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On the program for Saturday May 21, 2011

Two features this week - Kim Stockwood and her latest release 'Back To The Water, - and - Michael Bastarache and his debut self titled release.

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While Kim Stockwood's world spills out well beyond the shores of Newfoundlandand Labrador, she is anchored heart and soul to this place. She seeks out what is special here and searches for a voice that will reflect her longing and love for the province. One way she has found to capture that voice is to go Back To The Water. When Kim left her beloved native spot eighteen years ago she could not have known the paths she would travel or the heights she would scale. Kim is an accomplished artist on many fronts, from singer to songwriter to television host and radio personality. These things she does with humor, grace, and class. Her hit songs, her awards and accolades, her solo work and her work with Shaye, have seen her mature as an artist. Her wealth of experience and her longing for home have laid the foundation for Back To The Water. This album is filled with the sound and fury of a place that surges upward with a fist of rock and grabs life from the sky's air. The album is enriched and enlivened by Newfoundland musical luminaries and session players who would shame the Nashville Scene. It is a great source of pride for Kim to have her wonderful Dad play with her. The power of the sea can be heard here, roaring beneath Kim's soaring vocals. The album, Back To The Water, is indeed a musical trip through the beating heart of the province. Surrounded by water, yes, her place is made rigid by granite pillars like those Cliffs Of Baccalieu, that Kim navigates so beautifully as she dances among the tunes of her native land.

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At quite a young age Michael Bastarache realized that music had a huge impact upon him, but it wasn't until he grew out of his teenage years that he started to really hunger for music that meant something to him. He began poking his nose around every genre that agreed with his ears and searching out new-to-him artists. To his surprise, he ended up back where he started. he was listening to all the same songwriters that he grew up hearing his parents play, Howlin Wolf, Johnny Cash and Steve Earle just to name a few. It was the likes of these artists that lured him into falling completely for folk & blues music and pretty much anything that was generally played with feeling and emotion.

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