May 2012 Archives

Chris Colepaugh and The Crew - Atlantic Airwaves - Saturday June 2, 2012

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this Saturdays' edition of the program, Chris Colepaugh and the Crew in concert from the 2012 Bluenose Marathon weekend in Halifax
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Chris Colepaugh makes southern dipped old-fashioned rock that bridges the gap between old school doubleneck guitar crunch and moaning alt-country pedal steel wail. Live, his band 'The Cosmic Crew' are monsters of energy that pace the stage with confidence and explore a world of massive riffs in their improvisations. In the studio, Chris blends their heavier stage sound with well-crafted rock-with-thought songs that fans just can't get enough of.
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He and The Cosmic Crew have performed at festivals throughout Canada and the United States and have toured extensively with over fifteen national ( CAN & US ) coast-to-coast tours where part of his US itineraries have included dates with Government Mule, North Mississippi Allstars and Grady. Awards and nominations are plenty and include the East Coast Music Awards, The International Acoustic Music Awards, The Toronto Music Magazine Awards, the Contact East Touring Excellence Awards and many others.

Caleb Miles - Linda Brooks - Atlantic Airwaves for Saturday May 26, 2012

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this Saturdays' edition of the program - A concert from Caleb Miles - and a feature Linda Brooks and her recent release The Upside
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Caleb Miles is a guy who doesn't let the grass grow under his feet - His musical journey began under the blazing sun of New Mexico's high desert playing lead guitar in original rock'n'roll bands throughout the 1980s and early 90s - From there his path led to places as far-flung as Detroit Michigan, Athens Georgia, Lexington Kentucky, Portland Oregon as well as countless forgettable dives in between - In 2005 Caleb moved to Nova Scotia expecting to surrender to a rural solitude and an early retirement from the stage - Instead, he found a rich and rocking community of musicians, songwriters, performers and listeners with whom to share his ongoing musical adventures.
Last March we invited him to take part in an evening of music we were presenting along with the Deep Roots Co-Operative at the Al Whittle Theater in Wolfville Nova Scotia.
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The past year has been a busy one for Linda Brooks - writing, traveling and recording - Last October, she journeyed to California to shoot a video for her holiday song, 'This Christmas', which received radio play across Canada during the holiday season - She then packed her bags for Nashville where she hooked up with Chris Leuzinger, best known as guitarist on all of Garth Brooks' albums, to produce her new album 'The Upside' - The first single 'Now That You're Here' debuted on the top 10 indie downloads on DMDS and is currently being played on over 25 stations coast to coast - In addition to her musical successes, Brooks is also an actor and has recently appeared on CBC's hit comedy Mr. D and will appear in the upcoming feature film, 'Guys Who Move Furniture', starring Will Sasso, Charlie Murphy, and Victor Garber.

Dennis Ellsworth - North Lakes - Atlantic Airwaves - May 19, 2012

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this Saturdays' edition of Atlantic Airwaves - features on two Prince Edward Islands acts - Dennis Ellsworth has a new recording, 'Dusk Dreams - and the North Lakes have released their new album, Grand Prix
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Of all the singer songwriters that are making their presence known on Prince Edward Island, and there are quite a few, Dennis Ellsworth is standing out from the crowd. Although his rise to prominence is a fairly recent achievement, his road goes back a long ways. He's been at it since he was 15, but he's been singing "Forever in Blue Jeans", on the bathroom counter while brushing his teeth, since he was 5 years old. He is a music lover; always has been, always will be. His contributions to music are far reaching; He's been in rock, indie, punk, and country bands. His songwriting is sincere, evocative, poetic, and honest.
His new album, 'Dusk Dreams', which was released on May 15 on Busted Flat Records, was recorded in Athens, Georgia, with acclaimed musician and producer, David Barbe.
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Sending reverberations from beyond the Confederation Bridge, North Lakes are a rock n' roll band that radiate with swagger and bravado. Taking their cue from '60s pop and garage rock, the energetic five-piece combines vivid lyrical imagery and a colossal roar of musicality to craft punchy, concise rock records. Their latest album, Grand Prix, captures North Lakes at their most raw. Recorded in a church in Long Creek by Adam Gallant (whose credits include acts such as Boxer The Horse, The Danks, English Words, Al Tuck and more), the album is a testament to the galvanized direction and ambition of the up-and-coming Prince Edward Island-based band.

Long Distance Runners - John Gracie - Atlantic Airwaves Saturday May 5, 2012

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this weeks' edition of the program - A feature on The Long Distance Runners and their new release 'Tracks - and - A feature on John Gracie and his new release 'Live From The Flamingo'
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For the past two years, The Long Distance Runners have built a reputation as one of Newfoundland's hardest working and dynamic up-and-coming bands. Their debut self-titled EP (2010) solidified their place in the east coast music scene with a recent handful of ECMA (East Coast Music Association) and MusicNL (Music Newfoundland and Labrador) award nominations. Now, the St. John's based four-piece are getting ready to enter the next chapter of their career with the release of their first full length album 'Tracks'. Recorded at Kilbride's Lab Of Chaos with Krisjan Leslie over the winter of 2011,'Tracks' marks a significant shift for the band as they head into new territory in their songwriting and growth as musicians. Soaring three-part harmonies, swirling organs and jangly guitars set against singer Chris Picco's humourously dark lyrics invoke late-60's era Beatles, Kinks and Velvet Underground.

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John Gracie began singing before he was speaking! His mother would often find him behind the coal stove singing his little heart out. He thought if you couldn't see him, you couldn't hear him. John's mother knew John had a special gift and sent him to vocal lessons when he turned 4. He starting writing songs shortly after that. One day, he came out of the bathroom crying, his Mom asked him what was wrong. He replied through his tears, "Mommy, I just wrote a very sad song." John went on to perform as a teenager in local events and on local radio. He taught himself to play the guitar and wrote continuously. In unversity, he performed and hosted intercollegiate folk festivals and was a favourite on the college circuit. After university, he started to perform professionally.
He moved to Halifax and at that point began touring the globe, performing on national television and recorded his first album. A fortune teller once told John's mother that she saw a guitar in her son's life and that it would bring him everything he wanted in life. After much success, John continues to grow musically.