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Our host, Jeff Woods

Meet Jeff Woods. Jeff hosts our Crow Sessions and conducts a short interview at some point during the show. Jeff’s a good dude!

JEFF WOODS

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. 


UPCOMING SESSIONS

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Barney Bentall

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.


BARNEY BENTALL

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.”

 

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Catherine Maclellan

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.”

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Ron Hawkins

Please join us and our host Jeff Woods in welcoming Lowest of the Low’s Ron Hawkins for a very personal show on the Crow Stage.


Ron Hawkins has long been revered as one of Canada's greatest contemporary singer-songwriters. As lead singer/multi-instrumentalist and main songwriter of Canada's legendary Lowest of the Low, Ron Hawkins has enjoyed many accolades through the years:

In 1996, 2000 and again in 2005, Chart Magazine honoured the group's 1991 debut album, Shakespeare My Butt, with spots in the top 10 of the Top 100 Canadian Albums of All Time. In 2000 and once again in 2015, Hawkins was voted Songwriter of the Year by NOW Magazine's reader's poll.  Also in 2000, Ron received Toronto station 102.1 The Edge's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2008 The Lowest of the Low was inducted into the Canadian Indie Rock Hall of Fame and awarded gold records for Shakespeare My Butt.

 Over the years, Ron has written and released four LOTL albums, five solo discs, three records with his band The Rusty Nails, and two records (one a double album) as Ron Hawkins and The Do Good Assassins. Adding them all up, Ron has released 15 albums of original material to date and has just released “Shakespeare My Box” a commemorative vinyl box set of the entire Lowest of the Low catalogue.

My little home studio is only nine feet by nine feet but it’s packed with toys and musical goodies. It’s a bit like going down the rabbit hole.”

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Jason Collett

We are very excited to welcome The Song and Dance Man himself, Jason Collett to the Crow Stage.

JASON COLLETT

THERE ARE MORNINGS when I need some comfort right from the get go. I wake up, with the sun (hopefully) streaming in and I feel alone. Even when Im surrounded by my girls and my love and the possessions that make up my life, I dont know where Im bound, and I dont remember where Ive been. Most of the time when I feel this way, I do what Ive always done I put on a record. I let the room warm up in its melodies, I let myself be still. And like a drug that takes a few minutes to work, by the third song, Im not alone anymore. I remember where I came from, and even have a little bit of a clue as to where Im going.

This Sunday past, when I felt this lonely feeling, I put on Reckon, the new album by a man I know (and kind of idolize, but dont tell him that) called Jason Collett. Yeah, you probably know him too. If youve loved Canadian music for the last twenty years of your life, or even if youre only twenty yourself, youve probably heard him sing to you; you might have seen him keeping the Broken Social Scene in line with nothing more than a stomping foot and an acoustic guitar.

You might have seen him seducing a crowd with his songs in little clubs and big arenas and every other goddamn size of room in between all over Canada, all over the world. You might know him from your neighbourhood; hes the handsome one who always seems to have a kid with him. Hes the one who shows up, who takes care, who helps out. Yeah, I told you you know him?

Anyway. Woke up. Stood up. Couldnt find my place. And so I listened to Reckon. And all I can tell you is that by the end of it, I had remembered all kinds of things that mattered to me, and I felt better. I remembered how much I love melody. Jason has a way of finding them so easily, like shells on the beach. but he doesnt polish them up; he leaves the brine and the sand on there, which only serves to reveal the beauty of those patterns going on underneath, the texture and colour of something hidden and therefore made more beautiful.

I remembered that I live in a big empty country, a place where stories wrapped in songs have always been a way for this vast place called Canada (kind of a shitty name for a country, but anyway) to seem smaller somehow. Mitchell, Young, Cohen, Cockburn, Collett weve always been good at this kind of music music about you, about the things that have happened and the places you hope to go. Jason knows that if you want to travel this country from one end to the other, you better have a story in your pocket, and the bravery to tell it. And while nobody minds if you stretch the truth a little, it better have some truth in its heart.

I remembered little things too, like if youre gonna make a record, its ALWAYS a good idea to get some strings on there. Theres something about that febrile sound of a bow across a string that makes you more aware of the miracle of harmony. Strings are all over Reckon; guitar strings, violin strings, and lyrical ones; patterns and themes and ideas that stretch out and pull you in, make you feel like your listening to a teacher and a jester, and make you feel, yeah, less alone. Somebody gets it. And hes singing it for you.

There is something different going on in reckon though, something more than a conversation thats personal; something more pointed, and a little more dangerous. You see, Jason is a dad, and a citizen, and so it follows that hes no longer anyones fool. And Reckon is definitely a record that takes on the poisonous political atmosphere of the day.

From King James Rag, a song so groovy you might not initially notice the disgust at its lyrical heart, to I Wanna Rob A Bank, a song whose title kind of says it all, but whose music makes you want to roll the getaway car windows down and sing along, Reckon takes on the venal greed and hypocrisy of modern Canada and the world with a lightness of touch, but no lack of vitriol. Folk music, if you want to call it that, or rock and roll, if youre more comfortable with the term, has always been partly about calling out the fat cats and the scumbags, and on this record Jason brings humour, passion and subtlety to doing just that; Woody Guthrie wrote on his guitar this machine kills fascists.

Jasons music is too appealing to kill. But if youre the kind of heartless bastard hes going after on this album, it might just sneak up on you, and when you arent looking. By the time it was over for the first time, Reckon was a friend of mine; just like Jasons other albums; just like Jason. I put it on again; and then again. You know why? Well, cause it was fuckin good, that sure helped. Song after song that unfurled in a way that they have a word for: virtuosic. But its on repeat these days and will be for many days to come I reckon (see what I did there?) because on a morning I felt a little lost, it did what all truly great albums do; it put up a sign that pointed me back to the beauty in just being here. I dont really know how I would have gotten through this weird old life if albums like Reckon didnt do that for me every now and then. On a pretty cold morning, Reckon stood up for me, and for all those who feel like the world is getting crueler by the day. It gave me hooks to sing, to cheer my heart; it gave me beats and sex and a little rage, like rock and roll music is supposed to, to make me bold; it gave me a story to follow, and the story sounded a lot like my own; Reckon was there, and it always will be. And if you listen, Ill bet even money it will be there for you too; waiting on the shelf, or in the cloud, to take you in again, and put you back down on the ground at the end.

Oh by the way, you might notice theres another album that comes along with Reckon. This collection is a summing up, I guess you could say, or at least a look back at where Jason has come from, and where hes going. As he picks up listeners with each album, many of whom are younger than some this guys kids, it seems like a good idea to give them a primer on some his finest moments from before. When you write this songs this well, and this consistently, its easy to put out new stuff, and its crucial to let new listeners hear the best of the older stuff. And its free. Which, as we all know, seems to be the way the kids like their music these days. Gotta go; got songs to write, a kid to feed. one of the annoying things about being a musician is that every time you hear a record this good, it makes you feel like youre a lazy prick and you gotta work harder. So its back to work. I forgot where I was for a second so I listened to Reckon; Reckon put me back on the road. And Im on my way again

Torquil Campbell (June 2012)

 

THE CROW SESSIONS

 

On select Tuesdays every month Crow will be presenting various artists in an early dinner-show format. An intimate night of dinner and music with acclaimed artists.  Hosted by the very remarkable Jeff Woods

past guests

 
Tom Wilson   On February 20th we welcome Tom Wilson. Musician, New Author and Artist. Tom who also performs under Lee Harvey Osmond is part of Canadas Juno winning super group Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and alternative rock band Junkhouse. This past November Tom's first book, a memoir entitled "Beautiful Scars" hit the shelves to great acclaim. It has been likened to Angela's Ashes and The Glass Castle. This will be an intimate evening of story and song presented by a master. Doors for dinner will open at 530 and the show will begin at 7. Dinner and a show 65.00 guaranteed seating. Show only first come first seat 35.00. Our neighbour, Simcoe Street Books will be on hand selling books. You can save the tax! You can find tickets in the link below

Tom Wilson

On February 20th we welcome Tom Wilson. Musician, New Author and Artist. Tom who also performs under Lee Harvey Osmond is part of Canadas Juno winning super group Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and alternative rock band Junkhouse. This past November Tom's first book, a memoir entitled "Beautiful Scars" hit the shelves to great acclaim. It has been likened to Angela's Ashes and The Glass Castle. This will be an intimate evening of story and song presented by a master. Doors for dinner will open at 530 and the show will begin at 7. Dinner and a show 65.00 guaranteed seating. Show only first come first seat 35.00. Our neighbour, Simcoe Street Books will be on hand selling books. You can save the tax! You can find tickets in the link below

Joey Landreth   Born and raised on the Canadian prairies, Joey Landreth has grown up with a guitar in his hands. Working as a side man through his teens and early twenties Joey grew up on the road, playing music across genres from gospel to country. At twenty-five Joey joined forces with his older brother as they worked on their first independent project  The Bros. Landreth.  The band was immediately successful, winning a Juno with their first album, among other awards across multiple genres. The band rose quickly to success turning the heads of musical heavy-weights such as Bonnie Raitt, John Oates and Jimmie Vaughan. In 2016 Joey is launching his solo career. With the rare ability to be at once vulnerable and open yet seriously blow audiences away with his musical proficiency, Joey’s career as an independent artist is expected to rise to great heights quickly.

Joey Landreth

Born and raised on the Canadian prairies, Joey Landreth has grown up with a guitar in his hands. Working as a side man through his teens and early twenties Joey grew up on the road, playing music across genres from gospel to country. At twenty-five Joey joined forces with his older brother as they worked on their first independent project The Bros. Landreth. The band was immediately successful, winning a Juno with their first album, among other awards across multiple genres. The band rose quickly to success turning the heads of musical heavy-weights such as Bonnie Raitt, John Oates and Jimmie Vaughan. In 2016 Joey is launching his solo career. With the rare ability to be at once vulnerable and open yet seriously blow audiences away with his musical proficiency, Joey’s career as an independent artist is expected to rise to great heights quickly.

Pat Robitaille   What do you even call his genre? It’s more about his voice than the style of music- but both are hard to pin-point. Toronto based indie-musician Pat Robitaille has a few notches under his belt when it comes to experience, and the result is a vast and varying musical style. As a teen he spent time in LA recording his debut album. From there wound up in Nashville for a stint with the Muzik Mafia, an outlaw outfit of performers, songwriters and creative types. Eventually he found his was back to Canada and started the rock & soul trio The Walkervilles, which saw him in NYC & Austin, TX to record and onstage at his favourite venue, Massey Hall. He’s toured in support of The Hip, Beach Boys, Tedeschi Trucks Band and dozens more around North America. Pat is a songwriter at heart, but his spin on cover songs is so unique you would think they were his own, from Soundgarden to Pink Floyd, Mariah Carey to Daniel Caesar. His latest effort The Basement Takes is his fifth studio album and features the Elvis Costello-like opener Brainstorm, the lucid & atmospheric I’ll Pretend, and the light-hearted Weed Song, which even received a nod by Time Magazine alongside Snoop Dogg.

Pat Robitaille

What do you even call his genre? It’s more about his voice than the style of music- but both are hard to pin-point. Toronto based indie-musician Pat Robitaille has a few notches under his belt when it comes to experience, and the result is a vast and varying musical style. As a teen he spent time in LA recording his debut album. From there wound up in Nashville for a stint with the Muzik Mafia, an outlaw outfit of performers, songwriters and creative types. Eventually he found his was back to Canada and started the rock & soul trio The Walkervilles, which saw him in NYC & Austin, TX to record and onstage at his favourite venue, Massey Hall. He’s toured in support of The Hip, Beach Boys, Tedeschi Trucks Band and dozens more around North America. Pat is a songwriter at heart, but his spin on cover songs is so unique you would think they were his own, from Soundgarden to Pink Floyd, Mariah Carey to Daniel Caesar. His latest effort The Basement Takes is his fifth studio album and features the Elvis Costello-like opener Brainstorm, the lucid & atmospheric I’ll Pretend, and the light-hearted Weed Song, which even received a nod by Time Magazine alongside Snoop Dogg.

Steve Poltz   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.

Steve Poltz

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.

ANDREA RAMOLO;   Born in Toronto to Italian immigrants hence the cover of the Italian love song Caruso on “NUDA”. Andrea began her artistic life as a dancer and actress, but picked up the guitar in 2003 when her mom was going through breast cancer treatment to heal myself and do something productive. The rudimentary country-folk tracks ended up on her 2008 debut, Thank You For The Ride. She followed it up in 2011 with the Tim Thorney-produced The Shadows and the Cracks, which earned her a nomination at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.  She then formed  Scarlett Jane  with  Cindy Doire  and spent five years extensively touring behind two albums, 2012s Stranger and 2015s eponymous offering, earning accolades from press and fellow musicians across the country and two more CFMA nominations.  Ive definitely matured and acquired this confidence in my writing and in my voice as an artist, she says. Sharing the stage with  Gordon Lightfoot ,  Ron Sexsmith  and  Adam Cohen , and doing a couple of shows with  Lee Harvey Osmond  and  Blackie & The Rodeo Kings , showed me that living in a van for three-and-a half-years in the early days of my solo career, honing my craft, paid off.  Now I feel like this language of music is a part of my vocabulary as a human being and that filtering life through song is just second nature. After almost a decade of touring and recording, I know now that music is not only a job, but a necessary part of my existence.

ANDREA RAMOLO;

Born in Toronto to Italian immigrants hence the cover of the Italian love song Caruso on “NUDA”. Andrea began her artistic life as a dancer and actress, but picked up the guitar in 2003 when her mom was going through breast cancer treatment to heal myself and do something productive. The rudimentary country-folk tracks ended up on her 2008 debut, Thank You For The Ride. She followed it up in 2011 with the Tim Thorney-produced The Shadows and the Cracks, which earned her a nomination at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

She then formed Scarlett Jane with Cindy Doire and spent five years extensively touring behind two albums, 2012s Stranger and 2015s eponymous offering, earning accolades from press and fellow musicians across the country and two more CFMA nominations.

Ive definitely matured and acquired this confidence in my writing and in my voice as an artist, she says. Sharing the stage with Gordon Lightfoot, Ron Sexsmith and Adam Cohen, and doing a couple of shows with Lee Harvey Osmond and Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, showed me that living in a van for three-and-a half-years in the early days of my solo career, honing my craft, paid off.

Now I feel like this language of music is a part of my vocabulary as a human being and that filtering life through song is just second nature. After almost a decade of touring and recording, I know now that music is not only a job, but a necessary part of my existence.

Stephen Fearing   Touring in support of his ninth solo record,  Every Soul's a Sailor , Stephen Fearing’s music is a mesmerizing blend of folk, roots, and pop. A founding member of Canadian roots-rock super-group Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, and winner of multiple JUNO and Canadian Folk Music awards (including the 2017 Contemporary Singer of the Year), Fearing is a beguiling teller of tales and master guitarist.  “Fearing’s music crackles with ideas and collaborative energy... masterful guitar work from acoustic rock rhythm to elegant finger style.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Stephen Fearing

Touring in support of his ninth solo record, Every Soul's a Sailor, Stephen Fearing’s music is a mesmerizing blend of folk, roots, and pop. A founding member of Canadian roots-rock super-group Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, and winner of multiple JUNO and Canadian Folk Music awards (including the 2017 Contemporary Singer of the Year), Fearing is a beguiling teller of tales and master guitarist.

“Fearing’s music crackles with ideas and collaborative energy... masterful guitar work from acoustic rock rhythm to elegant finger style.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Rev. Sekou   Noted activist, theologian, author, documentary filmmaker, and musician, Reverend Osagyefo Sekou was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in the rural Arkansas Delta. In May 2017, Rev. Sekou will release “In Times Like These”. Recorded at the storied Zebra Ranch Studio—a barn in Coldwater, MS, the album features the six-time Grammy nominated North Mississippi Allstars. Rev. Sekou’s newest collaboration is a unique combination of North Mississippi Hill Country Music, Arkansas Delta Blues, Memphis Soul and Pentecostal steel guitar.   In January 2016, Rev. Sekou and the Holy Ghost released the critically acclaimed album, “The Revolution Has Come”. AFROPUNK celebrates the album’s ”deep bone-marrow-level conviction”. The single, “We Comin'”--was named the new anthem for the modern Civil Rights movement by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Rev. Sekou

Noted activist, theologian, author, documentary filmmaker, and musician, Reverend Osagyefo Sekou was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in the rural Arkansas Delta. In May 2017, Rev. Sekou will release “In Times Like These”. Recorded at the storied Zebra Ranch Studio—a barn in Coldwater, MS, the album features the six-time Grammy nominated North Mississippi Allstars. Rev. Sekou’s newest collaboration is a unique combination of North Mississippi Hill Country Music, Arkansas Delta Blues, Memphis Soul and Pentecostal steel guitar.

In January 2016, Rev. Sekou and the Holy Ghost released the critically acclaimed album, “The Revolution Has Come”. AFROPUNK celebrates the album’s ”deep bone-marrow-level conviction”. The single, “We Comin'”--was named the new anthem for the modern Civil Rights movement by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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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."

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      www.erincostelo.ca

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

www.erincostelo.ca

COLIN LINDEN   Born in Toronto, Canada, and raised in White Plains, New York,  Colin Linden  returned to Canada in 1970. He was already a guitar prodigy at 11 years old, and when most kids that age were playing sports, Colin was meeting and being mentored by one of his musical heroes, the great bluesman  Howlin Wolf , which helped set the youngster on a course to pursue the sounds of his dreams. That encounter helped fuel a career that has featured his work on literally hundreds of albums. At last count, the total of recordings on which he has played approaches 400, while over 100 albums bear the Produced by  Colin Linden  credit.   Colin Linden  is a genuine renaissance man of roots music. Hes a member of the highly successful trio,  Blackie and the Rodeo Kings , a singer and songwriter, an in-demand and prolific record producer, musical director on the hit  TV show Nashville  and sideman to the stars as guitarist for the likes of  Bob Dylan ,  Bruce Cockburn ,  Emmylou Harris ,  Robert Plant  and  Alison Krauss .  Although Linden has had his hands in so many pots, he’s perhaps better known for his work on the foot-stompin TV show Nashville, which just finished its sixth and sadly, final season.  Linden is Nashvilles musical director and has also performed in front of the camera as a guitarist or bandleader. According to the Toronto Star, Linden got the job in part because he had already known the shows executive producer,  T-Bone Burnett , from working with him on Cockburns 1994 album, Dart to the Heart, and the movie soundtrack from  O Brother Where Art Thou?  in 2000.  Linden’s work on Nashville also helped him,  Stephen Fearing , and  Tom Wilson  develop the list of guest artists for both  Blackie and the Rodeo Kings  albums Kings and Kings (2017) and Kings and Queens (2011). Country music can be a small world. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, whose music is often labeled roots in Canada and Americana in the US, is becoming increasingly renowned.

COLIN LINDEN

Born in Toronto, Canada, and raised in White Plains, New York, Colin Linden returned to Canada in 1970. He was already a guitar prodigy at 11 years old, and when most kids that age were playing sports, Colin was meeting and being mentored by one of his musical heroes, the great bluesman Howlin Wolf, which helped set the youngster on a course to pursue the sounds of his dreams. That encounter helped fuel a career that has featured his work on literally hundreds of albums. At last count, the total of recordings on which he has played approaches 400, while over 100 albums bear the Produced by Colin Linden credit.

Colin Linden is a genuine renaissance man of roots music. Hes a member of the highly successful trio, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, a singer and songwriter, an in-demand and prolific record producer, musical director on the hit TV show Nashville and sideman to the stars as guitarist for the likes of Bob Dylan, Bruce Cockburn, Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.

Although Linden has had his hands in so many pots, he’s perhaps better known for his work on the foot-stompin TV show Nashville, which just finished its sixth and sadly, final season.

Linden is Nashvilles musical director and has also performed in front of the camera as a guitarist or bandleader. According to the Toronto Star, Linden got the job in part because he had already known the shows executive producer, T-Bone Burnett, from working with him on Cockburns 1994 album, Dart to the Heart, and the movie soundtrack from O Brother Where Art Thou? in 2000.

Linden’s work on Nashville also helped him, Stephen Fearing, and Tom Wilson develop the list of guest artists for both Blackie and the Rodeo Kings albums Kings and Kings (2017) and Kings and Queens (2011). Country music can be a small world. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, whose music is often labeled roots in Canada and Americana in the US, is becoming increasingly renowned.