The Stones have a new album ready to Roll
The Stones have a new album ready to Roll

Liner Notes: Bullet News For October 7

Let’s face it, the world isn’t exactly clamouring for an album of new original Rolling Stones material, but there is real excitement around the just-announced news that they have completed an album of blues covers. Entitled Blue and Lonesome, it was recorded over just three days in London earlier this year. New versions of songs by Howlin' Wolf and Jimmy Reed are included, while Eric Clapton dropped by to add a few licks. The Stones haven't released a studio album since 2005's A Bigger Bang. Remember that one? Me neither. Look for the new one in December. Source:

-- The Boss is back on top of the charts, but this time it is as an author. Bruce Springsteen's Born To Run autobiography has scored major media attention, and that's now reflected in sales figures. A press release from Sony Music yesterday informed us that "it was the top-selling book in multiple countries last week, earning raves from fans and critics worldwide. ‘Chapter and Verse,’ the audio companion to the gripping 528-page memoir, is 2016’s highest-debuting artist compilation, entering the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart this week at No. 5." Born to Run topped the New York Times Best Sellers list in the US and also debuted at No. 1 in Canada, UK/Ireland, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden. ‘Chapter and Verse’ bowed in the Top 10 in 16 countries besides the US, with No. 2 debuts in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Sweden, Austria, and Italy. Springsteen’s public appearances to support 'Born To Run' have reportedly been epic and emotional.


-- In these days of singles, it takes guts to concentrate your efforts on a double album. Toronto’s funky rock ‘n roll combo the Julian Taylor Band has done just that, and today (Oct. 7) they launch the results, Desert Star, on Aporia Records. The combo's musically eclectic and free-spirited sound is captured neatly here, and the band excel in live performance. That’ll be on evidence at Lee’s Palace in Toronto tonight for the album launch. The excellent Freeman Dre and The Kitchen Party and Ann Vriend open the show. The hard-working Taylor is one of the city's most popular musicians, so expect a lot of love in that room.


-- Via Facebook, we learned from Scott Kempner (leader of great US rock ‘n roll band The Del-Lords and member of The Dictators) of a tribute evening held this week in honour of Sandy Pearlman, the legendary producer, songwriter and manager who passed away on July 26, aged 72.  Kempner termed it “a wonderful and emotional memorial.” Those present included members of The Dictators and Blue Oyster Cult, bands who owed a lot of their success to Pearlman. Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye performed a few songs at the event. During his fascinating career, Pearlman held Chair and Fellowship positions at McGill and the U of T.

-- Acclaimed Canadian pianist Marianne Trudel brings her trio Trifolia to the UK for the first time this month, and they also have shows in Holland, Italy, Hungary and Lithuania. The seven date tour started last night at The Torino Jazz Club. Trifolia play the Hague, NL, tonight, followed by three UK shows. The tour finishes at the Vilnius Jazz Fest on Oct. 13.

-- The website for the Radio Starmaker Fund is now back on-line and ready to accept applications, for the 61st Round. Early applications are recommended. All applications must be filed online prior to the next deadline of Thursday, November 17  at 5:00 PM EST. Info here 

-- Canadian pop heroes Hedley recently played a special concert at St. John Catholic High School in Perth, Ontario. The school earned the visit by raising $54k for cancer research last year as part of the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay For Life Youth school-based fundraising campaign. They were chosen in a draw that included other schools hosting similar fundraisers. Samaritan has more on this here 

-- Philadelphia is a city with an illustrious musical history, one that includes plenty of jazz greats. For the first time ever, the Philadelphia Music Alliance (PMA) will go “All Jazz’’ with its induction of new members into the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame. That list comprises Joey DeFrancesco, Benny Golson, Christian McBride, Jaco Pastorius, and WRTI air personality Bob Perkins. DeFrancesco has strong ties to the Toronto music community and has recorded for TO-based label ALMA Records.

-- The Deerhurst resort in scenic Muskoka, ON, remains best known as the former stomping ground of Shania Twain. They seem to be upping the music factor again there, with upcoming shows set by the Stampeders (Oct. 22), The Myles Goodwyn Band (Oct. 29), and Small Town Pistols (Dec. 3). We’re guessing Goodwyn will reprise plenty of April Wine faves and perhaps will come with copies of his new autobiography (authored with Marty Melhuish).

-- New certifications continue to stream in after the launch of Music Canada’s new Single Award, which now counts on-demand streaming data towards track certifications. The Weeknd’s “Starboy” was amongst a recently-announced list of Gold Single certifications. During the recent inaugural FUZEnation music & technology summit, in Waterloo, ON,  Norwegian DJ, songwriter, and producer Kygo was presented with a plaque commemorating the Platinum status of three singles in Canada from his album Cloud Nine.

-- Folk music fans in PEI have some great options this weekend, thanks to the Harmony House Theatre in Hunter River. The award-winning singer/songwriter Catherine MacLellan is there on Saturday, with Meagan Blanchard playing there tonight (Oct. 7). Tickets here

-- Music BC is hosting a Road to BreakOut West Panel and Showcase at Studio Records on Oct. 11. Learn how to maximize your conference experience from top industry professionals and stay for performances by The Matinee, Youngblood, Kaylee Johnston, Mike Edel, and Jesse Roper. It's a free event and you can RSVP here

-- Canadian turned Kiwi Tami Neilson performed at The Rivoli in Toronto last night in dazzling style. The stylistic range of this powerhouse singer is mind-boggling. She covered Howling Wolf, The Staple Singers, and Patsy Cline (sung off-mike) in equally convincing fashion, while her original tunes ranged from upbeat rockabilly (“Loco Mama”) to tear-inducing ballads like “The First Man,” a tribute to her late father. She can blow a mean blues harp and is charming and witty. What more do you want? The gal’s a star! She closes out this tour by opening for Royal Wood at The Blacksheep in Wakefield, Oct. 7-9.



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