   

“’Cause when you see me comin’, you better get out of my way.”
-Runaway Train by Skidderpup

When you visit the rural Newfoundland community of Grand Bank on the province’s Burin Peninsula, you see a close-knit community of 1500 with a rich connection & history to the sea.

But lately, Grand Bank and the rest of the South Coast has been rocking more often than not lately, thanks to the sounds of a power rock trio named Skidderpup.

The band, which features Dave Noseworthy, Damon Greene & Chad Grandy, is no stranger to the area, and have been together since 2001.

The musical bug was likely introduced by Chad’s grandfather, George Grandy, a well known Burin Peninsula entertainer, who was one of the originals in the growth of the area’s music scene.

“I was only young when I watched my grandfather play,” Chad recalls. “He was the face of rock and roll on the Burin Peninsula from the 1950’s onward, filling dance halls around the Peninsula.”

But the elder Grandy instilled a love of music in young Chad.

“I was very curious about music even back then and I’ll never forget the very first guitar and amplifier he bought for me,” the younger Grandy recalls. “Even today at 81 years of age, his passion about music and playing is something I’m extremely proud of. That’s what has formed the strong connection between us. He’s an inspiration to all of us.”

The band’s beginnings came almost by accident.

Bif Naked and Hot Box Girls

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

Bif Naked is a celebrated and notorious performer in music, TV, film, and dance, and a tireless advocate and Humanitarian. Orphaned in India, emancipated by punk rock, and empowered by surviving breast cancer, kidney failure, heart surgery, divorce, and surviving as a Woman in The Entertainment Industry for twenty-five years, Bif has transcended any and all obstacles placed in her path to become one of the world's most unique, recognizable and beloved icons. It is because Bif is such a tremendous performer and musician, that she is able to seamlessly and successfully explore and record other mediums, like writing, painting, choreography, and of course- other genres of music.

A celebrated and diverse artist and writer, known for sliding easily between her punk roots, to rock, pop, alternative, and contemporary genres of music. Known for her inimitable live shows, Naked has said, "Performance is my passion, my raison d'etre in life. I owe it to myself and my beautiful fans to keep evolving and pushing the boundaries, to keep challenging myself."

Lisa Marie and Elvis Presley – United in Love and Music

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada by Sandy Graham

 Credit: www.lisamariepresley.com

RCA/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, has released Elvis Presley - 'Where No One Stands Alone, a new Elvis album celebrating the artist's everlasting love of gospel music.

Produced by Joel Weinshanker, Lisa Marie Presley and Andy Childs, Elvis Presley – ‘Where No One Stands Alone’ introduces newly-recorded instrumentation and backing vocal contributions from music legends who'd performed on-stage and/or in-the-studio with Elvis. It also includes a re-imagined duet with Elvis and his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, on the album’s title track and spiritual touchstone.

"It was a very powerful and moving experience to sing with my father," said Lisa Marie, "The lyrics speak to me and touch my soul. I’m certain that the lyrics spoke to my father in much the same way."

Watch ‘Where No One Stands Alone’ here:

https://youtu.be/RaRaUjzD-as

Live at Heart Newfoundland

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

Following in the musical footsteps of the recent success of Live at Heart Sweden, Canada is about the embrace another version of this successful festival, with the inaugural event, Live at Heart Newfoundland.

Live at Heart Sweden began in 2010 when founders Anders Damberg and Johannes Nilsson wanted to create a space for local, unsigned bands to play for larger audiences. In its first year, Live at Heart featured 102 different acts and hosted gigs on 10 different venues around Örebro, Sweden. Over the years, Live at Heart has evolved into a creative industry conference and showcase festival – attended by hundreds of artists, filmmakers and creative professionals from all over the world. The event has grown into one of the biggest of its kind in all of Scandinavia and is considered one of the best festivals in the world. The 2018 version showcased more than 200 music acts and independent film screenings in the heart of Örebro.

Sheldon Kagan Not In a Shy Way

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

If you are a Montrealer, or even just worked in the entertainment business in that glorious city, then the name Sheldon Kagan is one you will instantly recognize.

For 50 years plus, Kagan was known as one of Montreal’s leading event producers and entrepreneurs. From starting out as a 16-year-old kid doing high school DJ gigs to creating a niche for jazz shows to come through the city, to booking the likes of local bands to legendary greats, producing thousands of productions and taking the chances it takes to book live entertainment.

The company has produced over 75 major concerts bringing in artists such as Dionne Warwick, The Commodores, Loggins & Messina, Delaney & Bonnie, Billy Preston, Donovan, Artie Shaw, Miles Davis, George Benson, Ravi Shankar, Dizzy Gillespie, Gene Krupa, Woody Herman, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Dave Brubeck, Buddy Rich and many more. At this stage in his life, Sheldon Kagan had decided that the time has come for him to retire. But he also decided to write a book about his five-decade career, which is both charming and nostalgic, with great personal stories and insights into the artists he worked with in his bookings and shows.

Gowan Still a Criminal Mind

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

At his Caesar’s Palace Coliseum concert on Friday, Sept 7, Larry Gowan was presented with a Certified Canadian Platinum Single award for a combined 80,000 physical, digital and stream equivalent units of his song “A Criminal Mind.”

Gowan was surprised by his label Linus Entertainment with the award, just as his band left the stage leaving him to perform the song solo. While the band and stage managers were in on the plot, Larry was genuinely surprised and delighted at the presentation. “It’s amazing to me because I didn’t think anyone bought records anymore!” he said upon returning for an encore. Linus Entertainment represents several Gowan albums including Strange Animal, Great Dirty World (which includes the song Moonlight Desires), and The Good Catches Up.

From the Strange Animal himself:
The Life and Times of Lawrence Gowan - in a nutshell
My large head introduced itself to planet Earth in 1956. It happened in Glasgow Scotland and has been happening daily ever since. Without my consent, as a child, I was brought to the tropic of Canada and settled among the unparalleled beauty of Scarborough. My marks in high-school were of a caliber that left me no option but to pursue the occupation of Rockstar.

Don McLean ‘Mr American Pie’ in the Botanical Gardens

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Submitted by Iain Patience

Don McLean is one of those rare characters, a true US music icon with a song-writing knack and a melodic thrust few can ever reach, let alone match. With a new album just out, ‘Botanical Gardens,’ he is relaxed, assured and happy to look back at his fifty years on the road, a modern troubadour who still loves the buzz of live performance.

I love being out there, on-stage, never knowing what might happen. I’m flying and I only hope everybody gets it and it goes well and is not a disaster. I don’t wear a harness. I’m like a wild horse,’ he says with evident relish.

With his latest release, ‘Botanical Gardens,’ the first in around eight years, McLean touches many of his usual bases - love, relationships and reflective compassion and concern. The title track was inspired by his time playing in Sydney, Australia, a few years ago when he discovered a wonderful public park full of exotic plants and trees a peaceful oasis, a mere stone’s throw from the city’s famous landmark Opera House. ‘I remember lots of colour, flowers, bulbs, palm trees, tropical plants all around. And I walked around there, juxtaposing my thoughts of New York – lacking colour at its worst - as I wandered. I’ve never truly liked New York City. I moved Upstate after college in around 1968.

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