Jerome Godboo and
Join us on September 11th as we welcome Jerome Godboo and Godboogie for our next Crow Session.
These veterans of the music industry will have some great stories to share with our host Jeff Woods!
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."
Smart-ass philosopher, hopeless romantic, cosmic vagabond: Steve Poltz is all of these things, as well as a respected singer-songwriter. Mixing maudlin finger-plucked acoustic narratives with life-affirming parables, Poltz is perhaps best known as the co-writer of Jewel’s pop hit “You were meant for me”. Poltz oozes charisma, and long ago cemented his reputation as a bit of an unhinged genius. Whether improvising lyrics mid-song, or grinning his way through absurdist banter, you can NOT unsee a Steve Poltz show.
To suggest that Steve Poltz isn’t normal is about as safe a statement as one could make. You would basically require the powers of the Hubble space telescope to locate Steve Poltz from any region of normalcy.
For music fans on both sides of the equator, this is a very good thing.
Born among the hearty seafaring folk of Canada’s Halifax, Nova Scotia, Poltz has lived most of his life in Southern California, where the sun treated his rocky Canadian DNA like clothes in a dryer. Naturally a spectrum of cultural and emotional tensions arose and he eventually sought refuge in the art of songwriting, where he tapped into an unforgettable and often horrifying depth of unhinged genius.
Among the music cognoscenti, Steve Poltz is regarded as one of the most talented and prolific songwriters of our time. His songs have been among the longest running ever on the Billboard Top 100 and they regularly appear in movie soundtracks, television shows, and even the odd commercial. His touring schedule is ferocious, ping ponging between continents with enough frequency to earn him manic followings in scores of different accents and languages.
Any musician who has traveled as extensively as Poltz will have their share of colorful road stories, but Poltz’ adventures read like a bucket list. Starting out auspiciously, Poltz recalls meeting Elvis Presley at a small airport and beaming proudly as The King hugged his sister for an inordinately long time. Growing up in Palm Springs, California, he trick-or-treated at Liberace’s house and was Bob Hope’s favorite altar boy. In an alcohol-soaked haze, he infamously accosted David Cassidy, who had summoned him to Las Vegas to write a hit song for the aging Tiger Beat cover boy.
His rich and colorful legacy is the stuff of legend, but it is his distinctive style of songwriting that has caused the world to offer up its stages, clubs, and alleys. Poltz’ sound is entirely unique- from his inhuman fingerstyle techniques to the inimitable melodies that roll from his guitar like cool waterfalls, you know a Poltz song as soon as you hear it. To see Steve to perform live is one of the most entertaining shows a human could ever see. Frenzied, aggressive, hilarious, and heartbreakingly sincere, his live performances have become bona fide events, with sub-cultures popping up all over the globe to entice him to come and tour. As relentless as he is in concert, he is also the guy who famously co-wrote the timeless ballad “You Were Meant For Me” with platinum-selling songwriter Jewel. Of course, because we’re talking about Steve Poltz, it should surprise no one to learn that the song was written on a lazy Mexican beach, where Poltz and Jewel were soon snapped up and sequestered by Mexican Federales and required to witness and eventually assist in a large marijuana bust on the beach. Don’t believe it? See for yourself in the pictures on his web site.
Poltz, an ex high school wrestler (98 pound class), is also an obsessive baseball fan, a die-hard yoga practitioner, a hopeless romantic, a smart-ass philosopher and a child-like adventurer with an absurdist’s view of the planet and all of its curious life forms.
Music fans have adored him since he first fronted the hallowed punk-folk legends, The Rugburns, whose live shows earned the band a following that is best described somewhere between the terms “cult” and “crazed substance-abusing fanatics.” Once touring over 300 days a year, the Rugburns occasionally reunite for wildly popular sold-out shows.
Poltz’ solo body of work is an impressive collection of ballads, rockers and uniquely melodic acoustic numbers that reflect his incomparable style of alternate tunings and savage finger picking techniques. Guitar geeks fall prostrate at his feet trying vainly to learn how to play his stunningly gorgeous and deceptively complex songs. To see him play guitar is a visual feast so frenetic that close proximity to his playing exposes one to risk of seizure.
His albums reflect the depth and expanse of his influences throughout the years (One Left Shoe, Chinese Vacation, Traveling and Unraveling). He has also released a children’s album (The Barn), a performance DVD (Tales From The Tavern) and a collection of other recordings that defy categorization, such as Answering Machine – a 56-track collection of 45 second “songs” culled from his answering machine’s outgoing messages. Neil Young has ranked it as a favorite album.
His live shows have captivated audiences far and wide with a mix of singing, storytelling, shredding, and the occasional spoken word rants which have been known to incite riots. He can take an audience from laughter to tears and back again in the space of the same song. Steve Poltz transcends the word “talented.” He is unforgettable in all the right ways.
Crow. Bar and Variety is proud to present east-coaster Erin Costelo in our 8th instalment of the Crow Sessions dinner series. Erin will be releasing her new album "Sweet Marie"
With songs that sound like they were written by your heroes, Erin Costelo has been compared to Carole King, Laura Nyro, Nina Simone and Martha Reeves and has had the opportunity to open for legends like Mavis Staples, Dr. John and Boz Scaggs and has recently performed with Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band.
Her last album Down Below, the Status Quo was nominated for a total of 12 awards in her home on the East Coast of Canada. Including wins for Producer of the Year, Solo Recording of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.
Erin has had the pleasure of touring and collaborating with artists like Rose Cousins, Joel Plaskett, and Stephen Fearing. She is poised to release her 5th album "Sweet Marie" in October 2018 on Nashville label, Compass Records. This project is complete with a “making of” documentary directed by Juno-winning songwriter, turned filmmaker, Amelia Curran which will air on CBC TV in early fall 2018. The album features Glenn Milchem (Blue Rodeo) on drums, Anna Ruddick (Randy Bachman) on bass and Leith Fleming-Smith (Matt Mays/Hawksley Workman) on organ as well as her long-time guitarist Clive MacNutt. Erin is excited to bring this band to Crow. Bar and Variety in October!
I have had the privilege of a side stage view of Erin’s career for more than ten years and I can tell you that she produces the kind of work that makes other artists question their life choices. - Amelia Curran