Category Archives: Reviews

Iron & Ashes: Andrew Hyatt Album Review and Q&A

Sometimes it’s hard not to write about artists and albums without using tired adjectives and metaphors. Sometimes it’s easy to just lean on previously printed sentiment and move on. But sometimes it isn’t easy, sometimes there’s more to the story, and more to the music. It really feels like this is one of those times. … Continue reading Iron & Ashes: Andrew Hyatt Album Review and Q&A

Drinkin’ Problem: Midland Comes North to Toronto

On a quiet Tuesday in Toronto, with much of the music community still hungover from Canadian Music Week, three dudes from Texas made their first visit to Canada and played a showcase at the Dakota Tavern. Midland, all the way from small town Dripping Springs, TX, hit the small stage in front of fans and … Continue reading Drinkin’ Problem: Midland Comes North to Toronto

CMW 2017: SiriusXM House w/ High Valley, Jess Moskaluke & Madeline Merlo

Saturday night at Canadian Music Week is a big one. Big shows, big crowds, and the unofficial end to a week jam-packed full of music. So it should come as no surprise that the country music show at The Great Hall was busy, loud, and pumping out fantastic music that everyone in the room was … Continue reading CMW 2017: SiriusXM House w/ High Valley, Jess Moskaluke & Madeline Merlo

CMW 2017: Game On, James Barker Band Release Party with Andrew Hyatt, Dan Davidson and Friends

Friday nights are good for parties. Country music is good for parties. Canadian Music Week is good for parties. Now, go ahead and put all three of those things together and you’ve got yourself a red hot night, and we were there. On Friday at Boots & Bourbon Saloon on Queen Street East, we hung … Continue reading CMW 2017: Game On, James Barker Band Release Party with Andrew Hyatt, Dan Davidson and Friends

Aussie Night Out - Silver Love Club

CMW 2017: Aussie Night Out ft. Silver Love Club, Bad Pony and Friends

If anything can help you forget about a rainy April night, it’s a party. And if there’s anyone that knows how to eff up a party, it’s the Aussies. So on a rainy Thursday night in Toronto, we hit the newly opened, and very sharp looking, The Hideout on College St., we hit the Aussie … Continue reading CMW 2017: Aussie Night Out ft. Silver Love Club, Bad Pony and Friends

CMW 2017: Livin’ The Dream with Drake White, Alee, Andrew Hyatt and Friends

The road to Boots & Hearts 2017 made at stop in Toronto during Canadian Music Week, and we were there to take it in – and enjoy the party at the Boots & Hearts + KX Country Hot Shots Concert Series. Country music fans started walking through the doors as soon as they opened. They … Continue reading CMW 2017: Livin’ The Dream with Drake White, Alee, Andrew Hyatt and Friends

To Bring You My Heart: The Katherines Album Review & Feature

The Katherines are always looking for a silver lining… and right now they’ve found one. With the release of their debut album, To Bring You My Heart (604 Records), these three young women from Vancouver are introducing themselves to the musical world with gusto. To Bring You My Heart (TBYMH) travels through its 13 song … Continue reading To Bring You My Heart: The Katherines Album Review & Feature

Something To Believe In: JJ Shiplett Album Review

In July 2016, JJ Shiplett released The EP, featuring four songs that instantly captured us and landed in our personal high rotation. And now, six month later, JJ has 11 tracks packaged together on his debut full-length album, Something To Believe In. And at the risk of being corny, JJ’s sound is certainly something to … Continue reading Something To Believe In: JJ Shiplett Album Review

Whiskey: Joey Landreth Album Review

Joey Landreth has a Juno Award, a heap of critical acclaim for this guitar skills, and a brand new solo album that you should really listen to. Whiskey, is a seven song record from the younger of The Bros. Landreth, and offers a chance to feature Joey’s good (like really good) guitar work and his … Continue reading Whiskey: Joey Landreth Album Review

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New World Alphabet: USS Album Review

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of USS aka Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker. The band is made up of the unique combination of vocalist, guitarist, and erhu player Ashley Buchholz (aka Ash Boo-Schultz) and turntablist/hype man Jason “Human Kebab” Parsons. The boys started their careers in the west end of Toronto, … Continue reading New World Alphabet: USS Album Review

Dierks Bentley Black Video

Black: Dierks Bentley Video Release

Have you seen it yet? Dierks Bentley has just released a video for the title track Black. This is the third single off the album Black and it’s very different. Somewhere on a Beach was fun, upbeat with a hip-hop feel and Different for Girls offers up an understanding, kind feeling, featuring uber talented Elle King. Both hit the number one … Continue reading Black: Dierks Bentley Video Release

The Weight Of These Wings: Miranda Lambert Album Review

In a country music landscape currently being filled with four song EPs and 10 song albums, Miranda Lambert just said fuck it and released a 24 track double album that may well define her career. But not in the way that a lot of radio fans and listeners were expecting. The Weight Of These Wings … Continue reading The Weight Of These Wings: Miranda Lambert Album Review

Shae Dupuy Gibson Guitar Lounge

Shae Dupuy: Brave Q&A and Review

Last week I got the chance to spend some time hanging around the Gibson Guitar Lounge with Shae Dupuy. The reason for the hangout? Shae’s got a brand new EP out, it’s called Brave, it was released on October 28th and it’s outstanding! Brave‘s seven tracks include two previously released singles, Tin Man and Drink … Continue reading Shae Dupuy: Brave Q&A and Review

Ivory Hours

CMW 2016 Preview: Ivory Hours, Morning Light Review and Q&A

I’ve spent the last week listening almost non-stop to Ivory Hours, Morning Light and I have to admit I’m having a very hard time picking a favourite track. If you pressed me really hard, I’d have to say the lead track Dreamer is my fav. The London, ON pop-rock trio has put together an amazingly … Continue reading CMW 2016 Preview: Ivory Hours, Morning Light Review and Q&A

Jordan McIntosh

Steal Your Heart: Jordan McIntosh Album Review and Q&A

We had a chance to sit down for coffee this morning with Jordan McIntosh and talk about Steal Your Heart, the upcoming festival season and some other fun stuff. Our thoughts on the new album? We love it, but is it really a debut? The answer is yes and it seems like that’s surprising to … Continue reading Steal Your Heart: Jordan McIntosh Album Review and Q&A