Our host Jeff Woods
National radio personality Jeff Woods hosts The Crow Sessions and conducts an up-close-and-personal mid-show interview with the artists on-stage.
The most talked about Jeff Woods attribute is his voice. It has been heard on radio and television for decades. Jeff’s career continues to be about communication and he is known for sounding as though he's speaking just to you, despite the fact that his reach has extended to a weekly audience exceeding one million listeners.
Beyond talking on the radio and television as a host or a guest, Jeff's presence continues to extend to commercial voice-over and narration, and to the stage as an emcee and speaker.
Woods has been at the center of conversation and context around music for 30+ years. He was the creator and host of The Legends of Classic Rock, heard internationally over 14 seasons. His many one-on-one interviews include David Bowie, R.E.M, The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, The Band, Pearl Jam, Carlos Santana, Metallica, The Doors, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, and so many more.
Jeff's current radio series "Records & Rockstars" complements his artist interview/performance podcast of the same name, and his first work of non-fiction in print - the acclaimed "Radio, Records & Rockstars”, now out in Audio Book and selling at Amazon, Audible & iTunes.
Session # 17 DUSTIN BENTALL
On April 16th we are excited to Welcome Dustin Bentall to the Crow Stage for our 17th session.
We were fortunate enough to have his father Barney Bentall here on January 15th. Dustin is just releasing his first album in 5 years, “High in the Satellite”
Please join us for a delicious Prix Fixe dinner (vegetarian option)
Jeff Woods, celebrated Radio Host and Author will dig a little deeper into Dustin’s life during a half time interview.
Authenticity. Craftsmanship. Timelessness.
Those are the qualities that seem to embody everything that Dustin Bentall does. Whether the West Coast roots-rocker is strumming out a cosmic country tune, handcrafting a pair of leather boots, or fixing up an old car, everything Bentall touches seems to have classic feel to it.
“The art forms feed into one another”, says Bentall, explaining how his passions fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. “I could be installing a new engine into my ’64 Bel Air or working with leather. That kind of hands-on physical work unlocks something in my brain. When a certain goal is reached or a task completed is when I’ll pick up the guitar and the songs spill out.”
In 2019, Dustin Bentall returns with “High In The Satellite”, his first new music in over five years. He’s been consistently gigging - his own solo shows, duo gigs with his longtime partner Kendel Carson, and the annual Cariboo Express tour with his dad, Barney Bentall and other friends (which has raised over 1.4 M for local charities across western Canada) – it’s just that he’s been working in a different kind of studio.
b.b. gun leather was Dustin Bentall’s first foray into hand-crafted leather goods, a partnership with a friend that lasted three successful years. The shop where the business operated out of in East Vancouver blended his passions with a CBC produced music series called “The b.b gun Sessions” which featured artists, Father John Misty, Mac Demarco, Whitney Rose & John Paul White of The Civil Wars...
“b.b. gun was great”, says Bentall, “but it ultimately took too much time away from writing and recording music. I needed to put my focus back on music and grow independant in the leather business, which is how both Dust Leather and ‘High In The Satellite’ took shape.”
Dust Leather has entered into an exciting partnership with Coup de Tete, a Toronto-based custom hat company that is expanding into shoes. Bentall’s style of handmade leather boots are the perfect fit for a dream collab that will see a rise in production and greater availability for his one of a kind leather boots.Back to the music:
The five cool, dusty, desert-scape road songs on “High In The Satellite” are what Dustin Bentall calls “the most honest representation yet of the music that I hear in my head.” The record was co-produced by Bentall and Carson, and mixed by Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Yukon Blonde, Dan Mangan).“High In The Satellite” channels all of Bentall’s biggest influences: Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams, Matt Mays, his dad Barney, John Prine, and Blue Rodeo (co-lead singer Jim Cuddy has been spotted wearing a pair of Dust Leather shoes on stage). And if there needs to be any more synergetic proof of Dustin Bentall’s merging careers, a John Prine lyric is branded inside new pairs of Dust Leather boots: “It took me years to get those souvenirs.”It’s a line that could perfectly be applied to “High In The Satellite.”
Session # 18 MORGAN DAVIS
Pease join us on May 21st when blues legend and Juno winner Morgan Davis joins us for a special Crow Session #18
Please join us for a delicious Prix Fixe dinner (vegetarian option). Jeff Woods, celebrated Radio Host and Author will dig a little deeper into Morgan’s life during a half time interview.
Morgan Davis has been on the road playing the blues for 48 years. Growing up in Detroit in the 1950's, blues, R & B, and rock and roll was in the air, along with the new "Motown" sound. He came to Canada in 1968, settling in Toronto, which was a stop along the blues club circuit for all the travelling Chicago musicians - and Davis had a chance to see them all, and learn directly from legends like Muddy Waters. He sought out players like Sunnyland Slim and Johnny Shines, both of whom played with Robert Johnson, one of Morgan's biggest influences.
Over the years, Davis has won 8 Maple Blues Awards, 2 Jazz Report Awards, and the JUNO in 2003 for Blues Album of the Year.
His latest release, "Home Away from Home", is on Downbeat magazine's Top 50 albums of 2018 list.
Davis performs solo, playing traditional and original blues on electric guitars and 3 string cigar-box guitar.
GIVEN THE DAY AND AGE MORGAN'S "REEFER SMOKIN' MAN IS VERY FITTING!
Session # 19 CAROLE POPE
Please join us in welcoming Carole Pope to the Crow Stage on June 25th for our 19th Crow Session!
Come for a delicious prix fixe dinner including vegetarian options and see what our host, radio personality, Jeff Woods can reveal about Carole’s long and interesting life and career.
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A SECOND SHOW HAS NOW BEEN ADDED OMN THE 26TH
Carole Pope is an agent provocateur pushing the boundaries of sexuality, sexual politics, and the status quo. Short listed for the Polaris prize, her work has been recognized with three Juno Awards, multiple independent music awards, a Genie Award. 4 gold, 1 platinum and 1 double platinum album. Her latest single This is Not A Test (Sony Red) is available everywhere. A new collaboration with Kevin Hearn (BNL Lou Reed) RESIST IT is out now.
Pope has toured with David Bowie and performed at Roskilde, World Pride, MOCCA, Fashion Cares 25 with Elton John, Largo, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The AGO, ROM, Arts Wells, Luminato, Joe’s Pub, The Global Cabaret Festival, The Frostbite Festival, Reykjavik, The Vancouver Folk Festival. Riverfest, Toronto, Los Angeles, Montreal, San Diego, San Francisco Prides, the Michigan Womyn’s Festival and the Viper Room. She appeared in SUCK a Vampire movie along with guest stars Moby, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper and Henry Rollins
Pope has contributed music to film and television, including Transparent Season Two, Love or Whatever, Never saw it Coming, The L Word, General Idea Art AIDs and the fin de siecle The Trailer Park Boys Movie, This Revolution, Queer As Folk, The Five Senses, and Cruising. Her seminal band “Rough Trade” was on the short list for the Polaris Prize and were inducted into the Indy Hall of Fame during Canadian Music Week.
Digging Roots utilize traditional and contemporary artistic practices, themes, traditions, forms, and are committed to and influenced by, the broad and diverse music community and creative culture that we live in. They pursue their art as a means of survival personally and culturally, as a way to know their own truth, as a way of connecting with community, as a means of resistance, as a tool of positive change, as an instrument of joy, as a way to keep tradition alive, and as a way to move forward.
Digging Roots was founded around the creative husband-wife songwriting team of Raven and ShoShona. They challenge one another to create music that is process driven and explorative, both aesthetically and thematically. They are influenced by their traditional Anishinabek and Onkwehonwe music, world music and a wealth of popular forms including roots, blues, jazz, folk, reggae, hip-hop and rock. Their music remains the focus of their artistic expression, growth and development, and is a means of exploring their identity as Indigenous creators and contemporary artists. They connect to a unique world view that is rooted culturally, socially and politically in their Indigenous communities.
Over ten years theyve been utilizing the traditional North American Anishinabek compositional approach of music creation called Song Lines whereby melodies and rhythms are created by tracing the rise and fall of horizons within a landscape. This is a musical way of reconnecting with the earth and the hidden melodies and rhythms that are contained on her. By utilizing and integrating traditional approaches to music composition Digging Roots have also combined western and eastern approaches to their compositions. Reflective of a contemporary Indigenous identity their music is equally expressive of a global human experience as they connect with audiences on this musical and humanistic basis.
Considering their music genre global blues the JUNO winning six -piece Indigenous band from the Toronto have been touring in North America, Australia and Europe. In 2017 they were on the road for nine months playing listening rooms at festivals and listening rooms in Canada and Australia.
Their latest JUNO nominated album For The Light brings more global-blues infused songs and audience round dances to their national and international tours. For the last year, Digging Roots have been in studios from Australia to Canada producing their latest album Zhawenim and they have released a single and video for their song AK-47 which explores the concept of love as a weapon in reclaiming our humanity. Digging Roots is a musical group that balances femininity and masculinity with Indigenous tradition and modern aesthetics. Their goal is to engage wider audiences with their Anishinabek music and cultural ideals.
Additionally, Digging Roots have toured in Australia seven times since 2010 with three of those tours in 2018. Theve performed at several festivals that include Byron Bay Bluesfest, Woodford Folk Festival, and on country from Northern Territory to the Sydney Opera House.
Digging Roots were awarded the first Cobalt Prize for Contemporary Blues Composition at the 2015 Maple Blues Awards. The creator and benefactor of the award, musician Paul Reddick, presented Digging Roots the grand prize for their song Hwy 17.
It is absolutely inspiring to hear these artistic people make such luminous musical statements a must hear piece of work. 4-and-a-half stars. Jeff Mon, The Winnipeg Free Press
Hopeful and empowering 4 out of 5 stars. Patrick Langston, The Ottawa Citizen
Funky native music fueled by a sexy soulful blend of reggae n blues. Jeffery Morgan, Detroit Metro Times
[DiggingRoots] are driven by a sense of those roots and that history they reference in the name of their duo, and thats the center of their unique sound. You can listen on the level of lyrics or on the level of groove and musical experimentation, but better to listen more than once to take it all in. Your basic quiet folk record, its not. Dirty Linen, Issue #125
a sophisticated fusion of reggae, blues, jazz, hip hop The Hamilton Spectator
Jerome Godboo and Godboogie
JEROME GODBOO has been tearing up stages in Canada and the world for 30 years now, leaving a lasting impression on the psyche of his many fans.The local legend of explosive 90’s rock band the Phantoms, Jerome is known for his totally unbridled vocals and astonishing harmonica skills (which won him the “Best Harmonica Player” award at the Blues Foundation’s 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee). This is the 15th album of Jerome’s prolific outpouring of soul — and though his daily practice of Vipassana meditation grounds and soothes him, he springs to life with another-worldly energy as he performs. Jerome assembled GODBOOGIE with long-time friends and musical brothers, all of them world-class performers with storied and award-winning histories of their own. Guitarist ERIC SCHENKMAN is a founding member of 90’s supergroup, the Grammy-nominated Spin Doctors. Guitarist SHAWN KELLERMAN is a Maple Blues Award nominee and Blues Music Award winner, recently on tour with the Lucky Peterson Band. GARY CRAIG is one of Canada’s most sought-after drummers, recently recording and touring with Bruce Cockburn and the stars of the ABC network TV series Nashville. These amazing musicians combine to make GODBOOGIE a totally immersive experience. The songs have roots in blues and rock ‘n’ roll, but really defy all the usual pigeonholes.
“Toronto bandleader Jerome Godboo has turned in his solo status and decided to record under the band name ‘Godboogie’ and if this disc is what we can expect, I’m all in."
Jason Collett is a Toronto based singer-songwriter. He is a member of Broken Social Scene but also tours on his own, having released seven solo CDs. His latest album, Song and Dance Man, was released in February, 2016. He recently joined forces with fellow Canadians in an independently produced film project the Iodine movie where he accomplished his acting debut as Deputy Peel.
Born in Bramalea, Ontario, a Greater Toronto Area suburb, Collett began writing songs at a young age to escape the boredom of his suburban life. He lists Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson and Nick Lowe as influences. Eventually Collett moved to downtown Toronto where he worked as a woodworker and carpenter, doing renovations and custom home building, while he pursued his music. He was a part of the short-lived alt-country group Bird, of which Andrew Cash and Hawksley Workman were also members. Bird released one album, 2000s Chrome Reflection. Collett also took part in Torontos popular indie music gathering, Radio Mondays. Collett, along with others such as The Weakerthans and artists on the record label Arts & Crafts, would perform and write songs together. Collett has mentioned how Radio Mondays were great community-building events, with five or six artists on stage at a time.
THE BASEMENT REVUE
For 12 years, The Basement Revue has been a half-music, half-literary variety show with a rock-n-roll sensibility and a unique Canadian voice, hosted and curated by Broken Social Scene singer/songwriter Jason Collett. From its inception on a wintry night in 2007 at Torontos Dakota Tavern, The Basement Revue has explored what happens when artists of different disciplines share the stage together. This has made for exciting collaborations, such as Feist backing up Michael Ondaatje or Margaret Atwood stepping up to the mic in front of one of Torontos most celebrated bands and saying, with her characteristic deadpan wit, hit it Sadies. Combining a compelling mix of musicians, storytellers, and poets with the improvisational spirit of a kitchen party, The Basement Revue has blossomed into one of Canadas most dynamic live event series.