Hope summer’s been treating you fine and the rock is still rolling… I’ve been super busy in the studio these past months and will continue to be at the mixing desk for the foreseeable future. Crazy what happens when you hang out your shingle, although I’m not complaining (much). Look for records in the near future from Jay Crocker, Randy Hutchings, Stagger Lee Shedden, Stepper (formerly the Livers), Lonnie James, Bil Heatherington, Joel Stewart and Shane Ghostkeeper, all of whom I’ve had (or will soon have) the pleasure of recording/producing. I’m also gonna try and get the Brass Tax back in to finish the album we accidentally started in May. Six of my tunes are close to being done for the next record and a 7th track, a cover of BTO’s “Let It Ride” is nearing completion as well. The BTO tune is for a very cool tribute album (w/ a twist) that will feature many fine acts from across Canada and is the brainchild of the kids @ Saved By Radio (of course…). Check their site early and often for updates
Speaking of tributes, our (the Brass Tax and I along w/ E-Town’s fabulous Maykings) lil’ 45 rpm trib to Grant Hart of Husker Du is selling like hotcakes, so if you don’t have one yet, you can order those from the SBR site, as well. Its the last 45 made in Canada, so get yer slice of history while you still can!
I’ve been asked by the folks at the Train Station (basement, 607 11 Ave SW, under Brew Bros.) to host and curate a weekly songwriter’s series, beginning August 4. I’ll open the show and someone cool will play a headline set every week. THIS IS NOT AN OPEN STAGE!!!! This is a chance for you the discerning music listener to come and check out great songwriters week after week after week in an environment that will be conducive to LISTENING!! The Train Records guys really wanna make this a music room, so please come out and support it. Their hearts (and heads) are in the right place- a rarity in this business, believe you me. Obviously, I have some selfish motives here… I get to BOOK THE TALENT, so I’m gonna have a great time every week. As you will soon see, I’ve been traveling in small circles this summer, and I’ve asked friends to help me get this thing off the ground, but I promise the lineup will NOT be some kinda boy’s club, be of top quality (like my pals that are aiding in getting it happening this month),and of a broad and eclectic scope (ditto last parentheses). Here’s the lineup for the next few weeks-
Aug. 4th- Joel Stewart
Aug. 11th- Shane Ghostkeeper
Aug. 18th- Jay Crocker
Once again, the Train Station is at 607 11 Ave SW, under the Brew Bros. I’ll open the show at 9 PM every week, headliners at around 9:40. 5 bucks at the door, and all door proceeds go to the performers. Hope to see you there!