Archive for August, 2012

29
Aug
12

NORTH COUNTRY BLUES-MURDER,THE TREELINE, AND MYSTERY IN NORTHERN ONTARIO-THE SHAFTMEN

The  title track from the upcoming album from  Blues/Roots rockers The Shaftmen is a fictional tale of murder and mystery set in Northern Ontario during the late sixites.

Like some of the Shaftmen songs it has it’s inspiration and roots in Northern Ontario Heritage and Culture.

The chorus to North Country Blues starts from the point of a former miner and pulp mill worker running from the RCMP  for a murder he may have committed in a fight at a bar back in 1968.

That chase takes part on the treeline above Timmins through deep snow and freezing cold

This kind of storytelling is in line with songwriting from the debut album MINING THE BLUES and PAYCHEQUE BLUES  our second cd.

For example on the track  25 Tons from Paycheque Blues (a transport truck crash on Hwy 144 to Sudbury unfolds)

Shaftmen Boogie from Mining The Blues (Underground Mining in Timmins) 

 Northern Rock N’ Scene  (Paycheque Blues) a song that name checks city founder Noah Timmins, Henry Kelneck (Timmins Big Band founder/musician of the fifties) and former groups from Timmins and area.

The Shaftmen don’t compare their music to artists like Bruce Springsteen or Muddy Waters but like both of those artists they continue to write and record music about their life and inspiration from their own culture and heritage.

For more on the Shaftmen visit www.theshaftmen.com  The group’s music is available on Apple itunes and Amazon.com throughout the world.

 http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/paycheque-blues/id365389443

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25
Aug
12

THE SHAFTMEN-HARD ROCK MINING EXPERIENCE/PAYING THEIR MINING DUES

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THE SHAFTMEN..HAVE A COLLECTIVE 75 YEARS OF ACTUAL MINING EXPERIENCE. THE BAND  IS WORKING ON THEIR NEW CD NORTH COUNTRY BLUES

WATCH THIS VIDEO.. FROM THE CD PAYCHEQUE BLUES

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IthkuycsArI

25
Aug
12

THE SHAFTMEN/NORTH COUNTRY BLUES..CANADA’S BLUES ROCKERS..WORKING ON NEW CD

WE HAVE RECORDED 14 TRACKS WITH ENGINEER GEORGE WITHAM. IT’S AN EXCITING DIVERSE COLLECTION OF BLUES, BLUES ROCK AND SOME R & B.

MUSICALLY IT SHOWS REAL GROWTH FROM THE BAND.  SONGWISE IT CONTAINS SOME  OF MY BEST WORK

THE TRACKS WILL BE MIXED OVER THE NEXT 4 WEEKS

WE ARE GOING TO ADD A HORN SECTION ON AT LEAST 4 SONGS.

STAY TUNED

25
Aug
12

COLLECTION OF SONGS WITH JOHN EMMS

COLLECTION OF SONGS WITH JOHN EMMS

THE BEST ROOTS, ROCK AND BLUES RADIO SHOW ON THE PLANET..FREE DOWNLOADS AT APPLE ITUNES

http://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/superb-song-choices-john-emms/id376049866

25
Aug
12

ENOUGH PROGRAMMING..USE REAL MUSICIANS

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WHY?..as a reviewer, musican, and radio host do I have to constantly open up cd’s by artists with barely any musician credits..just auto-tune vocals and keyboard programming..OUCH




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