Meet Jeff Woods. Jeff hosts our Crow Sessions and conducts a short interview at some point during the show. Jeff’s a good dude!
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.
Please join us on January 15th as we welcome the incredible Barney Bentall to the Crow Stage for our first Crow Session of 2019!
Jeff Woods will be hosting and interviewing Barney between sets.
After a half decade layoff from recording on his own, Barney Bentall returns with his finest, his most powerful, and most incisive album to date, The Drifter & The Preacher on True North Records.
A rugged, fiercely ambitious work, The Drifter & The Preacher combines an intensely personal artistry with a broader vision of a public figure coming to terms with his ordered life as a musician, as a songwriter, as a husband, as a father, and as a son while turning in his most urgent, and forceful performance in memory.
The album was recorded and mixed in Vancouver by John Raham at Afterlife Studios, excepting “Moon At The Door,” recorded and mixed by Sheldon Zaharko at Monarch Studios.
While his catalog overflows with stellar music, this masterful, expertly crafted album is in the vein of the best recordings of Blue Rodeo, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Ian Tyson, Ron Hynes, and Tom Cochrane, and may prove to be a truly defining moment in Barney’s musical legacy.
Despite several sabbaticals from the musical wars, Barney remains very much part of the fabric of Canadian music culture.
As frequent collaborator Jim Cuddy, who guested on “Won’t Change The World,” notes, “Barney had a similar trajectory as a neo-roots troubadour to the one we experienced in Blue Rodeo. He has so successfully transitioned from fronting a rock band to being a true Canadian troubadour in the tradition of Lightfoot, McLauchlan, and Cohen. I have loved his solo records, and they have frequently brought me to tears. He is a very poignant songwriter. His voice has the ring of authenticity, and I am easily swept up in the narrative of his songs. His records are my ‘go to’ ones when I need some familiarity to soothe my worries. Quite a man, quite an artist.”
The songbird of the East, Catherine Maclellan will be flying to Ontario for a one night stand on February 5th.
Be there to see her land!
Catherine MacLellan has become one of Canada’s finest and favourite singer-songwriters on her own merits. She’s kept away from the media circus and celebrity scene, preferring to live at home in rural P.E.I. She’s worked diligently at her craft, releasing a series of remarkable, creative albums, culminating in the Juno Award-winning The Raven’s Sunfrom 2014, to go along with multiple East Coast Music Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and Music PEI Awards. Most impressively, she has chosen to carve out her career path without trading on her family name.
That’s pretty hard to do, when your father is one of the country’s most famous songwriters. Gene MacLellan wrote two world-wide, multi-million selling smash hits: “Snowbird” by Anne Murray, and “Put Your Hand in the Hand” by Ocean. There are dozens more gems, including “The Call”, “Bidin’ My Time”, “Shilo Song” and “The Reunion Song”. But Catherine insisted on making it on her own.
“I didn’t know who I was yet, and so I didn’t want to be in his shadow and have that kind of pressure on me,“ she explained. “People would talk about my dad, but I would try to steer the conversation away from that for the first while.”
But now, that’s changed. MacLellan has gone from shying away from those songs to fully embracing them, with a stunning new album celebrating her father’s musical legacy. If It’s Alright With You – The Songs of Gene MacLellan contains 13 of her father’s most famous compositions, songs that propelled him to fame nearly 50 years ago, and remain the gold standard for Canadian songwriting.
“I don’t put a lot of stock into awards, but when Chris (Gauthier, her producer) and I did The Raven’s Sun and we won the Juno, it felt like, ‘Okay, I did it,’ I know who I am, and people seem to also, and they appreciate my music on its own. Now I want to share my dad’s music and it’s also an opportunity for me to get to know him better. The more I get to know his songs, the closer I feel to him.”
The discovery for MacLellan had been sometimes bittersweet. She lost her father while still in her mid-teens when he died in 1995.
“I think really for me it was part of my journey of healing. I thought that I was over the grief of losing my dad. I thought I had dealt with it in lots of rational ways, which I guess I had, but I hadn’t actually emotionally finished that journey,“ she said. “But now that my daughter is eleven, and I’m starting to see my brother’s kids playing music and they’re even playing some of dad’s songs, I see the generational thing is really cool. I’m really proud to be walking in his footsteps.”
She’s taken the journey one step further; in addition to the album, MacLellan has written a new theatre show that will debut in July in Charlottetown, at the P.E.I. Brewing Company stage. Also called If It’s Alright With You, it’s filled with stories from her father’s life, from surprising revelations to intimate descriptions of their time together. It will feature the selections from this album, as well as lesser-known and even unreleased songs she’s discovered in her family archives. After the show finishes its run in P.E.I. in the summer, she’ll take it on tour across the country in the coming months.
With her grace and charm, Catherine MacLellan has captivated audiences since her 2004 solo debut. She’s capable of the deepest emotional connections through her intimate lyrics as well as easy-going and light-hearted fun. There’s some of all that on If It’s Alright By You, as well as some surprising interpretations, a welcome reminder for old fans of her father’s, and an introduction for a new generation.
“He would be happy to know that his songs continue on, being remembered and given a new spark,“ she said. “A young, regular guy, from a regular upbringing, very humble beginnings, what one guy can do.”