Music News Digest: August 09, 2017

Canadian honky-tonk siren Whitney Rose has just announced that her next full-length album, Rule 62, will come out on Six Shooter Records on Oct. 6. Rose is now based in Austin, and that's where she recorded her recent EP, South Texas Suite. For Rule 62, she travelled to Nashville to record, with Raul Malo of The Mavericks and Niko Bolas (Neil Young) co-producing, and with some top Music City session players adding their licks.

A label press releases notes that the nine self-penned songs on the record show such influences as Nancy Sinatra, Bobbie Gentry and Françoise Hardy. Rose performs at Interstellar Rodeo in Winnipeg on Aug. 20 and Nashville's AmericanaFest on Sept. 16, in between plenty of Texas dates. Here's a sample from the new album.

— Singer/songwriter Daniela Nardi has taken over the role of Executive and Artistic Director at 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education, an arts and culture sanctuary in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood. She recently served as the Cultural Director at Toronto’s Columbus Centre.

Nardi remains active musically with her acclaimed Espresso Manifesto project. EM is performing at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe later this month, presenting "It's Wonderful, The Songs of Paolo Conte," a tribute to the famed Italian artist. The ensemble also played the fest last year.

Walter Ostanek, the 82-year-old polka king, and three-time Grammy winner is performing at the 50th anniversary of Stoney Creek, ON’s Winona Peach Festival. He is currently in the midst of his 34th season playing at Marineland Ontario. For those not in the know, the Canada’s Walk of Fame inductee has recorded 102 albums since 1963.

— United Talent Agency (UTA) closes shop for good in Canada on Aug. 15. An announcement of what transpires next is expected to be announced immediately following the Berkeley Street office closure.

—  Darby Mills & The Project are back on the road supporting the release of Flying Solo, a riveting anthology of the former Headpin vocalist’s solo material. The ensemble has toured in western Canada and has show dates at Toronto’s Rockpile, The Brass Monkey in Ottawa, and Cornwall Musicfest on Aug. 16, 18 and 19 respectively.

Jay-Z and Beyoncé have spent $90M for a 30,000-square-foot Bel-Air home, according to the LA Times. The same source reports film and music mogul David Geffen has sold his Malibu compound for $85. No buyer is named. And — Kevin Costner has lowered the price tag on his 10-acre California coastline home by US5M to $55M. The rustic residence itself isn't grandiose, but the landscape and views are breathtaking as you can see here.

Ruth B.’s debut album Safe Haven is now officially certified Gold in Canada. The album includes her breakthrough 3x platinum hit single “Lost Boy” as well as “Superficial Love.” She’s on tour in Sept., playing some profile shows that include the iHeartRadio Beach Ball event in Vancouver on the 4th, CityFolk Festival in Ottawa on the 13th, The Roxy Theatre in LA on the 21st, and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame spectacle at Massey Hall on the 23rd.

Jeff Beck fans take note, Eagle Rock Entertainment is releasing Live At The Hollywood Bowl – on DVD and Blu-ray, both packaged with twin CDs on Oct. 6. A 3LP set is also to be available. The 2016 concert features Steven Tyler, Billy F. Gibbons, Jan Hammer, Beth Hart, Jimmy Hall and Buddy Guy.

— Nathaniel Glover, better known as the rapper Kidd Creole, a founding member of the pioneering hip-hop group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, has been arrested after fatally stabbing a homeless man in midtown Manhattan, a New York Police Department spokesman confirmed.

Paul Burford, the owner of House Of Lords, the hair salon that has been a fixture on Toronto’s Yonge Street since the days of the Rock Pile and the last of the original “hip” salons on the strip, is closing shop. The 75-year-old stylist to the stars earned himself a feature in The Star where he makes the point that property taxes are driving him to close shop. What the article failed to mention is that a property developer has bought him out for $8M+ as part of a parcel of land that is destined to become a block of condos.

Aaron Pritchett, Elliot Brood, Burton Cummings, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and tribute band Boulder Canyon have been announced as headliners at Prince Albert, SK, Rawlinson Centre fall program, by venue GM Darren McCaffery.

Arcade Fire has created a fictitious corporate behemoth, Everything Now Corp, to promote their fifth album. The Everything Now album, released by Sony on July 28, is produced by the band with Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and Pulp bassist Steve Mackey. A previous collaborator, Markus Dravs, is named as a co-producer, with additional production by Geoff Barrow of Portishead and Eric Heigle who worked with the band on the Reflektor LP. The new set sold a handsome 50,000 copies in its first week of release in Canada.

— Vinyl is having a comeback, and the Toronto Public Library is getting in on the trend by adding 100 new albums to their collection of over 15,000, the largest of its kind available as loaners in Canada.

—  Alberta Music has announced the hiring of Olivia Street as communications and administrative coordinator. The booking coordinator for the Mercury Room in Edmonton, Street also leads two local bands, King of Foxes and Vegas Wives. 

—  Unobtrusively, the TD Markham Jazz Festival has evolved into one of the country's best. It turns 20 this year, hosting five days of music in the streets of Unionville, ON, Aug. 16-20. In honour of Canada 150, it's an all-Canadian lineup for 2017.

Notable performers include David Clayton-Thomas, MonkeyJunk, Shakura S’Aida, Carol Welsman, Ranee Lee, Barbra Lica, Lorraine Klaasen, Manteca, Michael Occhipinti (a former MJF Artistic Director), Elizabeth Shepherd, Samantha Martin, Paul Reddick, C.R. Avery, Roger Chong, and Brenda Navarrette.

— This year, Fairport Convention is celebrating a 50th anniversary and marking the occasion Universal released Come All Ye, The First 10 Years box set on July 28.

Included in the seven-disc anthology is a previously unreleased cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Eastern Rain” with the late Sandy Denny on vocals.

According to online music mag Uncut, the band first heard the song when Ashley Hutchings met her at (producer) Joe Boyd‘s flat and told her the band had performed a couple of her songs. She said, “I’ve got lots more!” Mitchell went on to make her London live debut supporting Fairport Convention at the Royal Festival Hall during the Festival of Contemporary Song on Sept. 28, 1968. The unreleased version features Denny performing “Easter Rain” before Iain Matthews dubbed his harmony vocal on top.

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