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THE COOPER BROTHERS – “RADIO SILENCE” CD RELEASE AT CENTREPOINTE

THE COOPER BROTHERS – “RADIO SILENCE” CD RELEASE AT CENTREPOINTE
    Ottawa’s rock ‘n roll cowboys, The Cooper Brothers, treated their fans to an exceptional and extra special performance at Centrepointe Theatre Friday night, which was jam-packed with special guests in celebration of their newest album release, “Radio Silence”. In addition to the band’s seven members, a four-piece horn section added a colourful boost to the first half of... Read More

Kate Todd: New Country Re-Boot

Kate Todd: New Country Re-Boot
Kate Todd may have had a little luck along the way in terms of establishing herself as a bona fide actress, country singer/songwriter and music teacher, but her success is mostly the result of natural talent combined with hard work. She began her acting career portraying singer/songwriter Lily ‘Shady Lane’ Randall in the television series ‘Radio Free Roscoe’. Her most... Read More

Twin Kennedy: Double Barrel Country

Twin Kennedy: Double Barrel Country
Things can become a little confusing when you’re interviewing country singing twins over the telephone. In this case it’s Carli and Julie Kennedy, the siblings that front Twin Kennedy who are calling to talk about their hot new country platter “It’s A Love Thing”. Because of the similarity of their voices we devise a method to ensure that quotes are... Read More

TOM COCHRANE`S OUTLAW ROCK REVIVAL

TOM COCHRANE`S OUTLAW ROCK REVIVAL
It’s been nine years since the former Red Rider front man released his last solo recording, `No Stranger’ but with `Take It Home’ and a current 14-date Canadian tour in support of his new release, Cochrane has tapped into those creative juices and created 11 new tracks which critics are lauding as one of his best ever records to date.... Read More

Catching A Lift With Dallas Smith

Catching A Lift With Dallas Smith
Dallas Smith is feeling very upbeat these days so it seems appropriate that the title of his new country platter is Lifted. His debut album Jumped Right In launched five singles onto the Canadian charts and landed him a Juno nomination for Album of the Year. He supported that album with a string of tour dates opening for veteran rocker... Read More

Russell deCarle. Stepping Out Of His Shell

Russell deCarle. Stepping Out Of His Shell
“I’m right with you man,” Russell deCarle laughs with regard to the 30+ year-old tape recorder being used for this interview. This is the same recorder that was used to interview him several times over the years while he served as front man for the legendary Canadian country band Prairie Oyster. The old school unit would seem to be appropriate... Read More

CMAO Awards – Hot Night In Markham

CMAO Awards – Hot Night In Markham
It was a picture perfect night at the lovely Markham Theatre, a most appropriate setting for what turned out to be a very successful Country Music Association of Ontario Awards Show. Based on this inaugural show, the CMAO’s should serve as the model for every other awards ceremony out there. It was well paced at just over two hours and... Read More

Working Men… and Women

Working Men… and Women
On his Twitter page, Bryce Pallister calls himself the ‘Singing Farmer’ which is a pretty good fit considering he obtained his degree in agriculture from the University of Manitoba and works his farm by day, and takes to the stage to croon his traditional country tunes at night. Pallister’s new record is called Down Dusty Roads and it comes four... Read More

Terri Clark graces Toronto

Terri Clark graces Toronto
Once again I found myself in the car travelling with Ted to cover another concert.  This time though was different.  This time we were covering Terri Clark. Finally some country music, and not just any country music… some good ole Canadian country. As we turned the corner to head to the parking lot of the Sound Acadamy in Toronto we were amazed... Read More

Classic Clark

Classic Clark
Terri Clark might as well have called her new album Cloud Nine instead of Classic, because that’s where the singer/songwriter feels she’s residing after having the opportunity to record a bunch of her all time favourite country songs. The album includes standards like Emmylou Harris’ Two More Bottles Of Wine plus honky tonk nuggets like Merle Haggard’s Swinging Doors. What... Read More

Doc Goes For A Drive

Doc Goes For A Drive
Arguably Canada’s hottest two country groups, Emerson Drive and Doc Walker, are combining forces for the 2013 CMT Hitlist tour slated to go cross country this spring (Click here for the tour schedule). The bands are bound to take the stage together for at least one song, Let It Roll, their current joint release which sits high atop the country... Read More

Only The Strong Survive – Michelle Wright

Only The Strong Survive – Michelle Wright
Michelle Wright is a survivor. Just look back 25 years or so to the time of her first album Do Right By Me, and count how many other Canadian country artists from that time are still delivering the goods. There really aren’t many who have held on for that long. “Held on is probably the right phrase because there have... Read More

Four Dudes & A Lady

Four Dudes & A Lady
So who is the good looking singer firing up her sparklers in the country music video for ‘A Little More Work’? That would be Kira Isabella, the bubbly brunette who is presently burning up the country charts with the single from her recently released debut album ‘Love Me Like That’. Isabella has a decade of experience under her belt performing... Read More

Cindy Church – Sad Songs Make Me Happy

Cindy Church – Sad Songs Make Me Happy
(Outside Music) As Church herself acknowledges in the album linear notes, the inspiration for this release was prompted by an acoustic session around her kitchen table when the rendition of a country tune prompted Cindy to confess that “sad songs make her happy” This prompted a very informal recording session which almost sounds like a home taping, Church’s plaintive vocals... Read More