The most important date on the calendar of the Canadian blues scene is fast approaching in Toronto. This year, the awards show is supplemented by the Blues Summit 8 conference and showcase event. Pictured: executive producer Derek Andrews.
Port Cities: Back To The Bottom
Port Cities - "Back To The Bottom" (Warner Music Canada): A real buzz has been building around this East Coast trio, one comprising three talented singer/songwriters - Carleton Stone, Breagh Mackinnon, and Dylan Guthro.
The trio began writing together in 2011 at the internationally known Gordie Sampson Songcamp in Cape Breton, and a real chemistry was soon apparent.
A keenly-awaited eponymous debut, produced by Sampson (Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes) will be released in February. “Back To The Bottom,” the first single, is being taken to radio this week, and we predict a warm response.
The tune features alternating male and female vocal leads, supported by tight harmonies. The instrumentation and production is crisp, and folk and pop elements coalesce seamlessly.
The low-budget video has a cool story behind it, as the group explains. “After our first ever Port Cities concert in Berlin, we took to the streets for a beer and a wander. We stumbled upon a Teledisco, an old phone booth which has been repurposed as "the world's smallest discotheque".
The music for Teledisco is provided by Spotify, so on a whim we searched for and found our first single, "Back to the Bottom”. We excitedly paid the two euros and decided to have a dance party to our own song; this is how it turned out."
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