Bachman Gets Into Heavy Blues

bachman_heavyblues_300dpiOriginally from Winnipeg, Randy Bachman needs no introduction. He has been working on a number of projects since Bachman-Turner Overdrive and The Guess Who. We feel Randy’s solo album from the 90s, Any Road, was highly overlooked, probably because it was not in keeping with the alternative rock preferences of the decade. Randy’s latest project, Bachman, is a power blues rock trio with spectacular drummer Dale Anne Brendon and standout bassist Anna Ruddick (Ladies of the Canyon) who studied at McGill University in Montreal.

Randy liked the idea of having two guitars on top of the bass and drums which was more standard in the 60s. Like two hockey commentators, one adding the colour by throwing in stats, one of the two guitarists does more interpretive, adlib playing and solos. Randy invited a number of star guitarists to fill this role, one on each track. The list of names is impressive: Neil Young, Peter Frampton, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph and the late Jeff Healey. Album Heavy Blues, the result of the team, will hit the spot for those who grew up listening to the 60s rock of Cream and The Who. For those of us who missed the decade, the album offers a great introduction to 60s rock smartly sculpted for the modern era. Randy is 71 and still rockin’, and we love it!  iTunes

Selected New Releases 14 April 2015

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Zerbin is a 3-piece indie-pop band, the members coming from Victoria, Edmonton, and Vancouver. New album Darling was recorded on Vancouver Island. Hamilton’s Terra Lightfoot, member of the Dinner Belles, mixes some singer-songwriter vibes with rock on her second album Every Time My Mind Runs Wild. Toronto’s C and C Surf Factory is the latest project of Colin Cripps; album Garage City contains instrumental surf music. Multiplatinum teen superstar Shawn Mendes releases his debut album Handwritten. Winnipeg legend Randy Bachman teams up with Neil Young, Peter Frampton and other fine guitarists on new album Heavy Blues.

Juno nominee Laila Biali cooks up beautiful adult contemporary album House of Many Rooms with The Radiance Project. Fabulous singer-songwriter Mike Edel of Linden, Alberta provides some stellar tunes on India, Seattle. New Pornographers’ member Kathryn Calder launches her third solo album, and it sizzles with new wave. 2frères hails from Chapais, Quebec, and the result of the group’s labours is wonderful heartland pop album Nous autres.

Toronto alternative duo Moon King delivers Secret Life. This week’s most attention-grabbing release just may be the collaborative album between Suuns and Jerusalem in My Heart. It has some Tangerine Dream type electronica, some Middle Eastern atmospherics, and other delicious flavours. Jeffrey Piton took part in the first season of The Voice. The native of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec can be proud of fine folky album La transition.

In the kingdom of EPs, three great works are as follows: Tilt a Whirl from Grande Prairie, Alberta country band Emerson Drive, Verde from Vancouver electro-alternative whiz Tei Shi, and pop-rock delight Where the Light Is from inspirational artist Dan Bremnes from Salmon Arm, BC.

Check out, stream, buy some of these great homegrown works to bring luck to the five Canadian teams who begin round one of the Stanley Cup playoffs tomorrow!

Ides of January 2015 News

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Tegan, Sara, and Oscar

Tegan and Sara’s “Everything Is Awesome” has received a Best Original Song Oscar nomination. Written by Shawn Patterson for The Lego Movie, it has already won a number of film critics’ awards. The song was a Top 40 hit, peaking at #35 on the Canadian Hot 100 last year. You can read some back story about the song at Billboard here.

Rushing Waters

Illustrious Canadian rock trio Rush will be this year’s recipient of the Allan Waters Humanitarian award as announced by CARAS today. Geddy, Alex, and Neil were chosen for their work over the years in supporting countless charities and humanitarian organizations including the Toronto Food Bank, United Way, Canadian Museum For Human Rights, Make It Right Foundation (hurricane Katrina), Doctors Without Borders, and Alberta Flood Relief. You can read more at the JUNOs website here.

It’s Decided Andy Kim’s Makin’ a Comeback

Canadian legend Andy Kim will be releasing a new album with co-writing and production credits to Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew. We’ll share more on Feb. 24 when It’s Decided is released. Andy, sometimes recording under aliases like Baron Longfellow, scored 13 Top 40 hits from 1968 to 1991 including four Top 10s, two of which topped the charts. He was also a key figure behind The Archies’ 1969 monster hit “Sugar Sugar”. The Montreal-bred Kim has sold 30 million records worldwide and is also known for his annual Christmas charity fund-raiser concerts. In addition to new songs, the album will also include a new version of his 1968 hit “Shoot ‘Em Up Baby” re-worked into a dreamy folk piece that could pass for something from The Dream Academy or Grapes of Wrath.

Bachman’s Caught the Blues

Randy Bachman (The Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive) will be releasing a new album of originals mid-April harnessing a 60s blues rock style with a modern undertone and featuring signature guitar solos by Neil Young, Joe Bonamassa, Scott Holiday of Rival Sons, Robert Randolph, and the late Jeff Healey. Album Heavy Blues should hit the spot for guitar enthusiasts everywhere.

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Balancing the veteran gentlemen greats with some beautiful, youthful, female vocals, we leave you with the latest video upload by YTV Next Star 2013 winner Alicia Moffet covering The Weeknd & Ariana Grande’s “Love Me Harder”.

For more Canadian music news, check out David Farrell’s site FYI Music News here.

Bachman and McLachlan New Walk of Famers

The Walk of Fame has announced inductees for 2012 and two of them are recording artists:  Randy Bachman and Sarah McLachlan.

Randy Bachman was a member of The Guess Who during their most successful years, cowriting hits with Burton Cummings.  He was perhaps better known as the principal member of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, the most successful of their hits being “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” in 1974.  It topped the charts in 20 countries around the world.  The band won 7 JUNO awards and enjoyed several platinum albums.

Sarah McLachlan has sold 40 million albums worldwide one of which was certified diamond in Canada, and she has had multiple hits including the biggest song of the year in 1997– “Building a Mystery”.  She has won 8 JUNOs.  Sarah was also the key figure behind the Lilith Fair festivals.

Criteria for inducting Canadians onto the Walk of Fame are threefold:

1.  Inductees must have either been born in Canada or spent their formative years in Canada.
2.  Inductees must have a minimum of 10 years experience in their field and have an established body of work.
3.  Inductees must have had national or international impact on Canada’s heritage.

You can read more about this year’s inductees HERE.

ATF Tunes: Every blue collar feels his dollar getting smaller

As a soloist, after his time in The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Randy Bachman churned out some great music. In 1992, he released an album that passed by largely unnoticed due to weak promotion—Any Road. “Prairie Town” had vocal contributions from Neil Young and The Cowboy Junkies’ Margot Timmins and is a song in which he reminisces about his early rock ‘n roll days in Winnipeg. “Overworked and Underpaid” echoes the kind of blue-collar rock that made B.T.O. so lovable and win over a generation of gearheads, and it is one of our favourite songs of all-time by a Canadian artist. Randy Bachman is a true Canadian legend and this song is him at his sizzling best.

Lyrics

From daybreak ’til the sun goes down
It’s just another day of the blues
Some work 9 to 5, some work all night
Everybody’s got to pay some kind of dues

Overworked and underpaid
Overworked and underpaid

Every blue collar feels his dollar getting smaller
It’s hard to keep from coming unglued
Sometimes you’re wrong, sometimes you’re right
Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose

And there’s a price you have to pay
To go on living day to day
No satisfaction guaranteed
Overworked and underpaid
Overworked and underpaid

It’s a treadmill existence with no way out
You either hang loose or hang tight
You know that you can shake it, you can always get by
Keep on keepin on ’til you get it right

And there’s a price you have to pay
To go on living day to day
No satisfaction guaranteed
Overworked and underpaid
Overworked and underpaid
Some have it made in the shade
Overworked and underpaid

Summary

Song: “Overworked and Underpaid”
Album: Any Road
Year: 1992
Artist: Randy Bachman
Origin: Winnipeg, MB

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