Blue Rodeo nominated for Juno
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
– Blue Rodeo is the only country contender for Canada's Juno for Entertainer of the Year.
The veteran band will go up against Arcade Fire, Hedley, Tegan and Sara and Walk Off the Earth.
Singer Brett Kissell and Tim Hicks are vying for Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
Country Album of the Year nominations went to:
Started With a Song - Brett Kissel
Crop Circles - Dean Brody
Country Junkie - Gord Bamford
Small Town Pistols - Small Town Pistols
Throw Down - Tim Hicks
Roots and Traditional Album of the Year (solo) nominees were:
Come Cry With Me Daniel Romano
So Say We All David Francey
Don't Get Too Grand Donovan Woods
Valleyheart Justin Rutledge
Tin Star Lindi Ortega
The Junos will be handed out March 30 in Winnipeg, Canada.
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Live at Massey Hall
Live albums are always a contentious offering, too often merely serving as filler between legitimate releases. Sometimes they provide a glimpse into a band's back catalogue and serve as an introduction for new listeners. Both Johnny Cash's "Live at Folsom Prison" and Nirvana's "Unplugged in New York" have become among the most celebrated of the artists releases. Many other artists have failed to match their quality however.
While pop culture has sadly elevated »»»
Following a brief hiatus that saw co-founders Jim Cuddy and Greg Keeler release solo records, this is one of the best offerings from Canadian roots revellers Blue Rodeo in years. Recorded at the band's Toronto studio (The Woodshed), Blue Rodeo's 11th full-length release offers 13 strong songs - an equal mix of roots rockers and country ballads.
Twenty years on, it's still all about the strength of the songs penned by Cuddy and Keelor and the magical harmony created by melding their diverse voices. »»»
Palace of Gold
Canada's Blue Rodeo has primarily been known for it's hard edged alt. country but on this latest release the roots in evidence are 60's and 70's pop.
The opening title track has a touch of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, which is followed by the Beatlesque "Holding On." Elvis Costello's influence is apparent on "Homeward Bound Angel," "Stage Door" and the ballad "Tell Me Baby," with the latter having the strongest country feel on the disc because of a prominent steel guitar. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: With or without band, Isbell satisfies
Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
Concert Review: Grammy nominations aside, Yola, Kiah are the real deal
Grammy nominations do not make the artist, but Yola and opener Amythyst Kiah underscored time and again on this night that the honors were well deserved.
In fact, Yola and Kiah's other group, Our Native Daughters, are nominated in the same category - Best American Roots. Yola has three other nominations as well.
The clear winners... »»»
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