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Move Over Americana, Here Comes Canadiana

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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…

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

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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 Fir…

Jonny Burke "The Long Haul EP"

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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…

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

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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 www.instyle.com
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.

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News: George Strait And Reba McEntire Announce Nationwide Tour

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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 wai…

News: Reba McEntire Visits Rachael Ray & Nightline This Friday

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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) c…

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

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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 availab…