Festival-goers will have a chance to get a sneak preview of what’s in store at the 15th ANNUAL WINTERFOLK BLUES AND ROOTS FESTIVAL when some of the finest folk, roots and blues artists will take the stage at Toronto’s Black Swan Tavern on Saturday, November 26th. Doors open at 7:30 pm and music starts at 8:00 pm for this event to benefit Winterfolk. Presented by Winterfolk XV Blues and Roots Festival, the event also serves as a benefit for the festival. Artists will include Tony Quarrington, HOTCHA!, Brian Gladstone, Glen Hornblast, Jerome Tucker, D’Arcy Wickham and Noah Zacharin. There will also be an open mic for anyone who would like to add a tune or two.
Toronto’s Winterfolk XV festival – which will run from February 17-19, 2017, will present a jam-packed night of music as a teaser to the upcoming all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof urban blues and roots festival. Every year the Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival engages in special preview performances that showcase some of the finest emerging and established talent the city has to offer. We want audiences to get a glimpse of what will be on offer for the upcoming festival. Artists will include guitar aces Tony Quarrington, D’Arcy Wickham, hillbilly swing duo HOTCHA!, flying finger pickin’ Brian Gladstone, singer-songwriter Noah Zacharin, authentic Chicago blues man Jerome Tucker, plus award-winning troubadour Glen Hornblast.
Cashbox Magazine Canada is proud to announce the lastest recipient of its legacy award. The honour is awarded to a Canadian music personality who has paved roads and through dedication and hard work earned a spot in Canadian music history. Previous honourees have been entertainers Teen Idol Bobby Curtola, Legendary Singer/Radio Personality Robbie Lane, Record Store owner pioneer Fred Ramsperger (International Music-Montreal) and the well-loved blues performer/radio/TV personality Danny Marks.
The decision of choosing the person is done carefully by committee with contributions weighed and then voted upon. Not surprisingly Lori Yates was a unanimous choice.
Born in Oshawa, Ontario, small town girl, big time talent Lori was raised in Downsview, a suburb of the Big Smoke where was weaned on Dolly Parton, Pink Floyd, Tanya Tucker and Suzi Quatro while cutting her gigging teeth at the Turning Point, Larry's Hideaway with an in your face punk type band The Last Resorts. Lori Yates found herself touring with cowpunk superstar Dwight Yoakum, the edgy Steve Earle and the iconic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Her latest album, released in 2015, ‘Sweetheart of the Valley’ was met with high praise and critical acclaim.
Former MuchMusic VJ Michael Williams has been producing shows in a wonderful ‘listening’ environment with his Michael Williams Presents Sunday Nights at Taste of Colombia's El Salon in Bronte, Ontario.
The tradition continues with a live, acoustic Jazz, Celtic, Reggae performance by featuring the return of Jason Wilson and the Perennials Sunday Dec. 4th 2016.
Michael Williams says, “I have watched Jason Wilson develop his unique style after his mentor Reggae Legend, Jackie Mittoo. First there was Tabaruk a Canadian version of musical youth. Next came his many projects featuring various styles from Jazz to Celtic, always including Reggae in the mix perfectly. A talented songwriter of importance in the Canadian musical mosaic. Jason is accompanied by musicians from Tabaruk and new players who fit in acoustically and musically.” Jason Wilson and the Perennials is one of the best shows of 2016 bringing the warmth of Reggae back to Bronte and Taste of Colombia. A show not to be missed!”
Leon Russell died on Nov. 13, 2016 in Nashville at the age of 74. His wife said that he passed away in his sleep.
The Master Of Space And Time was a legendary musician and songwriter originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma who performed his gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues, and country music for over 50 years.
Leon was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2011.
Leon led the famous Joe Cocker's ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen’ tour and performed with George Harrison and Friends at the Concert For Bangladesh. Leon has also toured with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, Edgar Winter, The New Grass Revival, Willie Nelson, and Sir Elton John.
Leon Russell Master of Space and TimeLeon's songwriting credits include 'A Song For You', ‘Delta Lady’, ‘Hummingbird’, ‘Lady Blue’, ‘Back To The Island’, ‘Tight Rope’, and ‘This Masquerade’.
Photo Credits: Pat Blythe A Girl With A Camera "The Picture Taker"
October 20, 2016 was a night to remember. John Long, of Downtown Towing and Promotions holds a yearly event to remember his two brothers, Clifford and Gary who passed within days of each from cancer. Sadly, this year he added his lifelong friend to the list. A man he considered to be his other brother, Bobby Curtola. Teen heartthrob Curtola succumbed to a heart attack on June 4, 2016. The event this year was held at the Rock Pile and the turnout was in honour to the ones we have lost.
Every now and then a magical musical moment is forever etched in history and this night was one of those moments. The event was hosted by the talented Danny Marks who also brought along his bandmates, Leon Stevenson (drums and vocals) and Rodney St. Armant. (bass and vocals). A poignant choice as Curtola was the one who gave Danny Marks the Cashbox Canada Legacy Award last year.
Claude “Curly” Putman, has died at the age of 85. Putnam was a prolific songwriter writing or co-writing such hits as Tammy Wynette’s classic DIVORCE with Bobby Braddock and the George Jones comeback hit He Stopped Loving Her Today. But he is probably best known for the all time favourite Green, Green Grass of Home, which propelled Tom Jones to stardom
Curly was born and raised in Princeton, Alabama, on a mountain named after his family where his father worked in the sawmill where he would also work after school. He went to Southern University Junior College before spending four years in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Valley Forge.
After leaving the Navy, he played steel guitar with a band in Huntsville, Alabama, where he met his future wife, Bernice They would marry in 1956. They moved around for several years eventually settling in Huntsville where he worked in a shoe store. As a songwriter he had his first cuts from Marion Worth and Grand Ole Opry star Charlie Walker. He was transferred to a Nashville store before moving to Memphis then back to Huntsville where he played in a band at night. In 1960, he recorded "The Prison Song," a top 30 single. On a 1963 visit to Nashville, he ran into Buddy Killen, who was working for music-publishing company Tree International.who hired Putnam as a song plugger.
Submitted by Cashbox Canada Photo at right: Dolly Parton Wins Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award
The Country Music Awards are the best of the best in Country Music today. An A-star list gather together, with many hoping to be a winner.
The CMA Awards have been touted as "Country Music's Biggest Night" and A-list stars were all hoping to leave as winners.
Two stars were guaranteed to make acceptance speeches right off the top. It was announced in advance that Kenny Chesney would receive the Pinnacle Award and Dolly Parton would be honored with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. Meanwhile Chris Stapleton took home two trophies and Garth Brooks nabbed the big award of the night, Entertainer of the Year. Here is the list of CMA 2016 Winners:
Multi-award winning artist and country music hit-maker Travis Tritt will release a special live 2-disc CD and DVD, titled A Man and His Guitar – Live From The Franklin Theatre, on Nov. 18. The much-anticipated release, shot and recorded at the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tenn., spotlights Tritt’s distinctively soulful voice and his exceptional guitar prowess in an intimate theater setting.
The project features Tritt at his best; performing an unplugged solo concert that gives fans the rare opportunity to hear a fresh take on some of Tritt’s biggest hits, including “Help Me Hold On,” “Anymore,” and “Best of Intentions,” in a stripped down, pure form. Previously unreleased renditions of “Come And Go Blues” and “Pickin’ At It" are also included in the program.
Tritt’s discovery that an audience loved to hear him perform songs accompanied only by his guitar served as the inspiration behind the project. In this concert, Tritt acknowledges and pays tribute to artists he grew up admiring and those that were influential to him as he punctuates the release with personal stories and anecdotes from his long career. Select acoustic numbers and humorous moments between Tritt and his guests, Marty Stuart and James Otto, are also highlighted.
The National Music Centre (NMC) in Calgary Alberta is pleased to launch a honouring iconic Canadian musician Tom Cochrane. The special exhibition is to commemorate 25th anniversary of smash album Mad Mad World.
The exhibition, called Showcase: Tom Cochrane, will be located on Studio Bell’s fifth floor, and will feature a wide selection of awards and artifacts from Cochrane, including the 1963 Gretsch guitar, used by Cochrane in the music video for 1988 single “Big League,” and seen on the cover of his Victory Day album with Red Rider, along with the outfit worn in the music video for 1991 chart-topper “Life is a Highway.”
The opening of this new exhibition will coincide with the deluxe reissue of Cochrane’s 1991 Diamond-selling international smash, Mad Mad World, including a live concert recording in its entirety and demo version of globally-recognized anthem, “Life is a Highway,” and the announcement of a coast-to-coast Canadian tour in early 2017 celebrating the 25th anniversary of Mad Mad World.
“’Mad Mad World was a record that changed my life. This exhibition is a reflection of that time in my career, but also captures many other important landmarks, from my early days on the Yorkville scene to playing with Red Rider and into my solo career," said Tom Cochrane. “I’m so humbled and honoured to have my story celebrated at Studio Bell.”
The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band features four legendary musicians:John Jorgenson on guitar, mandolin and vocals; Herb Pedersen on banjo, guitar and vocals; Jon Randall on guitar and vocals; and Mark Fain on bass.
Jorgenson and Pedersen are founders (with Chris Hillman, formerly of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers) of the formative country rock band:~ Desert Rose Band.
Music virtuoso John Jorgenson, known for his blistering guitar and mandolin licks and mastery of a broad musical palette, has earned a reputation as a world-class musician, as evidenced by his collaborations with Earl Scruggs, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bob Dylan and many others. ~In 2008, Jorgenson won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental with Brad Paisley and received a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album with Earl Scruggs. Jorgenson, who has played with Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Jim and Jesse, David Grisman and others, has enjoyed a successful career with the Desert Rose Band and the Hellecasters; as a member of Elton John’s band for six years; and most recently, in his John Jorgenson Quintet and John Jorgenson Electric Band configurations. One of the elite Gypsy Jazz players in the world, Jorgenson portrayed Django Reinhardt in the Hollywood feature film Head in the Clouds.