Archive for December, 2009

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Bob Lucier 1978

December 17, 2009

Artist: Anne Murray
Release: Let’s Keep It That Way
Year: 1978
Chatham ConnectionAnne’s steel guitar player is Bob Lucier, who is originally from Chatham-Kent (Grande Pointe).

Notes: Let’s Keep It That Way is a 1978 studio album by Anne Murray. On the Canadian charts, the album topped both the country and pop album charts. In the U.S., the album returned Murray to the top ten on the country album charts, a place she had not been since 1974’s Highly Prized Possession; on the pop album charts, the album reached #12 (it would ultimately be the highest charting album of Murray’s career on the pop album charts).

  Two singles were released from the album: a cover of the Everly Brothers’ hit “Walk Right Back”, which reached #4 on the U.S. country singles charts. The second single released, “You Needed Me”, would ultimately become one of the biggest hits of Murray’s career, topping all three Canadian charts; in the U.S. it reached #1 on the U.S. pop singles charts (becoming Murray’s sole chart-topper on the Hot 100 charts), as well as #4 on the country singles charts, and #3 on the A/C charts.

Track listing
1
.Let’s Keep It That Way
2.Walk Right Back
3.Just To Feel This Love From You
4.We Don’t Make Love Anymore
5.I Still Wish The Very Best For You
6.You Needed Me
7.You’re A Part Of Me
8.Hold Me Tight
9.Tennessee Waltz
10.There’s Always A Goodbye

Musicians
Keyboards – Pat Riccio, Jr/Brian Gatto
Drums & Percussion – Jorn Anderson
Bass – Peter Cardinali
Guitars – Aidan Mason/Brian Russell/Bob Man
Steel Guitar & Dobro – Bob Lucier
Strings & Horns arranged by Rick Wilkins & Peter Cardinali

Bob Lucier also plays steel guitar on another album released this year. He is on Stormin’ Norman & Suzy’s 1974 release “Ocean of love”.

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Bobby Lucier 2005

December 17, 2009

Group: Bobby Lucier and Mel Aucoin
Release: 88 & 10
Circa: 2005
Genre: Country Music

Chatham-Kent Connection: Bob Lucier is originally from Chatham-Kent (Grande Pointe).

Notes: Bob and Mel played on the Tommy Hunter Show for many years. Their amazing musical talents have set the standard for country music throughout the years in Canada.

Chatham’s own Mike Francis (“Pepe”) plays acoustic and electric guitar. Mike has made a name for himself in the music business as a producer for major acts. His Father is Ray Francis, known for his solo records, and his days with the Whippoorwills.

Tracks
1.
Big Beaver 2. Tennessee waltz 3. So afraid of losing you again 4. Don’t know why
5. Silver wings 6. Behind closed doors 7. Song for Alice 8. King of the road
9. It Don’t hurt anymore 10. Some day soon 11. Blue eyes crying in the rain 12. Lonestar

John Hughey writes Liner Notes for this CD
Hi folks,
For those of you who don’t know Bob Lucier, don’t know what you’ve missed thru the years and for those of you who do know him know him as a great person and a very talented musician. 
I’ve known Bob for a great many years now and consider him a very good friend.
But, the main reason I am here is to tell you about Bob’s new CD. He sent me a preview copy and I am very impressed.  He is like a great wine, he gets better with age.
Bob, I think the CD is great and it’s one that everyone should have in their “play all of the time”
collection. I know it will be in mine. Good luck with your continued success.
“God Bless”…John Hughey

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Music Store Moves 2003

December 16, 2009

 

Store: Frank’s Music Centre
Established: 1961
Location: 75 King Street West, Chatham Ontario

Specializing in:
Large selection of sheet music
Comfortable and quiet lesson rooms
Full line instrument sales and service
PA rentals – Eyrespace Studios

  In 2003, Franks Music Centre moved just down the road on King Street to better serve their customers. The store has been serving Chatham since 1961. Frank’s is also a great place to take drum, piano or guitar lessons in Chatham Ontario.
 For more info about what the store has to offer you, call Steve and Bob at the store today
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519-352-7370

  For further info, click on the photo above.

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Bob Lucier 2001

December 16, 2009

Artist: Anne Murray
Release: What a Wonderful Christmas
Release: I’ll Always Love You/Somebody’s Waiting
Year: 2001
Chatham ConnectionAnne’s steel guitar player is Bob Lucier who is originally from Chatham-Kent (Grande Pointe).

Notes: In 2001, Bob’s pedal steel playing was heard on two separate releases by Ann Murray. The beautiful Christmas album is where Ann shines.  The other release is a double release of ‘out of print’ albums recorded on Capitol Records in 1978 and 1980. It includes her hit “What’s Forever For”, and two popular 60’s covers including “Daydream Believer” and “I’m Happy Just to Dance With You.”

About Anne Murray: Over the years, Anne’s recordings have seldom been off the charts. She has sold close to 50 million albums and has won countless awards. However, Anne Murray is more than just a Canadian icon. Her warm voice and well-loved songs have become woven into the fabric of our lives.

About Bob Lucier: Bobby Lucier has been a leader in steel guitar and is world renowned for his unique style and ability.  Bob was the resident Steel Player for “The Tommy Hunter Show” while it aired on the CBC television network from the mid ’70’s until its demise. He was also the first steel guitarist with the famous Johnny Burke and Eastwind.  Before that, he played in Bill Anderson’s “Po’ Boys band”, “Myers Brothers and the Jubilaires”, and a few others. Bob’s steel guitar playing is on many of Ann Murrays albums recorded through the years.

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Bobby Lucier 2008

December 15, 2009


Artist
: Anne Murray
Release: Christmas Album
Year: 2008
Chatham ConnectionAnne’s steel guitar player is Bob Lucier who is originally from Chatham-Kent (Grande Pointe).

Album Description
The Canadian released CD also comes with a Bonus DVD
Anne Murray’s Christmas Album, a new collection features 10 of Anne Murray’s holiday favourites previously released on Anne’s other Christmas albums along with four new recordings, including “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, a brand new duet with Michael Buble. As an added bonus, this new collection includes a previously unreleased duet with Diana Krall.

About Anne Murray: Over the years, Anne’s recordings have seldom been off the charts. She has sold close to 50 million albums and has won countless awards. However, Anne Murray is more than just a Canadian icon. Her warm voice and well-loved songs have become woven into the fabric of our lives.

About Bob Lucier: Bobby Lucier has been a leader in steel guitar and is world renowned for his unique style and ability.  Bob was the resident Steel Player for “The Tommy Hunter Show” while it aired on the CBC television network from the mid ’70’s until its demise. He was also the first steel guitarist with the famous Johnny Burke and Eastwind.  Before that, he played in Bill Anderson’s “Po’ Boys band”, “Myers Brothers and the Jubilaires”, and a few others. Bob’s steel guitar playing is on many of Ann Murrays albums recorded through the years.

Tracks
1. Joy To the World 
2. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow 
3. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree (new) 
4. Away In A Manger 
5. Silver Bells 
6. O Come All Ye Faithful 
7. Winter Wonderland 
8. Jingle Bell Rock (new) 
9. White Christmas 
10. O Holy Night 
11. Blue Christmas (new) 
12. Go Tell It On The Mountain 
13. Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Duet with Michael Bublé) (new) 
14. Silent NightBonus Track: 
15. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Duet with Diana Krall)(previously un-released) 
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Shot Jackson and Bob Lucier 1985

December 15, 2009

Band: Shot Jackson and Bob Lucier
Release: Sail Along
Circa: 1985
Genre: Country
Label: Condor Records
Home: Bob is from Chatham-Kent (Grande Pointe)

Members:
Shot Jackson (Dobro)
Bob Lucier (Pedal Steel)

Tracks 
1 Straight ahead  2 Cold cold heart  3 Have I told you lately that I love you  4 Kentucky waltz  5 Love is no excuse  6 Funky cannonball  7 Take these chains  8 We could  9 Green green grass of home  10 There goes my everything  11 Until the next teardrop falls  12 Daydreams about night things  13 Sail along  14 Moonlight bay  15 Slowly  16 There’ll be no teardrops tonight  17 She thinks I still care  18 Sweet dreams  19 City lights

This hard to find album features these two fine dobro / sho-bro players. Various songs feature Bob Lucier on the Dual-16 String Sho-Bud.

About Bob Lucier: Bobby Lucier has been a leader in steel guitar and is world renowned for his unique style and ability.  Bob was the resident Steel Player for “The Tommy Hunter Show” while it aired on the CBC television network from the mid ’70’s until its demise. He was also the first steel guitarist with the famous Johnny Burke and Eastwind.  Before that, he played in Bill Anderson’s “Po’ Boys band”, “Myers Brothers and the Jubilaires”, and a few others. Bob’s steel guitar playing appears on countless records over the years, with his session work. Of note, is Bob’s many records done with the world famous Canadian singer Ann Murray.

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Dan Noordermeer 2009

December 15, 2009


Artist
: Jeff Healey
Release: Songs from the Road
Year: 2009
Genre: Blues Rock
Chatham ConnectionGuitarist Dan Noordermeer is from Chatham.

Band:
Jeff Healey (vocals, guitar)
Dan Noordermeer (vocals, guitar)
Dave Murphy (vocals, keyboards)
Alec Fraser (vocals)
Al Webster (drums).

Tracks:
I Think I Love You Too Much, I’m Ready, Stop Breaking Down, Angel Eyes, Come Together, Hoochie Coochie Man, White Room, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Whipping Post, Teach Your Children Well, Santa, Bring My Baby Back (To Me)

About Dan: Guitarist extraordinaire Dan Noordermeer has also been performing in the “Dave Murphy Band” for almost a decade, and continues to dazzle audiences with his formidable talents. Originally from Chatham, Dan now resides in Hamilton. Dan is known for his Samson-like mane of hair and his wicked sense of humour. Unlikely as it seems, Dan was a full time country musician for many years before joining the band. But for those familiar with his playing it’s no surprise, since he has an uncanny ability to play every style of music with incredible authenticity, passion and virtuosity. 

CD Notes:
Appearing almost 18 months after Jeff Healey’s death, Songs from the Road is the first posthumous disc from Jeff Healey. Collecting highlights from his 2006 performance at Norway’s Nottoden Blues Festival, plus 2007 gigs in London and Toronto (the latter in his hometown club, the Jeff Healey Roadhouse), Songs from the Road paints a good portrait of Healey the road warrior, playing old favorites, both of his own and a wide variety of classic rock and blues artists, including Muddy Waters and two from the Beatles. Healey doesn’t surprise here, either in repertoire or attack, but he does satisfy, both as a guitarist and an all-around entertainer, making this collection a nice coda to his career.   
* Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Watch the video below of Dan with Jeff in Norway, performing Jeff’s hit single “Angel Eyes”. Live at Notodden Blues Festival August 2006.

If video does not appear, watch it here.

Preview the CD here.
Visit Dan here.  
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