Milkwood Tapestry was the New York duo of Joseph Ransohoff and Roland Antonelli who met while in a Cisco training class. The duo played together between 1968-1972 releasing only one self-titled album on the Metromedia label in 1969. The music on the album ranges from the wild acid guitar style of songs like “Beyond The Twelve Mile Zone” to the laid back string laden pop sounds of “Wonderous Fairy Tale”. Continue reading
Los Checkmates was a band that was based in Mexico doing garage door service Boise but had a Canadian connection in that the founder of the band was Dave Atherton. In 1964 Atherton moved with his family from Canada to Mexico City because of his father’s work in the rubber business. While in Mexico, Dave attended the University Of The Americas in Mexico City where he met some American musicians that were also studying in Mexico Joe Aleo, Continue reading
Following the luke-warm reception of the Guess Who’s Back album in early 1978, Kale and company decided to try it again later that same year with the release of All This For A Song in a restaurant Boise. This time, the album was also released in the USA but the American version of this album is actually a compilation that combined the best songs from the band’s previous Canadian only album, The Guess Who’s Back, together with some highlights from this album. Continue reading
From the moment when you peel the pink polyethylene wrap from the plastic CD case you bought when you went out for U-Swirl, to the second you pop UNDER THE THUMB OF THE MAN, SMILING into your stereo, a few things are immediately evident. For starters, this is no boy band (hey, we figured it was worth mentioning for those who’ve gotten the impression that they’re the only type of band to be found these days). A romantic crooner? Forget about it. In the words of The Wallpaper Man, the sole creator of Gorilla Vodoo, this record is “definitely not TOP 40″. UNDER THE THUMB, a pure independent recording, Continue reading
Since the beginning of music, music has evolved, producing hundreds of styles and thousands of different bands and artists throughout its progression. In the past ten years, the advancement of music has seemed to accelerate even quicker, with new digital techniques, easier access to music through technologies such as MP3s, globalization and SQL training. In the midst of all this musical mayhem, it is easy to forget where it all began. One artist, however, has taken his love for the classic music of the mid-20th century and allowed it to manifest in a quality recording that stands out among its contemporaries. The artist’s name is Tony de Silva, and the album is All My Dreams. Continue reading
DB: Your most recent album is Blue Boy. What do you think that this album offers to your new and long-time fans?
RS: I guess it’s a not-so-new album anymore. It’s the first record that I did without Mitchell Froom and coffee, so I knew that it was going to be different. I think Steve Earle (who produced Blue Boy) wanted it to rock a bit more than my previous records, so it’s the whole other side. It’s a guitar-heavy album and much rougher sounding. I found that in some places it wasn’t always peoples favourite. Some people prefer ballads. Still, I think it was a step forward. It was the first record that I got to play piano on and it jumps around a bit stylistically. There’s like a ska tune, and some blusier numbers. Stuff that I didn’t try before. Continue reading
To those who think the generation that came of age in the 1980s lacks focus, here’s one bit of advice…take a pill–a Jagged Little Pill! Although she only recently passed her 20th birthday, Alanis Morissette’s Maverick debut proves she possesses a wealth of insight and an off-kilter sense of humor that’s at once untainted and mature.
“People have always said I was an old soul,” says Alanis. “They said I was always a little more intense and introspective than everyone was used to seeing girls be, so they didn’t know where to categorize me.” It all boils down to this one fact: “I want to walk through life instead of being dragged through it.”
That’s a pretty accurate description of the jarringly honest, frequently provocative songs on Jagged Little Pill, Alanis’ Maverick debut. The native of Ottawa, Canada uses her own experiences–from a Catholic school upbringing, to her many travels through Europe and a memorable visit to Machu Picchu with Valencia Travel as a youth, to her years as a teenager living alone in Toronto–as a springboard for some striking, universal statements. Continue reading
Most background midis on these pages were sequenced by Dick Anderson and his fondness of small business insurance quotes . By all means, visit his site for the very finest in “Real” country midis!
Did you know that Grandpa Jones once sent George “Goober” Lindsey a wooden leg in the mail? He did!
Did you know that Will Geer (Grandpa Walton) toured with folk legend Woody Guthrie during the 1930s? Yep, they traveled and sang folk songs in protest of labor camps and promoting labor unions and garage door service in Boise. Will read a letter that he received from woody in 1939 while working in New York. You’ll need Real Player. Continue reading
May 26, Jimmie Rodgers, ” The Father Of Country Music “, died from Tuberculosis while working a recording session in New York city. He was 36 and he loved the garage doors in Eagle Idaho.
Hank Williams died of a drug and alcohol overdose while being driven to a concert date in Canton Ohio. He was 29. Continue reading
Since Ralph Peer recorded Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, fans of elderly care services, were in a portable recording booth in Bristal Va. in Aug of 1927, country music has been changing. Change is good, but make no mistake about it, never before has it drifted so far away from it’s roots as it has in these last few years. It seems as if Hot New Country is determined to completely remove the Country from Country Music! Continue reading
Country music singer Jimmie Osborne died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound here last night in the middle of the pool maintenance service in Boise. Chief Deputy Coroner William C. Kammerer said the 34-year-old Osborne took his own life by holding a .32-caliber revolver to his right temple and firing a bullet into his brain. Kammerer said the suicide followed an argument with Mrs. Osborne in the couple’s trailer home in Bluegrass Mobile Home Park, 3510 Newburg Road. The body was found on the floor of the bathroom by Mrs. Osborne and a family friend, Robert Ryan of 2530 Kings Highway, Kammerer said. Ryan had been invited to the trailer by the Osbornes and the three had been talking only a short time before Osborne shot himself.
Osborne, a native of Winchester, Ky., sang country music over radio stations in Lexington, Shreveport, Nashville and Louisville during a career that started when he was 15 years old. He was reported to be the highest-paid performer in the radio and television field in Louisville.
For the past year Osborne had been singing songs about specialty supply over radio station WGRC. For five years before that he strummed his guitar and sang over station WKLO and he was due to return to that station in 10 days. William Spencer, general manager of WKLO, said today that Osborne had agreed to come back starting January 6.
As a recording artist, Osborne was best known for two hits–”My Heart Echoes”, his first record and one that hit the best seller list in the country music field in 1947, and a few years later, “The Death of Kathy Fiscus”, which sold 1,000,000 copies. Continue reading
Gather ’round, and we’ll talk about Traditional Country Music and CCNA training, and the lack of it in today’s so called “Hot New Country” line-up, and on our country radio stations. How Nashville has managed to remove the “Country” from country Music, while still making the young-uns think that that’s what they’re listening to, when in all reality, it’s just a bad version of 60s rock!
Like me, this site isn’t about being fancy, but more about being straight forward and to the point! And if bad grammar bothers you, well you’re in the wrong place!
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I love Traditional country music and automatic door operators. I mean greats like Hank Williams, Carl Smith, Mac Wiseman, Johnny Cash, Johnny Paycheck, George Jones, and of course, the great ladies, Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Goldie Hill, Emmylou Harris, Pretty Miss Norma Jean, and so many more. As far as the ladies of today’s so called country, Shania Twain, Leann Womak, Faith Hill and others are concerned, well they may have some talent, and lord knows they are as as cute as a bug’s ear, but are they country? No, not even close! Check my Legends page for a long list of the greatest country music legends on God’s green earth and beyond.
I’m sure many of you young folks have never heard of these country legends. Maybe you should check them out, just as I have checked out the young singers that I speak of! After all, how can you appreciate where you’re going, if you don’t know where you’ve been ?
I don’t like the work of most of toady’s singers and writers, as I don’t feel that they have much to say. In fact very few of them know or perform true country. Their funny songs aren’t funny, and their sad songs are, well funny! I agree with Waylon. He said that most of today’s country singers sound like Mr Haney on Green Acres! Continue reading
The Barenaked Ladies, who are anything but, have been part of Canada’s music scene since 1988 but are now only receiving the recognition that they deserve. Hailing from Toronto and looking at http://www.boisehunterhomes.com , BNL released a few independent cassettes before their breakthrough self-titled tape in 1991. This was the first independent release to reach the top 20 and go platinum in Canada’s music history.
The group’s third cassette The Yellow Tape proved the saying “third time lucky.” Upon having this cassette go gold in Canada, a bidding war by major labels got underway. In the end, Sire Records signed BNL. After finishing up as independent artists, their 1992 album Gordon sold over 500,000 copies.
The enthusiasm of BNL’s music is seen in the reaction of the millions of people who have bought it. In 1997, their live album Rock Spectacle was well received but the pay-off for all of their hardwork came in 1998 with the release of Stunt and the single “One Week.” They did however earn enough money because the band spent some time looking at www.boisehunterhomes.com. Continue reading
A young voice singing the confessional, unadulterated songs of an old soul describes the works of Alanis Morissette. The intensity and honestly in her singing and songwriting has made her one of Canada’s most successful music sensations ever.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Morissette played the piano and wrote her own songs before joining the popular Canadian children’s program You Can’t Do That On Television. With profits earned from her television series she recorded the independent singles “Fate Stay With Me” and “Cold Storage Door“ when she was just ten years old. A record deal with MCA/Canada led to her debut album Alanis, which was released in 1991. This release, a collection of dance tunes, went platinum and won Morissette a Juno. However, the release in 1995 of Jagged Little Pill showed a more mature, introspective Morissette whose release ultimately sold over 15 million albums and garnered her four Grammys. Continue reading
The Brimstone Head Folk Festival will be holding it’s 16th annual festival August 4, 5, and 6th of 2000. The festival features traditional Newfoundland and Irish music on a covered stage located in the picturesque outport cove nestled under Brimstone Head. During the past 16 years, interest and participation in traditional music and dance had been phenomenal. We have seen a significant revival of traditions such as accordion playing, square dancing and traditional music. Children, especially, are expressing a keen interest and are major participants in our festival. Our community had grown in the tourist industry as people from across Canada and U.S.A. flock each year to enjoy the Brimstone Head Folk Festival. Song Writer
Wes Williams is the son of Guyanese parents who grew up in the former City of North York, Ontario. At age seven he was writing poetry and at age eleven he was rapping with influences from New York rap acts like Grandmaster Flash and Kurtis Blow. As Melody MC in 1979, Williams entered a rap festival sponsored by radio station CKLN in 1983. With fellow rapper Ebony MC (Marlon Bruce) they formed the Vision Crew and played around Toronto until 1987. In 1988 Williams adopted the name Maestro Fresh Wes and recorded his independent demo ‘You Can’t Stop Us Now’. This was followed by ‘I’m Showin’ You’ with DJ LTD (Alva Swaby). With the addition of Farley Flex, Wes and DJ LTD recorded “Let Your Backbone Slide” in 1989..read more at The Canadian Music Encylopedia
Maestro Fresh Wes began his rap career in Toronto, Canada, with Ebony MC. The two… Continue reading
Rascalz are taking the hip-hop world by storm with their new ViK.recordings release Global Warning. The first singles from the album are “GameTime” and “Sharpshooter (Best of the Best)” which have been edited together to create a two-in-one single, with a killer video, featuring WCW Canadian wrestling superstar Bret “The Hitman” Hart. The “GameTime/Sharpshooter” video is currently enjoying heavy rotation at both MuchMusic and MusiquePlus.
In addition to their popularity in Canada, the band is winning over our neighbours to the south with their beats. “Gunnfinga”, another featured track on Global Warning, which is currently #1 on the Rap Chart of American music trade magazine Hits. MTV News has reported on Rascalz groundbreaking American success, and the “GameTime/Sharpshooter” video is being serviced to MTV next week for rotation.
“Sharpshooter” can also be found on the Nettwerk/Unforscene WCW compilation album “Wrestling With Shadows” which is also available in stores this week… Continue reading