Move Over Americana, Here Comes Canadiana

Everyone's heard of Americana, but "Canadiana" is fast gaining steam.

Canadiana, as defined by Six Shooter Records, a Toronto-based label with over 30 albums in its catalog, is roots music. But Canadiana is the wild north of roots music. North of the border, "roots" has as much to do with community, isolation, pride and a healthy dose of characteristic self-deprecation as it does with musical heritage and influence.

One of Six Shooter's recent releases is Luke Doucet's 'Blood's Too Rich,' which features the accomplished Canadian musician and his band The White Falcon (named after Luke's flashy Gretsch guitar of the same name).

"First Day (In The New Hometown)" is a song that embodies Canadiana: roots and rock, inspired by Canadian heritage. The song is about Luke's new home, a Dixie tenement in an "unfamiliar place." He sings, "Walk these dusty streets in search of Bluejays in a southern sky" and "I wonder if the north wind is in my clothes," a reminder of where he's from.

It's "Good To Be" Backyard Tire Fire - New Album With 11 Songs Set For February Release

Backyard Tire Fire never fails to impress, and the band is back! The new album "Good To Be" is set to be released in February on the band's Kelsey Street Records label. Los Lobos' Steve Berlin produced the album and joins in on every track of "Good To Be."

"Good to Be" is a culmination of guitarist/vocalist, Ed Anderson’s thirteen year journey on the road of rock and roll. For the band’s fifth full length release, Backyard Tire Fire delivers an album full of working-man songs that provide an upbeat, glass half full approach to life. Drawing on inspiration from everyday events, Anderson weaves his way through the fabric of life making a patchwork of eleven songs that bear the message of empathy, humanity and hope.

Over their eight year career as a band, Backyard Tire Fire has created a presence in the music world that is hard to ignore. The trio boasts an impressive roster of celebrity fans. Reverend Horton Heat’s Jim Heath calls Backyard Tire Fire “one of the best and coolest bands out there.” “My favorite band right now is Backyard Tire Fire and they sometimes remind me of early Wilco, Son Volt and Flaming Lips—they are my earworms these last few months,” adds Johnny Hickman of Cracker.

The current Backyard Tire Fire lineup is Ed Anderson (guitar & vocals), Matt Anderson (bass & vocals) and Tim Kramp (drums). The band will kick off a national tour in February 2010, with dates to be announced soon. Two preview tracks from the record have been posted to the band’s MySpace page.

Track listing for "Good To Be"
1. Road Song #39 2. Ready or Not 3. Learning to Swim 4. Brady 5. Food for Thought 6. Estelle 7.Hell & Back 8. Good to Be 9. A Thousand Gigs Ago 10. Piss & Moan 11. Once Upon a Time

Jonny Burke "The Long Haul EP"

Jonny Burke is one of the most talented newcomers on the Americana music scene. His new 5-song recording, "The Long Haul EP" showcases a musician who is comfortable in his own skin.

Burke's voice has a quality reminiscent of Tom Petty, and his laid-back musical style is warm and familiar. "The Long Haul EP" also offers compelling lyrics and superb musicianship. In short, "The Long Haul EP" is a winner.

About "The Long Haul EP" and musician Jonny Burke: The EP encompasses 5 unforgettable songs. On the opening track, "Lost in the Forest," Jonny gives a rousing call for endurance over an infectious guitar hook. "Make it for You" could have been written by Roy Orison in the 1950's, and arranged by Jeff Tweedy in the 90's. "Ship Come In," (which features a guest appearance by The Band of Heathens), is a Stone-sy rocker whose extended verses pack a punch.

"El Paso" digs deep on the dark yet beautiful with a Southwestern tale of a wandering drug addict set to ambient finger-picking. And title track, "The Long Haul," is a Petty-ish tune (co-written with Son Volt guitarist Chris Masterson) that might sum up that generalized inspirational theme of the Ep. On this track, Jonny sings over a melodic chorus, "I'm in it for the long haul, I'm in it 'til the last one falls..." Because with music this good, Jonny has to be "in it for the long haul."

Recorded over the course of 2009, (whenever he hasn't been on the road opening national tours for the likes of Todd Snider, Ryan Bingham and James McMurtry) Johnny Burke's debut solo release, The Long Haul Ep is a musical novella with subject matter ranging from the dark to the desirable, melodies and arrangements akin to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the Stones, tones inherited from T. Rex, poetic lyrics often compared to Dylan and Townes Van Zandt, and vocal performances that are all his own.

Big Week For Taylor Swift: New InStyle Cover, SNL, CMA Awards & Successful Tour

Taylor Swift has had the best week in her music career with a high rated appearance on Saturday Night Live, big wins at the CMAs and a successful concert tour. Now, Taylor, who has appeared on several magazine covers over the past year, has graced the cover of the upcoming December issue of InStyle Magazine. Other covers included Rolling Stone, Billboard, Glamour (the title’s biggest-selling issue of the year), Allure, People StyleWatch, Redbook, Seventeen, and Teen Vogue.

Taylor’s InStyle December cover showcases the fashion industry’s first-ever augmented reality cover. Taylor appears on the cover in 3D, and fans can hold their copies of the magazine up to webcams to see enhanced content. The magazine hits newsstands on November 20th, and a sneak peak of the cover is available at
Taylor Swift walked away from last night’s 43rd Annual CMA Awards ceremony as the history-making winner of FOUR CMA Awards, including the industry’s biggest honor – Entertainer of the Year.

A month shy of her twentieth birthday, Taylor became the youngest artist in history, and the first female artist in a decade, to win the Entertainer of the Year trophy. In the 43-year history of the CMA Awards, only six other female acts have won the coveted top prize: Loretta Lynn (1972), Dolly Parton (1978), Barbara Mandrell (1980,’81), Reba McEntire (1986), Shania Twain (1999), and the Dixie Chicks (2000).

Taylor also won CMA Awards last night for Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year (for the critically-acclaimed and quadruple-platinum-plus Fearless – Taylor was honored as both artist and producer), and Video of the Year (for “Love Story”). Earlier in the day she was honored with the CMA’s International Artist Achievement Award. Taylor shared last night’s Album of the Year producer honors with her co-producer Nathan Chapman, and the Video of the Year Award with director Trey Fanjoy.

Accepting her Entertainer of the year award, a tearful Taylor invited her band to the stage to share the honors. “I’ll never forget this moment,” Taylor said during her acceptance speech, “Because in this moment, everything that I have ever wanted has happened to me.”

One year to the day after the release of her Fearless album, last night’s CMA wins top a year of unparalleled success for Taylor. Released on Big Machine Records, Fearless received rave reviews from the nation’s top critics (including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, the New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today), and is the world’s biggest-selling album this year, in any genre. Fearless has earned Gold or Platinum sales certification in 16 countries spanning 5 continents, including achieving quadruple-platinum status in the US, and has spawned singles that have topped the Country, Pop and Adult Contemporary radio charts. Fearless was also named 2009 Album of the Year by the Academy of Country Music, and is currently nominated for 2009 American Music Awards for both Country and Pop/Rock Favorite Album.

Fearless has spent more weeks in the #1 position atop Billboard’s Top 200 all-genre CD sales chart than any other album this decade. Taylor, whose career record sales now top 10 million, holds the Billboard all-genre records for the longest charting album of this century and for most Top 20 debuts in a calendar year. Big Machine Records recently released a special CD/DVD Platinum Edition of Taylor’s Fearless album, and last week the title spent its 26th week at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart.

The TAYLOR SWIFT FEARLESS 2009 TOUR was the hottest concert ticket of the year, wowing fans and critics worldwide. Capacity crowds packed arenas around the globe -- every show on the tour sold out within minutes, including one at Madison Square Garden in one minute, and one at Los Angeles’ STAPLES center in just two minutes. The blockbuster tour was chronicled in the one-hour primetime NBC network special Dateline: On Tour With Taylor Swift. Taylor is taking her show back on the road next year, with the FEARLESS 2010 TOUR playing 37 shows in 29 cities in 22 states and provinces in the US and Canada, plus seven dates in Australia.

Last week, Taylor was both the host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live, receiving rave reviews and delivering the show’s highest ratings of the season. Earlier this year, Taylor guest-starred on the top-rated CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, with her episode watched by more than 20 million viewers. She also filmed a role as part of the ensemble cast in Garry Marshall’s highly-anticipated feature film “Valentine’s Day,” set for release in February of next year. Other television appearances this year included the GRAMMY Awards, the ACM Awards, the MTV VMA Awards, the CMT Music Awards, The Oprah Winfrey Show (twice), Dancing With The Stars, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, the Today Show, Good Morning America, The Ellen Degeneres Show, and The View.

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News: George Strait And Reba McEntire Announce Nationwide Tour

The “King of Country” is back! 17x CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee George Strait will kick off his arena tour early next year and this time, he’s bringing along one very special lady – Reba McEntire.

The superstar acts performed together for the first time in many years for a sold-out crowd at the Cowboy’s Stadium inaugural event in Dallas. Selling out in less than an hour, fans and critics proclaimed the show one hot ticket! The concert was hailed by the Dallas Morning News as “an extravaganza” that “showcased Strait at the pinnacle of his musical game” and Ft. Worth Star Telegram wrote “Reba McEntire’s performance was a breathtaking master’s class in effortless brilliance.”

With 57 number one hits, 33 multi-platinum albums and countless sold-out shows year after year, Strait who holds the record for the most CMA wins and a record 17 CMA Entertainer of the Year nominations, is known for giving fans exactly what they want and expect. This year will be no exception.

“I can’t wait to get back out there and perform some of my new favorites from Twang along with hits the fans already love,” says Strait. “And with my friend Reba, we will make it a really spectacular night.”

Strait’s recent release TWANG debuted at #1 on The Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums chart. This is the fourth time in Strait’s career that a new release has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and the 13th time debuting at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart. It has become a critically acclaimed album and received rave reviews in USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, People, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, The Boston Globe, Billboard and many more.

Strait co-wrote three songs on TWANG including the debut single, “Living for the Night.” The current single and title track of the album sits at #22 on Billboard and Mediabase/Country Aircheck chart.

At last year’s CMA Awards, George became the artist with the most CMA Awards in history with Album of the Year for Troubadour and Single of the Year for “I Saw God Today.” He adds 4 nominations this year with nods for “Entertainer of the Year,” “Male Vocalist of the Year,” “Video of the Year” for “Troubadour” and “Vocal Event of the Year” for “Everything But Quits” with LeeAnn Womack.

His platinum-selling Troubadour was named “Best Country Album” at the 51st Grammy Awards and in April, Strait was the fifth artist ever to receive the Academy of Country Music's Artist of the Decade honor. Strait has won 19 Academy of Country Music Awards including "Entertainer of the Year."

With a career spanning more than 25 years, Strait has the most number one singles of any artist in history including Elvis (57 To Date). He has sold more than 67 million records and with 33 different platinum or multi-platinum albums has the most RIAA platinum certifications in country music and the third in all genres, behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley.

One of the most successful female recording artists in history, Reba has sold over 55 million albums worldwide, earned 33 #1 singles and was recently recognized as the biggest female hit-maker in country music history by “Billboard,” “Mediabase” and “Country Aircheck.” She is the winner of 15 American Music Awards, 12 Academy of Country Music Awards, 9 People’s Choice Awards, 7 Country Music Awards and 2 GRAMMY Awards.

Reba’s new album, Keep On Loving You, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart – her first solo studio album to do so. With 11 #1 albums, Reba holds the record as the female artist with the most #1 albums in the history of the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The superstar also recently scored her third consecutive Top 10 single of 2009, as her new song “Consider Me Gone” jumped into the Top 10 this week on both the Billboard Country Singles and the USA Today/ Country Aircheck Chart powered by Mediabase) charts.

In November 2008, McEntire signed with The Valory Music Co. reuniting her with multimedia entertainer and industry leader Scott Borchetta, President & CEO of Big Machine Records and sister label The Valory Music Co.

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23-Jan Greensboro, NC Coliseum
29-Jan Knoxville, TN Thompson Boling
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18-Feb St Louis, MO Scottrade Center
19-Feb Wichita, KS Intrust Bank Arena
20-Feb Tulsa, OK BOK Arena
25-Feb Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
26-Feb Orlando, FL Amway Arena
4-Mar Memphis, TN FedEx Forum
5-Mar New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
6-Mar Little Rock, AR Verizon
26-Mar Portland, OR The Rose Garden
27-Mar Tacoma, WA Tacomadome
8-Apr Omaha, NE Qwest Center
9-Apr Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
10-Apr Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena

News: Reba McEntire Visits Rachael Ray & Nightline This Friday

Superstar Reba McEntire will make her first visit to Rachael Ray’s kitchen table this Friday for a fun chat with the hostess-with-the-most. Reba will be the sole celebrity guest on the two-time Daytime Emmy Award winning show where Rachael and Reba will also count down some of the Country music icon’s most famous looks in a special segment “Reba’s Hair and Now.”
Later in the evening, Reba visits the set of ABC’s Nightline to discuss her own personal and professional musical influences, her career and the success of her new #1 album, "Keep On Loving You."

It’s been a whirlwind week for Reba while in New York. Along with visiting Live w/ Regis & Kelly and making her debut on Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon yesterday, it was announced that icons George Strait and Reba will tour together in 2010.

In addition, The Valory Music Co artist’s latest hit, “Consider Me Gone,” jumped into the Top 10 on both Billboard Country Singles and USA Today/ Country Aircheck (powered by Mediabase) charts, earning the superstar the 62nd Top 10 single of her career.

“Consider Me Gone” also marks Reba’s third consecutive Top 10 single this year.

Next week shows no signs of slowing down for the superstar entertainer. Reba is nominated for two 2009 Country Music Association Awards for Female Vocalist and Musical Event of the Year (the latter for “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” with Brooks & Dunn). Reba will perform live on the ABC broadcast on Wednesday, November 11.

The superstar also recently picked up her 23rd American Music Award Nomination for “Favorite Female Country Artist” as well as a People’s Choice Awards Nomination for “Favorite Country Artist.”

Rachael Ray airs on Friday, November 6th and is nationally syndicated. *Check local listings for times/ network.

Nightline airs on on Friday, November 6th at 11:30 pm ET/ 10:30 pm CT on ABC.

Free Downloads Of Full Concert & Favorite Live Performances From Sons Of Bill

Christmas has obviously come early, because Sons Of Bill (one of the most promising new music acts of any genre) have offered fans a massive number of exceptional music downloads completely free. Bill obviously raised his sons right, because these country boys know times are hard for many fans. And "free" is a price anyone can afford. Plus, it's a brilliant marketing move that is bound to land Sons Of Bill many new loyal listeners.

Sons Of Bill recently released their critically acclaimed album "One Town Away." The project garnered rave reviews from Country Chart and other music magazines. Click here to read our review. In the past few months, Sons Of Bill played Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits Fest. The band also opened for Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, and several dates with Robert Earl Keen are coming soon.

The links for the free downloads are below. The first link will direct you to an entire Sons Of Bill concert at Windjammer - completely free and available to download right now. It will blow you away. The professionalism and musical integrity of the band makes Sons Of Bill stand apart from other new acts.

Full Concert (10 Songs) at Windjammer in Isle Of Palms, SC - Includes "Getting Tough," "Back To The Time," "Rock n Roll," "One Town Away," "The Rain (When I Die)," "Lighthouse/Roll On Jordan," "Battle Of  A Middle Age Heartache," "Charleston," "Texas" and "The Song Is All That Remains."

Austin City Limits Music Fest Recap - Live versions of  "Far Cry" (7:33) and "Joey's Arm" (5:34)

Texas Hall Of Fame (opened for Reckless Kelly) - Live version of "Going Home" (5:10)

Double Door (Charlotte, NC) and Theatre Bristol - Live versions of "In The Morning" (5:00) and "Western Skies" (4:46)  - Plus "We" at Theatre Bristol.

Live Tracks "You Wreck Me" (4:12) "Never Saw It Coming" (5:46)

For future updates on Sons Of Bill, check out the boys website at The band is in top form, so Twitter (and post on Facebook) this article and let your friends know about one of the best new bands in the country.

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