Category Archives: Country

Happy Birthday Keith Urban

Today marks New Zealand’s own Keith Urban’s 54th birthday.  Born in New Zealand in 1967, he moved to Australia with his parents.  He signed his first recording contract with EMI in Australia in 1990.  He moved to Nashville in 1992.  Between 1992 and his first American album in 1999, he played with many notables and recorded with his ban “The Ranch” in 1997.  The rest is history.  A great guitar player, he notes his influences as being Lindsey Buckingham from Fleetwood Mac and Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits.             

A Chat with Dan Washburn

I sat down (kind of, we were both sitting, just in different provinces) with the very talented singer, songwriter and player Dan Washburn. Dan is releasing a new single on October 25th titled “I’d Rather”. You will love it. My compatriot Don Pearse will have Dan on his show on Kat Country Radio on October 21st at 2:00 Mountain, 4:00 Eastern time. To listen in, you find the station at www.thedonpearsestudios.com Just press the Listen Here button.

Put simply, Dan is a pro. He’s been doing this for a while. Dan started playing guitar at 7 years old, wrote his first song at 10 and became a regular on bass for his first band at 13. Since then he has credits on over 200 albums and has shared the stage with artists such as George Fox, Colleen Peterson, Emmy-Lou Harris (love her) Waylon Jennings, Toby Keith and many others. An outstanding career to date. The interview with Don will be a must listen.

Back to our conversation. We spoke at length on a multitude of subjects. One theme that threaded its way through most subjects was his love for independent artists and the struggles in getting heard. One comment stood out, I’ll paraphrase. As in everything, the independents artist pool contains poor, mediocre, good and top level talents. Program directors will playlist a mediocre tune from an established artist (read on a label) and won’t give the same consideration to a great song from a top level independent.

I have to agree, as I’ve seen this in covering many independent artists. A song is amazing from someone on Twitter or Instagram etc., I’ll download it from a streaming site, and the only time I’ll ever hear it is if comes up randomly or I purposely queue it up. I 100% agree with him on this one. This is completely unfair and stifles talent, not to mention it cheats you and me from hearing some outstanding records.

On that topic, we went into who he listens to and who would he recommend I listen to (I’m a recent Country Music listener). His list was, as expected, varied and full of talented performers. I have just begun to go through their catalogues and he is bang on. The first name that I checked in on is an outstanding talent. Her name is Suzi Kory, and you can find her on YouTube. You will hear more from me on her and all the others as well. Thanks Dan for that.

I asked if there were any tours upcoming. Unfortunately nothing close, unless you live close to Ireland. He is heading out on tour there shortly.

As a recent country listener, I asked what his favorite songs of his that I should listen to. Based on “I’d Rather” and “Simple Things”, I wanted to dig deeper into his repertoire, and who better to ask than the artist himself. I’ll pass them on, all are available to listen to on Dan’s YouTube channel. First “I’ll Have To Drink About That” is a tongue in cheek tune on relationships. Well written and added to my collection.

Next up is “We Were Almost Love”. A very different song than I’ll Have To Drink. It showcases a softer tone. Very strong in the lyrical sense and well sung. Another great tune.

In conclusion, I would highly recommend you grab his tunes off your streaming site and tune in to Dan with Don on October 21 at 2PM MDT, 4PM EDT for the On Air The Podcast on Kat Country Radio.

Canadian Artists Online – Amy Allred

As a new feature, I will be showcasing Canadian artists that I run across on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter etc. My first article is focused on Lethbridge, Alberta country artist Amy Allred.

Amy was a vocal major at Hillsong College in Sydney, Australia. Upon returning to Canada, she continued her quest in music, but appears to have hit a roadblock with Covid. She writes and performs her own music and is a fixture on the Southern Alberta music scene.

I found the song below on YouTube, where she has her own channel. She has a clear concise vocal and wrote the song, “You Had To Go”.

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Canadians At The Grammy’s – 2021

First off, let’s be straight. I’m not a fan of the Grammy’s, the show is bloated and uninteresting, the nominees, well, puzzling, at times. Having said that, there is an implied importance to the awards and as such, they must be considered. For further research, google The Weeknd and the Grammy. Please check out as many as you can, some great musicians here, not to mention, producers and songwriters.

First the list, then a few videos of key nominees contributions.

Best Latin rock or alternative album: Lido Pimienta, Miss Colombia.

Best folk album: Leonard Cohen,Thanks for the Dance.

Best remixed recording: “Imaginary Friends (Morgan Page Remix),” Morgan Page, Deadmau5.

Best engineered album, non classical:

  • Shawn Everett, engineer, Black Hole Rainbow (Devon Gilfillian).
  • Shawn Everett, engineer, Hyperspace (Beck).
  • Shawn Everett, engineer, Jaime (Brittany Howard).

Best musical theatre album: Glen Ballard and Alanis Morissette, lyricists; original Broadway cast, Jagged Little Pill.

Best video: Future feat. Drake, “Life is Good.”

Best folk album: Leonard Cohen,Thanks for the Dance.

Best remixed recording: “Imaginary Friends (Morgan Page Remix),” Morgan Page, Deadmau5.

Best engineered album, non classical:

  • Shawn Everett, engineer, Black Hole Rainbow (Devon Gilfillian).
  • Shawn Everett, engineer, Hyperspace (Beck).
  • Shawn Everett, engineer, Jaime (Brittany Howard).

Best musical theatre album: Glen Ballard and Alanis Morissette, lyricists; original Broadway cast, Jagged Little Pill.

Best video: Future feat. Drake, “Life is Good.”

Best classical instrumental solo: Daniil Trifonov, Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Destination Rachmaninoff: Arrival.

Best classical compendium: Matt Haimovitz, Julian Wachner, Luna Pearl Woolf: Fire and Flood.

Best melodic rap performance: Drake feat. Lil Durk, “Laugh Now, Cry Later.” 

Best rap song: Drake feat. Lil Durk, “Laugh Now, Cry Later.” 

Best pop solo performance: Justin Bieber, “Yummy.”

Best pop duo: Justin Bieber feat. Quavo, “Intentions.”

Best traditional pop vocal album: Rufus Wainwright, Unfollow the Rules.

Best pop vocal album: Justin Bieber, Changes.

Best country song: Ingrid Andress (Sam Ellis, songwriter), “More Hearts Than Mine.”

Best country duo/group performance: Dan + Shay, Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours.”

Best dance recording:

  • Kaytranada feat. Kali Uchis, “10%”
  • Jayda G, “Both of Us.”


Best dance/electronic album: Kaytranada, Bubba.

Best spoken word album: Ken Jennings, Alex Trebek: The Answer Is….

Best new artist: Kaytranada

Song of the year: Julia Michaels, JP Saxe, “If the World was Ending.”

Record of the year:

  • Post Malone (Frank Dukes, producer), “Circles.”
  • Dua Lipa (Drew Jurecka, engineer), “Don’t Start Now.”

Album of the year: Post Malone (Frank Dukes, producer), Hollywood’s Bleeding.

JP Saxe is the Canadian
Sam Ellis is a Canadian songwriter

Enjoy the show

Music From The Email Bag – December 8, 2020

Trailerpark Idlers

And now for something completely different, Swedish Alt-Country. Yes that is correct. I was going through my email and came across a promo from August 2019. Yes, I know, I’m way behind. I do keep them all though and now that I am writing (sort of) again, I am committed to catching up.

Now about the Trailerpark Idlers. They are from are from Norrkoping/Soderkoping, Sweden and formed as a group in 2006. Since then, they have released 14 albums. This tune, The Green Grass Once Again, is taken from their most recent album, Ghost Town Nights. The band lists their influences, and pretty eclectic, as Hank Williams, Chuck Berry, Gillian Welch, Bob Wills, Ramones, Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Jimmie Rodgers, Rolling Stones, Ernest Tubb. I can believe it. Interesting band, interesting music. If interested, hit the links down below to find out more.

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