Posts Tagged ‘music’

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Acoustic FM 2020

January 9, 2020

Duo: Acoustic FM
Year: 2020
From: Chatham
Genre: popular cover songs
Formed: 2007
Members:
Mat Drew – Vocals, percussion
Dave Richie – Acoustic guitar & Vocals
Notes:
* Mat & Dave also play together in the party cover band Face4Radio.
* Formerly known as ‘Acoustic MF’, but switched the MF to FM.
Links:

* Facebook link here.

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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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Slip N Out

December 31, 2019

Band: Slip N Out
Genre: Country (Covers)
Home: Chatham-Kent
Year: 2019

Formed in 2006. Band split up for 5 years prior, and reformed in 2019.

Members:
Tammy Jones – Bass, Vocals
Chris Bird – Guitar
Ken Ramsden – Drums, Vocals




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Brooklyn Roebuck 2019 singles

December 20, 2019

Artist: Brooklyn Roebuck
Genre: Country/Pop
Year: 2019
Home: Chatham-Kent
Born: September 26, 1997.

In 2019, Brooklyn released two songs.
01. Break It Again
02. What Goes Around

Notes:
* On Sept 23rd 2012, Brooklyn won YTV’s Next Star Contest which had over three Million voters across Canada. She released her first single and video “The Way I See You”. The song & video for ‘Lemon & Lime was also released.
* Her YTV win gave her more than just an edge on the country scene – Brooklyn has enjoyed being able to host multiple “Movie Nights” on YTV, as well as guest starring on the network’s popular series “Life with Boys.” She has hosted YTV’s The Zone, and even interviewed future “The Next Star 6” hopefuls in Toronto.

* 2013 – Brooklyn released a four song EP entitled Storyteller. In March 2013, she recorded her second single, “ONE OF THESE DAYS”, at Sony/ ATV studios in Toronto with producer Rob Wells.

* 2015: Releases her song ‘Good Day‘.

* 2016: Brooklyn also released one song entitled ‘Sweet On Me’. Written by Brooklyn Roebuck and Annette Barkley.

* 2018: In 2018, Brooklyn released three songs. 01. Things That I Don’t Miss, 02. Bad Seed, 03. Barn Burner.
All three songs can be found at iTunes here.

Links:
* ‘What Goes Around’ on spotify here.
* ‘Break It Again’ on spotify here.
* Youtube link here.
* Facebook link here.
* Twitter link here.









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Michelle Wright 2018 singles

December 20, 2019

Artist: Michelle Wright
Genre: Country Music
Year: 2018
From: Merlin, Ontario, Canada. (Chatham-Kent)
Resides: Nashville

Two songs released in 2018
01. Lovin’ This Day
02. Attitude Is Everything

Notes:
With the August 2018 digital release of her first brand new music since the release of Strong (2013 Savannah Music), Michelle Wright once again shows why her expressive voice and her distinctive style has earned her twenty‐five Top Ten radio hits, more than forty major awards (including her 2011 induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame) and sold millions of records.

This past May, it was announced that Wright would receive the 2018 Impact Award by the Country Music Association of Ontario sponsored by Canadian Music Week. This is a fairly new award, with previous recipients of this prestigious Impact Award being Blue Rodeo and Gordon Lightfoot.

Born: July 1, 1961, Chatham-Kent
Studio albums: 9
Compilation albums: 2
Music videos: 17

Links:
* Website link here.
* iTunes link to download these songs here.




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Julie Ross 2005 Demo

December 19, 2019


Artist:
Julie Ross

Release: Treasures & Ghosts (5 song demo)
Year: 2005
Genre: Adult Contemporary, folk.
Home: Chatham Ontario.

Note: The demo includes one original track ‘Rearrange’ & four cover songs.

Update 2019: Julie has since put out a few full length releases, hosted open mic in town for many years off & on, and hosts a weekly song circle (Circa late 2010’s) that allows people to share their musical craft with other local like minded people.

Musicians:
Julie Ross: Vocals & guitar.
Linz: Vocals & piano.

Links:
* Music page link here.
* Facebook link here.

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Talk Radio 2019 EP Lucky

December 19, 2019

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Band: Talk Radio
Release: Lucky (EP)
Year: 2019 (Dec. 13th)
Genre: Rock
Home: London, Ontario
Formed: 2016
Cover art: Kelly McFadden

* Chatham Connection: Aaron, Aaron & Myles are from Chatham-Kent.

Tracks:
01. Judgement Day
02. Leave the Light On
03. Lucky
04. Rodstad
05. Some Day

Band Members:
Aaron Allen
Aaron Barry
Dustin Anderson
Matt Ashton

Notes: Notes: Talk Radio also put out a four song EP in 2017.

Links
* Facebook here.
* Spotify link here.
* Apple music here.