Born in 1940, Sylvia Tyson (Fricker) is an important part of Canadian music history. Best known as part of the folk due Ian and Sylvia, she continues to perform with the folk group Quartette and has since 1993.
During the Canadian Content days of radio, she and her ex-husband Ian Tyson, were staples on Canadian radio. They likely would have been even without the content rules. The were a very good folk duo from 1959 to 1974, when they split up.
In addition to the duo, they also fronted another Canadian institution, the band Great Speckled Bird. Sylvia is a true Canadian icon. She was inducted into the Order Of Canada in 1994, has 7 Juno nominations (Canada’s Grammys) as a solo artist and was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003. Additionally, she was included in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame as part of the Ian and Sylvia duo in 1992.
I have included 2 videos, Four Strong Winds, (you may think of this as a Neil Young song, it’s not) recorded during a reunion concert in 1986. This has been noted as one of the most influential Canadian songs of all time. The second is a solo by Sylvia, “You Were On My Mind”.
New number ones on both charts this week. We will begin with CBC2’s new number 1 single. Alabama Shakes are releasing a new album next moth and “Don’t Wanna Fight” is their 1st single off the album. Great song, reminiscent of some Bee Gee songs of the past, but done with the incredible of Brittany Howard. Amazing singer.
The album topping CKUA’s chart is Punch Brothers album “The Phosphorescent Blues”. Released in January, they have released 3 singles including “I Blew It Off”, which I have included for your pleasure. Kind of a bluegrass sound, very melodic.
This weeks number 1 song (Via CBC Radio 2) and album (As per CKUA) are
Death Cab For Cuties song “Black Sun” as single
Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project as the top album
Two very different bands with 2 very good sounds.
Death Cab For Cutie is a well established American Alternative band out of Washington state that have been playing and recording since 1997. They feature some interesting musical and instrumental variations and the distinct vocals of Ben Gibbard.
Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project features Jayme Stone, a Canadian banjoist. The project is a working of Alan Lomax’s collection of folk songs. Some interesting material here as Jayme has gathered some of North America’s finest folk artists to assist in the making of the album.
As I attempt to get back on the beat after a fabulous (but not yet over) Canadian summer, I decided to empty the mailbag. Simply put, I have veritable treasure trove of new music that I have had no chance to do much about. Having said that, we will attempt to empty the bag by starting oldest to newest and plowing through them with you the reader, until they are done.
First up, we have Gena Perala, a Canadian artist out of British Columbia. She is a mufti-talented type who not only writes and performs her music, she also writes poetry, with 3 books to her credit. Very impressive. The song I am featuring is from her second album, “Exactly Nowhere”. The song is “Living Proof”. A fine ballad, featuring Gena playing the piano and belting out her tune. Nice song, well produced.
If you want to learn more about Gena, hit the links
Shaun Bosch is an alt/folk singer songwriter from right here in Alberta. Currently in Edmonton, the cultural hot spot of the province, Shaun has recently released an album titled “Silence”. He recently dropped me a line asking me to take a listen to the first single off the album titled “Garden”. I have and I found a very interesting song filmed in the splendour of the Kananaskis area of Alberta’s Rockies. Emily Coulston is also featured in the song. It has a bit of a country feel to it, with some definite folk. I hear some Jason Mraz and some Bahamas. Nice song, and if you’re interested, you can catch more at these links.