Folk Roots Radio Episode 425: feat. Jay Aymar & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 425: feat. Jay Aymar & More New Releases

Toronto based singer-songwriter Jay Aymar joins us on Episode 425 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about his latest recording “My Perfect Matador”, an album that is surely his most complete artistic statement to date. Drawing comparison to no less than Canadian icon Leonard Cohen, with a nod to the groundbreaking work of Tom Waits, “Your Perfect Matador” sets out to explore love and yearning, and the place of art in our society. It’s a great album, and an excellent interview – and definitely worth checking out. We also take a look at more of the new music we’ve received, including releases from Kat Danser, Kalyna Rakel, Suzanne Jarvie, Cathy Hutch, Matt Tighe, Colm Gavin, Abby Zotz and The Sturgeons. Check out the full playlist below.


Jay Aymar’s Your Perfect Matador sees the acclaimed wordsmith and performer pulling out all the creative stops on these nine tracks spinning a poetic fable of seduction, obsession and addiction — while washing it down with a narcotic cocktail of edgy post-Americana, swampy southern roots-rock and even menacing soul-funk. That’s how Jay Aymar’s press release describes the new album. I think you get the picture – Jay Aymar’s vision on Your Perfect Matador is perfectly realized. Musically the new album, produced by Michael Phillip Wojewoda, is an all-enveloping sonic wonder with some fabulous support from Champagne James Robertson on electric guitar, Robbie Grunwald (keyboards), Devon Henderson (bass), Wojewoda (drums, additional keyboards), Drew Dureka (strings) and wonderful cameo vocal performances by Alejandra Ribera, Shakura S’Aida and Chloe Charles. We caught up with Jay Aymar at home in Toronto to chat about the new album. Visit Jay Aymar online at Photo credit: Jen Squires.


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Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises
Roll Right (2018, self)

Kat Danser
Kansas City Blues
Goin’ Gone (2018, Black Hen Music) CDN

Kalyna Rakel
Handsome Devil
Before & After You (2018, Self) CDN

Suzanne Jarvie
The Core
In The Clear (2019, Wolfe Island Records) CDN

Cathy Hutch
Good Friends Like You
Free Wheelin’ (2018, A Major Sound) CDN

Matt Tighe
Matt Tighe (2017, Greentrax Recordings)

Jay Aymar
Your Poet Bleeding
Your Perfect Matador (2018, Self) CDN

Interview: Jay Aymar discussing his latest album “Your Perfect Matador”.

Jay Aymar
Us Wild Dogs
Your Perfect Matador (2018, Self) CDN

Jay Aymar
The Greatest Story Never Told
Your Perfect Matador (2018, Self) CDN

Colm Gavin
Loving You (Through The Hardest Years)
A Voice For The Urban Darlings (2016, BEO Records)

Abby Zotz
Big Hope
Local Honey (2018, Self) CDN

The Sturgeons
One More Song
Black & White (2018, Self) CDN

About the author


Host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan Hall started in Radio in 1993 at WEFT 90.1fm in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Folk Roots Radio (formerly Royal City Rag) debuted on CFRU 93.3fm in August 2005 before developing into a syndicated radio show. As the host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan focuses on bringing new folk, roots and blues music and the voices of upcoming and independent artists to the airwaves. Jan is also a much sought after stage host and festival emcee. In 2019, Jan Hall received Folk Music Ontario's prestigious Estelle Klein Award for her contribution to Ontario's folk music community.

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