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ThatDanGuy's Podcast: Ginger St. James '16

Ginger St. James channels a wide swath of influences, funnelling them out in an intoxicating blend of roots, country, and rockabilly for her sound. Original, yet authentic.

I caught up with her ahead of her western Canadian tour swing, and we discussed her latest release on Busted Flat Records, One For The Money.

We also delved into her songwriting, showmanship, the band she'll be out with on the tour, and more. 

Ginger St. James

This podcast will also link to a companion feature in my online Calgary Herald space.

Photo courtesy Judi Willrich  

Direct download: ThatDanGuys_Podcast-_Ginger_St._James_16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:02pm MDT

ThatDanGuy's Podcast: The Doll Sisters '16

Hailing from Rocky Mountain House, sisters Shelby & Jenna Leigh are The Doll Sisters, proponents of modern Celtic sounds. Think Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart fronting a Rankin Sisters session...

In a relatively short career so far, the ladies have been awarded the 2015 Edmonton Folk Music Festival’s 'Emerging Artist of the Year' Award, and are two-time nominees for ACMA's Duo/Group of the Year award (in 2013 & 2014).

We chat about their career, and their musical heritage in this conversation - their enthusiasm is infectious!

The Doll Sisters

This podcast will also link to a companion feature in my online Calgary Herald space.

Direct download: The_Doll_Sisters_Podcast_Episode_16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:08pm MDT

ThatDanGuy's Podcast: Corin Raymond '16

Corin Raymond takes songwriting seriously, and it certainly shows in his latest release "Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams". 

Textured stories, grand adventure, and keen observations, but not surprising given his inspiration for writing, listening to stories his father read to him for years.

In this conversation, we talk about his new album, discuss some standout techniques he has layered into the production, and I bring up the elephant in the room - Canadian Tire money.

Corin Raymond

This podcast will also link to a companion feature in my online Calgary Herald space.   

Direct download: ThatDanGuys_Podcast-_Corin_Raymond_16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:57pm MDT

ThatDanGuy's Podcast: Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin '16

Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin have a knack for garnering awards. The band received the 2014 Maple Blues Award for Best New Group, and Shame On Me was named Best Canadian Blues Rock Album of 2014 and 2015 by The Blues Underground Network. Bassist Leigh-Anne Stanton recently received the 2015 Maple Blues Award for Bassist of the Year.

Bringing road-proven (and often written) tracks to their latest album Stormy Water, there are sure to be plenty more kudos to follow.

I chatted at length with Murray about the new album, musical influences, and more.

Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin

This podcast also links to a companion feature in my online Calgary Herald space.

Direct download: Murray_Kinsley_Wicked_Grin_Podcast_Episode_16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:56am MDT

ThatDanGuy's Podcast: David Roth '16

David Roth has connected with audiences far and wide with his music. In one case a song has even left our planet - "Rocket Science" went up on the Space Shuttle Atlantis in May, 2009!

He's an award-winning songwriter, a singer, as well as a workshop leader and an instructor.

I caught with him while he was still out on the road (safely, he was the passenger), and the conversation was rather far-ranging, including a terrific recollection of his early career collided with Peter Paul & Mary.

David Roth

This podcast also links to a companion feature in my online Calgary Herald space.

Direct download: ThatDanGuys_Podcast-_Dave_Roth_16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:02pm MDT

ThatDanGuy's Podcast: The Young Novelists '16

Husband and wife Graydon James and Laura Spink comprise The Young Novelists, an exciting roots duo that can on occasion grow to include a few more members. 

I described at least one of their songs as Jeff Lynne meets Wilco, but they truly add a wide variety of sounds and influences to their sound - which has paid off. They picked up the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist of the Year.

In this conversation, I chat with Graydon about influences, songwriting, and the power of simplicity in affecting an audience.

The Young Novelists.

This podcast also links to a companion feature in my online Calgary Herald space.

 

Direct download: ThatDanGuys_Podcast-_The_Young_Novelists_16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:53pm MDT

ThatDanGuy's Podcast: Sam Baker '16

In February of 2013, I had my first opportunity to see the amazing storyteller and grace-sharing songwriter that is Austin's Sam Baker perform live. With no less a pairing than Nashville songwriting Hall of Famer Gretchen Peters & Barry Walsh!

I'll be seeing him live again soon, and he spent a good twenty minutes chatting over the phone about some new releases he has coming out, his philosophy as a person and a songwriter, and generally anything that came to both our minds.

He also raves about the Banff Centre, where he spent time not too long ago as part of a creative residency. 

The attached pic is one I took back in 2013.

Sam Baker

This podcast interview will links to a companion feature in my online Calgary Herald blog space.

Don't miss my reviews of The Calgary Folk Club, and The Banff Centre!

Direct download: ThatDanGuys_Podcast-_Sam_Baker_16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:59am MDT

ThatDanGuy's Podcast: Mary Gauthier '16

Mary Gauthier's Wikipedia page (which she confirms in this interview speaks pretty accurately to her life and career) has plenty of bleak entries for her early life, but music helped turn that around. More than turn it around, she has come to be known as one of the best songwriters you're likely to hear.

She has a clear philosophy as a writer - you are dealing in valuable real estate, so make the most of what you put into your efforts. That has produced stunning songs, like Mercy Now.

There is a lighter side too though, as you'll hear when I ask her about a somewhat dubiously famous bed/room in Holland...

Mary Gauthier

This podcast interview also links to a companion feature in my online Calgary Herald space.

Don't miss my reviews of The Calgary Folk Club, and The Banff Centre!

Direct download: ThatDanGuys_Podcast-_Mary_Gauthier_16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:22pm MDT

ThatDanGuy's Podcast: Jayme Stone '16

Banjoist, composer and instigator Jayme Stone threads together influences he has collected from around the globe to build another, even more vibrant musical world.

With his most current Lomax Project (nominated for a 2016 JUNO Award), he introduces world music into traditional folk songs that go deep - back into Bahamian sea shanties, African-American a cappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes, and work songs - most all collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax.

The end result is a stunning listen, and even more of an experience live. 

I chatted with him ahead of his most recent Alberta tour stop.

Jayme Stone

This podcast interview also links to a companion feature in my online Calgary Herald space.

Direct download: Jayme_Stone_Podcast_Episode_16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:02pm MDT

ThatDanGuy's Podcast: Mitch (Michel) Dorge '16

Mitch Dorge is connected to music in every fibre of his being. That is indisputable  - whether he is playing live, helping other musicians achieve their own dreams, writing for TV soundtracks, or by inspiring kids with his program in conjunction with The Co-Operators. He likely even snores in 4/4 time, when he does allow himself time to rest. 

During his time with The Crash Test Dummies, he was nominated for Grammy awards and JUNOs - picking up one of the latter. As a producer and musical colleague in his hometown, he's helped a wealth of fellow Winnipeg musicians.

He even somehow finds time to provide soundtrack material for OLN's "Escape Or Die", starring Dean Gunnarson, as well as others.

I talked to him ahead of his recognition for the work he does for kids, with "In Your Face & Interactive", which recently won him the Sir Hugh John MacDonald Memorial Award - a prestigious accomplishment...

Mitch Dorge

This podcast interview also links to a companion feature in my online Calgary Herald space.

 

Direct download: ThatDanGuys_Podcast_Episode-_Mitch_Dorge_16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:37pm MDT