Among the schedule of new album releases this week are sophomore sets from The Washboard Union and Luke Nicholson, while Douglas Cameron returns after a 30-plus year absence with a collection inspired by his Riverdale neighbourhood.
The Washboard Union releases In My Bones, its second recording, but first in a new partnership with Warner Music and Slaight Music in Canada. The six track EP by the Langley, BC-based crossover country group is produced by Nashville hit maker Trey Bruce, who has had 10 No. 1 hits with acts such as Faith Hill and Randy Travis. Upcoming dates include the Camrose, AB Big Valley Jamboree and Merritt BC’s Rocki'n Country Music Festival.
LUKE NICHOLSON (Maple Music) delivers his sophomore album this week. It's called Frantic City, a semi-autobiographical song collection that includes "Maggie Mae", a tune about how he met his wife. The Genie nominated singer-songwriter is in Peterborough this weekend at the Gordon Best Theatre.
DOUGLAS CAMERON makes a return after a 30-plus year absence. Those with long memories will recall his protest song "Mona With the Children" — about a 16 year old Persian girl, Mona Mahmudnizhad, who, in 1983, was sentenced to death and hanged in Shiraz, Iran, along with nine other women, for their membership in the Bahá'í Faith.
This Thursday, he returns to the spotlight with a launch for his new indie release about his local neighbourhood. It's called Riverdale, and the party is at Hugh's Room in Toronto's west end. He played all the instruments and sang all the songs on it. He had collaborative help from Danny Greenspoon, David Macfarlane, Danny Roth, and David Wilson (of 3 Chord Johnny).
"It’s likely these songs won’t make it onto the hit parade but nonetheless they are damn good," he reports. "They rise out of a tradition of songwriting that is immediately recognizable as being that of the folk or singer-songwriter tradition. They will touch your soul."
"Mona With the Children"