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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Stony Plain Records Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary with Special 3-CD Set of Music Including Rarities and Previously Unreleased Tracks on June 3rd

Stony Plain Records Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary with Special 3-CD Set of Music Including Rarities and Previously Unreleased Tracks on June 3rd

EDMONTON, AB – Stony Plain Records, Canada’s premier roots music label, announces a June 3rd release date for a special 3-CD set, 40 Years of Stony Plain, which includes cuts from its illustrious history of albums, as well as a complete disc of rarities and previously unreleased tracks.

“Celebrating Stony Plain’s 40th Anniversary by putting together this specially priced three CD set has been a joy,” writes label founder/president Holger Petersen in the album package. “Not only going back over those years and selecting some of our favorite tracks, but to also dig deeper to find rare and previously unreleased material by old friends Eric Bibb, Duke Robillard, Maria Muldaur, David Wilcox, the late Bob Carpenter, Walter ‘Shakey’ Horton and the legendary Sam Chatmon and His Barbeque Boys from 1979. With extensive notes and packaging, this stunning collection of 47 songs will be a joyful surprise for true music fans everywhere.”

Long-time label friend and celebrated Canadian publicist Richard Flohil contributes an insightful timeline to Stony Plain’s history and contributions to the music industry in his liner notes. 

“As I write, I realize that this is the seventh time that I’ve written this opening sleeve note for a collection of music tracks for a Stony Plain Records compilation,” states Flohil. “What’s ‘new’ in the history of this unique Canadian roots music label? Answer: Not much — except, amazingly, that Stony Plain’s still here, still releasing new music. And that it’s the oldest independent record company (in Canada) that’s persevered for four decades with the same ownership.

“Every five years, starting with the label’s 10th anniversary, Stony Plain has released a compilation of new and old material from the vaults. And every five years, an opening sleeve note introduces (or re-introduces) the Stony Plain story to the people who are listening to the music.”

Recognized worldwide for its consistent quality roots and blues releases, one of Stony Plains early fans was legendary Atlantic Records music producer and label executive Jerry Wexler, who singled out the independent label for praise. 

“The Independent Label is the soul of the record biz; on one hand the fount and nurturer of the new and untested, the eschewer of the Commercial Compromise,” said Wexler. “On the other, it is the Enunciator of the Gospel of Low Overhead. Behold the Stony Plain catalogue, not large but lapidary, and wonder how (Holger Petersen) has done it with such small staff. And he always returns my phone calls. He has a wonderful label, he presents wonderful music, and I congratulate him.”

Stony Plain Records has earned 6 Grammy nominations and a shelf full of Canadian accolades, including 11 Juno Awards, some 20 Maple Blues Awards, and Canadian Country Music Association awards as well. The Blues Foundation named Stony Plain as the 2014 label of the year, and Holger Petersen as broadcaster of the year in 2008. This year, he marks his 30th year as the host of Saturday Night Blues, nationally broadcast every week on CBC Radio; he also continues to host Natch’l Blues each week on CKUA after 47 years.

“Since 1976, Stony Plain has reflected its owners’ eclectic tastes, survived, and continues to release vibrant, substantive music,” Richard Flohil writes. “The label’s genesis goes back a little further than that — Petersen has been a music addict since he was a little kid, and his enthusiasms have led him (often simultaneously) in a variety of different directions.

“Petersen’s also earned two honorary doctorate degrees from Athabasca University and the University of Alberta, and — most important of all — was inducted into the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civil honor, for his services to Canadian culture in 2003.

“Having released more than 400 albums since the label began at the kitchen table of a suburban Edmonton house, Stony Plain continues to flourish. Amid dire predictions of recorded music’s demise over the years, Stony Plain is still here, thanks to the determination and enthusiasm of the people that founded the label and those who work there. And Holger Petersen, at 66, is still having fun and still finding artists and music and songs that turn him on and which he thinks will appeal to people who care about the roots of popular music.”

For A Tour of the Stony Plain Offices: Produced by The Image Works, Connie Edwards and Doug Cole.

40 Years of Stony Plain Complete Track Listing
1. Colin Linden - No More Cheap Wine (4:43)
2. Spirit Of The West - The Crawl (4:03)
3. Corb Lund - I Wanna Be In The Cavalry (3:10)
4. Doug Sahm - Louis Riel (3:50)
5. Harry Manx & Kevin Breit - Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep (5:29)
6. Emmylou Harris - Where Will I Be (4:22)
7. James Burton, Albert Lee, Amos Garrett, David Wilcox - That's All Right (Mama) (5:18)
8. New Guitar Summit - Flying Home (4:12)
9. Rodney Crowell - Funky And The Farm-boy (4:06)
10. Valdy & Gary Fjellgaard - VLT (2:30)
11. Jr. Gone Wild - Poet's Highway (4:16)
12. Tim Hus - Wild Rose Waltz (5:32)
13. Ian Tyson - Cottonwood Canyon (3:19)
14. Jennifer Warnes - Blue Mountains Of Mexico (3:16)
15. Steve Earle - Rivers Of Babylon (3:02)
16. Eric Bibb - Needed Time (feat. Taj Mahal, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Ruthie Foster) (6:28)

1. Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne - Bankrupted Blues (3:09)
2. Joe Louis Walker - Eyes Like A Cat (3:49)
3. Rosco Gordon - Sit Right Here (4:38)
4. Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters - It Takes Time (4:55)
5. Maria Muldaur - Soul Of A Man (feat. Taj Mahal) (2:52)
6. Long John Baldry - Midnight Special (3:24)
7. Paul Reddick - Mourning Dove (4:55)
8. MonkeyJunk - Mother's Crying (4:36)
9. Jay McShann - Goin' to Chicago (4:32)
10. Jeff Healey - Hong Kong Blues (3:12)
11. Billy Boy Arnold - Bad Luck Blues (3:16)
12. Rory Block - Candy Man (3:42)
13. Big Dave McLean - Atlanta Moan (4:12)
14. Ruthie Foster - Keep Your Big Mouth Closed (3:15)
15. Sonny Rhodes - Meet Me At The 10th Street Inn (3:18)
16. Jim Byrnes - Wrapped Up, Tied Up (3:30)
17. Amos Garrett - Lost Love (4:10)
18. Ellen McIlwaine - All To You (4:01)
19. King Biscuit Boy - Blue Light Boogie (5:00)

1. Duke Robillard - Ain't Gonna Do It (3:31)
2. Duke Robillard - Rehab (5:21)
3. Eric Bibb - Shingle By Shingle (4:06)
4. Eric Bibb - Wayfaring Stranger (6:19)
5. Maria Muldaur - In My Girlish Days (2:28)
6. Maria Muldaur - I Belong To The Band (4:30)
7. David Wilcox - Uptown Bump (3:47)
8. Sam Chatmon and His Barbeque Boys - I Hate That Train (feat. Colin Linden, Doc MacLean) (3:51)
9. Sam Chatmon and His Barbeque Boys - All Night Long (feat. Colin Linden, Doc MacLean) (2:51)
10. Bob Carpenter - Satan's Golden Chain (4:02)
11. Bob Carpenter - Mister Blue (2:45)
12. Walter 'Shakey' Horton with Hot Cottage - Shakey's Edmonton Blues (3:02)

Watch the Mike Eldred Trio's New Video for "Somebody Been Runnin" Track Off Their New CD, "Baptist Town," Out May 6

Mike Eldred Trio’s New Video for “Somebody Been Runnin” Track Off Their New CD, Baptist Town,  Out May 6

The Mike Eldred Trio has just released a new video clip for their tracking of the song, “Somebody Been Running’,” at historic Sun Studio in Memphis, a cut off their new CD, Baptist Town, which releases on May 6.

Meet Jennifer Scott Elegance, Playfulness, and Talent Personified

Photos by Jessica Meyer at Beauty by Photography

Meet Jennifer Scott
Elegance, Playfulness, & Talent Personified

Jennifer Scott is an internationally recognized vocalist and pianist who delivers her music in French, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and English languages.  The versatile, elegant world artist possesses the rare innate ability to connect France to Argentina, Brazil, Cuba and Italy through an interwoven tapestry of multiple languages, rhythms and musical styles.  This is not to be outdone by her fresh persona that lends itself to the overall performance.  A free spirit that has maintained a strict discipline to the arts that when combined is “perfetto” personified.  There is little wonder why Ms. Scott is held with such acclaim and esteem across both hemispheres, most notably France.  Her diplomatic performances include such addresses as the French Ambassador’s Residence, the Embassy of France in Washington DC, La Fete de la Musique, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Hall of the Americas among others.  The rather playful side of this fascinating talent has found her performing on stage at Bushwick’s Public House and Freddy’s Back Bar in New York state.
Most recently Jennifer has just released her new CD entitled, "Le temps de l'amour".  A compilation of music that is sure to please world music lovers around the globe. Accompanied by her four piece quartet Jennifer delivers a spectacular collection of memorable sounds with a range from the playful, "La vie en rose '16" to the more subtle soft embrace of "Le premier Bonheur du jour".

Home of Michael B Sutton President, iMerica Entertainment, Los Angeles

On the right: Members of the quartet include Jennifer Scott, Pianist and Singer, Cristian Perez on guitar, Dominic Martinez on bass and Sam Carolla on drums.
The Jennifer Scott Quartet

14th Annual Blues From The Top Festival: Trampled Under Foot Reunion, Much More!


Two Big Days - Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26
At Winter Park, CO


    (WINTER PARK, CO) - This year's 14th Annual Blues From The Top Festival features its finest music lineup yet, with a reunion by renowned Blues-Americana group, Trampled Under Foot! The festival - presentede by the Grand County Blues Society- takes place Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, at Hideaway Park, 78820 US Highway 40, in Winter Park. A portion of the festival's proceeds benefit Blue Star Connection, now in it's tenth year of providing access and ownership of musical instruments for children and young adults with cancer and other serious challenges, as well as providing music therapy departments with instruments. Tickets (now through Sunday, May 15): $20. (1-day Pass) or $35. (2-day Pass), available at the website, Radio Shack in Fraser; and the Winter Park Visitor's Center. Ticket prices after May 15: General Admission 1-Day Pass (Saturday or Sunday), $28., General Admission 2-Day Pass $49. Kids 13 and under, free. Buy tickets/additional info:

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    Grand County Blues Society Mission Statement is "To support the Blues by bringing National and International Blues Artists to Grand County on a regular basis, and to bring Blues Education into the schools of Grand County." 

Trampled Under Foot reunites for the 14th Annual Blues From The Top Festival. 
They perform on Saturday, June 25 in the headlining slot.

   Each day of Blues From The Top features a star-studded lineup. Saturday it's a Trampled Under Foot Reunion Show, the Albert Castiglia Band (with Josh Smith and Kate Moss), Monkey Junk, Kara Grainger, Josh Hoyer & Soul Collective, and the Austin Young Blues all-Stars featuring Michaela Rae, Michael Hornbuckle and others. Sunday's lineup is headlined by guitarist Eric Gales, Samantha Fish Band, Jimmy Hall with My Blue Sky, Willie K and the Warehouse Blues Band, John Nemeth with Deana Bogart and Jimmy Carpenter, and the High Mountain Gospel Choir with Renee Austin, Tempa Singer, Southern Review, Bart Szop, and more.
Both days also feature a "Keeping The Blues Alive" stage with many of today's best young national and regional blues talent.  

        Colorful blues guitarist Eric Gales (pictured) headlines the Sunday, June 26  star-studded 14th Annual Blues From The Top Festival lineup.

About The 14th Annual Blues From The Top Festival Headliners

   Trampled Under Foot: The soul blues trio Trampled Under Foot consists of siblings Danielle Schnebelen (lead vocals and bass), Nick Schnebelen (guitars and vocals) and Kris Schnebelen, (drums). They grew up with the blues in Kansas City. Their father, Bill, was a blues guitarist in the band Little Eva and would regularly take his three children to jam sessions. Growing up, the siblings played separately in numerous bands over the years. Danielle was in Fresh Brew (1999-2004), Kris was a staple at blues clubs, and Nick was in Killing Floor (or K-Floor), and briefly, Buddahead. Missing the family camaraderie, the siblings formed Trampled Under Foot in 2000. The band released four studio sessions: Trampled Under Foot (2006), May I Be Excused in (2008), and Wrong Side of the Blues in (2011). They also issued Live at the Notodden Blues Festival in 2010. The combination of those releases and non-stop touring caught the attention of the jazz and blues label Telarc, who signed the band in 2013. They issued their fifth studio album, Badlands, that same year. In 2016 the famed trip reunites to perform at the 14th Blues From The Top Festival.
     Eric Gales: Blues guitar phenom Eric Gales was born and raised in Memphis, learning to play at age four from older brothers Eugene and Manuel in imitation of their upside-down, left-handed style (a tradition actually passed down from their grandfather, Dempsey Garrett Sr., who was known to jam with the likes of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf). Winning his first blues contest at 11, four years later Eric signed to Elektra to issue his 1991 debut LP, recorded with Eugene on bass; Picture of a Thousand Faces followed in 1993. Manuel (who previously performed under the alias Little Jimmy King) reunited with his siblings for 1995's Left Hand Band, credited to the Gales Brothers. A newly matured Gales returned in spring 2001 to release his debut for MCA, That's What I Am. Often billed as the second coming of Jimi Hendrix, Gales, an adequate singer at best but a dynamite guitarist, suffered for the comparison. With Gales always influenced by Hendrix and the power trio format, his next albums, 2006's Crystal Vision and 2007's Psychedelic Underground, both released by Blues Bureau Records, seemed like facsimile Hendrix albums, right down to the album art. His next two releases from Blues Bureau, 2008's The Story of My Life and 2009's Layin' Down the Blues, found the Hendrix influence muted somewhat, but Gales, a breathtaking guitarist at times, still seemed to be looking for a way out of the Hendrix shadow and into his own voice. Gales returned in 2010 with Relentless, a collection of 13 originals, and followed it with the passionate Transformation a year later in 2011. The all-instrumental Ghost Notes arrived in the fall of 2013.