Stony Plain marks its 35th Anniversary
It's been 35 years since Stony Plain began its life as a record label - and to mark the anniversary, the label's prepared a giant 2CD-plus-DVD package, with more than 40 tracks and eleven videos. The souvenir package will be released in May.
One of the CDs is titled Singers, Songwriters and Much, Much More, while the other is titled Blues, R&B, Swing, Jazz and Even More.
In addition to rare material from the label's back catalogue, there are remarkable songs that have never been released before. There are no less than four tracks by Robert Nighthawk, recorded in a small Toronto studio 45 years ago, following a gig in a local club, possibly the last recordings he ever made.
And there are three unreleased tracks by the legendary singer-songwriter Bob Carpenter, recorded as publishing demos in 1979. Bob only made one album - Silent Passage, now out of print, but available digitally - and these tracks are a reminder of what music was lost when he passed away 15 years ago.
There 's also an unreleased track from Richard Newell, a.k.a. King Biscuit Boy, and preview tracks from new Stony Plain CDs by Harry Manx & Kevin Breit, and Rory Block.
The DVD includes rarely seen videos by - among others - Corb Lund, Duke Robillard, Downchild, Ronnie Earl, Dutch Mason, The Paperboys and Long John Baldry. There's also an informal tour of the Stony Plain offices, and a touching tribute to Jeff Healey, contributed by video-maker Mako Funasaka.