This week’s Folk Roots Radio featured an excerpt from our recent in-depth interview with Toronto-based singer-songwriter Jory Nash. Jory has just released a smashing new album, ‘The Many Hats Of Jory Nash’, an album that pays homage to his extensive hat collection. It’s a beautifully textured album of folk and folk-pop and well worth checking out. As usual there’s lots of new music on this week’s show – plus, as always, our mystery theme and guilty pleasure.
Tia McGraff is about to release her latest album ‘Crazy Beautiful’ (2015, Bandana Records). Tia joined us in the studio on March 28 with her musical partner Tommy Parham to chat about the album and spin a few tunes. Tia and Tommy will be playing at Uncorked on Main in Georgetown on April 2 at 7 p.m., followed by the Port Dover Harbour Museum on April 3-4 at 7 p.m. (the April 3 show is sold out) before heading off on a UK tour. For more information, visit tiamcgraff.com. Music: Tia McGraff ‘Baby’s Got A Banjo’, ‘The One I’ve Waited For’, ‘Mesa Gold’, ‘Movin’ The Smoke Away’ from ‘Crazy Beautiful’ (2015, Bandana Records) ;Tia McGraff, ‘Abigail’ (excerpt, live); Tia McGraff, ‘Reckonin’ ‘ from ‘Break These Chains’ (2013, Bandana Records); Tia McGraff ‘Long Ride Home’ from ‘Crazy Beautiful’ (2015, Bandana Records).
Stephen Fearing is back in the Guelph area for an Eden Mills Community Hall fundraiser on Saturday April 4. His solo performance will draw on his eighth and most recent solo recording “Between Hurricanes” (2013). Guelph based singer-songwriter Jane Lewis, who released her debut self-titled album in 2014, will be the opening act. It is hoped that the concert will help pay for the ongoing refurbishment and energy-retrofit of the Hall. Check out our recent interview with Stephen Fearing here.
The Conor Gains Band and The Kauffey Temple Trio come together on April 2 for a great night of Americana Roots and Blues at the Lancaster Smokehouse (574 Lancaster St. W, Kitchener) at 8 p.m. (Doors 7:30 p.m.). The show is being presented by the Grand River Blues Society and the Lancaster Smokehouse, which is quickly becoming one of Southern Ontario’s best known blues venues. Advance tickets ($15) are now on sale at the Lancaster Smokehouse, Encore Records, Tri City Music aa well as through Ticketscene and directly from the bands involved. Tickets will be $20 at the door (if still available).
Singer-songwriter Jory Nash has just released his new album, “The Many Hats Of Jory Nash “, an album that pays homage to his extensive hat collection in it’s title. It’s a beautifully textured album of folk and folk-pop, in the classic singer-songwriter tradition featuring excellent songs with a wonderfully warm and playful sound, clever lyrical hooks and excellent musicianship. We caught up with Jory at home at Toronto. Photo credit: Steve Dean. Music: Jory Nash, “A Night With You”, “King In Denial”, “Homeless Man”, “I Wake Up To Face Another Day” (duet with Michelle Willis) and “Ain’t Coming Home” from “The Many Hats Of Jory Nash” (2015, Thin Man Records)
Irish Mythen will be at The Rookery in Kitchener for a house concert on Saturday March 28 at 7:30 p.m. If you’ve never been to an Irish Mythen show, you should get there – it’s an unforgettable experience. If you’ve never been to a Rookery house concert, you should go – they put on some wonderful hospitality, and these days, house concerts are a great way to enjoy fabulous music in an intimate atmosphere that allows you to hang out with the artist before and after the performance.
Regular listeners to Folk Roots Radio will know that we are big fans of Hannah Shira Naiman. Hannah will be at The Galt Room above Café 13, 13 Main Street, Galt, Cambridge for a Mill Race Folk Society fundraiser on March 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets $15.00 at the Door & online at www.millracefolksociety.com.
This week’s Folk Roots Radio features an interview with Connecticut based singer-songwriter Kerri Powers. After years out of the spotlight to raise a family, Kerri returned to the music scene in 2014 with her stunning self-titled Americana blues and roots album, “Kerri Powers”, a little bit country, a little bit bluesy and very rootsy it was one of our favourite albums of 2014. As usual, there’s lots of new music on this week’s show alongside our mystery theme and guilty pleasure.
Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys (feat. Johnny Waken and Paul Ford) and Eliot Bronson were in Guelph on March 20 2015 for a wonderful show at Silence. They joined us in the studio at CFRU 93.3fm the next day as we went “Overtime” on Folk Roots Radio. Music: Jonathan Byrd “38 Baby” from “You Can’t Outrun The Radio” (2014, Waterbug Records); Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys – “I Was An Oak Tree” (Live), “Working Offshore” (Live) and “Love Is The Law” (Live); Eliot Bronson – “Comin’ For Ya North Georgia Blues” (Live), “River Runs Dry” (Live)and “One Mississippi” (Live); Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys – “A Big Truck Brought It” (Live) and “Sun On The Water” (Live).
This week’s Folk Roots Radio features an interview with Atlanta singer-songwriter Eliot Bronson, who joins us to chat about his new self-titled album and his tour of Ontario with Jonathan Byrd. Jonathan Byrd and Eliot Bronson will be in Guelph on Friday March 20 for a Folk Roots Radio hosted show at the great listening venue, Silence. Check out all the event details here. As always, the show also contains a lot of new music and our mystery theme and guilty pleasure.
This week’s Folk Roots Radio features an excerpt of an interview with North Carolina singer-songwriter Jonathan Byrd discussing his forthcoming album “Mother Tongue” (recorded recently in Denmark) and upcoming Ontario tour with The Pickup Cowboys. You can listen to the full interview here. Jonathan Byrd will be in Guelph on Friday March 20 for a show at the great listening venue Silence with another fabulous songwriter, Atlanta’s Eliot Bronson. Check out the event details here. As always, the show also contains a lot of new music and our mystery theme and guilty pleasure.
“Eliot Bronson”, the self-titled third album from Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Eliot Bronson has been creating quite a stir since its release in 2014, with favourable comparison being made to people like Ryan Adams. The album, tracked entirely in analog by acclaimed Nashville producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Rival Sons, Jason Isbell, Nikki Lane), is already creating quite a buzz on the folk scene. Eliot is on tour in Ontario during March and will be joining Jonathan Byrd for a Folk Roots Radio hosted show at Silence on March 20. Eliot Bronson joined us on Folk Roots Radio to chat about his music. Music: Eliot Bronson, “River Runs Dry”; “Nothing Like Me”; “Time Ain’t Nothin'” and “Coming For Ya North Georgia Blues” from “Eliot Bronson” (2014, Saturn 5 Records).
North Carolina singer-songwriter Jonathan Byrd is back on tour in Ontario. He makes a Guelph stop with Eliot Bronson for a Folk Roots Radio hosted show at Silence on March 20. A son of a preacher man and Gulf War veteran, Jonathan Byrd has received many accolades for the quality of his songwriting including being named a New Folk award winner at the famed Kerrville Folk Festival in 2003. A gregarious and affable road warrior, his shows resemble something between a revival meeting and musical theatre, bringing together great songs, fine musicianship and some wonderful southern storytelling. We caught up with Jonathan at home in North Carolina. Music: Jonathan Byrd and The Sentimentals, “If I Was An Oak Tree” (Live); Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys, “Do You Dream” (Live); Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys, “Pick-up Cowboy” (Live); Jonathan Byrd and The Sentimentals, “You Can’t Outrun The Radio” (Live).
After years out of the spotlight to raise a family, New England based singer-songwriter Kerri Powers returned to the music scene in 2014 with her stunning self-titled album, “Kerri Powers”. A little bit country, a little bit bluesy and very rootsy it was one of our favourite albums of 2014. With too many highlights to single out, it’s no wonder that it found its way into so many ‘Best of the Year’ lists including our own. Kerri Powers joined us on Folk Roots Radio for a feature length conversation. Music: Kerri Powers, “A Little Light”, “Buttercup”, “To Love Somebody” and “I’ve Got Your Back” from Kerri Powers (2014, Self)
This week’s Folk Roots Radio features an excerpt of an interview with singer-songwriter and poet Miss Emily Brown recorded at the Folk Music Ontario conference this past October. Emily lives on the beautiful Quadra Island off the eastern coast of Vancouver Island in B.C. Emily chats with us about her home and her music and sings a couple of new songs live accompanying herself on tenor guitar. You can listen to the full interview here. Like last week, the show also contains a lot of new music and, as usual, a new mystery theme and guilty pleasure.