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Cam HaydenKim Wilson , “Searched All Over”

From Kim’s new release of tracks recorded over the past decade or so called “Blues and Boogie, Vol. 1” . A return to Kim’s blues roots featuring some of the best blues players on the scene today and few that are no longer with us. Killer album.

Lionel RaultTim O’Brien, “Senor (Tales of Yankee Power)”

On the album Red On Blonde, Tim O’Brien puts a bluegrass spin on a handful of Bob Dylan compositions ,and, as is the case with this track, breathes great energy and new life into a song that was not originally given the attention I believe it deserved.

Kodi HutchinsonThe Bow Djangos, “Django`s Tiger”

One of the many fantastic bands performing in Alberta with multiple Canadian Jazz Festivals running in Calgary and Edmonton over the next week.

Yardbird Festival Of Canadian Jazz – Nov 3rd to 11th
JazzYYC Canadian Festival – Nov 9th to 12th

*This song is not available on Spotify.

Grant StovelFeist, “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye”

For me, “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” has always been one of my favourite Leonard Cohen songs; it just has its own special, strange magic.
I guess Leslie Feist must like it, too.
She’s a huge Leonard Cohen fan, and when she was tapped to pay tribute to Leonard on the Junos earlier in the year, this was the song she chose to perform. So lovely and lovelorn.
Well, she’s just released a studio version, ahead of the all-star “Tower of Song” tribute concert that she’s a part of in Montreal.
P.S. Check out her soulful take on another Cohen classic — she & her band perform it in the clip below, from the Sarah Polley film, “Take This Waltz”.
P.P.S. This scene contains some salty language!

Monica MillerBahamas, “No Wrong”

Afie / Bahamas is back! Or will be back (officially) in January with his new album “Earthtones”. To quote the man himself: “It’s a very positive album about having a joie de vivre for the joys of life.” (pssst…he’ll be in Alberta in March)

Tony KingSpaceheater, “No Freeway”

Because this is the coolest track from a band no one has ever heard of ever!

Amy van KeekenThe Georgia Baths, “Side A: Millcreek Ravine in Winter”

Drummer Jamie Cooper, synth & vibraphone master Doug Organ (Le Plaisir, Doug Organ Trio) , and guitarist & composer Peter Belec make up Edmonton’s experimental, instrumental group The Georgia Baths. They put out a BLUE FLEXI DISC (yes, a real flexi disc) in 2013 and it is most certainly my ALL TIME FAVOURITE FLEXI DISC. Side B: Rube Goldberg Machine, is a stellar track and Side A: Millcreek Ravine in Winter is such an amazingly vivid winter song. I can imagine all sorts of doggies cavorting in the snow on a beautiful winter day in Millcreek on the south side of Edmonton.

*This song is not available on Spotify. Listen to it here.

Terry David MulliganJohn Hammond , “2:19”

The singer is the legendary John Hammond. Over 50 years of writing, singing and crossing paths (Dylan. The Band. Early Hendrix and Clapton. Frankly he’s a walking history of the blues. ). John released Wicked Grin in 2001 which was comprised of 11 Tom Waits songs and was produced by Tom Waits himself.
This is the lead off track and a true keeper

*This song is not available on Spotify. Listen to it here.

BabaThe Jerry Cans, “Clouds”

Sweetly sung. Love how The Jerry Cans bring Northern sensibilities into the pop world.