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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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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

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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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

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.

James LeBlanc and the Winchesters: The Devil Between My Ears

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Submitted by Don Graham

Americana singer/songwriter James LeBlanc is embarking on a brand new exciting project fresh on the heels of his critically acclaimed CD ‘The Nature of the Beast’. We caught up with James at his home in the Muscle Shoals area of North Alabama. “Thanks for this opportunity to get the word out. The first thing I want y’all to know is I ’m grateful to be able to make records. We have a blast doing it and it’s so much fun. I am pumped for this album, it’s going to a little different from my solo CDs, a little more of a band feel and is gonna be a little more aggressive. We will be exploring some southern rock aspects of ourselves, a little more edge to it musically. Plus my lady, the super talented Angela Hacker, is gonna be steppin’ out and singin’ some leads, so I’m pumped.”

James has started a Pledge Music campaign to get this project out there. “What I want to say to people about the campaign is ‘We need you’ We’re trying to bypass all the middlemen and red tape and bring somethin’ straight to you from us. No filters. “Here’s the info on the campaign in James’ words.

“Hey, guys! I am SO HAPPY to finally tell you . . . we have started recording the new album. And this time, you can be a vital part of the process by helping us with pre-orders through our new PledgeMusic campaign. It's really simple. Just click on the link, watch the video, then scan through all the great items and packages we have available for pre-sale. https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/jamesleblanc

David Vaters A Voice in the Wilderness

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Submitted by Don Graham

David Vaters is making the music he was meant to make and the world is taking notice. And with the state of affairs on the planet these days the world needs David Vaters’ uplifting and inspirational songs to bring a positive balance to life. There have been some detours on the road to David’s destiny but patience and laser focus helped get him to this point in his life and career.

“I started writing songs at age 15 and at 16 I was offered a record contract, an 8 single deal, but it would have involved leaving school and that wasn’t going to happen. So I put it on hold for a while.” But David’s passion and talent as a singer/songwriter was not to be denied. He spent many years honing and fine-tuning his songwriting skills and working with great musicians in North America and the U.K. and began work on ‘A Voice in the Wilderness Volume 1.’ “I was fortunate to start a business with my brother making merchandise and branding T-shirts and the like. We were responsible for Brooks Running shoes among other things. I ended up moving back to Canada from Tennessee to a home in the wilderness which was strange because I had titled my work ‘A Voice In The Wilderness’ before I knew I’d be living there.”

Micke Bjorklof & Blue Strip Twentyfive Live at Blues Baltica

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

Twentyfive Live at Blues Baltica” is the new album release from Finnish Blues Award-winning blues-rock group Micke Bjorklof & Blue Strip. This is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2015 “Ain´t Bad Yet” album, which was produced by Grammy Award-winning John Porter. With this live album, Micke Bjorklof & Blue Strip celebrate their 25 years career as a touring blues band. This performance was a part of the “Ain´t Bad Yet – 25-Live” anniversary tour. It represents 25-years of hard work and chronicles the band’s most popular material from this period. Through the years, the band has been frequently asked: “When are you going to do a live album”. Now, after delivering six studio albums, they thought it was the right time.

"This vibrant concert in front of 1200 enthusiastic listeners demonstrates clearly this band’s special qualities: the finest songwriting, outstanding instrumentals and first-class singing satisfy any desire. Unbelievable were the force and the intensity that went into every single song of this concert. On top of that, the guys showed an enthusiasm on stage that can even be heard on this album”, says Helge Nickel (Baltic Blues Society)

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