Music News Digest, July 17, 2017

Rowdiness and inclement weather marred Thursday night’s Bluesfest Ottawa at Lebreton flats; however, normalcy returned and the events proceeded without a major incident. Included in the successes was a small stage set by Alan Doyle and The Beautiful Gypsies, appearing outside of the main stage festival on the grounds of the Canadian War Museum.

Ronnie Hawkins has put his Stoney Lake home, Hawkstone Manor Estate, on the market again — for an asking price of $4,250,000. Sotheby's Canada has the listing

While $4.3M is a lot of money, it’s far less than when Hawkins put the property on the market in 2013 — for an asking price of $14.9M.

— The Hawk isn’t the only one taking a hit on his real estate portfolio. Kid Rock recently sold his Balinese-inspired compound for $9.5M, $2.1M less than he paid for it in ‘06, in a deal completed off-market. You can take a look at the pad here.

Whatever happened to the Mackenzie Bros? The pair is reviving their characters at their old stomping grounds, The Second City, on 18 July in Toronto for a fundraiser to benefit Dave Thomas' nephew's family and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario.

Joining them is a star-studded cast featuring Thomas's friend and former Second City alum Dan Aykroyd, former SCTV co-stars Martin Short, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy and Joe Flaherty, as well as The Kids in the Hall stars Dave Foley, Scott Thompson and Kevin McDonald — BBC News

— The co-writer of “See You Again”, which has surpassed “Gangnam Style” as the most viewed song on YouTube, has spoken of his heartbreak behind the lyrics.

Justin Franks told BBC Radio 5 live’s Phil Williams that he cried when he wrote the song, dedicated to a close friend who died and late Fast and Furious franchise actor Paul Walker.

The ballad, sung by Charlie Puth featuring Wiz Khalifa, has been streamed almost three billion times.

— Whitehorse-based Paris “Vagabond Gypsy” Pick writes us to promote her “pop-rockabilly” ensemble, Ukes of Hazard.

The five-piece has performed at every Yukon music event possible - Frostbite Music Festival, Sunstroke Music Festival, Simapalooza, Fest-Fest, Rocktober, FebFest, Arts in the Park and Rendezvous Winter Festival - and, in June, embarked on their first tour across Alberta, BC & N.W.T. The Ukes are plugging the EP, Mine To Creep (available on BandCamp).

Here they are performing “No Standards At All' live at Green Needle Records in Whitehorse, filmed by Brett Elliot and recorded by Jim Holland.

— CanCountry star Gord Bamford is back on the radio with “Livin’ on Summertime,” the title-track teaser single from his upcoming album. The track was the #1 most added song out of the box and already sits at #16 on the Mediabase Country Music Chart last week. Here’s the video for it.

The New Pornographers perform the title track to their new Dine Alone Records album, Whiteout Conditions, on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Matthew Good has released “Decades,” the title-track single from his forthcoming album, which will be released this fall.

Billboard has published its annual top 50 Money Makers list of highest-paid musicians. In total these superstars pulled US$890.7M through music sales, publishing, streaming and touring in 2016. Trumping the lot is Beyoncé, who pulled in $62.1M last year.

In a survey of the top ten Money Makers each year from 2010 to now, Taylor Swift is the Queen of pop, heading the list three times and earning $73.5M in 2015.

Canadians include Michael Buble (No. 7 in 2010), Celine Dion (No 8 in 2011), Justin Bieber (No 10 in 2012 and No. 7 in 2016), and Drake (No. 4 in 2016).

— Recently spotted at the NHL playoffs, Shania Twain's next big sporting event will be the US Open of tennis. She headlines the opening ceremony on Aug. 28. Her album Now album is set for release on Sept. 29.

— With funding from the City, the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC) is tasked with creating a music strategy aimed at transforming Ottawa into one of the world’s premier music cities. OMIC has assembled a group of music industry representatives to work with their constituent groups to develop a series of practical recommendations.

At its first meeting, members of the Ottawa Music Strategy Task Force shared ideas about the impact of a fully developed local music industry on the economy, tourism, and local culture.

— Indigenous 150+, a film series, has support from the Niagara Falls Cultural Development Fund (NFCDF) program, Good Influence Films, and Joanne Smale's Planet 3 Communications. The 'pay-what-you-can' series, is taking place on July 28 and Aug. 30. A highlight will be a screening of Reel Injun, the award-winning doc about North American Indigenous people throughout a century of cinema. Robbie Robertson is amongst those interviewed in the film. More info here

— In between posing for selfies, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently found time to compile his own 'PM Mix' summer playlist on Spotify. Included are tracks by Drake, The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Sarah McLachlan, Hawksley Workman, Chalk Circle, and Quake Matthews with Neon Dreams (the current single "Confessions").

— Montreal's Osheaga festival is taking new steps to ensure the safety of women and LGBTQ festival goers with arm-banded all-female Hirondelles" (doves) patrolling the site. Thes patrols were used successfully at the Montreal International Jazz Festival last month.

“We’re really focusing on making sure everybody feels safe, and it is a safe environment," Osheaga co-founder Nick Farkas told the Montreal Gazette. The 12th edition of Osheaga runs Aug. 4-6, and sellout crowds of 45,000 per day are anticipated.

— (Sir) Ray Davies teams up with The Jayhawks on “Poetry,” the first single from his new album, Americana.

— And, finally: Ten years ago, Zach Lupetin moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of a fabled promised land. Initially his hopes were directed at screenwriting and playwriting but, having played in bands since the age of 14, he also put up a Craigslist ad to find like-minded musicians.

Lupetin listed 16 instruments he wanted for the ensemble, a project that would bridge brass and string traditions and meld genres — folk, bluegrass, Dixieland jazz, New Orleans swing and a little bit of gospel — into a modern take on roots music. It was supposed to be a side gig. Fast forward to now: His eight-piece band, Dustbowl Revival, tours 200-plus days of the year and recently released their fourth full-length, a self-titled album, via Signature Sounds. Diaina Feuer, LA Times

And here’s the official video for “Busted” from the album. It’s a knockout.

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