(2005/JAILBAIT) 13 tracks - In ´Moon Pie´, there´s no trains, trucks or prisons here, but there´s plenty of lost love, gettin´ drunk, and a little bit of Mama. And despite what one might think is a novelty title, Slim Chance & The Convicts, deliver thirteen serious and well-crafted classic country songs!
(Warner Music Canada) 12 tracks - ´There’s always a high and lonesome song that keeps on pushing me along.´ This line from the title track and lead single of Meghan Patrick’s latest album Country Made Me Do It is classic country and serves notice that she is determined to revive and carry the traditional torch. Meghan lives hard and loves hard, and her songs reflect this passion. She loves trucks, fishing and hunting, riding horses and a good stiff glass of whiskey, and all of these elements fuel her countrified lyrics. Think the free spirit of Emmylou Harris from those magical days when she performed with Gram Parsons, combined with the spark and sensuality of Tanya Tucker, the only female to crack the Outlaw genre, and you begin to have some idea of what Meghan Patrick is all about. It’s been a banner year-and-a-half for the Bowmanville native in terms of radio play, live shows and awards ceremonies. Her debut album Grace and Grit, sprouted four Top 20 singles including her stirring duet with Joe Nichols on the Top 10 hit Still Loving You. In concert, she’s performed with superstars like Lady Antebellum, Dwight Yoakam, Kip Moore and Martina McBride, peaking with a show-stopping duet with Keith Urban at the Timmins Stars & Thunder Festival. She topped things off by winning Female Artist of the Year and Sirius XM Rising Star awards at the 2017 Canadian Country Music Awards. ´´I did not expect those awards and I was certainly overwhelmed at the time. Now I just feel really appreciative and grateful that my fans and peers felt that I deserved those honours. In one sense you can say that my career has been kind of short in terms of being in the mainstream and having a record deal, but within the last year the trajectory has been huge. ´ Country Music Made Me Do It was produced by veteran Nashville song writer and producer Jeremy Stover, and mixed by studio heavyweight Chris Lord-Alge who has won Record of the Year Grammys for his work with everyone from Alison Kraus to U2. Meghan’s debut record had a potpourri of producers including Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger and Vince Gill but this time out she was looking for a more homogenous sound and she feels that she struck gold with Stover.´´ When we started the project we wrote together, coming up with several songs for the album. Jeremy and I really clicked well and we had great chemistry in terms of writing. We eventually got a large chunk of the songs together through him and some of the other writers in his publishing company. When he said he’d love to produce the album I said, ‘Well yeah, I thought you’d never ask’.´ Meghan, who now lives in Nashville, co-wrote all but one of the 12 tracks on the album. Some of her other co-writers include Kelly Archer (Brett Young, Dustin Moore) and Justin Weaver (Kip Moore, Jason Aldean), who helped pen Walls Come Down, an ominous number about family strife. Case Of Beer And A Bed, written with Derick Ruttan and J.T. Harding (Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney), is a sentimental song about going back to the basics. Meghan co-wrote the title track with Stover and roots singer/songwriter Dan Isbell. The singer has recently experienced a lot of highs with the CCMA Awards and chart successes that she has earned, but there have also been a few lows such as the end of a long term relationship. Country Music Made Me Do It captures some of the peaks and valleys with heartfelt emotion in a traditional country setting. ´It’s just kind of a thing where music in general has been the driving force behind almost every decision I’ve made in my life. To facilitate my career it’s always been my priority and my number one objective, so you could say that country music made me do a lot of things. I love traditional country music. It’s my passion and my goal has been to bring a little more of that traditional sound into the mainstream country market. A lot of what’s out there right now is more on the pop side of country and there’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s just not what I want to do.´
Various Greetings From Texas When Americans meet each other, the first question they usually ask is, ´´Where you from?´´ If the answer is ´New Jersey,´ ´Kansas´ or ´Rhode Island,´ there´s often a polite silence. Followed by a change of subject. But if the answer is ´Texas,´ it´s not unusual to hear some genuine enthusiasm. ´´Really! What´s it like?´´ Like it or not, there is awe surrounding Texas. Sure, it´s big. In fact, it´s almost the biggest state there is. The Sons of Sam Houston probably still haven´t forgiven those upstart Alaskans. But in any case the response you get goes beyond land mass. There´s something about Texas. Texas is a culture. It´s a way of life. People from Texas are not simply average Americans. They´re Texans. There have probably been more movies about Texas than any other state, and as far as music goes….well, just read on. Mind you, not all the qualities associated with Texas are admirable. Like movies and music, there are probably more jokes about Texas than there are about any other state in the union. Texans take a fair amount of ribbing about who they are and what they do. Ribbing, of course, is the least you can expect when your national cuisine is barbeque. Who can count all the jokes about Texans who die, go to Heaven (or Hell) and end up getting barbeque sauce all over the place? One way or another they manage to antagonize the guy in charge. St. Peter complains because there are pickup trucks or empty six packs all over the streets of gold. The Devil complains because a bad day in Hell is ´´like a spring day in Amarillo.´´ And besides, the damned Texans are barbequing on the fires of Hell and have installed air conditioning just in case it really heats up a bit. In short, Texans take their culture with them wherever they travel, including the hereafter. Texans, as well as visitors from more temperate climes, have a lot to say about Texas weather. The heat is a big topic of conversation. Texans pick their parking places by shade, not distance. They know that a seat belt in July does a pretty good imitation of a branding iron. Droughts, too, are a way of life. Texans long ago stopped associating bridges with water. As folks in the country say, ´´It´s so dry the trees are bribin´ the dogs.´´ Just about every quality of Texas life – whether good, bad or indifferent – is on display on this collection. Twenty-five songs telling you a whole lot of what you need to know about Texas and Texans. Here are the things that Texans are proudest of, right along side a few other qualities they may not be quite as proud of, but they sure ain´t ashamed enough to stop writing and singing songs about them. You´d think that a collection like this would consist solely of native Texans singing their pride, but that´s not the case. Admittedly many of these artists hail from Texas – men like Ernest Tubb, Willie Nelson, and Tex Ritter, but there are plenty of exceptions. And speaking of Mr. Ritter, when a guy adopts the name of a state as his first name, you know you´re on to some serious identity issues. And Tex Ritter is just the tip of the iceberg. Think about Tex Williams – who came from Illinois! There just aren´t too many guys out there calling themselves ´Illinois Williams´ or ´New Jersey Jones´ or ´Pennsylvania Smith.´ Along with Williams, there are quite a few non-Texans on this collection proudly singing about the joys and perils of life in the Lone Star state. When you have a guy of Scandinavian ancestry like Ole Rasmussen (whose California-based band was named the Nebraska Cornhuskers) or a Canadian from Nova Scotia singing about Texas, you know there´s something powerful going on. And Hank Snow isn´t the only Canadian on board this train. There´s fellow Nova Scotian Wilf Carter as well. And there are lots of out-of-state Americans like Sanford Clark (Oklahoma), Hank Locklin (Florida), Rex Allen (Arizona), and old Roy Rogers, himself, who hailed from Ohio. Nothing stopped these non-Texans from singing the praises of Texas.
(2005/Sony-BMG DK) 16 tracks Disc pressed by Sony DADC, Austria. The Danish music chain ´´TP Musik´´ released a new Elvis compilation together with Sony / BMG Denmark. The CD contains songs from the 50´s and 60´s. CD comes with a 4 pages booklet with liner notes by Daryl Easlea. Same tracks as on the CDs Same tracks also on the CDs ´´Classic Elvis´´, ´´Seleção Essencial - Grandes Sucessos´´, ´´Elvis Presley (Blue Suede Shoes)´´, ´´L´essential Elvis Presley´´ & ´´Les Indispensables´´, ´´Wurlitzer Jukebox Highlights Vol.3 - Classic Elvis´´ 82876748022 It is impossible to overstate the importance of Elvis Presley; the Tupelo Flash; Elvis the Pelvis; The King Of Rock and Roll. From 1954 to 1977. Presley lived his life in public. through recordings. films and endless con-cert appearances. singing his way into the lives of millions. Without Elvis. no Beatles; no pop as we know it today; that may sound like hyper-bole, but it´s true - cultural life would be utterly different had not the young truck dri-ver stumbled into Sam Phillips´ Sun Studios in Memphis in 1954. Presley was one of the very first pop stars to re-present the sounds he grew up enjoying. The fact it was pre-dominantly black music at a racially sensi-tive time in America was of little conse-quence to him. It was music, pure and sim-ple. Presley´s biography is so well known, it has almost become like a oft-told fairy tale and can be reduced to a newspaper headline POOR SOUTHERN WHITE BOY BECOMES POP´S MOST RECOGNISABLE STAR. His 23-year career can be divided thus — Rock´n´Roll Hero/ army boy/ MOR film star/ Live sensation. Throughout, even in his most dire, wafer-thin Hollywood production. Presley never lost sight of what he truly loved; the music. When you´re talking about the phenomenon of Presley, there is one irrefutable fact that must be accepted. Quite simply, there is no bigger. brighter or more enduring star in the galaxy of popular music and there may well never be another artist to rival him for sheer unparalleled iconic status. Presley wasn´t called the King for nothing — and no other performer reigns as durably. His death in 1977 saw mass mourning, but today his presence has never been stronger, and the sheer volume of his work has meant that different eras of his career have come up at different times for appraisal. It began towards the end of his life with his Sun sessions being gathered together at a time when rock began to look backwards. Then it was the turn of the 1968-69 ´come-back´ years, and finally, even his Vegas years; at the time seen as some form of career nadir. have been reappraised. The accolades bestowed on him by the great and the good clearly state his magnificence: Bono has said, ´´I believe Elvis was a genius . . . He had the wisdom that makes wise men look foolish.´´ while James Brown said that ´´Presley taught white America to get down,´´ and Bruce Springsteen has rightly pointed out that ´´there is only one King.´´ These 16 early sides sound as vital, as incendiary, as ever; the primitive fusion of country and blues that was That´s All Right; the ever-beguiling Mystery Train; the exu-berance of his era-defining cover of Carl Perkins´ Blue Suede Shoes. Even later, lighter truffles such as Return To Sender have that stamp of Kingly authority. Cultural historian Jules Absalom noted in 2002 that ´´the story of Elvis Presley is far from over. His image is constantly under revision and his life is being reinterpreted for today´s audience.´´ Listen to the music here. You´ll quickly understand why. Daryl Easlea
(VERBRUGGEN/2004) 17,5cm x 24,5cm, hardback, engl., 144 pages. John Wilkinson was a member of Elvis´ TCB Band and spent years with him on the road. Here are his memories with many b/w photographs. This book isn´t only for Elvis Hardcores. A five tracks CD is also included featuring an introduction from Elvis concerning John Wilkinson. - Written by John Wilkinson’s biggest fan and professional journalist, Peter Verbruggen, is a recollection of memories of John’s years with Elvis. The book has John Wilkinson’s signature all over it, if only for the opening of the book with the lyrics of his signature song, ´´Early Morning Rain”. Although John joined Elvis in 1969, Elvis pops up early in the book, the first meeting of John with Elvis took place when John was only nine or ten years old and Elvis performed in John’s hometown Springfield. From there John’s life as a musician leads us through the late fifties and sixties on a musical trip ending in the seventies with Elvis. The memories on the pages are all positive (sweetened thru the ages), but also realistically and deal with the problems Elvis had and how the people surrounding them coped with it, all in their own way. The image of ´´life on the road with Elvis” we get from the book is the same as we got when John told these stories to us personally. What makes this book extra interesting is the amount of memorabilia. Besides newspaper clippings, song lineups and rehearsal schedules we get great photo’s of Elvis (from the early fifties and of course on stage with John Wilkinson) and we see a lot of candids and publicity shots of John himself painting a good picture of being a musician in the sixties and seventies. Most interesting however is the large number of official documents regarding John’s business relation with Elvis, or should we say Colonel Tom Parkers ´´Elvis Presley Show”. These personal contracts, thank you notes and other official documents have not been published before. It gives a nice insight into the business side of the Elvis Presley road show. You can clearly tell Peter Verbruggen is a professional journalist; the text is written very well and reads pleasantly, presenting the memories of John in a nice way. The chronology jumps a bit through time every now and then, but that is what happens when you start reminiscing good memories, new things come to mind. CD the book comes with a bonus CD containg John´s own single releases and two hidden bonus tracks in which you can hear two live recordings of John performing his signature song ´´Early Morning Rain´´ on stage with Elvis and the TCB band. But on these versions he does not only play the guitar, but also sings them. Conclusion The memories which found their way to the pages of this book paint a realistic picture of life on the road with Elvis. Combined with the original documents and illustrations this book is a good addition to the many biographies of Elvis which tell the story from Elvis’ point of view. This book is clearly made with love, not just for the money because someone knew Elvis. But that was to be expected from the man who stood in the back at all of Elvis live performances.(ElvisNews.com) - Strictly limited souvenir-CD contains: Track 1. Elvis introduces one of his best friends 2. Darling Corey 3. Elvis introduces the band 4. Lost Children 5. The Great Truck Race 6. Elvis introduces John 7. (Let´s have a) Party + bonus tracks Early Mornin´ Rain (Lake Tahoe 1976 en Baltimore 1977) Not to be sold separately.