Past Episodes: January 2011 Archives

Lucky Seven!

This week's Key of A is PACKED full of new music! We'll be featuring 7 new releases and a very wide and deep mix of artists and styles from around the province:
Rock and pop from Mike Edel, originally from Linden, Alberta on his full-length debut The Last of Our Mountains; darkly beautiful sounds from Tanyss Nixi on her new album Sell Your Clothes and Keep Your Thoughts; Jay Crocker brings an experimental mix of hard-edged distortion, old-school pop songwriting and intimate, sweet vocals on his new release Jay Crocker/All-Stars.  Crocker also lends his production talents to the debut album by Reuben Bullock, Pulling Up Arrows.
Fiddler rebel Ben Plotnick whips up his own indie brew of Celtic/Old Tyme fiddle, bluegrass, jazz and rock on his release Dancing at the End of the World; we'll hear a track from a very young artist with big ambitions (and a 2 month x-Canada tour that starts tonight) named Lauren Mann (her band is called Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk).

And, veteran Bill Bourne breaks new ground by teaming up with his son Pat Bourne on lead electric guitar, in his new release, Free Radio Dance Band!


Ann Vriend, Live in Studio!

This week on the Key of A, three new releases, all by Edmonton artists.
Ann Vriend drops by our Edmonton studio to talk about the stories behind her brand new album Love and Other Messes. She's just about to head out with her 7-piece band, on an Alberta cd release tour, and we'll be recording her Calgary show Tuesday Jan 25 at the Ironwood, for future broadcast nationally on Canada Live CBC Radio 2, as well as across Alberta on the Key of A.
As well, we'll hear songs about home, from Neil MacDonald's simply titled new solo release, Neil Mac.
And new celtic folk from Celtara -- a mix of traditional and original tunes, on an album called More Than One True Love. Celtara play their CD release concert this Saturday night Jan 22 at Muttart Hall, Grant MacEwan University.


Braids release Native Speaker

This week on the Key of A, we preview the Bluebird North Songwriter's Circle that's happening this Saturday night at the TransAlta Arts Barns in Edmonton -- featuring John Wort Hannam, Karla Anderson and Rob Heath.
Plus, we'll hear Native Speaker, the debut full-length album from Braids -- a four-piece musical collective originally from Calgary, now based in Montreal and getting ready to tour North America, Europe, Australia and Japan!

Katie Lee is the keyboardist with Braids, and she joins Katherine in the studio to talk about what's behind the band's music, ideas, and sudden rise to fame.