Producer, Bassist, Bandleader

Tours, Tours and Reviews

OK, the last time I updated the blog section of my site was a couple months ago so now there is much to say.

It’s October 28 and we are coming up on the halfway mark of the Michelle Wright “Songs From The Halls Tour”.  When it’s all said and done we will have played close to 30 shows in theatres across Canada.  I have to tell you that Michelle is a fantastic singer and the band is just plain great.  Every show is a musical treat as all the guys in the band are such wonderful players and the songs really run the gamut in styles of music.  The tour is a way to celebrate Michelle’s induction last year into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame so we are playing many of her hits as well as several hits by other artists who belong to varying halls of fame (rock & roll, blues, country music, etc.), such as Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, Merle Haggard, Joni Mitchell, Bryan Adams and Al Green.

From one artist to another…

I will be hitting the road once again with Terri Clark after the first of the year.  We will be playing one show on January 4 at Casino Rama in Orillia, ON, then rehearsing in February for a large-scale tour across Canada thru March and April.  It will be the “Classic” tour, in support of Terri’s new album of the same name which will be released in just a few short weeks.  Some of the early dates on the tour have already been released and I have posted them on the page for 2013 Shows.

Last but not least…

I would be greatly amiss if I didn’t mention the great reviews that have been coming in for the latest RyLee Madison record, Where Does The Time Go.  For those of you who may not be aware, RyLee is my wonderful wife and we produced this most recent record together.  The Phantom Tollbooth started its review by saying, “Madison mines some shining nuggets of wordcraft among more solid country fare.”  Click on the link to read the entire thing.

And yet another glowing review came in courtesy of Music Maker magazine in the UK. As we are particularly happy about this one, I am reposting it directly here.

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Music Maker magazine review
RyLee Madison – Where Does The Time Go

Well, the name screams country but in this instance we’re north of the border and RyLee Madison is one of Canada’s rising stars.  Ten accomplished, accessible easy-on-the ear songs, with a reprised duet, signal the reason.  The voice is genre specific but the music rocks in at the contemporary end of the spectrum, devoid of any cloying sentimentality and with occasional room for other devices and desires.

RyLee seems to have nailed the art of songwriting – for the large part swing-along constructs, with sing-along hooks, and most exclusively her own work but occasionally put together with a co-writing credit.

There’s no hogging of the limelight here – RyLee strums and picks at a Takamine acoustic but has assembled such a strong entourage of musicians around her that the album is instrumentally multi-faceted and the band is up there with her all the way.  Is there anything better around at the moment on the country scene?  Somehow I doubt it.
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Not bad, eh?  In case you are interested, here is a link to the online version of the magazine.  The review can be found on page 25.  Music Maker magazine – RyLee Madison CD review

So there you go.  There is much going on with music these days.  Of course, I am forever thankful.  Allow me that subtle segue to say one more thing.  I know it’s still a few weeks away but in case I am not back before then, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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