As regular readers know, i am a huge fan of Canadian music, and one of my main sources for my addiction is CBC2 radio, with a dash of CKUA-FM in Alberta. CBC and CKUA both have a Top list, which is released weekly. CBC is a single list and CKUA is an album list. I am starting a new weekly feature that will highlight both charts number 1 (or 2 or 3 if I have already highlighted the number 1). Without further verbiage, lets launch.
Cover of Serena Ryder
CBC2’s chart’s number one this week is from a budding(maybe already is) worldwide superstar, Serena Ryder. A major talent, now breaking on charts everywhere. The song, “Fall” from her terrific album “Harmony”, released in 2012. Another huge hit from the record, following “Stompa”.
CKUA has been quiet on the chart front. latest being January 11. Their number one is “Weightless” by Matt Andersen. The song I pulled from the record is called “My Last Day”. He is a folk roots player out of the Perth-Andover area of New Brunswick. Great song and a great album to score.
Paul Simon (Photo credit: Evert-Jan)
Paul Simon still has it. The song “The Afterlife” from his 2011 album “So Beautiful Or So What”. Just a quick shot again tonight.
John Butler Trio (Photo credit: Devar)
Today’s tune is one I heard on another of my favourite in-car stations on the drive to work, CKUA. The song, “Better Than” is from a 2007 album by the John Butler Trio. The album is called “Grand National”. The band, oddly enough, was formed in Australia in 1999 by, wait for it, John Butler. The play a roots style, heavy on the jamming. This tune had me tapping the steering wheel, so I had to share it. They have released 5 studio albums and 3 live albums and are perennial nominees for the ARIA and APRA awards in Australia. Hit the links for more info.
John Butler Trio Home Page
John Butler Trio on iTunes
John Butler Trio on Amazon
Ruth Moody (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Could be an interesting covers post, but it is newly released and a good version of the Bruce Springstein classic “Dancing In The Dark”. Ruth is an Australian born, current Canadian from Winnipeg (Go Jets Go) and a member of popular group, “The Wailin’ Jennys“. The song is lifted from her 2103 solo effort “These Wilder Things”. The folk/country rendition of this great song creates a completely different feel to the tune. I really enjoyed the vocals. Don’t forget to like my page on Facebook.
Ruth Moody Home
Ruth Moody on iTunes
Ruth Moody on Amazon
Ruth Moody on CBC Streaming
Bahamas (Photo credit: tom cochrane)
Bahamas, which is the stage name for Alfie Jurvanen, is a Toronto based musician who has played with people like Feist, Zeus and Jason Collett. He has a couple of records to his credit as well as three Juno nominations. The song I have posted is a nice folk ballad, performed live and acoustic. A great song to just sit back and listen to with your eyes closed. That’s a hint.
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Bahamas Home Page
Bahamas on iTunes
Bahamas on Amazon
Bahamas on CBC