Past Episodes: November 2011 Archives

Best of Alberta Blues Music

This week, the Key of A's got the blues -- and I mean that in the best possible way! We're going to be hearing blues artists from around the province. 
Some will be familiar already to regular Key of A listeners, like Marshall Lawrence, the Dr of the Blues; and Kat Danser, Edmonton's Queen of Swamp Blues.
We'll hear two young singer/songwriters who pay tribute to the blues on their new releases: Jenie Thai's jazz/blues song, "It's Only You (that I want)" and Joe Nolan's "Paranoia Day 36 Blues" from his album Goodbye Cinderella, produced by  Colin Linden.
Plus -- a brand new album called Bought Myself a Hammer by Calgary's Kirby Sewell Band (they're playing release shows this Friday and Saturday at the Ironwood Stage and Grill in Calgary); and music by international Grammy Award-winning blues artist and adoptive Calgarian (and recent Canadian citizen) Donald Ray Johnson.


Up Close and Personal with Jenie Thai

This week, host Peter Brown welcomes Jenie Thai to CBC Edmonton Centre Stage for songs and a chat, during our 75th Anniversary Open House. She'll talk about her musical childhood, her classical training and why she absolutely LOVES the blues -- and we'll hear her sing a song that's so new it doesn't even have a title yet!

We'll listen to a stack of great new releases that just happen to feature the talents of female Albertans, including Lisa Nicole Grace, Nancy Laberge and the Backyard Betties, Franco-Albertan Mireille Moquin, and Edmonton/Toronto/Montreal singer/songwriter and percussionist Charlotte Cornfield.

But don't worry: we're also celebrating the talents of a young man who recently took home a very special award: Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, winner of the Emerging Artist Award at the recently resurrected Alberta Music Awards.


A Chat with Jann Arden

This week on the Key of A, Jann Arden drops in for a chat about her new record, Uncover Me 2, and her new memoir, Falling Backwards -- both out just this week. Find out why she chose the songs, and what's in the book!
Plus, it's Awards Season, and we'll spotlight recent Alberta winners of Western Canadian Music Awards, including Urban winner Souljah Fyah, Blues winner Little Miss Higgins and Francophone winner Raphael Freynet. Congrats as well to Edmonton songwriter Erica Viegas -- named to her city's Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2011. And -- looking ahead to Saturday night's Alberta Music Awards, we'll hear from emerging artist award nominee jazz drummer and bandleader Karl Schwonik.