Studio H Sessions: January 2011 Archives

Studio H Sessions - Laura Merrimen

Posted by Glenn Meisner

Laura Merrimen is an old soul who wears her Americana drenched heart on her sleeve. Keeping true to her roots she infuses a blend of rock and roll know how with an old-timey country and pairs it with catchy melodies and smoky sometimes haunting bluesy vocals. Some have compared Merrimen to a female Bob Dylan or Neil Young, others to Lucinda Williams and Neko Case, but you can't put your finger on it, the sound is uniquely her own. She is a prolific writer who delivers soulful thought provoking lyrics that are steeped in honesty and raw emotion.

Laura's debut album 'Love Letters For Lonely Hunters', won a Nova Scotia Music Award in 2010 for 'Country/Bluegrass Artist/Group Recording of the Year'.

Accompanying Laura on this session were Tom Terrell on drums, Adam Pye on bass and Andrew Sneddon on dobro.

'Time'

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'The Bullets'

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Studio H Sessions - Max Keenlyside

Posted by Glenn Meisner

Max Keenlyside is an 19-year-old pianist and composer from Canada. He first got involved in music at the age of 9, and since then has ammassed a formidable roster of over 60 original compositions. Max is also known for his stride and "Jelly Roll" Morton chops, as well as a firm grounding in the ragtime piano tradition. A favorite at jazz and ragtime festivals across North America, and a PEI representative in the Canadian National Artist's Program held in conjunction with the 2010 Olympics, pianist and composer Max Keenlyside is a "musician's musician" in the very best sense. Keenlyside plays with plenty of pep and energy (but never too fast!) and his performances are laced with humor, all the while remaining faithful to the spirit and intent of the original composers. He is known especially for his renditions of pieces by Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, Eubie Blake, and other stride and early jazz composers. Max's first album, "KeenlyStride," was released in May of 2010. He currently lives in Charlottetown, pursuing various musical projects.

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'One For Dad' - written and performed by Max Keenlyside - aka Ragtime Max

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'One For Mom' - written and performed by Max Keenlyside - aka Ragtime Max

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'Airplane To Chicago' - written and performed by Max Keenlyside - aka Ragtime Max

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'Charlottetown Rambler' - written and performed by Max Keenlyside - aka Ragtime Max

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'Northern Lights Rag' - written and performed by Max Keenlyside - aka Ragtime Max

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