Archive for February, 2014

24
Feb
14

SAB SABOURIN-ROCK N’ ROLL HEART..AND THE HEALING POWER OF MUSIC-BY JOHN EMMS

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Peter Sabourin aka SAB steps lightly as he exits his van with loving wife Teena and greets his fans and friends at the door of Kirkland’ Lake’s Northern College entrance.

Still wincing in pain from his recent cancer treatments that have sent him into remission, he is without a doubt the result of a miracle. 

Maybe a rock n’ roll miracle.  

The kind you read about it, and get choked about it that is. 

Sab and his Family Band are here for his first major concert since his remission. 

It’s a sold out show with David Wilcox as headliner, but it is abundantly clear that people have come from all over the North to see and greet him.

As he walks through the hallways towards the stage with his entourage he is greeted by many people in his trademark new leather top hat, new embroidered coat, and of course his famous snakeskin boots. 

Sab is no mere mortal. 

No folks, Sab represents the true living and breathing rock n’ roll spirit. You simply don’t see it anymore.  

It harks to old road stories, living on a smoky dream that was built upon small clubs and hard won and lost personal relationships.  

SAB is a throwback to the days of Bobby Orr who has on this night through the help of Robin Connelly and the Kirkland Lake Festivals Committee, and Canadian rock icon Tom Cochrane donated an autographed number 4 Orr Jersey that Sab lost in the fire that destroyed his farmhouse. 

The fire which made national news came at height of his 2 year battle with Leukemia, and tonight’s presentation that I witness from the front of the stage, clearly moves Sab, his band, and the audience. 

This of course sets the stage for a dramatic set of music. 

From the outset, this is where the healing power of music sets in. 

It starts with the special eye contact that only the secret brotherhood of musicians knows about. 

The feeling of the music and dynamics that takes the players on a musical rush that only musicians know about. 

It does not happen often. All of us know that. 

It’s hard to describe, but maybe think of the Bobby Orr goal photo in mid-air or how you felt when you cranked up Life Is A Highway on a hot summer night.  

Flanked by long time (22 years) musical foil and friend Danny “Waxxie” Belbin his bassist and harmony vocalist Sab plays the 50 minute show like it was his last.  

On this night he also joined by Timmins Alumni Moe Guiho on congas/vocals, Yvon Clouthier on sax and Monty Kirkpatrick on trumpet.

In fact, his solo on the coda of Sab’s hit song Friendships wafts through the air floating on breathy elegance as Sab and Waxxie tear the heart out of the vocals. 

If that was not enough Sab is backed by Partland Brothers/Ronnie Hawkins piano player Brent Bailey, 13 year old drummer Levi Post and 17 year old lead guitarist Brody Post who Sab describes as his “sons”

All three provide spontaneous combustion to the engine driving the set to exhaustion. 

That engine is of course Sab.  

That would be the man with the hearty laugh, the big heart, and the soul of a true rock n’ roll outlaw. 

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, online blog and radio host and singer-songwriter with Canadian rockers The Shaftmen http://www.theshaftmen.com

 

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24
Feb
14

THERE ARE STILL GOOD SONGS…BUT DO WE HAVE THE TIME TO REALLY LISTEN?-BY JOHN EMMS

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I get it we are really busy.

Nothing wrong with that.

Look, I used to listen to whole albums/cd’s all the way through.

I can honestly say I still do.

Not as much  though.

Why?

Too busy with my own shit, my lot in life, social media, cleaning the house, writing new songs, you name I’m doing it.

Bullshit, that’s what it is.

Okay I agree, we have to get rid of that shit music that’s done with 6 different songwriters, 4 producers and no fucking band.

Just a computer..

Holy shit what’s up with that crap!

I’m listening to the new Beck cd Morning Phase. Hell it’s as good as classic Neil Young.

I know readers are reading this around the world,  so I ‘m listening to the new Downchild Blues Band cd Can You Hear the Music.

They are from Canada, where I live. It’s as good as the new album last year from  Buddy Guy.

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Holy shit, 30 minutes has went by, better check my email..

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, singer-songwriter and blues/roots musician, radio host…and now has to go clean his house..but sure you can check out the links somewhere on this page

 

 

 

20
Feb
14

BENMONT TENCH-YOU SHOULD BE SO LUCKY-“AND THE SINGER’S GONNA SING A SONG”-CD REVIEW JOHN EMMS

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Benmont Tench has found his voice.

It’s real, earthy, unmasked, and the results are going to really surprise everyone.

In fact, You Should Be So Lucky is a superb roots record, that sounds gloriously organic.

For people living under a rock, Tench is best known as the keyboard virtuoso with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

On the opening track Today I Took Your Picture Down, the soulful, easy going vocal is underscored by a supple piano solo.

Next up, Veronica reveals a superb pop song that comes out in an almost Jayhawks vibe.

I’ll be damned if Veronica is not a radio hit folks!

And while were at it that goes ditto for the excellent Blonde Girl, Blue Dress

If that was not enough this work is produced by the legendary Glyn Johns

Elsewhere, Hannah has a Willie Nile vibe, and the title track has a rave-up 60’s influence that weaves and bends.

The backing core band of bassist Don Was, multi-instrumentalist Ethan Johns, guitarist Blake Mills and drummer Jeremy Stacey are in the pocket.

Heck, they sound like they are having fun.

Guest players include Tom Petty, Ringo Starr, and Ryan Adams among others

Tench pulls out killer dynamics on his cover of Corrina, Corrina and gets a lot of air on the instrumental standout Ecor Ridge

I’ll be honest I would love to hear the vinyl version of this album.

According to Universal Canada release date is Feb 25 2014, however the digital version is already available on ITunes, etc.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, radio host and musician with Canadian blues/roots rockers THE SHAFTMEN

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20
Feb
14

NEW BENMONT TENCH/NEW BECK/..”THE QUIET REVOLUTION”-CD REVIEWS COMING SOON-BY JOHN EMMS

EVERYONE IS QUIET AND REFLECTIVE..ON THESE 2 NEW CD’S..REVIEWS COMING VERY SHORTLY

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20
Feb
14

JOHN EMMS LINKS… READERS ASK..RADIO..IT’S COOL..IT’S FREE/THE SHAFTMEN/ON APPLE ITUNES/THE SHAFTMEN ON YOUTUBE/JOHN EMMS SOLO CD

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READERS YOU ASKED..WHERE IS YOUR RADIO SHOW?

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DO THE SHAFTMEN HAVE VIDEOS..YES..ABOUT 15 VIDEOS..SOME LIVE..THIS SHOULD GET YOU STARTED

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IS YOUR SOLO CD OUT..YES IT’S HERE

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THANK YOU..FOR YOUR INTEREST

19
Feb
14

DAVID CROSBY-CROZ-“CROZ RULES THE HEART AND THE HEAD-CD REVIEW JOHN EMMS

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Pristine, heartfelt and above all loaded with excellent songs David Crosby’s new album Croz is a major triumph.

At 72 years old and undergoing heart surgery Crosby, his son James Raymond, along with major vocal and guitar work from Marcus Eaton have crafted an album of textured jazz influenced songs that are inspired and accessible.

On songs such as What’s Broken featuring Mark Knopfler , the powerful Set that Baggage Down and the superb feel of The Clearing Crosby and the band offer a very wide musical spectrum with a killer mix from Daniel Garcia.

Despite his age Crosby’s vocal work is endearing and of very high quality. Holding On To Nothing, the eerie If She Called and the excellent Time I Have are of reminders his intelligence and musical vision.

As usual Crosby uses strange chord changes and open tunings but they work remarkably well.

Crosby’s heart condition has resulted in a number of his new album tour dates to be cancelled for now, but this album is a high water mark without a doubt.

Yes it’s that good!

JOHN EMMS  is a veteran music journalist, radio host and songwriter with Canada’s blues/roots rockers THE SHAFTMEN  https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-worlds-gone-crazy/id673101570

11
Feb
14

PAUL RODGERS-THE ROYAL SESSIONS-“AUTHENTIC SOUL REVIVAL” BY JOHN EMMS

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Paul Rodgers has created his own classic with his latest album The Royal Sessions.

Delving deep into Memphis Soul with the dynamics of a superb band featuring among others B-3 player Charles Hodges Sr, drummer Steve Potts, bassist Leroy Hodges Jr , guitarist Michael Toles, Archie Turner on Wurlitzer piano and The Royal Horns Rodgers has cut a very consistent recording.

From the count in on Sam & Dave’s funky I Thank You, to the complete soul revision of Burt Bacharach’s Walk On By, over to show stopping nuanced vocals on Otis Reddings’s I’ve Been Loving You Too Long and  superb takes on Albert Kings’ Down Don’t Bother Me and Ann Peebles’s I Can’t Stand The Rain Rodgers never over sings.

Producer Perry Margouleff, and mixer William Wittman have a ton of respect for the players and it shows in a warm inviting mix.

For Rodgers, his respect for the songs results in an authentic expression of emotion.

It does not get any better than this.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, online radio host and veteran singer-songwriter with his own good time band THE SHAFTMEN  https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-worlds-gone-crazy/id673101570




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