Toronto artist, Justin Rutledge, has this little piece of smiliness playing on CBC2 on a fairly regular basis. The song, “Out Of The Woods” comes from his 5th album, “Valleyhearts”, which he also produced. His style is very reminiscent of Ryan Adams, somewhat emulating an alt-country style. This song has a more pop feel to it, but still features strong lyrics and a familiar (somewhat military) drum beat. All in all, a very enjoyable song, and very easy to listen to.
Tony Sheridan, an early Beatle (Ok the Beat Brothers), he is one of only 2 men (the other being Billy Preston) to be credited on a Beatle song, and the only person to sing lead on a Beatle single, passed away on February 16, 2013. All the stories have been told, so no point in rehashing them. Suffice to say that the Beatles first album was released as “My Bonnie” by Tony Sheridan and the Beatles. The band’s name was changed to Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers as the word Beatles sounded too much like the German word for penis. I wonder how they dealt with that as the Beatles became more and more famous.
He was an original rock & roll artist, but migrated to more of a jazz player as his career continued. He continued recording right up to 2008. Here is a sampling of his work.
I’m going to give you a 2fer today. Donovan Woods is a Canadian singer-songwriter out of Sarnia. Ontario. This song, “Put On Cologne” is off his 3rd album, “Don’t Get Too Grand”. I say a 2fer as I found a live version that I thought was very good and put it up first, followed by a studio version. I really enjoyed the live version, great voice used by a very unpretentious artist in a very casual setting = GOLD.
Reg Presley passed away on February 4, 2013. Reg was an English singer and songwriter, best known as the lead singer for 19560’s band The Troggs. They has several hits back in the day, but the one he will be most remembered for will be “Wild Thing“. The band also had a major hit with “With A Girl Like You”. Both are linked below. He was also an author, writing “Wild Things They Don’t Tell Us”, a book about lost civilizations etc. Another piece of my youth has left us.
And a bonus, the answer to who originally did Wet Wet Wet’s 1994 hit “Love Is All Around”.
The Juno for Breakthrough Group Of The Year was given out to Monster Truck. It is kind of cool when a band gives you exactly what you expect when you hear first hear the name. They definitely do that. They hail from Hamilton, Ontario and play a 1970’s tinged rock and roll style. As happens a lot, the band is an overnight sensation that took many years of hard work to become. Well deserved award.