Author Archive for john emms

18
Jun
17

SHANIA TWAIN-LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD-EMOTIONALLY HONEST, REVEALING, AND POP PERFECT-BY JOHN EMMS

” “I wasn’t just broken, I was shattered” sings Shania Twain on her new single Life’s About to Get Good.

When Twain writes and sings about pain and the thrill of making a new life she makes you a believer on this new single

“Life’s about joy, Life’s about pain,  It’s all about forgiving and the will to walk away”

And BTW Life’s About to get Good….I agree with Shania who would use the hook “About to get Good”..maybe it’s a Timmins thing!!!

Musically there’s a touch of Four Tops Motown in the chorus and the mix is cool and transcendent amidst it’s pop perfection

“It took me so long to be strong
But I’m alive, and I hold on to what I can feel
It hurts to heal”

If the search for love and good music is what Shania is looking for she’s got it here.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist/Post Media contributor and songwriter with Canada’s Blues Rockers THE SHAFTMEN

AND yes John hails from TIMMINS ONTARIO

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13
Jun
17

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13
Jun
17

KEITH URBAN- RIPCORD/TIMMINS/ AND SO MUCH MORE BY JOHN EMMS

Now that the Nashville Predators have lost out for The Stanley Cup Keith Urban is going to tear up the stage at Stars and Thunder make no mistake.
Of course hockey or no hockey he will anyway and let’s not forget Timmins is a big hockey town.
But he is going to do it his way.
But fair warning it’s not going to be with your grandparents version of country music.
Considering the New Zealand-born Australian country star is landing  in the town where Stompin Tom Connors and Shania Twain got their start this modern day guitar-slinger is going to reach Timmins and indeed every country fan that comes for the show in a new way
Yes sir, Urban is a man on a mission to bend and blur the rules of country music.
And let me tell you it sounds completely natural for Urban
And if his win for best country album of the year with Ripcord at the Grammy’s sounds strange to some hard core country fans then they are in the minority.
Let’s face it folks, in a land country music songs sounding very similar Keith Urban is in left field in the best way possible on his latest album Ripcord.
Urban takes a ton of chances and uses modern technology to his advantage and then some.
The results show up on the funky beat programming and drumming of Matt Chamberlain which are a perfect fit for multi-layered acoustic guitars that stack up big time on the hit John Cougar John Deere John 3:16.
if that don’t get you moving then check out rapper Pitbull (Yes that Pitbull) and Mr Funk Nile Rodgers’ super clean axe work (Chic, David Bowie) on Sun Don’t Let Me Down.
Or how about the now famous Ganjo (a banjo with 6 strings tuned like a guitar) that Urban uses freely on the album tracks such as Gone Tomorrow (Here Today), Wasted Time and the duet with Carrie Underwood on The Fighter”
As I said this is a player who follows a modern pop focus and blends it with country and if that was not enough the album just went platinum last month
Go figure folks, George Jones who also played Timmins is probably having a laugh in heaven knowing Urban is the real “thang”
Guitar solos are not a big part of the Ripcord album but there is nothing more real then the guitar solos Urban stretches out with in concert.
Urban’s cranked up muscular guitar tone will move a lot of wind across the Hollinger Park and Grandstand
As a guitarist myself I often sit open mouthed telling my wife now that was a “killer” guitar solo.
You want mojo?
Then don’t be caught without a ticket for his show or a copy of Urban’s latest cd Ripcord.
JOHN EMMS is a veteran MUSIC Journalist/Post Media contributor and songwriter/guitarist with Canadian Rockers THE SHAFTMEN
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11
Jun
17

MY VEHICLE 5 TOP CHOICES-JUNE 2017 JOHN EMMS

Finger Eleven-Criminal-Crushing riff, killer lyrics..I always turn this way up..From the album Five Crooked Lines

Frank Turner..Getting Better…Nobody can touch this guy..for sheer integrity..from the cd Positive Songs for Negative People

The Beatles-Getting Better-yep same title..from the 50th anniversary Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band..the remix of this is incredible.

Keith Urban-Sun Don’t Let Me Down–yep from the above album..best mix of ANY cd in the past year..killer..turn it up

Sam Roberts Band-Fiend..from the cd TerraForm–scoop this album NOW..HYPNOTIC..STUFF

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist/Post Media contributor..  Songwriter/Guitarist…with THE SHAFTMEN

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11
Jun
17

TIMMINS’ SONIC DEMOCRACY COMES UP BIG ON DEBUT ALBUM/SHOW REVIEW-BY JOHN EMMS

Whether you are 6 or 60 years of age there is something about watching a very unique experience in your local community.
If it happens to be musical for my taste, even better.
Taking in the Sonic Democracy album release concert June 9th was just that.
I always leave inspired and proud from an SD concert but more this year because the culmination of hard work and originality is very evident.
Teacher Barry Promane provides a template that rewards students in an organic way.
Being onstage playing music is a unique feeling like no other.
Not only was it unique but on this show night some of songs from the full album would be celebrated live by students with a passion for music.
It’s also rewarding if you can come up with an album and shows that display diverse talent on stage and recording.
On the recording side the 8 songs are expansive in content.
Personally the tracks The Best Is Yet To Come sung and written by Paitra Walker and Freedom sung and written by Thomas Sebalj are the cornerstones of what it means to be looking forward and backward musically and life-wise.
Sebalj has a tremendous vocal range and Freedom has a Gowan/Queen influence while The Best is Yet to Come has a Lorde type vibe in a more radio-friendly vein.
Elsewhere the bonus track from Dawson Pablo titled No Needs has an Usher meets Justin Bieber coolness.
Elsewhere We Are Golden and the ukulele and solo Kos tune Here For You, heavy riff rocker My Life, Leave Her For Heaven, and the roots rock of I’m Alive are inspired and round out the cd.
  • ​​I ​can’t think of any player on stage Friday night that did not concentrate and play it for real.
I noticed excellent work on record and live on Friday Night from keyboard player Rylan Chisholm guitarists Griffin Tees Jeremy Moore Ryan Brunette Calvin Fleury drummers Ryan Deschamps and Mitchell Dunstan and dynamic vocalists Katie Kirkpatrick, Antony Kos, and Emma Burton.
With a school band of over 25 members it’s impossible to mention everyone.
 I was totally impressed by the way SD handled the harmonies of The Beach Boys and the 4 way acappella version of Leonard Cohen’s song Hallelujah in the concert setting.
The album is available worldwide..so check it out.
Just go and get it folks!!!
JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist and Post Media writer. John is also the songwriter and vocalist with Canuck Rockers  THE SHAFTMEN
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19
Mar
17

CHIP TAYLOR-A SONG I CAN LIVE WITH “SUBLIME ROOTS MAGIC”- CD REVIEW JOHN EMMS

Chip Taylor’s songs have a way of making you feel at home anywhere in the World.

There are not a heck of a lot of songwriters that can pull that off folks.

On his new album A Song I Can Live With Taylor again cuts to the heart of the matter.

The first two songs Crazy Girl and Until it Hurts flesh out a sublime mix that blends J.J. Cale Johnny Cash and Taylor’s genuine spoken word storytelling.

Only Taylor can reference a treadmill, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Eric Anderson and honesty and make it stick in your heart.

That folks is the magic of Chip Taylor aka James Wesley Voight.

The texture that multi-instrumentalist/piano player Goran Grini adds to the songs brings them to a whole new level.

In fact with John Platania (yes one time Van Morrison brilliant guitarist) adding such killer dynamics on tracks such as Save Your Blues And Your Money and Little Angel Wings it’s up to Taylor to infuse any song with genuine warmth and often humour.

The Title track is a heartbreaking number in a Kris Kristofferson vibe that every songwriter would love to have written.

Without question anyone seeking out this album MUST first check out Taylor’s brilliant opus Little Brothers probably one of the best written albums of the last five years.

Make no mistake A Song I Can Live With is not rock n’ roll.

It’s acoustic roots supreme.

John Emms is a veteran music journalist, Sun Media/Post Media contributor, songwriter and blues rock bandleader with THE SHAFTMEN

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08
Mar
17

STEVE KOZAK BAND, JEREMIAH JOHNSON BAND-CD REVIEWS JOHN EMMS

Dynamic, and passionate if the songs and performances you hear on Jeremiah Johnson Band’s latest album Blues Heart Attack don’t get to you then you better check your pulse.

The sheer grit of Room of Fools, the Marshall Tucker Band feel of Skip That Stone and the jazzy textures of Flat Line where we encounter the lines “Flat Line Baby I had a blues heart attack” are superb.

Besides Johnson’s soulful vocals and guitar work the section of bassist Jeff Girardier and drummer Benet Schaeffer swing. Just check out the tracks Get It In the Middle, Everybody Party and Talk Too Much which also features keyboard man Nathan Hershey and sax man Frank Bauer who make strong contributions to this album.

Other standouts are Southern Drawl and the ballad Here We Go Again.

Exceptional work!!!

You just have to break out and smile when you hear the new album by The Steve Kozak Band It’s Time.

Mixing Chicago and Texas blues styles with great roots music Kozak’s guitar work and vocals shine on the opener Cane Sugar Sweet,  the bar room swing of That’s Cool With Me, and the Georgia-esque chord pattern of Stranger In My Hometown.

Elsewhere the swampy Trouble features the Axe Murderer Matthew Rogers and then watch out their is the very hip cover of Anson Funderburgh’s One Woman I Need.

Tone and feel is everywhere on this album.

Just check out the great taste on the covers of Love, Life and Money, Kiddio and Every Night and Every Day which also guests the Harpoonist Shawn Hall.

You want authentic?

Then check out this album which also features strong chops from Kozak’s band bassist Roger Brant, Dave Webb’s keys and the solid stick work of Chris Nordquist.

Very nice indeed folks.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, Post and Sun Media contributor and musician.

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