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CATHERINE MACLELLAN – SILHOUETTE

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After releasing her debut album in 2004 Catherine MacLellan earned immediate critical acclaim, being labeled Critics Favourite New Discovery by Penguin Eggs Magazine in 2008. Since then, her music has been a perennial fixture at the top of Canada’s Roots Music charts and won acclaim from international media including The Austin Chronicle, The Boston Globe, CBC Radio, Maverick Magazine and Q Magazine. On her newest record, Silhouette, she delves further into the depth of her talents as a singer and songwriter. The record captures MacLellan at her best - quilting elegantly woven songs stitched swiftly together by her memorable blend of heartfelt lyrics and catchy melodies. Produced by David Baxter, and featuring special guest performances from Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo fame and folk songstress Jadea Kelly, Silhouette is a reminder that Catherine's songwriting and musicianship are unparalleled among performers of her generation.

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THEORY OF A DEADMAN – THE TRUTH IS….

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Vancouver’s Theory of a Deadman return to the rock scene with their fourth studio album, The Truth Is…, due out July 12 via 604 Records/Universal Music Canada. The album was recorded at Bay 7 in Los Angeles with producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, 3 Doors Down) and includes the first single “Lowlife”, which is currently tearing up the rock charts. Theory of a Deadman are Tyler Connolly [Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar], David Brenner [Rhythm Guitar], Dean Back [Bass], and Joey Dandeneau [Drums]

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TOM JONES – PRAISE AND BLAME

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For those who think Tom Jones is nothing but kitsch, camp, and sex appeal, this rootsy, poignant, and highly spiritual album will come as a shock. On the other hand, for those who have kept up with his recent activity, Praise & Blame seemed inevitable with Sir Tom’s appearance in Martin Scorsese’s The Blues being the big clue. In the PBS documentary, Jones displayed a shockingly deep knowledge and deeper love of the American songbook, just as he does here. Perfectly chosen numbers from John Lee Hooker (“Burning Hell”), Rosetta Tharpe (“Strange Things”), and Jessie Mae Hemphill (“Lord Help”) support the album’s rite-of-passage theme as the now-70-year-old Jones rages and regrets throughout this selection of hallowed material. Producer Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Ray LaMontagne) is right in tune with Jones, helming gutsy band performances that are either a barroom punch in the gut or a dustier version of the ...

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MARK BLANEY – ME AND MY GUITAR

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Mark Blaney is a well known and respected figure in Sarnia-Lambton music circles and for good reason.  He started his musical career at the young age of seventeen entertaining in nightclubs throughout Southwestern Ontario.  His stage shows were known for the sense of humour he injected into his performances and his knack for wearing wacky novelty hats.  Moving on from there he was the 1991 winner of the regional CCMA Budding Country Talent Search going on to the national level.  In 1995 he appeared on CFPL London TV’s “Country’s In” where he showcased six of his original songs. Present day, Mark has found his true musical calling in the country/roots style that has become so popular of late.  This makes Mark a man ahead of his time.  On his 2009 CD ‘Just Me and My Guitar’, Mark’s emotion filled songs paint vivid pictures for the listener while his lone acoustic guitar surrounds ...

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GILLIAN WELCH – THE HARROW AND THE HARVEST

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2011 release from the critically adored Americana/Bluegrass singer/songwriter. The Harrow & The Harvest, Gillian's first album in eight years, is an all acoustic affair containing 10 new songs. The album was produced by David Rawlings and recorded at Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville.

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MATTHEW BARBER – MATTHEW BARBER

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The latest offering from Toronto based singer songwriter is a self titled collection of songs that were recorded over the past winter in his ramshackle basement home studio. By playing all of the instruments as well as handling all of the recording and production duties, this his sixth album is a return to his roots.

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ASHLEY MACISAAC – CROSSOVER

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Crossover is Asheley MacIsaac at his best, playing uplifting footstomping tradtionally rooted tunes, melancholy and soluful tracks to powerful rock jams that sound like they must have been fun to record.

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BLACK LIPS – ARABIA MOUNTAIN

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The founding fathers of Atlanta's flower punk movement have released their seventh album. This is the frist time that the group have worked with an outside producer, Mark Ronson who is best known for his work with Lilly Allen, Duran Duran and Amy Winehouse

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BLACKIE AND THE RODEO KINGS – KINGS AND QUEENS

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Tom Wilson, Stephen Fearing & Colin Linden formed Blackie And The Rodeo Kings in 1996 as a one off tribute to Willie P. Bennett. In 2011 the group is still going strong and considered to be one of North America's finest roots music bands. This is their seventhCD and for this one they paired up with fourteen of their favorite female singers. The collaborators are Lucinda Williams Sara Watkins Roseanne Cash Amy Helm Cassandra Wilson Patti Scialfa Pam Tillis Janiva Magness Emmylou Harris Mary Margaret O'Hara Holly Cole Exene Cervenka Sam Phillips Serene Ryder

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ROSIE LEDET – COME GET SOME

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Rosie Ledet has become the act to watch on the zydeco circuit. Brimming with coy sensuality, Rosie's music is fresh and daring, while still retaining its links to its bayou Creole heritage. Rosie has a rare combination of talent, not only in the zydeco world, but in any musical genre. She can write top-notch award winning songs. hand with the best of them on her instrument, and can sing cirlces around her peers. Rosie is among the few zydeco artists who can still sing and write some of theor own material in Creole French.   Rosie and her collaborators on this album take Zydeco by the scruff of the neck and drag it into the 21st century. She has a bunch of ideas and fresh takes on this music bringing in contemporary influences while still satisfying those that want strait ahead Zydeco.

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