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Ray Francis 2010

January 1, 2020

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Ontario’s Country Music Pioneers: Ray Francis

Born: February 9, 1931 – Eberts, Ontario
Died: June 30, 2010 – Chatham, Ontario

Based out of Chatham, Ontario, Ray Francis formed his first band The Whippoorwills in the late 1950’s (with John Tangelis, Max Dauphin, Ray Dauphin, and Bill Taylor) and they quickly earned a solid reputation by backing up touring Nashville stars like Ray Price, Johnny Cash, Jim Reeves, Faron Young, Ferlin Husky, etc., and making appearances on major stages. The Whippoorwills also hosted a “live” show, aired weekly for more than five years over CFCO radio in Chatham. The act recorded two albums in the mid 1960’s: “The Whippoorwills” released on Canatal Records; and “Country Jamboree” on Arc Records.

After the demise of The Whippoorwills group, Ray Francis joined Gary Buck’s touring country band based out of Sault Ste. Marie, and shortly afterwards, returned home to Chatham where he formed his own band, which featured his then-teenage son Mike “Pepe” Francis on lead guitar. The act was short-lived, as Mike Francis was lured away to work major recording sessions in Toronto, and Ray Francis then formed yet another back-up band, The Rancheros.

By the early 1970’s, Ray Francis was also launching a solo recording career with a debut album, “The Country Way”, released on Marathon Records. The lead single, “Restless Woman”, was one of many original songs that Ray Francis recorded during his career. Also in 1973, Ray Francis released the album “An Old Tyme Christmas”; and followed it up with two albums on the Condor Records label: the 1974 “The Two Sides Of Country”; and the 1975 package “The Good Old Days”.

The Condor Records albums yielded several nationally charted singles, including “If Ginny Knew”, which reached #39 on Canadian hit charts in 1974; “I Knew Her Then”, which was a Top 20 hit; and his best chart showing with the 1976 single “The Good Old Days”, which topped out at #11 on the charts. A subsequent single, “Out Of My Mind”, b/w [Ed: “b/w”: abbreviation for “backed with” – 45 RPM vinyl singles had an A and B side] “Little Bit of Heaven”, failed to chart. After a lengthy hiatus from the recording scene, Ray Francis returned to the recording studio in 1998, releasing the album “A Ray Of Country”, featuring updated selections of his previous hits, balanced with cover versions of country favourites.

During his senior years, Ray Francis continued to entertain audiences with personal appearances at music shows in local church halls and nursing homes in and around the Chatham area. Ray Francis passed away June 30, 2010 at age 79. His musical legacy lives on through his son Mike “Pepe” Francis, who has gone on to great fame as a producer of sessions for Canadian recording acts, as well as lending his award-winning guitar stylings to many of the recordings.

From: https://cmaontario.ca/newsletter/ontarios-country-music-pioneers-ray-francis/
By: (by Larry Delaney)




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Conscripted Youth EP

November 26, 2016

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Band: Conscripted Youth
Demo Release: Leather and Plaid
Year: Circa 2010
Home: (Chatham/Blenhiem)
Genre: punk/ska

Members:
Dano Demaeyer – Vocals / Guitar (16)
Thomas Ayres – Vocals / Bass (17)
John O’Rourke – Vocals / Drums (15)

Tracks
1 Intro/Seven Days
2 Or Anyother Day
3 The Government Will Fall
4 Zed- Oh- Ee!
5 Leather and Plaid

Notes:
* Began working on their second EP Washed Up On Shore (6 tracks).

Links:
* Youtube link here.
* facbook link here.
* Listen to the demo here.
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Obscure 2010 Old Bones

October 1, 2016

Band: Obscure
Release: Old Bones
Year: 2010
Formed: March 2009.
Home: Chatham
Genre: grunge

Members:
Colin Sinclair
Jordan Sterling
Spencer Cartier

Tracks:
1. Forever Tomorrow
2. Dr. Dew’s Pepper Mountain
3. A Careful Placement Of Words
4. Nineteen Points Of Nowhere
5. Silent, Dead
6. Strange
7. Inertia

Notes:
Obscure’s 7-song EP debut. Recorded during the 8th and 9th days of May 2010. A mix of grunge, psychedelia, and smooth jazz.
All songs written and performed by Obscure
Mixed and Mastered by Bob Hiltz at Eyrespace Studios
Produced by Bob Hiltz and Obscure

Links:
* Album link here.
* Reverbnation link here.
* Youtube link here.
* Facebook link here.

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demo kid and Weezer

September 17, 2014
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Weezer & Demo Kid

 

Artist: Demo Kid
CD: Weezer: Death To False Metal
Released: Nov.2010
Home: Chatham Ontario Canada

Track: Shawn Beaulieu (Demo Kid) shared in the collaboration for the opening track “Turning Up the Radio”, with frontman Rivers Coumo & others.

Notes: Death to False Metal is a compilation album by the American alternative rock band Weezer, released on Geffen Records. The album debuted at number 48 on the US Billboard 200.

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Tom Lockwood Band 2010

November 22, 2011

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Band: Tom Lockwood Band
Year: Circa 2010
Home: Chatham Ontario
Genre: Blues focused

Members:
Dan Taylor – Vocals
Tom Lockwood – Guitar
Mark Wolfe – Drums
Brent Hunter – Bass
Mark Tremblay – Keyboards

Website: http://www.tomlockwoodguitar.ca/

Note: Live performance is at the heart of Tom’s musical career. Over the years, he has played thousands of gigs at clubs, concerts, festivals and corporate events.
He has a concert series in his home town of Chatham and hosts the annual CK Guitar Summit.
Among the many highlights are two that stand out: Being among the musicians who represented Canada at the Organization of American States conference in 2000 and playing live on a nationwide broadcast on CBC’s Disc Drive on Canada Day 2005.

Songwriter/teacher/guitarist Tom Lockwood has been playing guitar for more than 40 years. Lockwood works every conceivable genre especially blues with The Tom Lockwood Band. He has been a mainstay on the south-western Ontario music scene since relocating to Chatham, Ontario from Detroit, Michigan in 1977. Lockwoods music spans a diverse spectrum and has been used in television and radio productions in 22 countries worldwide.

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Sarah Hiltz Letters 2010

May 13, 2011

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Artist:
Sarah Hiltz
EP Release: Letters
Year: 2010 (July)
Genre: Folk, Jazz
Home: Chatham Ontario

Notes: The “Letters” EP was created as a pilot project in July, 2010 as an accompaniment product for a show combining music and spoken word. The intention was to extend it into a full length, fully produced album in the future.
All the original package contents (credits, information, handwritten letters) are included in PDF format when you purchase the entire album.

Tracks
01. We Are Gods
02. I am for sound
03. First Nail Hammered
04. Brother
05. Small Town Blues
06. What I Thought
07. I Won’t Cry

Click on the video below to listen to the CD Preview below.

If video does not show, watch it here.

Visit her online at http://www.sarahhiltz.com/.
Preview or buy the album @
http://sarahhiltz.bandcamp.com/album/letters

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Rob Kirkham and Neon Rain 2010

March 27, 2011

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Group: Rob Kirkham and Neon Rain
Release: The Seven Year Itch
Year: 2010
Formed: 2001
Genre: Country

Chatham Connection: In 2010, Rob moved to Chatham Ontario from the Hamilton area.

Members:
Rob Kirkham, Kenny Ef & Keith McKeown.

Tracks:
1 Hiding in the Back Seat
2 She Just Came Here to Dance
3 You and Me
4 Heart in the Driver’s Seat
5 To Be Together Forever
6 She Just Came Here to Dance (Extended Forcemix)

Visit them online here and here.

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