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Amy Van Keeken– Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton – “Wildflower Blues”

Sweet groove and warm dreamy vocals on this title track from Be Good Tanyas co-founders Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton. 

Kathryn Calder— Duke Ellington and Count Basie – “Battle Royale”

The Duke Ellington and Count Basie collaboration ‘First Time! The Count Meets The Duke’ has been playing on repeat at our house recently! We love the playfulness between the two bands, each trying to outdo the other. A very fun listen, with lots of incredible musicianship to get us all inspired!

Baba— Five Man Electrical Band – “I’m a Stranger Here”

History of Canadian Rock ‘N’ Roll, Ottawa-1972, (and of course ‘Signs’ from 1971 also a great track)…..

Grant Stovel— Levon Helm with Amy Helm – “Feelin’ Good”

“With Amy Helm touring Alberta this week, I got to thinking about this terrific collaboration between Amy and her legendary late father, Levon. They recorded many a fine duet together over the years, but I have a particular fondness for this one — a slinky acoustic-oriented updating of an old song by classic Chicago bluesman, J.B. Lenoir. The groove is underpinned by the easy swagger of Levon’s shuffling drums, and the father-daughter tandem sing joyfully together — with the kind of effortless vocal blend that can you only get with a family band.”

Monica Miller— The National – “Day I Die”

“I’ve Been Loving You Too Long Stop Now.” Who am I to argue with Otis Redding?!
Can’t stop loving The National. Already obsessing about their new album Sleep Well Beast.

Bob Chelmick— Neil Young – “Hawaii”

A new (first) release of a song recorded in the 70’s harkening back to a simpler Neil. Acoustic guitar and endearing wobbly falsetto. The kind of tune that allowed him to buy a $20 million beachfront in – Hawaiiiiiiiiiiii!

Tony King— Clutchy Hopkins – “Running Deers”

The Banksy of popular downtempo strikes again! The “official” bio for Clutchy Hopkins suggests he is the son of a Motown recording engineer who traveled to Japan to study with Rinzai monks, then to India to indulge in Raja yoga, and from there journeyed to Nigeria where he mastered percussion, in addition to becoming a gun-runner and revolutionary. Believe what you will, Clutchy Hopkins is a 21st century revolutionary in his musical concoctions and his post-modern elusiveness. 

Lionel Rault— Chuck Prophet – “Bad Year for Rock and Roll”

Inspired in part by David Bowie’s death. Chuck Prophet sings of the randomness of time and mortality…and yet, as in all of his self-described ‘California Noir ‘ stylings, there is the underpinning of a strong singable chorus and classic rock ‘n’ roll.

David Ward— Scenic Route to Alaska – “Slow Down”

Some perennial advice (“take a breath and slow down”) wrapped in an insistent and hard rocking package.