Posts Tagged ‘ontario’

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Along Came A Spider 2019

January 9, 2020

Band: Along Came A Spider
Genre: Rock/Metal
Year: 2019
Home: Cleveland, OH, U.S.A.

Chatham Connection: Jamie Miller (Lead Vocals), although from Chatham, has been making the trips to Cleveland Ohio for the past five years, to be the singer for the band. Jamie now lives in London Ontario.

Band Members:
Jamie Miller – Lead Vocals
Luke Fockler – Lead Guitar
John Calo – Bass
Tony Castillo – Drums
Joel Sedlak – Keys/Programming

Notes: In 2019, the band made public three songs.
01. Galaxy Eyes
02. Remedy
03. I’m Not Okay (I Promise) (Cover Song)

Links:
* Bands Youtube link here.
* Band twitter link here.
* Band 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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Saint Ends

January 1, 2020

Project: Saint Ends
Year: 2019
Home: Chatham-Kent
Genre: Indie Rock

Notes: In 2019, Saint Ends released three songs.
01. Hard Feelings
02. Change
03. Wartime Nurse (Ceasefire)

Musicians
* Jesse-Dylan Verleye – Vocals, guitar & song writer.
* Shawn Beaulieu – Guitar, B.Vox, keys, percussion, & programming.
* Dave Richie – Bass
* Chuck Young – Drums ( 01 & 02)
* Joe Carson – Drums (03)
* Kyle Jubenville – Guitar, B. Vocals (01 & 02)

Producer & Engineer: Shawn Beaulieu
Drums 01 & 02 tracked by: Bob Hiltz

Debut Release
2015 – Saint Ends – Baby Teeth (EP)

Links:
* Wartime Nurse (Ceasefire) video here.
* Change video here.
* Hard Feelings video here.
* Spotify: Debut EP here.
* Buy Debut CD (iTunes) here.




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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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The Fortresss Tavern

December 18, 2019
Venue: The Fortresss Tavern
Year: 2019
City: Chatham, Ontario, Canada. (429 Grand Ave E)
Grand opening : Sept. 8th 2018.

Notes: 
* Live music venue with Top 40, Country, & Rock/Classic Rock acts.
* The Fortresss Tavern is the best sounding room in all of Chatham. They have live bands
every Friday and Saturday night. They also have solo acts every Thursday night.
* Fortresss Tavern is Wayne Caron’s dream come true. For a long time, he was fed up of the inconsistent availability of good live music and Chatham-Kent and he always said that one day he would open a bar to do something about it. Well, that day has finally come!

Some of the bands playing in 2018/2019.
80’s Gone Wild, Loveless, Mrs. Fox, Lucas Chaisson, Mark Chichkan, Continuum, John Atlee, Dusty D’Annunzio, Mouth Trap, J#Major, The Chasers, Retrospect, Those Guys, United Snakes, Moondog Howlers, SnakeBite, The Whaling Band, Guy Shields Trio, Dirt Road Jammers, Hurt N Merv, Soul Signatures, Paying Cash: The Johnny Cash Show, Blutonium, The Mixx, British Beat 66, Twang Bastards, Rob Kirkham and Neon Rain, Bombsquad, The Soulshakers, Contact Zero, Rendition, Superfly, United Snakes, The DAM Band, Jessika Rabbit, Whistler Creek, Johnson’s Creek, Practically Hip, Jeff Back,

Links:

* Facebook here.





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The Debonairs & Mares

October 26, 2019

Band: The D.A.M. Band
Year: 2019
Year formed: 2016
Genre: Cover band (Country, Rock, Blues, Top 40 and more!)
Home: Windsor, Chatham, Erieau

Notes: The D.A.M. Band is also known as The Debonairs & Mares.

Members:
Dean Robert – Lead guitar and vocals
Korry Rowland – Bass guitar.
Rosaire Emery – Percussion
Mary Anne Patterson – Vocals, keys, ukelele, and strap on synthesizer.

Places recently played:
Chatham: The Elephants Nest, Jazzbah,
Merlin Legion, Bayside Brewing Co., Molly And OJ’s Restaurant, Talbot Trail Place (Blenheim)
Dockside On the Cove (Tilbury).

Links:
* Facebook link here.