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Showing posts with label 40th Anniversary. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 40th Anniversary. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Landslide Records - 40th Anniversary - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the newest release from Landslide Records, 40th Anniversary, a two disc compilation celebrating their 40th anniversary and a full house of great artists. Opening with Tinsley Ellis and the Heartfixers and Drivin' Woman. Ellis is a great choice to open this retrospective with his fiery guitar attack and tight rock shuffle beat. Strong opener. The Bluesbusters' track, If The Phone Don't Ring, is up next led by Little feat guitar and vocalist Paul Barrere in collaberation with Dregs keyboardist Lavitz and associated Feat personalities. This is a great track and solid addition to this release. Damon Fowler contributes Make The Best Of Your Time. Fowler was a great addition to Landslides lineup with his rugged vocal, strong rhythm and terrific slide work, I always look forward to his releases. Sean Costello was a unique talent and spectacular blues player. His contribution here is Motor Head Baby with it's slow swagger and Costello's relentless lead guitar work. If you don't know Sean, go find it now! Nappy Brown joins Ellis and the Heartfixers on Hard Luck Blues. Here you get the double whammy with Browns excellent vocals and Ellis' tasty guitar riffs, backed by strong horn work. Dave Bartholomew has a great jam on Jazz Fest in New Orleans with that funky New Orleans sound. David Earle Johnson (drums) brings a really hot Jazz Fusion sound. Partnered with John Abercrombie on guitar, Dan Wall on organ, Gary Cambell on sax these guys really fly on Route Two. Excellent! Derek Trucks Band continues in the jazz mind set with Mr. PC showcasing Trucks' world renown guitar improvisation. Mike Mattison best known for his work with Derek Trucks Band, showcases his soulful vocal work on Midnight In Harlem and it's R&B feel. Really nice. Steam Donkeys really put on the heat on Little Honky Tonks, a strong, Country and Western track with real grit. If you like this kind of music, and I do, you'll love this! Scrapomatic lays down a really hot track, Night Trains, Distant Whistles, with Mike Mattison on vocal, Paul Olsen on guitar and vocal, Dave Yoke on guitar, Ted Pecchio on bass and Tyler Greenwell on drums. Hot funky drumming, a great bass line, well blended vocals and strong lead guitar, great! Sax man Paul McCandless brings The Great Lawn, a new jazz piece featuring Steve Rodby on bass, Davidd Samuels on vibes, Ross traut on guitar and Linda Naimas on claps for an interesting instrumental diversion. Wrapping the release is Col. Bruce Hampton & The Late Bronze Age on Walking With Zambi, a driving country rocker. This is a great mix of music and a lot of hot talent on 2 cds. If you know all of the bands. it's a great mix tape and if you don't it's a great intro. 

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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)