Past Episodes: July 2011 Archives

Mid-year Review!

Here it is the middle of July -- 2011 is half over! So this week on the Key of A, we're going to do a little review; look back over the first 6 months of this year and take stock of some of the best music that's come out of Alberta since January.
If you've been listening to the Key of A you'll probably recognize some of these names: Samantha Savage Smith, 100 mile house, Matt Masters, Chad VanGaalen, Fast Romantics, Amy Thiessen...
But for this first-half-of-the-year roundup, we've also discovered a couple of new albums that managed to slip by our radar when they first came out -- by people like Lauren Busheikin, who's originally from Calgary and now making music in Edmonton with quite a lot of success.
And Lorna Maclachlan -- a jazz pianist and composer who also sings on her most recent album and it's great to hear her voice.
So... Saturday on the Key of A, you've got jazz, folk, roots, country, singer-songwriters and rock bands to look forward to... all with excellent contenders for best-of lists for 2011.


Calgary Folk Music Festival Preview

It's been called one of the 7 wonders of the music world, and it happens right here in Alberta.
The Calgary Folk Music Festival is just around the corner -- it's happening next week, July 21st to 24th at Prince's Island Park in downtown Calgary.

This week on the Key of A, folk festival Artistic Director Kerry Clarke will be in studio to talk about the many talented Alberta artists she's invited to play at the festival this year -- from up-and-comers such as Raleigh and Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk, to international indie buzz-band BRAIDS, to local favorites like Matt Masters and Kris Demeanor, to Alberta's own vocal superstar kd lang.

We'll hear their music, and find out what's new at this year's Calgary Folk Music Festival. Let the tarp run begin!


New Country music, just in time for Stampede

Howdy Pawdners! Matt Masters has just released a rockin' new album called All-Western Winners, while mother-daughter music force Myrol has been chosen to open for Johnny Reid later this month -- where no doubt they'll perform songs from their new album, Blue Moon Away. We'll sample both new albums this week on the Key of A.

Plus, several Alberta artists are up for Western Canadian Music Awards, and we'll hear nominated releases by Edmonton blueswoman Kat Danser, Edmonton band Wool on Wolves (up for the rock album award), Urban music nominees Manuela and Souljah Fyah, and the two Alberta jazz drummer/bandleaders up for the jazz album of the year award: Tyler Hornby and Karl Schwonik.

All that -- and we listen in on an intimate live set by 21 year old Edmonton songwriter Joe Nolan -- recorded last month at Calgary's Palomino Room.