Edmonton roots rockers Ayla Brook & The Sound Men have released “All That I Wanted To Do,” the first single from their upcoming album Desolation Sounds, out March 13 on Fallen Tree Records. You can hear it either at Roots Music Canada [HERE], or on Exclaim Magazine’s Spotify playlist The Eh! List [HERE]
Ayla Brook (pronounced Ey–Lah) makes music as raw and vast as the Canadian Prairies. From his beginnings in Lily Plain, Saskatchewan, to successful records with AA Sound System, to now his solo work, Ayla has never wavered from his original vision of honest roots rock.
That vision is brilliantly captured on Desolation Sounds, the new album by Ayla Brook & The Sound Men, produced by Terra Lightfoot and mixed by Jon Auer of The Posies and Big Star fame. It’s a collection of songs and stories about friends and family, bursting with rock and soul and the western charm that has become the band’s trademark.
Stream or purchase “All That I Wanted To Do” HERE
I’m stoked to be working with Toronto singer/songwriter, and true CanRock legend, John Borra on his new solo album (first since 2002) Blue Wine, out Jan. 31 on his own Cousin Jeb Records.
The first single “Trace In The Wind” was shared today at Roots Music Canada. It’s an uplifting tribute to John’s friend, the late Canadian actress Tracy Wright, and showcases the great band on Blue Wine that includes Blue Rodeo’s Mike Boguski and Glenn Milchem, along with other guests. Click the logo below to hear it, and stay tuned for more!
Toronto duo The Cassidys have released “Cannonball,” the second single from their intoxicating debut album Tula, with the video premiering at Canadian Beats. The song exemplifies the pair’s songwriting prowess, which combines stripped down traditional folk elements with ’90s Brit-pop grandiosity.
Check it out by clicking the logo below!
Stephen Fearing’s 13th solo album The Unconquerable Past adds another unique chapter to the multi-JUNO Award winner’s impressive body of work. It’s also a striking and often surprising example of his restless creative spirit.
The Unconquerable Past finds Fearing stepping back into the wide-screen world of layered instruments and arrangements in collaboration with Winnipeg-based producer/songwriter Scott Nolan (William Prince, Mary Gauthier, Hayes Carll) and a superb group of players featuring acclaimed pianist Jeremy Rusu, bassist Julian Bradford, drummer Christian Dugas, vocalist Andrina Turrene, and Nashville’s legendary multi-instrumentalist Jim Hoke.
Read Stephen’s track-by-track breakdown of The Unconquerable Past at Sax & Violins by clicking the logo below!
Edmonton roots rockers The Hearts return on Nov. 15 with a new single, “Give It Back,” the first in a series of new tracks made in collaboration with Grammy-winning Nashville producer/mixer Vance Powell. You can hear it exclusively at Tinnitist by clicking the logo below!
In the mood for some old school alt-country with some modern angst? Then check out Chris Landry and the Seasick Mommas’ new video “You Don’t Call Me Like You Used To” at Roots Music Canada by clicking the logo below. The Ottawa band’s sophomore album Two Ninety Three is out Nov. 29!
Whether you’re into folk-rock or blue-eyed soul, Matt Zaddy covers all the bases. Plus, the songs on his new album Be contain a lot of life experience that all of us can relate to. Get it now on your preferred platform via Distrokid, and check out the lyric video for first single “Busy.”
Toronto folk-pop duo The Cassidys — singer/guitarist Mark Cassidy and multi-instrumentalist Lara Goulding — have released their endlessly charming debut album Tula. Get it from their Bandcamp page, and check out the video for the title track. Live dates to come!
I’m thrilled to be working with Canadian roots music legend Stephen Fearing on his new album The Unconquerable Past, available Nov. 15. FYI Music has premiered the first single “Someone Else’s Shoes” and you can hear it by clicking the logo below. Stay tuned for further news!
R&B/pop singer Sandra Bouza has a lot to offer through her music and life experience. On her forthcoming LP, Falling Away From Me, produced by Hill Kourkoutis (SATE, Jules) and available in January 2020, the Toronto native who has lived, studied or worked all over the world, lets her stories breathe in songs that are deeply personal.
The album’s eight tracks together build on the deep grooves of her previous EP Three Years, showing off Sandra’s sultry, soulful vocals. But what really shines through, on standout tracks such as “Almost Love,” “Losing You” and “East Side Woman,” is Sandra’s ability to lyrically examine relationships from all angles—from the thrill of discovery to the fallout of poor decisions. These are songs rooted in hard-earned experience, a badge of honour Sandra wears with pride.
Hear “Almost Love” at Roots Music Canada by clicking the logo below, and purchase or stream the song via sandrabouza.com.