Cover Story

Carmine Appice Stick It!

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

As drummer for Vanilla Fudge, Carmine Appice set the grooves for the groundbreaking band’s 1967 psychedelic debut, inadvertently inventing Stoner Rock in the process. The Fudge had no precedent. The band was totally unique. No rock group, up until that point, had ever so lugubriously s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out well-known pop tunes like the Beatles “Eleanor Rigby” and “Ticket To Ride,” Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready,” Sonny & Cher’s “Bang Bang” Rod Argent’s “She’s Not There” and, most famously, The Supremes’ Motown classic “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” to such hippie heights. With Mark Stein’s mysterioso wash of Grand Guignol keyboard theatrics, Tim Bogert’s amazing and trippy bass runs, and guitarist Vince Martell’s era-happy soloing, Appice boomed like no other drummer in rock history. Their debut album still stands today as a Hard Rock classic. Vanilla Fudge went on to tour with Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and even had Led Zeppelin as an opening act.

Post-Fudge, Bogert and Appice formed Cactus (seen as an influence on King’s X and Van Halen). Post-Cactus, the rhythm section found Grammy-winning Guitar Hero Jeff Beck to form the first supergroup: Beck, Bogert & Appice (BBA).

Sunrise & Good People Live In Concert

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

Canadian Music Week – Club 120 –Friday May 6 (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Canadian Blast at Morrisons MIDEM –Saturday, June 4 (Cannes, France)

The trio features Mastermind on vocals and guitar; Tsayffo on vocals, percussion, guitar and bass, and Mercury Brown on vocals and drums. Tsayffo and Mastermind have grown up playing music together since childhood. Onstage, they move with one mind. Playing to the audience – capacity and size won’t matter – within the first few bars of their first song THE LOVE, the band takes full control of the stage and everyone in the room.  You can hear a pin drop. There is a sense of something authentic happening here. I remind myself there are only three people on stage, though the sound completely surrounds and engulfs the senses. Mastermind is on vocals, a deep sultry bass voice. His guitar work takes me by surprise, not just because I have never heard anyone use a guitar like this before - more because it defies the norm and underlines a musical genius in his ability to link musical hooks together in a completely unexpected fashion. Tsayffo is on percussion – no, he actually is percussion. Every beat resonates in every movement he makes.

Julian Taylor Band: Desert Star

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Cover Photo Credit: Mike Ford
Submitted by Pat Blythe

Give me a minute....a paragraph to gush. Desert Star is, by a country mile, one of my favourite albums of all time. This is music I will be listening to for years to come. Why? Because it speaks to me both musically and lyrically. It's insightful (House Is A Garden), honest (Glass House), romantic (Take Me (Stay), Say Goodnight), playful (Hot Heels, Coke Bottle Candy) loving (One Time), a touch nostalgic (Chemical Low) and of course, has my favourite summer dance song, Just A Little Bit, as part of this marvelous collection of songs. It touches all my senses. Many of the songs are simple, every day observances or comparisons (back to House Is a Garden)....beautiful songwriting that connects. I absolutely love every beat, every note, every nuance....Julian Taylor's voice just soars, penetrates and washes over you. Jeremy Elliott's drumming is superb....solid, tight, kicking ass one minute, subtle the next. You can sometimes feel him almost caressing them. The keyboards and horns fill you up in all the right places. Full on where required and filling tiny pockets that, without them, the song would feel somewhat empty. The guitar "solos" easily segue in and out of each piece without being over the top. Every song is unique but together on the album they intermingle, weaving in and around each other to complete the whole. I'm in love. Gushing done.

Bobby Curtola – Always, In My Heart

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

We have not published for a few months now and the story needs to be told.

For those of you close to Cashbox Canada as well as me personally, you know we have lost our mentor, our friend our Canadian Legend, Bobby Curtola. I am not one to write anything personal but this story needs to be told.

My history with Bobby started in 1990, when I was a dancer/choreographer in the Route 66 Dancers. We were booked to open for Chubby Checker at a fundraiser for the March of Dimes called ‘Back to the Five & Dime’. My youngest boy, Graham, was a few months old and my babysitter cancelled at the last minute and I had to take him to the show. I was standing backstage, in a white skirt, holding Graham a foot away from me, hoping I could stay ‘intact’ long enough to perform my segment of the show. There was a man rolling wires and helping organize the performers so I asked him to hold my son for 15 minutes while I went on stage. He did – and when I came back he handed Graham back to me and said with that big dimpled smile ‘You are welcome. I'm Bobby Curtola and I'm on next.’

This was the beginning of close to a thirty year friendship.

Holger Petersen and Forty Years of Stony Plain

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Submitted by Don Graham

Stony Plain Records, one of Canada’s longest standing independent record labels, is celebrating 40 years in business with a classic 3 disc collection of amazing music, 40 Years of Stony Plain. This three volume set celebrates with some of the label's favourite tracks, including one full CD of rarities and previously unreleased music by artists like Eric Bibb, Maria Muldaur, Duke Robillard and Sam Chatmon. Stony Plain was named "2014 Record Label of the Year" by the Blues Foundation in Memphis. Add to that 6 Grammy nominations, 11 Juno Awards and dozens of Blues Awards and Maple Blues Awards.

Stony Plain Records has been recognized worldwide for its consistent, high quality roots and blues releases.

We caught up with founder Holger Petersen at his office in Alberta as he readies for his annual trip to France for MIDEM. “I’m really proud of what we’ve accomplished in the 40 years we’ve been in business and have seen a lot of changes in the business during that time. But one thing that has stayed consistent is our commitment to quality with artists on our roster and the music we put out to the world and our reputation for integrity.” Holger and team have seen it all in the last 40 years, have stayed the course and kept it all about good music. “We’ve been very selective about are product and kept the quality high. Ian Tyson is a big part of our success. Ian made it possible for us to go from working at our kitchen table to having an office and becoming a legitimate record label.”

Echo Montgomery Garrett A Resounding Echo: From House of Gold to Orange Duffel Bag

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Submitted by Don Graham

Cover Photo Credit: Kevin Garrett

Cashbox Canada Seven Years and Counting

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

Seven years ago Sandy Graham, a Canadian music scene veteran with a background in music retail at International Record Store, radio, CJFM, CFCF in Montreal and Records, RCA in Montreal and print, Joey Cee’s Record Week in Toronto, received an offer she couldn’t refuse.

“The famous Cashbox Magazine in the U.S., that was our “bible” in the old days, had started up again in North Carolina and they wanted to expand to Canada. I was approached with an offer to own it outright and immediately said yes, having no real idea of how it would work.” So Sandy set about putting a team together, a team of writers, including herself, veteran Lenny Stoute whose grasp of the indie scene is unequalled, musician, photographer and radio host Bill King, country music songwriter and performer Don Graham, local scene whiz kid  Lee Fraser, Music Industry Veteran Mark Smith, MuchMusic VeeJay Michael Williams and ‘Girl With a Camera’ Pat Blythe. Add in foreign correspondent Iain Patience, Registered Graphic Designer Gillian FitzGibbon (who is responsible for the amazing cover designs every week) and Chris Wardman who keeps the train moving on the website.

Alex Fisher Keepin’ It Real

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Submitted by Don Graham
CD Photo Credit: Meghan Herrington
Photo: Pat Blythe A Girl With a Camera

Real music, real passion, real songs, the real deal. Alex Fisher can say yes to all of the above. “I know I’m just starting my career and still have a long way to go and still have to prove myself but I’m trying real hard to build on a solid foundation. And I’m building from the ground up making sure there is honesty to my music, both in my songwriting and my delivery of the songs. I think one of the hardest things for a young artist to do is find his or her own identity, to not try and sound like anybody else and just be themselves.”

Ed Ringwald: Man Of Steel

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Submitted by Don Graham

You may not know his name but unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve heard the work of Ed Ringwald, aka Pee Wee Charles. Ed was Gordon Lightfoot’s steel guitarist for 16 years and if you are a country music fan you have no doubt heard his masterful steel guitar work on records by such artists as George Canyon, Beverley Mahood, Shane Yellowbird, Jim Witter, Jamie Warren, Gord Bamford, Jason Blaine, Jason McCoy and so many more.

Tom Rush Living the Dream, No Regrets

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Submitted by Don Graham

When I reached Tom Rush by phone the other day to talk about his upcoming show at Toronto’s Hugh’s Room, I started the conversation with “How are you Tom?’ His response, “I’m living the dream.” And what a long incredible dream it’s been since recording his debut album in 1962 and having just released a new one in 2009. He continues to tour to this day. In fact his tour schedule is so filled it’s staggering to look at. But Tom couldn’t be happier.

Tom Rush was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and began performing in 1961 while attending Harvard University where he majored in English literature.He performed regulary at the Club 47 coffee house in Cambridge.

His 1968 composition "No Regrets" has become a virtual standard, with a whole lot of cover versions having been recorded to date. Tom himself did two very different versions. Some other rendititons includeThe Walker Brothers, which gave Tom Rush Top Ten credit as a songwriter on the UK singles chart, Emmylou Harris, who included the song on her 1988 album Bluebird, and Midge Ure whose cover also made the UK Top Ten.

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