Every week, CKUA’s hosts submit their song for our weekly House Blend playlist – an exciting new release, a beloved classic or just an old personal favourite. We mix it all together to create a sonic concoction that’ll help kick off your week. Check out what’s on this week’s playlist.

The Playlist

Hayley MuirLucy Rose, “Conversation”

This new track from UK singer-songwriter Lucy Rose is really something. Musically, it’s relatively light, layered and textured. But lyrically, it’s a heavy-hitter. Rose works through the many facets of love and relationships, their high points and disappointments. From “no one loves me quite like you do” in the first chorus, to “no one lets me down quite like you do” in the last. A delicious, and devastating, taste of more new material from her to come later this year.

Tom CoxworthMaddie Storvold, “Half Past”

a young Joni ? A young Sarah ?she has something very special to offer – possible folk..possibly even a chart star..great presence in song and sound

Orest SoltykevychDana Zemtsov, viola / Estonian National Symphony Orchestra: Variations on “O mamma, mamma cara”

In 1829, the great violinist Niccolo Paganini wrote a set of twenty variations for violin on the Neapolitan song “O mamma, mamma cara” from “The Carnival of Venice.”
And in 2002, the Ukrainian violist and composer Michael Kugel took eight of these variations, added 16 of his own, and arranged them all for viola and orchestra.

Bob ChelmickChristy Moore, “Sixteen Fishermen Raving”

This is some psychedelic folk fare! Wildly abstract and fun. “Why face the angry squall when you could be go-go dancing? …Y’never get enough when you’re flying into mystery….Step back reality!” And it has such a good hook! (so to speak) Recorded in front of an adoring Dublin crowd in 2006.

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

Lisa WiltonLukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, “Find Yourself”

Willie’s son Lukas Nelson teamed up with pop superstar Lady Gaga on this soulful, bluesy number two years before Gaga wowed audiences as an aspiring country singer in the film, A Star Is Born.
It’s easy on the ears, but packs a punch thanks to the passionate delivery of both Nelson and Gaga.

Darcy WhitesideChris Jones & the Night Drivers, “Who You Want Me to Be”

A single released last year, but will be part of Chris Jones and the Night Drivers new album out March 29. GREAT song co-written by Chris and banjo player Gina Clowes. Chris will be playing Wayne Feb 21, Millarville Feb 22, Calgary Feb 23 and Rocky Mountain House Feb 23.

Cathy EnnisBob Marley & The Wailers, “Sun Is Shining”

Around this time every year I start to feel winter-weary. But I discovered, while listening to this classic reggae track during our recent extreme cold snap, that my mood was significantly elevated. “Sun is shining, the weather is sweet…” (and my hope springs…)

Lionel RaultMichael Jerome Browne, “Love’s Funny Thing”

A great new track from Montreal’s reigning blues-roots master. The new album `That`s Where It`s At` is was released Feb. 8.

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

Matt MastersCarter & The Capitals, “One Step From Magic”

High-energy funk from Edmonton. This one got me dancing when I first heard it. A few days later now, my feet are still moving and my toes are still tapping!

Amy van KeekenMary Ocher, “Blue Crystal Fire”

A captivating, droning psychedelic cover of Robbie Basho’s song Blue Crystal Fire off of his 1978 album Visions of the Country. Vancouver born / New York based cellist Julia Kent adds smokey strings to Ocher’s tremulous slightly out of phase double tracked vocals. Together they have created a song not unlike a magic spell, an incantation.

Grant StovelMercury Rev (w/ Susanne Sundfør), “Tobacco Road”

In 1967, an unknown singer-songwriter unseated the Beatles.

At the very height of their Summer of Love glory, they were knocked out of the #1 spot on both the singles and album charts by newcomer Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe”.

But her follow-up LP, an intoxicating Southern Gothic concept album — well, it completely flopped. Dismally.

Now, a tribute to this forgotten 1968 masterpiece comes from an unlikely source. Bobbie Gentry’s “The Delta Sweete” has been reimagined in full by indie-rock-pop eccentrics Mercury Rev, alongside guest lead vocal appearances by thirteen amazing women — from Norah Jones to Beth Orton to Lucinda Williams.

Norwegian vocalist Susanne Sundfør (Röyksopp, M83) graces this ornate take on the timeless Southern tale, “Tobacco Road”.

Celeigh CardinalQuantum Tangle , “Freeze Melt Boil “

Freeze Melt Boil is a beautiful song of frustration and protest. Quantum Tangle are advocates for the environment and for Indigenous rights. With this song, and their powerful voices, they strive for a future with true reconciliation.