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BTW Cari Burdett, Jim James, King Princess, Heavyweights Brass Band, Amanda Rheaume, Mimi O’Bonsawin, Folly & The Hunter

Cari Burdett

Submitted by Lenny Stoute

World music fusion artist Cari Burdett is bringing her exotic fusion of jazz, art song, folk and opera eastward this June, including dates at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival, Toronto's Burdock Music Hall, and Montreal's Upstairs Jazz B. She'll be accompanied by members of her 4Tet who are also featured in the new video for "De Cara a la Pared," written and originally performed by the late great Lhasa de Sela. The video premiered exclusively at Roots Music Canada.

Burdett's interpretation of the song exemplifies the raw, passionate power of her sultry mezzo vocals and ability to enchant audiences with a timeless theatrical flair. It also demonstrates Burdett's sensuous multilingual repertoire that includes songs by Mercedes Sosa, Pink Martini, Joni Mitchell and many others. Burdett is currently working on the follow-up release to her 2015 debut full-length album Magnolia, which earned a nomination for Best World Album at the Western Canada Music Awards. Magnolia was recorded with Grammy and Juno winner Joby Baker who was named Producer of the Year, along with winning Vocalist of the Year at the 2016 Vancouver Island Music Awards (VIMA).

Juno Award Winner Emilie Mover Releases 6th Studio Album “Night Owl”

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After a 3-year hiatus, Emilie Mover returns with a brand-new album of original songs. Emilie delivers a mesmerizing performance, with a sound often likened to Billie Holiday, Cat Power and songwriting in the vein of classic American songbook meets Bob Dylan and Harry Nilsson. Her sixth studio album, Night Owl showcases the beauty in her simple and wise-beyond-her-times approach to songwriting. Mover’s vocals are both captivating and calming, leading the listener through a range of ups, downs, and arounds on the 12-track release. Taking on a multifaceted role, Emilie also co-produced the album alongside fellow musicians Blake Mackay and Andrew Furman. Jesse MacMillan, Anna Sudac, Noel Bryant and Sean Dean (The Sadies) and Christine Bougie (Bahamas) make up the rest of the talent heard on Night Owl (with a token guest appearance from renowned saxophonist Bob Mover, Emilie’s father, of course), which was recorded at Bathouse Studio in Kingston, ON.

Texas Sensation Cody Jinks To Release New Album Lifers His Rounder Records Debut

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Hailed as "a real deal country singer" and songwriter who pens "old-school country [songs] about love, loss, vices, God, friendships and navigating it all the best that you can" (Omaha World-Herald), Cody Jinks will issue what Rolling Stone touts as "his much-anticipated album," Lifers, on July 27. It's the first release under his recently-inked deal with Rounder Records by a genuine independent music phenomenon who boasts a quarter-million records sold, millions of streams and strings of sold-out shows packed with avid fans. Lifers is now available for pre-order here.

He precedes the 11-track album with its first single, Must Be the Whiskey, a spirited number in the grand drinking song tradition that just released last week on June 15. It's a boozy yet wise rumination on how "these thoughts in my head are a whirlwind of a world of regrets/All the things I should've done or things I should've said/All the pain that comes with making a mess of yourself."

David Clayton-Thomas Mobius

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

David Clayton-Thomas and Blood Sweat & Tears – two names that will always be in a musical marriage. A group that were trailblazers in the sixties, with their combination of rock and jazz arrangements that went on to sell almost six million records in three years. The first album has sold over 10 million records worldwide.

But there is so much more to the name, the man and the music of David Clayton-Thomas.

The passion about his singing and his own journey are still a major part of his personality, and he talks about how and where he came from and where he is right now in his career.

The son of a Canadian soldier and an English music student who became a War Bride, Clayton-Thomas was born in England and moved with his family to the Toronto suburb of Willowdale when he was four years old. A troubled relationship with his abusive father led him to run away at age 15. He spent his teen years living on the street and in various reformatories, eventually doing time as a serial offender for vagrancy, petty theft and street fighting.

BTW- Frazey Ford, The Ault Sisters, Megan Bonnell, Andrés Sierra, Howard Gladstone, Ditches, Major Love

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Taking a break from the famed Be Good Tanyas, founder member Frazey Ford has dropped a cover of the Funkadelic classic “Can You Get To That”. This song accompanies her cover of D’Angelo's “When We Get By”, released last year. Together, these tracks are the first new music since 2014’s critically acclaimed Indian Ocean. Frazey’s version of “Can You Get To That”, varies wildly from the original. Frazey brings her distinctive voice which complements the organic instrumentation. The arrangement strips the song down to its core and builds it back up into Frazey’s singular folk-soul style. "I first heard this Funkadelic track years ago while planting trees on a mountainside in intense heat,” says Frazey. “That moment of hard work, sweat and deep funk has always stayed with me."

LISTEN AND SHARE “CAN YOU GET TO THAT” (FUNKADELIC COVER) HERE

Glass Tiger ‘31’

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It all began in the summer of 1984 when a band from Newmarket, Ontario called Tokyo spent two evenings opening for Boy George and Culture Club at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. Their dynamic, original sound captured the moment of the mid 80’s and they soon became a major force in suburban high schools and the Ontario club circuit. When a record deal was finally signed with Capitol Records, Tokyo officially became Glass Tiger.

With Jim Vallance (Bryan Adams; Aerosmith; Ozzy Osbourne) behind the boards, Glass Tiger was immediately introduced to the recording studio to work on their first album. ‘The Thin Red Line’ set a record for being the fastest selling debut recording in Canadian history, going gold within weeks of its release. As well as a Grammy nod for ‘Best New Artist’ in 1986. To date, this album has received four Platinum records in Canada and went Gold in the United States. One of Glass Tiger’s many hit singles “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” yielded a #2 spot on Billboard, followed by “Someday” reaching #5. Both songs made Canadian history with Glass Tiger winning successive Juno’s a year apart for Single of the Year, from the same album.

BTW Dennis Ellsworth, Jim Andralis & The Syntonics, Jordan Officer, Terra Lightfoot, Yukon Blonde, Jonas Tomalty, The Greasemarks

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

The change has come for Dennis Ellsworth. It's in the title and in the grooves of fifth solo album Things Change, which finds Ellswort embracing a dynamic new power pop sound, as opposed to the roots rock approach he has previously been known for.

The Prince Edward Island native's currently taking it to the people on a national ticking all the major boxes. The approach can be credited in part to Ellsworth teaming up with Joel Plaskett, who assumed production duties and enlisted compadres Charles Austin (Superfriendz) and Dave Marsh (longtime drummer in Plaskett’s backing band the Emergency), to participate. The results on Things Change are a brilliant convergence of his irresistible songwriting chops with Plaskett and co.’s trademark vintage guitar-driven sound.

Cordovas Make Their Ato Record Debut with That Santa Fe Channel

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Rooted in triple-stacked harmonies, southern storytelling, and cosmic country twang, Cordovas create their own version of American roots-rock with That Santa Fe Channel, out August 10th on ATO Records. That Santa Fe Channel was produced by the Milk Carton Kids' Kenneth Pattengale in East Nashville, not far from the home that doubles as the band's rehearsal space, headquarters, and shared living quarters. The album is timely - and timeless - blurring the lines between rock, country, and amplified folk music. It's highlighted by unbelievable harmonies, loose-yet-masterful musicianship and undeniable songwriting chops.

Years before Cordovas' formation, bandleader Joe Firstman travelled the country as a solo musician. Raised in North Carolina, he moved to Hollywood as a determined 20-year-old, signing a major-label deal with Atlantic Records. When a dizzying blur of acclaimed shows - including opening dates for Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson - weren't enough to satisfy the expectations of a big-budget record label, Firstman lost his contract and took a new job as music director on Last Call with Carson Daly. It was good work, with Firstman performing nightly alongside first-rate musicians like Thundercat and Kamasi Washington.

Audra Santa The Power And The Pain

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

From Thunder Bay to Melbourne, Toronto to Cannes, Audra Santa's a happening thing. Started happening in Australia, where she spent ten happy years exploring the Aussie badlands and goodlands, playing in various musical projects, including progressive rock band, The Wandering, and Indie-folk duo, Amon and Audra. Her powerful, expressive vocals and talent for instaconnections with people were simply too evident for Audra not to go solo. Recording commenced at Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne over Easter 2016 with high enthusiasm on all sides. For Audra though, it was a being put in a blender kind of thing, high on getting her songs down, low down inside with the certain knowledge that the marriage she had cherished with all her being, had put aside her music for at one point, was going off the cliff.

BTW Century Thief, Lief Hall, CARLO, Dee & The Grand Brothers, NXNE, Trent Severn, Betty Moon, Excuses, Excuses, Tara Shannon

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Here's a genre-defying crew with a lot of reach and some neat riffing.

For starters, check the ever-expanding orchestral folk-pop of ''Deaf Beneath The Waves" here: https://soundcloud.com/century-thief/sets/deaf-beneath-the-waves
Bandcamp: https://centurythief.bandcamp.com/album/deaf-beneath-the-waves
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4Hg8Z90V37E4uuDj6cvd62?si=rTRxh3oeSoulYxXv__ytBw

Century Thief is a six-piece band based in Toronto, ON. They bring a blend of introspection and energy, sometimes soft, sometimes noisy experimental indie rock featuring brass, woodwinds, keys, guitars, bass, drums and multi-layered vocal harmonies.

Their favourite description comes from a sound engineer in Montreal, who described the band as trash lounge folk prog rock. Drawing on influences like Broken Social Scene, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Wilco, and Elliott Smith, it seems pretty apt. They are noisy and melodic, with a touch of salty nostalgia.

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