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The Two Countries of Country – Canadian Sandy Graham interviews Larry Patton, The Honky Tonk Cowboy

Cover July 10-2010

by Sandy Graham I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Larry Patton, a talented Texan now living in Nashville, Tennessee. This unassuming man, with the list a mile long of greats he has played with, is about to embark on a tour to promote his new CD, ‘A Strange Night’, on the Canadian-owned ‘Breakin’ Records label. SG: tell me a little bit about yourself – how did a Texas born kid who grew up on rock and roll end up living and working in Nashville? LP: My mother was not just a rock-n-roller, she was also an avid country music fan. She took me to every country music show that came to town. In June of 1957 we went to the Grand Ole’ Opry in Nashville and saw the Everly Brothers first appearance there. I moved to Nashville the first time in 1975, went to work with Ronnie Milsap and then later that year Hank Williams Jr. After Hank’s mountain climbing accident in August, and the band’s three months in New Mexico and Arizona, I moved back to Texas at the end of that year. In 1986, with several job offers in hand, I moved back to Nashville and have been here ever since. SG: You have been in many bands over the years, with big name acts. (IE Willie, Hank etc.) there must be some interesting stories from all that experience – what is your favorite story? LP: Back when I was with Johnny Bush, we played a gig at a mental institution in east Texas, along with Willie Nelson and Ray Price. As we approached the gate with all three buses in a row, I got out only to be greeted by a short little man smoking a cigar and dressed in a military uniform like General Patton.

CYNDI LAUPER – FROM NEW YORK POP TO MEMPHIS BLUES

Cover June 27, 2010

by Lenny Stoute

New wave diva, wrestling maven, celebrity apprentice, Gay Pride Grand Marshall, anti-discrimination activist, “Time after Time”, Cyndi Lauper finds a way to stay in the public eye. Mostly through a series of re-inventions, and for her latest, the lady sings the blues.
On the line from NY, Lauper is bubbly and focused on Memphis Blues, a collection of classic Stax-era tunes given the Lauper treatment. Lest you think this is a serious changeup for the lady, she says it ain’t so.

“My interest in the blues goes back to a kid in her bedroom singing the songs of (Fifties r’n’b shouter) Big Mabel, who’s had a place in my music ever since. In the Nineties I was mixing pop with hip hop which put me in a place close to where I could think of this album again”. The genesis of this long-coming album is a 1987 dream starring pianist Oscar Peterson.

“For the last 10 years it’s been more or less ‘Best Of’ albums. I wanted to put out something and it seemed like good time to get that blues album I had in me out there”.

TRIUMPH’S MAJESTIC ARENA ANTHEMS CELEBRATED ON NEW CD/DVD SET, ‘GREATEST HITS: REMIXED’

Cover June 10, 2010

Few acts could whip an arena full of rockers into frenzy as Canadian Music Hall of Fame members Triumph did throughout the late ‘70s and ‘80s, when the group’s best known line-up – guitarist/vocalist Rik Emmett, bassist/keyboardist Mike Levine, and drummer/vocalist Gil Moore - were at the peak of their powers. And it’s this exact time period that is focused on throughout Triumph’s new “best of” set - ‘Greatest Hits: Remixed’, which was be released on May 18, 2010.

All of the classic tunes that were - and continue to be - in heavy rotation on rock radio (and the early days of MTV) are included here, namely, “Lay it on the Line,” “Hold On,” “Fight the Good Fight,” “Magic Power,” with others.

These fourteen tracks of anthemic metal have never sounded so good, as they were all recently remixed by Rich Chycki (who has previously worked with Aerosmith and Rush). The set also includes a previously unreleased recording - “Love Hurts” - which will be the lead-off single from Triumph’s ‘Greatest Hits: Remixed.’

"We have been planning this release forever," says Levine. "For years, Triumph fans have been demanding that we give them a fresh greatest hits package and they are going to love this one."

Also included in the set is a DVD mixed in 5.1 audio, that features eleven promo and live videos in widescreen (plus additional unreleased videos for “Child of the City,” “Blinding Light Show,” and “Love Hurts,” in addition to footage of the group’s 2008 induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame).

Canadians and Americans Celebrate A Music Icon Returns to Music City U.S.A

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by Sandy Graham

May 2010 will be a month to remember in Nashville,Tennessee. True, it was the month of the great flood, when the Cumberland River crested to a near all time high but even in the face of adversity, it was the rebirth of a great American music tradition, CASHBOX MAGAZINE in Nashville. The return of this institution was to be marked with a Mother’s Day Cashbox Artist Showcase at the legendary Nashville Palace. With the occurrence of the tragic floods, the event was in danger of being postponed due to water damage and inaccessibility, but in true Tennessee fashion of “the show must go on” the show went on.

CASHBOX NASHVILLE is headed up by Nashville mainstay Keith Bradford. Bradford and his brother Mike Bradford also operate NBRN.FM, a great internet country radio station, and KMA Records, an independent label for up and coming country artists.

Summer Songs

Lighthouse Sunny Days

by Sandy Graham

In Canada, we have the tradition of the May 24 long weekend, in honour of Queen Victoria. Being the Commonwealth country, we still uphold this holiday, but not so much as a Birthday recognition of a long ago Monarch, but as the tradition of cottages opening up for the season, gardens getting prepared for the summer flowers, holidays being planned and always the music.

Summer brings the radio stations back to playing hits from the past that we all identify with the season approaching. ‘Summer in the City’ by The Lovin’ Spoonful, ‘Summer Breeze’ by Seals and Croft and of course the Canadian summer anthem ‘Sunny Days’ by our very own Lighthouse. Since Cashbox Magazine was known for Charts in it’s heyday, Cashbox Canada has compiled a list of the Top 30 Songs that represent the summer season.

1. Kokomo The Beach Boys
2. Summer in the City Lovin’ Spoonful
3. Sunny Days Lighthouse
4. Good Day Sunshine The Beatles
5. Here Comes the Sun The Beatles
6. Hot Fun In the Summertime Sly and the Family Stone
7. All Summer Single Billy Idol
8. All Summer Long The Beach Boys
9. Summer of Love John Mellencamp
10. Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer Nat King Cole
11. Summer Breeze Seals and Crofts
12. Summer of 69 Bryan Adams
13. Summer Wind Frank Sinatra
14. Here Comes Summer Cliff Richard
15. Summer Nights From Grease
16. Sealed With A Kiss Bryan Hyland
17. The Boys Of Summer Don Henley
18. Summer Turning Blue Max Webster
19. Summer Rain Johnny Rivers
20. Black Summer Rain Eric Clapton
21. A Summer Song Chad and Jeremy

Omega Crom: Blood, Steel & Fire On The Highway

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by Lenny Stoute

The road is a mean motha that’ll make ya or break ya. Mention a western tour in winter to a Canuck musician and the answer’s always; "Who’d you piss off?"

From Vancouver to St. John’s, crisscrossing the vast prairies and lush river valleys, musicians roam the land bringing their sounds to willing ears far and wide. Some come hard, some come soft, some melodic, some all noise and few louder or more fierce than Omega Crom.

They’re recently back in Vancouver after their first ever cross-Canada tour, a Canuck rite of passage replete with tales of rip-offs, skanky groupies and stinky vans, jammed into close quarters for long periods in unfamiliar circumstances will bring out all manner of behaviours but band leader Johnny Ketlo says theirs was as smooth as a salmon belly.

"It was just awesome. Turned out we all got along really well on the road. It was all new to everybody, everything from playing to 300 people one night and 30 the next to checking out the chicks making out in the mosh pit".

It helped the crew were rolling in a big ass Chevy Suburban with the gear in a trailer, leaving lots of room to spread out. The tour was in support of "Blood, Fire and Steel", the band’s much-anticipated debut, a chest rattling, blood rousing call to rock ’n’ roll arms. Same as it ever was, if you wanna move units Facebook’ll help but you gotta take the show to the people.

Is Kellylee Evans a Canadian Sasha Fierce?

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By Lenny Stoute

The soulful songstress clues us to this and other ideas simmering on her follow-up album, The Good Girl.

Where most artists who drop a noticed album tend to want to build on that by serving up more of the same, Kellylee Evans is confident fans will follow her to another place. The Scarborough-born singer came outa nowhere in 2007 with debut album Fight or Flight to win an award for best female artist, Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, plus Juno and Gemini nods. Evans is poised to drop her follow-up The Good Girl and a sneak listen reveals it rarely gives a look in on the jazz ‘hood.

Don Graham A Willing Heart CD Review

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by S. Robertson

The country market is filled with great singers, talented songwriters and larger than life performers. That is why it is refreshing to hear a CD that has it all.

This new CD by veteran country rock artist, Don Graham (a founding member of Graham County) has it all. Great story telling songs, amazing production, infectious guitar lines and most of all a voice that will keep you hooked from the first song.

The first track, “GOT WHAT IT TAKES”, says it all. ‘An everyday man of everyday means at home in my t-shirt and my old blue jeans’ captures the image of an average man who is comfortable in his own skin.

Track 2, “DUG A HOLE” is along the same lines, a southern front porch, swampy kind of feel with a great hook. By the time I hit the 3rd track “THE WORLD DIDN’T END” I started to realize that this CD had a thread of a story to it. In this day of digital downloads and iPod shuffles, how refreshing to hear something with continuity to it.

Andy Kim Is Going to ‘Happen Again’ !

Cover April 9, 2010
by Sandy Graham

On first encounter with the speaking voice of Andy Kim, you can hear the richness and passion in his words. And he is not even singing. Kim is a combination of amazed and excited about the release of his new CD, ‘Happen Again’, distributed by E1 Canada.

“The CD was recorded in Los Angeles, but it all came to life when I met Eric Alper last November, and E1 expressed serious interest in promoting and marketing Andy Kim and my new product", explains Kim. ‘’ I have been living in the U.S. for many years, but Canada has always been my home. It is quite fitting that my launch of this new product is right here – in my home country".

Cashbox Canada's Live Six Pick for CMW- Half a dozen hot numbers that must be seen to be appreciated.

© Lenny Stoute

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Think About Life was formed in Montreal in 2005 by drummer Matt Shane and keyboardist Graham Van Pelt as a dance electronica indie rock act. The addition of vocalist Martin Cesar's idiosyncratic ways with classic r'n'b grooves pushed the band into a territory all its own. With a pair of well-received albums in the catalogue and name brand tours with such as Franz Ferdinand and Land Of Talk, Think About Life is edging closer to mainstream attention.

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