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On the program for Saturday September 10, 2011

On this weekends' edition of Atlantic Airwaves - we'll have two features on two new Albums - Halifax based singer songwriter Bonnie Ste Croix's 'Canadian Girl' and Cape Breton's Carleton Stone and his new self titled release.
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The album 'Canadian Girl' was conceived when Bonnie Ste Croix, the Gaspe-born singer-songwriter, whose roots-pop songs have several times crossed over to commercial radio, decided last year to move her family from Vancouver to Halifax to be closer to her ailing mother. As she contemplated the impending road trip, she realized just how at home she felt in each city of Canada and how much she looked forward to seeing her old friends and visiting her favourite landmarks. She began to see all of Canada as one big home town and decided to make an album to celebrate that idea. While Ste-Croix and her family cleaned out the old home, packed boxes and filled their trailer with camping gear, she also began making phone calls - booking studio time in each province and inviting artists to join her there. Traveling across the country, she stopped in the Western Provinces and recorded. Then, as soon as she'd settled into Halifax, she went back out on the road, hitting the provinces and territories she missed along the way and recording tracks with some of those regions' best-known exports. If there's such a thing as a timeless, classic, Canadian-sounding roots album, Canadian Girl is it. Ste-Croix's mellifluous, honeyed vocals are layered over gorgeous harmony tracks and sweet, homespun acoustic roots instrumentation. The players include multiple Juno-winning fiddler Natalie MacMaster, WCMA-winning guitarist Joel Fafard, Juno-winning singer-songwriter-guitarist Stephen Fearing (on the Six String Nation guitar), and legendary Quebec fiddler Claude Methé - along with his family band, Dentdelion. The voices include ECMA-winner Catherine MacLellan, B.C. Entertainment Hall of Famer Shari Ulrich, Juno-winning Yellowknife artist Leela Gilday, two-time CFMA-winning Newfoundland singers The Once, and WCMA-nominated Yukon songwriter Kim Beggs.

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Carleton Stone, the charismatic young performer and soulful songwriter from Cape Breton honed his reputation in Maritime indie clubs. Now he's set to take the next big step with the release of his self-titled album, produced by Juno Award-winning Hawsley Workman (Tegan and Sara, Hey Rosetta!, and Great Big Sea). Carleton teamed up with some of Canada's most promising young writers to pen tunes for the album, including Hawksley, Emma-Lee, Morgan Cameron Ross, Ian Sherwood, Molly Thomason and Jamie Robinson. The creative energy was undeniable. "I've always written songs since I was a kid," says Carleton. " But the co-writing put a real spark back into the creative process for me... the light just went on." The new album, to be released on GroundSwell Music, was recorded at Blue Rodeo's Woodshed Studio with some of Toronto's A-list musicians. Drawing on Carleton's sweeping influences, the songs move from the cheeky guitar-driven pop-rock of Sheets to country-inspired Million Dollar Heart, co-written with Workman. There's gospel-influenced R&B, happy retro-pop, and even some radio-ready edgy rock.

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