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Good News
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SPCD 1372
Genre: Blues
Released: 17 June 2014
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Ronnie Earl, along with The Broadcasters his band of over 25 years, presents ''Good News,'' a mostly instrumental album of spellbinding intensity and deep soul that will satisfy his growing legion of fans who await each new release.
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Long John Baldry - The Best Of The Stony Plain Years
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SPCD 1376
Genre: Blues
Released: May 2014
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British Blues pioneer Long John Baldry (1941 - 2005) recorded for Stony Plain from 1991 up until his death. It was an honour to release five of his albums and to work with him on many additional projects and tours.
1. Good Morning Blues (3:48)
2. I'm Shakin' (3:48)
3. Easy Street (3:49)
4. Midnight Special (3:22)
5. Gallows Pole (2:44)
6. Midnight Hour Blues (3:58)
7. Dimples (3:58)
8. Insane Asylum (5:24)
9. Midnight In New Orleans (3:23)
10. Black Girl (3:01)
11. Time's Gettin' Tougher Than Tough (6:53)
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Joe Louis Walker - The Best Of The Stony Plain Years
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SPCD 1375
Genre: Blues
Released: May 2014
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Stony Plain was honoured to release three highly acclaimed Joe Louis Walker albums, including Between A Rock And The Blues which won the Blues Foundation’s "Blues Album Of The Year" Award in 2010.
1. Eyes Like A Cat (3:48)
2. Highview (6:50)
3. Hustlin' (5:14)
4. Black Widow Spider (4:54)
5. I'm Tide (3:53)
6. Sugar Mama (6:25)
7. Slow Down GTO (6:10)
8. Ain't That Cold (5:50)
9. You're Gonna Make Me Cry (8:07)
10. Send You Back (4:17)
11. Witness (6:10)
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Rollin' With The Blues Boss
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With special guests Eric Bibb and Diuna Greenleaf, Kenny hammers out rockin' boogie woogie, deeply felt blues, and puts a fresh coat of paint on good old-fashioned roots rock and roll. A multiple award winner, he is a monster pianist, and soulful singer, who captures the essence of old school blues and boogie while sounding totally fresh and contempory.
1. Leavin' In The Morning (3:23)
2. You Bring The Jungle Out Of Me (3:48)
3. Hootenanny Boogie-Woogie (4:00)
4. Roadrunner (3:18)
5. Baby, It Ain't You (feat. Diunna Greenleaf) (4:27)
6. I Can't Believe It (3:25)
7. Two Sides (feat. Eric Bibb) (3:05)
8. Slow Down (3:45)
9. Ogopogo Boogie (3:00)
10. Keep On Rockin' (2:59)
11. Out Like A Bullet (2:35)

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Steve Hill
Solo Recordings Volume 2
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One of Canada’s most prolific and exciting guitarists, Steve Hill has recorded the much anticipated follow-up to his JUNO nominated Solo Recordings Volume 1, which also won album of the year at the International Blues Challenge, held in Memphis in 2013. Solo Recordings Volume 2 is a step up for Hill, embracing his roots and showcasing his talents and love of blues music even further. Solo Recordings Volume 2 and its predecessor was recorded live in the studio with Hill not only on guitar and vocals, but also on bass drum, hi-hat, shakers and whatever he can do with his feet at the same time.
 
Featuring tracks that are heavy and hard hitting, deep and melodic, Hill manages to nail a wide rage of emotions with his songwriting and masterful guitar playing. With eight original songs and three covers, including Little Walter's “Hate To See You Go”, Muddy Water's “I Want You To Love Me” and Ray Bonneville's “Simple Things”, Solo Recordings Volume 2 is sure to please the most discerning blues lovers and music fans in general.
 
www.stevehillmusic.com

 Track List
 1. Still Got It Bad
2. Slim Chance
3. Tough Luck
4. The Collector
5. Never is Such A Long Time
6. Hate To See You Go
7. Better
8. Simple Things
9. I Want You To Love Me
10. Go On
11. Long Road
 
“He is the Hit Man of one man bands. He has no limits. It was another flawless performance. The material from Solo Recordings: Volume 2 is powerful and raw with a pronounced, full sound.”
– Montreal Blues Society
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Steve Strongman
Let Me Prove It To You
Release Date: May 13, 2014
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From the smoke stacks of Steel Town: Hamilton, Ontario, JUNO Award winning Canadian bluesman Steve Strongman is set to release his fifth album Let Me Prove It To You on May 13, 2014. A guitar hero tour-de-force of high-energy electric blues, this release is the highly anticipated follow-up to Strongman’s JUNO winning acoustic blues recording A Natural Fact.
 
From the bar-room shout-along ode to spousal infidelity of the opening track “There’s Something Goin’ On”, to a hard-living manifesto from an old friend “We’re Goin’ Out Tonight”, to the last song, an unabashed call to the dance floor, “Can You Feel It?”, Let Me Prove It To You is effortlessly cohesive, raucous and bluesy, with each song telling stories of love, lust, lying, and cheating ... with a little drinkin’ thrown in for good measure.
 
Recorded over one month during the coldest and longest winter in recent history, the album was produced by Rob Szabo, and features an incredible roster of backing musicians including Dave King, Adam Warner, Alec Fraser, Mark McIntyre, Marc Rogers, Jesse O'Brien and Emma-Lee. There is a special guest appearance from legendary Quebec blues harmonica virtuoso Guy Bélanger. “After the overwhelming response to my previous acoustic driven CD, A Natural Fact, I wanted to get back to the electric blues I love. This album is what I do with my band every night on stage. No holds barred, this is who I am”, says Strongman.
 
Strongman’s recordings and electrifying live performances are the stuff of which blues dreams are made. His mastery of the guitar, whether it be playing dirty old-school bottle-neck on Dobro, or his inimitable lightning-fast finger and pick attack on his Gibson 335, sets him apart from the blues pack. His songwriting is at once familiar and deeply rooted in blues traditions but always forward-looking with new twists that surprise and delight. But it may be his single mindedness and conviction that come through on this recording above all else. In the standout “What I Believe” he growls,

“I tell the truth with my heart on my sleeve
You can’t fault a man for what he believes
This is what I believe, it’s what I believe”

Well, we believe you Steve, we believe you.

www.stevestrongman.com
   
Tracklist:
1. There’s Something Goin’ On
2. What I Believe
3. Get Used To It
4. We’re Goin’ Out Tonight
5. Let Me Prove It To You
6. It Ain’t The First Time
7. Lookin’ For Trouble (feat Guy Bélanger)
8. Whatever You’re Doin’
9. Ain’t Nobody Like You
10. Older
11. Can You Feel It?
 “Now, being an excellent guitar player is worthy enough in the blues, but that's just one part of Strongman's make-up. He's a strong songwriter, who comes up with numbers that sound as if they are already established classics.” - Bob Mersereau, CBC

“Steve Strongman is becoming my new favourite Canadian bluesman and definitely a hidden treasure everyone should discover, like many people including Buddy Guy, Joe Cocker and Randy Bachman already have."- Richard Amery, L.A. Beat
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Raoul and The Big Time
Hollywood Blvd
Release Date: April 22, 2014
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Toronto based blues band Raoul and The Big Time are set to release their fifth recording ‘Hollywood Blvd’ on April 22, 2014. Raoul and The Big Time are well known for their energetic mix of “Toronto / Chicago / Hollywood” blues influenced by the Chess blues sound of the 1950s and contemporary West Coast jump harmonica Blues. ‘Hollywood Boulevard’ is rich and authentic, reminiscent of the sounds that inspired the recording all while showcasing their originality and fresh approach to classic blues styles.
 
Raoul Bhaneja is immediately familiar as a busy actor most noted for his over 75 film and television credits and his stage performances of Shakespeare’s Hamlet (solo). Bhaneja is also widely known as a bandleader, singer, and harmonica player. His band, The Big Time, is comprised of multiple award winning musicians Darren Gallen on guitar, Terry Wilkins on upright bass and Tom Bona on drums. In 1999, Raoul and The Big Time were awarded with the Maple Blues Award for New Artist of the Year and were voted NOW Magazine’s Best Toronto Blues Artist in 2007.
 
For 'Hollywood Blvd', Bhaneja enlisted the help of some of the biggest names in the genre today including Blues Music Award winner Curtis Salgado, Franck Goldwasser, Rick Holmstrom, Jeff Turmes, and Stephen Hodges of the Mavis Staples Band, Junior Watson, Larry Taylor, Richard Innes and Fred Kaplan of the Hollywood Blue Flames, Rusty Zinn, and Johnny Sansone. "Over the past 14 years I have spent time in LA as an actor and California also happens to be a spot on earth where many great modern day blues masters live," says Bhaneja. "The chance to record and play with these guys has been amazing and I consider myself very lucky to work and learn from them. Most of the guests live on the West Coast and have been playing this music for anywhere from 30 to 50 years! That's a lot of blues experience." Also performing on the recording are Canadian musical luminaries Pat Carey, Alison Young, Jake Wilkinson, Mark Mariash, John Showman and Tyler Yarema.
 
Recorded in Toronto and Burbank, the 12-song collection features eight originals written by Bhaneja and four creative and refreshing covers of classic blues songs including “Someday” written by Bobby “Blue” Bland, “Get Out Of My Life Woman”, by Allan Toussaint, “Why Am I Treated So Bad” by The Staples Singers, and a traditional Bluegrass tune “In The Shadow Of The Pine”. An impressive and ambitious recording, ‘Hollywood Blvd’ is Raoul and The Big Time’s tribute to the music they love and are inspired by.
 
 Track List
1. Nothin’ Gonna Take Me Down
2. Hollywood Blvd
3. Someday
4. High Roller
5. Amphetamine
6. Get Out Of My Life Woman
7. Left Coast Fred
8. Why Am I Treated So Bad
9. Tired
10. Spoken For
11. Curtis Charm
12. In The Shadow Of The Pine
 
“Grab a bowl and a spoon and have yourself a huge helping of this wonderful musical dish that Raoul and The Big Time have created for us. It’s good to you as well as good for you.” - Legendary blues broadcaster Bill Wax
 
Raoul and The Big Time are: Raoul Bhaneja, Darren Gallen, Tom Bona & Terry Wilkins
 
Hollywood Blvd features special guests:
Curtis Salgado, Johnny Sansone, Franck Goldwasser, Rick Holmstrom, Jeff Turmes, Stephen Hodges, Donny Gerrard, Junior Watson, Fred Kaplan, Larry Taylor, Richard Innes, Rusty Zinn

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Brandon Isaak - Here on Earth
Release Date: March 25, 2014
www.brandonisaak.ca
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Born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon and currently sharing his time between home and British Columbia, Brandon “Yukon Slim” Isaak is one of Canada's most authentic blues musicians on the scene today.
 
What separates Brandon Isaak from the rest of the pack, besides his professional musicianship and songwriting, is his ability to connect and involve the audience in his live shows. He is a master storyteller with a sharp sense of humour and his affinity for the rawness and spontaneity of the blues is second to none, as anyone who has had the privilege of being in his audiences will tell you. An accomplished and versatile musician, Isaak plays a wide variety of music styles in his one-man shows, including Ragtime, Delta Blues, Piedmont, Gospel and Swing.
 
Here on Earth is the follow up to his debut solo album Bluesman's Plea. It was recorded and produced in Whitehorse at Blue-Star Studios by his brother Chris Isaak. This all original album showcases Isaak’s exemplary songwriting, organic vocals and tasteful guitar, thus proving he is one of the top acoustic acts in the country.
 
Here on Earth features special guests including Keith Picot on upright bass, Daniel Lapp on cornet and fiddle, fellow Yukoners Andrea McColeman on concertina and Ed White on drums. It is a compelling and thoughtful album that takes the listener down some new roads. It proves that Brandon Isaak is willing to share his soul and wear his heart on his sleeve with his true stories of the colourful characters he has met throughout his journey here on Earth.
 
 Track List: 
1. Jim O’Jim - 4:14
2. All Night Long - 3:00
3. Gamble On Love - 2:54
4. Meet Me There - 3:51
5. Dead Ass Fool - 4:29
6. City Lights - 3:13
7. Dianna Was Her Name - 3:39
8. Up The Frisco Line - 2:50
9. Best You Can - 3:03
10. Dressed For Heaven - 4:08
11. If It Don’t Fit - 2:28
12. Oh Virginia - 3:11
13. Time On My Hands - 3:27
 “…these are his songs, and he inhabits them as though they’re simply a part of his DNA. His delivery is effortlessly honest and candidly intimate, the easy-going sound of an old friend singing songs simply because they satisfy his own soul.” - Blinded By Sound
 
"Brandon not only plays his guitar but he plays his audience like a ringmaster in his own circus, always looking for new ways to entertain." - Prince George Free Press
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THE PAUL DESLAURIERS BAND
www.pauldeslauriers.ca

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Montréal, mars 2014 – Composé du guitariste virtuose et chanteur Paul DesLauriers, entouré des non moins virtuoses Greg Morency à la basse et Sam Harrisson à la batterie, le Paul DesLauriers Band lancera le 18 mars prochain son tout nouvel album mariant puissance, subtilité et passion.
Enregistré au Studio Tone Bender de Montréal, l’album contient sept chansons originales et trois reprises de grands classiques – Love In Vain (Robert Johnson), Nodody’s Fault But Mine (Willie Johnson) et Not Fade Away (Buddy Holly) - trempés dans le blues et forgés dans le rock’n’roll. Le groupe a choisi d’enregistrer live en studio, sans artifice et sans s’appuyer sur la technologie moderne, ce qui donne un album authentique, spontané et empreint d’une complicité musicale spectaculaire
Dès les premiers accords musclés de Going Down Slow, jusqu’à She Should Be Mine en passant par la puissante Nobody’s Fault But Mine et le blues brûlant de Labour of Love, I Blame You et la pièce instrumentale Green Stripe, on sent l’ardeur et la passion qui habite le groupe. La ballade Baby Come Home et la version de Love In Vain de Robert Johnson dévoilent le côté plus sensible et dynamique du Paul DesLauriers Band. De plus, l’excellent harmoniciste et multi-instrumentiste Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk) et le guitariste Steve Strongman font office d’invités spéciaux.

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CD Review
(by Phil Brisse)
Steve Hill: Solo Recordings Volume 1½


So you really liked Solo Recordings: Volume 1. You were really looking forward to Volume 2. You heard it was going to be released in the fall of 2013. And then...that didn't happen. And you're rightfully disappointed. Steve Hill feels for you. Really, he does. That's why he released a 4 song stop gap EP last month, aptly titled Solo Recordings: Volume 1½. The full Volume 2 disc is slated for release in early March of 2014, and 9 songs are already completed. Hill's 168 shows in support of Volume 1 are now behind him, and he is taking the next couple of months to finalize Volume 2.
Steve Hill Solo 1½
Steve Hill has taken his one man band experience a couple of steps farther this time out. If you've seen him live (and you really need to so you can appreciate just how insane the talent is), you know he has added a snare drum and a harmonica to the mix to complement the bass drum, hi-hat, beer can coin shaker taped to his boot, singing, and of course, lest we forget, guitar playing. The result is a fuller sound. If you closed your eyes, you could be excused for thinking a band was on stage playing.

Steve Hill has chosen one cover and three original songs for Volume1½. He opens with a cover of 'Money' and puts his own twist on to the John Lee Hooker version that he listened to repeatedly when recording Volume 1. He describes it as a "boogie chillin'" version. Hard to disagree. It starts off with a slow, swampy sound, and then drives forward with bass and snare drum accentuating the guitar work. The fuller sound Hill was aiming for has been accomplished. It's a far cry from the stripped down foot stomping that dominated on Volume 1.

The next two songs are original compositions: 'Nothing New' and 'Go On'. On 'Nothing New' we get to hear Hill play the harp, an instrument he added to his arsenal less  than a year ago. It' s a song he wrote on the long 36 hour drive back from Regina the Juno awards last April. It has a haunting, sitting on a front porch, down on the bayou kind of vibe to it. "Go On' has a dirty, growling guitar sound to it. Again augmented with harp licks, Hill sings of an unconditional love for someone or something, 'no matter what you do'. The drums are staccato gunfire. It works.

Lastly, Hill closes with another original cover. In other words, he is covering one of his own songs, 'Long Road'. The song was featured on his 2007 CD 'Devil at my Heels'. Let me tell you, two versions could not be further apart. Hill claims the new version is closer to the way it was originally written because it evolved from an early acoustic version. The guitar playing is again front and centre, and listening closely is something to behold. If you've ever tried playing guitar, you'll understand how many hours went in to getting to where he is. The guitar line is helped along my subtle drum accents. The drums are reminiscent of a locomotive, chugging along, moving the song forward. My favourite piece on this EP, hands down.

Volume1½ (and no doubt Volume 2) takes over where Volume 1 left off. Fuller sound, more badass. Volume 3 anyone?

If you missed the video interview with Steve Hill, here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDqS-fghkI0

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