As she’s proven over the past two years, Edmonton singer-songwriter Andrea Nixon is an artist who believes that one’s life and one’s music are inseparable. That was the foundation of her acclaimed debut album, Diary Of A Housewife, and those who have yet to check it out have another opportunity now with the release of its latest single, “Stronger Than The Storm.”
It’s unfortunate timing that the song arrives immediately after Hurricane Dorian, but its message of hope can offer solace to those affected, and to anyone else going through challenging times.
You can get “Stronger Than The Storm” from iTunes, and hear it at Roots Music Canada by clicking below.
With under a month to go until the release of his new album Cope on April 18, Toronto singer/songwriter Darcy Windover has released a new video for the single “Lonesome Feather.” It can viewed now exclusively at Great Dark Wonder.
The majestic Americana sound of “Lonesome Feather” is indicative of Cope as a whole, Windover’s most accomplished collection of material so far in his young career. Recorded with producer John Dinsmore (Kathleen Edwards, NQ Arbuckle) and his trusted band, including co-writer and duet partner Stacey Dowswell, the album sparkles with sonic and emotional depth recalling classic Tom Petty and Blue Rodeo records, but with an immediacy that places Windover squarely in the conversation about the best up-and-coming Canadian roots rock artists.
“Lonesome Feather” follows on the heels of the first single from Cope, “How To Be Lonely,” proceeds from which Windover donated to Cam’s Kids, a non-profit charity offering support to youth struggling with anxiety. Windover had previously entered “How To Be Lonely,” in the 2017 CBC Searchlight competition where it was named a regional finalist.
With other songs on the album dealing with issues surrounding mental illness, Windover has made one of the most inspiring and uplifting albums of the year. Its title, Cope, pretty much says it all.
Cope Album Launch: Thurs. April 18 @ Dakota Tavern, Toronto (7pm-9pm) TICKETS
Listen to “Make My Head Go” on Spotify’s New Music Friday Canada playlist!
Or hear it at Amazon Music Canada’s Fresh Folk & Acoustic playlist!
After establishing himself as a pop-friendly troubadour with his 2013 debut While It’s Still Light Out, Starts And Fits (Believe Digital), displays Andrew Austin‘s dynamic musical evolution over the past several years. The album grew out of Austin’s work as musical director on the Disney/Family Channel show Backstage, and found Andrew collaborating with award-winning producer James Bunton (Donovan Woods, Vivek Shraya) who also mixed Starts And Fits for maximum earworm-inducing effect.
“Coming out of two years of [Backstage], I was suddenly faced with the challenge of writing for myself again,” Andrew says. “One thing I knew was that I didn’t want to play guitar at that moment, I just wanted to go into a room with a piano or a synthesizer and make sounds that way. That became the foundation for this record, trying to step away from doing things like I’d always done them with a traditional singer/songwriter mindset.”
Andrew also revelled in the ability to write from an adult perspective again, and overall Starts And Fits is the sexiest collection he’s offered thus far. Moreover, as the process unfolded and Andrew felt like he was finding a new voice, he had to keep some of his best ideas for himself while continuing to co-write with other artists like Donovan Woods, Emm Gryner, and Bobby Bazini, as evidenced by another of the album’s highlights, “Church Music.”
What it all adds up to is Andrew Austin’s emergence as one of Canada’s most dynamic singer/songwriters. While chances are that up until now you’ve heard his music in one form or another, with Starts And Fits he is ready to join the ranks of contemporary pop’s biggest names.
Happy release day to Belle Plaine’s Malice, Mercy, Grief and Wrath! Here’s what the critics are saying:
“If this album were a house, it would loom large, stand Gothic and you would find its heart in a foyer that holds a grand piano.” Exclaim!
“Belle crochets a wonderful mix of old country, classic western, alternative rock, and jazz swing to create a beautiful blanket of music that is an artistic keepsake.” No Depression
“Her new album [is] full of questioning, of the past, present and the future, exploring autobiographically-related themes of grief and loss though songs steeped in classic country influences.” Folking.com
“One of the most wonderful things I’ve heard this year.” Mike Bell, The YYScene
“Malice, Mercy, Grief and Wrath shines with textures of classic country music, including some of the hip jazz changes that were commonplace with mid-60s Nashville-produced records, while keeping an eye toward the future sonically, with parts that might not seem out of place on a Wilco album.” BeatRoute
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Happy international release day to Paul Kelly‘s new album Nature (Gawd Aggie/Cooking Vinyl). Check out the new video for “A Bastard Like Me,” which pays tribute to Charlie Perkins, the first Australian Aboriginal man to earn a university degree.
Happy release day to Jennifer Holub‘s The Reckoning, a powerful and timely 10-song collection she envisioned from the start as a feminist call to action.
Working with co-producer Jonathan Danyliw (Murder Murder, Pistol George Warren) and engineer Matthew Wiewel, The Reckoning marks a major artistic step forward for Holub who builds on her previous Americana-tinged sound with a range of elements—everything from vintage soul to EDM—that adds up to a reflection of her northern environment: pastoral, cold and resilient.
The Reckoning does retain some of the Americana flavor of Holub’s past work, however, genre distinctions have less meaning for her than they ever have, and Holub cites artists as diverse as Mavis Staples and Zach de la Rocha as her primary inspiration for The Reckoning. “To me, artists like them represent the potential of music to affect change,” she says. “They have taught me how songs can inspire hearts and minds when rhetoric fails.”
Get The Reckoning at www.jenniferholub.com