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Peter Green, Original Fleetwood Mac Founder, Passes Away

Peter Green, Original Fleetwood Mac Founder, Passes Away
For those Fleetwood Mac fans who can only remember the band’s hit-laden Fleetwood Mac and Rumours albums of 1975 & 1977, it should be noted that well before Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks came along and turned the band into a multi-million selling, hit-making, pop-rock machine, the original Fleetwood Mac were a solid blues-based band built around the guitar histrionics... Read More

Fionn Battles Their Critics With Tongue-In-Cheek EP Release

Fionn Battles Their Critics With Tongue-In-Cheek EP Release
In the past seven years, Brianne and Alanna Finn-Morris, known collectively as Fionn, have graduated from busking Taylor Swift songs, at the age of 12 at Vancouver’s Granville Island location to release their second EP, “Everyone’s A Critic” on the prestigious 604 Records indie label (Nickelback, Theory of A Dead Man, Carly Rae Jepsen) Spurred on by their classical music... Read More

USB Key Prompts Renewed Mitchell Activity

USB Key Prompts Renewed Mitchell Activity
By Keith Sharp Kim Mitchell likens the experience of recording his latest solo record `The Big Fantasize’ to a vintage car backing out of its garage for a final spin around the block. Celebrating his first studio release since his 2007 `Ain`t Life Amazing’ and debuting on Michael Wekerle’s recently launched El Mocambo Records, Mitchell teamed up with noted producer,... Read More

For Big Pacific’s Roly Sandoval, Patience Is A Virtue

For Big Pacific’s Roly Sandoval, Patience Is A Virtue
By Keith Sharp Roly Sandoval of Big Pacific always harboured aspirations of performing in a successful rock band. He had been a member in Calgary-based outfits like All The Rage In Paris (which dissolved when keyboardist Doug Johnson left to join Loverboy) and spent 20 years playing with local cover band TR3 . But it wasn’t until Sandoval moved to Nanaimo BC... Read More

Blues Guitar Technique Sparks Wide Mouth Mason’s New Opus

Blues Guitar Technique Sparks Wide Mouth Mason’s New Opus
By Keith Sharp How ironic is it that as Saskatoon’s Wide Mouth Mason released their eighth studio album, `I Wanna Go With You’ with its togetherness and travel lyrical themes, that a COVID-19 virus would come along and totally disrupt such activities. On the phone from his Vancouver residence, guitarist/lead vocalist Shaun Verreault expressed his obvious frustration, that he and... Read More

Original Sweet Band Now Down To One Survivor With The Passing of Steve Priest

Original Sweet Band Now Down To One Survivor With The Passing of Steve Priest
By Keith Sharp The Sweet bassist Steve Priest passed away Thursday, June 4th leaving the four-member British glam band which chalked up 20 hit singles during the 1970s with just one surviving member, guitarist Andy Scott. Priest, age 72, who had recently been touring with his own Los Angeles-based version of The Sweet, died of unspecified causes although he had... Read More

COVID-19 Fails To Stop Washboard Union Momentum

COVID-19 Fails To Stop Washboard Union Momentum
  By Keith Sharp The year 2019 was a breakthrough year for the Vancouver-based Washboard Union. Riding on the success of their 2018 release, `What We’re Made Of’, the trio of Chris Duncombe (vocals/banjo), Aaron Grain (vocals/guitar) and David Roberts (vocals/harmonica/washboard) claimed their second consecutive CCMA Group Of The Year award to go along with their Roots Album win, claimed... Read More

Harbourfest Organizers Have Their Fingers Crossed

Harbourfest Organizers Have Their Fingers Crossed
Heather MacMurphy Harbourfest 2020 Heather MacMurphy looks across the near-deserted Kenora harbour front at the picturesque Lake Of The Woods and envisions a time when 13,000 plus spectators will congregate in this area to celebrate the city’s Harbourfest 2020. For the past 29 years, this annual three-day event, spanning the August long-weekend, has traditionally appeared on the calendar as the... Read More

David Clayton-Thomas Says Somethin’

David Clayton-Thomas Says Somethin’
By Keith Sharp And when he does, people have a tendency to listen. David Clayton-Thomas former lead vocalist for multi-Grammy-winning blues/jazz band, Blood Sweat & Tears has just released a collection of 10 songs on his latest solo album titled, `Say Somethin’ (Linus Records), the subject matter of which is bound to spark controversy on both sides of the 49th parallel. Dealing... Read More

Deadly Virus Cancels The Wild!’s European Tour And Hijack’s Album Release Plans.

Deadly Virus Cancels The Wild!’s European Tour And Hijack’s Album Release Plans.
The Wild! – Photo by Joelsview Photography An interview feature by Keith Sharp If things had gone according to plan, The Wild! Would have been basking in the adoration of their European fans right now. A 17-date jaunt through Hungary, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, France, Holland and England was all set to launch the Kelowna B.C band’s third album `Still Believe... Read More

Like Racing A Speedboat Against The Titanic

Like Racing A Speedboat Against The Titanic
An Interview By Keith Sharp Promoters of major music festivals like Boots And Hearts, Cavendish Beach and Calgary Country Thunder no doubt have their fingers (and other appendages) crossed that the current COVID-19 Virus doesn’t create havoc with their summer schedules. But the air of uncertainty is also plaguing organizers of a series of smaller events. Big River Country Festival... Read More

Persistence Will Eventually Pay For Frustrated Strange Advance

Persistence Will Eventually Pay For Frustrated Strange Advance
Strange Advance by Keith Sharp Drew Arnott must be despairing that he will ever get to relaunch his Strange Advance band. Having decided to revive the Vancouver-based group which in the mid to late 1980’s scored major hits with tracks like “We Run”, “Worlds Away” and “Love Becomes Electric”, he had set his sights on reintroducing Strange Advance to the... Read More

Country Thunder Battle Coronavirus Threat To Stage Festival Series

Country Thunder Battle Coronavirus Threat To Stage Festival Series
Luke Combs By Keith Sharp Country Thunder marketing and public relations chief, Gerry Krochak certainly has his hands full as his organization prepares for the first of seven scheduled festivals across the United States and Canada. At the time of this interview, Krochuk was confident that their Florida Country Thunder event scheduled for March 27-29 at Kissimmee was a go... Read More

Eternity Now Makes A Positive Statement For Revamped Big Sugar

Eternity Now Makes A Positive Statement For Revamped Big Sugar
By Keith Sharp It would be an understatement to say that the past five years have not been kind to Big Sugar’s Gord Johnson. In that period of time, Johnson lost his musical partner and muse, Garry Lowe to cancer, (July 7th, 2018) and  saw the rest of Big Sugar virtually disband, terminating a project Johnson had been working on... Read More

Review: China Crisis, Rational Youth, Slave To The Square Wave – Revival Theatre Toronto

Review: China Crisis, Rational Youth, Slave To The Square Wave – Revival Theatre Toronto
China Crisis Rational Youth Slave To The Square Wave Revival Theatre Toronto Saturday, January 25th 2020 By Keith Sharp Thirty-seven years after they last performed together at Kingswood north of Toronto (1985 to be exact), Liverpool’s China Crisis hooked up again with Montreal’s Rational Youth, this time at Toronto’s Revival Theatre with local band Slave To The Square Wave opening... Read More