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Kenny G Plays for the Children

Cover July 23, 2010

by Bill Delingat

Kenny G was born June 5, 1956 as Kenneth Bruce Gorelick in Seattle, Washington and who would have known then that after seeing a sax player on The Ed Sullivan Show, he would develop the talent and the skills of a modern day snake charmer, swooning his audience into an almost trance-like state, with his soothing style of music that brought him to the status of Grammy Award winner for adult contemporary and smooth jazz. Kenny G brought his heart-melting sound to help raise funds and awareness for the Shriners Hospitals for Children on July 1st and 2nd 2010, as part of the Shriners Imperial Council Session Conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system of 22 hospitals, dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty pediatric care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. Children up to the age of 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate are eligible for admission and receive all care in a family-centered environment with no financial obligation to patients or families. http://www.shrinershq.org/Hospitals/Main

Bill King & Joey Cee - All That Jazz

Cover July 16, 2010

FOR CASHBOX MAGAZINE
The Beaches International Jazz Festival has been fashionably Jazz for 22 years!
by Joey Cee

With 22 years under our belt, the Beaches International Jazz Festival has gone from a community day in the park to an international phenomenon. Clearly this music festival has defied the odds and grown into Canada’s leading free Jazz Festival.

Unlike other Jazz Festivals that have cropped up throughout the country, and around the world, the Beaches International Jazz Festival has stayed true to its roots and grown with the times. It’s ongoing success and continued survival is attributed to the hard work of the organizing team headed up by founder and producer Lido Chilelli, artistic director Bill King, the vast array of entertainers, the hundreds of volunteers, the thousands of dedicated visitors and most importantly - our sponsors and government partners. The fact that this festival has grown year after year without charging a cent for admission, is a feat in itself.

The Two Countries of Country – Keith Bradford Cashbox Nashville talks to Canadian Don Graham

Cover July 10-2010

by Keith Bradford

Recently I interviewed Don Graham by telephone and he was gracious enough to answer the following questions and many more that I have edited from this article. The Toronto Tunesmith Graham is leaving at the end of July to tour with Texas Troubadour Larry Patton in Norway, Ireland, and Austria.
 
 
KB:  Tell me a little bit about yourself – how does a guy from Montreal, Quebec end up in country music?
DG: "I could only get one Country Music radio station in the 60's and even then it was only on a clear night.  It was WWVA in Wheeling, West Virginia.  I loved the commercials.  You could order 500 baby chicks for $3.99 or something like that; that fascinated me.  I really enjoyed hearing the music of Marty Robbins, and Hank Williams."

KB: You had a pick hit in Cashbox Magazine in the late -70’s – how does it feel to be on the cover now?
DG: "I used to read CASHBOX Magazine when I was a kid working in a record store.  I read all the trades working in that store. Years later, I looked in there and saw I had a pick hit in the magazine called, "Shelter In The Sky." with my band, Graham County. It has come full circle because here I am again. To be on the cover after all these years is very special."

K.B. : When you had those singles out on the Kapp Record label, your MD and guitarist was Bill Hill (producer of April Wine, etc.) Now he is the producer on this CD. Tell me about how that all came to be?

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.

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