Joan Armatrading has been making glorious music for over 45 years. She has the gift of story-telling and the talent to combine it with melodies that transcend the generation divide. A fact that is demonstrated superbly on her new single “I Like It When We’re Together”
The song gets straight to the heart of the matter. There’s no shilly-shallying with this message, it’s clear and to the point. Its very directness takes it from the personal to the universal, it’s a sentiment everyone has felt (and sometimes wished they’d expressed more often).
In Armatrading’s own words, “It’s a song that I hope will bring people together. This is why we are on this planet after all. It’s to like being with one another.”
The positive message of the lyrics is echoed by the jauntiness of the music yet there is still an element of the poignant, something Joan Armatrading does so well.
“I Like It When We’re Together” is from her forthcoming album Not Too Far Away out May 18 through BMG.
On Not Too Far Away, Armatrading presents 10 new tracks that take the deeply personal and make it universal. It is Joan at her very best. A love album of intensity that gets better on every listen.
From the Cri de Coeur of the opening song, “I Like It When We’re Together”, to the heartfelt “No More Pain” where she jumps straight in with “This pain is my protection”, these are lyrics that don’t prevaricate, they tell it how it is. In that seemingly effortless way of all good writing, they touch the heart and mind of the recipient. Listen to “No More Pain” here:
There is the haunting and rather melancholic “Cover My Eyes”, the tough and complex “Invisible (Blue Light)”, the wistful “Not Too Far Away” title track infused with longing, and the instantly memorable and anthemic “Any Place”. From “Always In My Dreams” with its solo piano accompaniment to the jaunty “This Is Not That” there is a glorious array of rhythms and tempos.
Not Too Far Away is Armatrading’s 21st album and, once again, she has written, sung, arranged and produced all the tracks as well as playing all the instruments except for drums which she programmed. It comprises the studio follow-up to the genre based trilogy, This Charming Life (2010), the jazz orientated Starlight (2012) and the blues based Into The Blues (2007), which went straight to the top of the Billboard Blues Chart, making Armatrading the first British female artist ever to do so.
With a mix of folk and punk with a dash of country Airs & Graces have that boundless enthusiasm and infectious energy creating a superb medley of melodies, chants and sing-a-longs that will have you howling for more!
Born in 2012 Airs & Graces are the latest in a long line of utterly fantastic German celtic-punk band’s to grace our scene. We have featured many German bands over the years and Germany has always been the country with the third most views every year since we started of (behind the ‘UK’ and the USA). We have a feeling to why celtic-punk is so popular in Germany so if you not tired of hearing it then head over to our review of Ghosttown Company’s debut album hereand find out. Just recently we have had reviews of records from Distillery Rats, Restless Feet and The O’Reillys And The Paddyhats and a new review will be coming soon of perhaps the best known of all German celtic-punk bands Mr. Irish Bastard.
Airs & Graces hail from the south-eastern German town of Regensburg but if you like me then you’ll be wondering what a maple leaf is doing as part of their logo. Well it turns out that the bands guitar player Arlyn is Canadian (a native of Saint John, New Brunswick) and has lived in Germany since 2008. She is married to Philipp who plays mandolin and sings lead vocals in the band, Together they were both members of celtic-punk band The Buccaneers till they disbanded in 2012. The Canadian connection does not stop there either with Ayron Mortely and Lindsey O’Connell from Toronto who were also part of The Buccaneers and who also play in Airs & Graces but are not featured on Voting At The Hall but do look out for their other celtic-punk band The O’Deadlys.
Airs & Grace from left to right: Arlyn- Guitar/Back Vocals * Philipp- Mandolin/Lead Vocals * Kerni- Drums * Asche- Bass
Voting At The Hall is the bands first official release after a four track Demo from October 2014, Six Men Were Put On Trial, with Matty from Northern-England folk-punkers The Roughneck Riot contributing vocals on one track and despite not having much of a recording history they certainly have made a name for themselves by word of mouth. A couple of high profile gigs have done them the world of good and with their debut album I’m sure they hoping to further capitalise on their good name. Here we have fourteen tracks and every one an original composition, composed by lead vocalist Philipp and arranged by Airs&Graces.
Starting off with ‘Card’ Voting At The Hall is fourteen tracks that comes in just under forty minutes. From the very off it’s reminiscent of 70’s/80’s English punk but with with some nice Celtic flourishes. ‘Cards’ is in fact one of the best tracks on the album with Philipp’s clear vocals shouting out loud and proud. It has a certain Dropkicks feel to it too with its catchy chorus and driving punk and mandolin. Excellent start. The lyrics deal with the betrayal of workers by their trade union leaders. ‘These Hands Master’ tells of working class life that was taken for granted until they realised that not only can these hands build they can also vote.
“These are the hands that built this cities walls, These are the hands voting at the hall”
Great as it is to hear such things I also like a bit of humour and ‘Ginger Red Bastard’ supplies it. Real foot-tapper this and may be a bit slower than previous and that English punk rock sound is even more clearer here with them reminding me of a band from my youth that I can’t quite put my finger on. It will probably come to after this is published! ‘Four Corners’ appeared on the MacSlon’s Irish Pub Radio compilation and was a standout track upon it even though surrounded by the cream of today’s celtic-punk scene.
Telling the story of the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 it’s brilliant to hear history told this way. Never forget the past people. You can get the compilation here. The album continues with ‘Ringing of The Bell’ and it’s short and sweet and over in two minutes but me heads nearly falling off me shoulders before ‘Turn Her Into The Wind’ and you can hear in the songs that if you took away the Celtic instruments then Airs & Graces would still be a very very good punk band. Another standout here is ‘Throat’ with a memorable hook that would get you up on yer feet if you weren’t already and you can see why the band have got such a good reputation as these are songs that were made for the live setting. ‘Straighten Your Back’ is the shortest track here clocking in at dead on ninety seconds and its catchy as hell while they follow this up with ‘A Town So Black’ which is the most Celtic they get so far with mandolin kicking the song off before the rest of the band come clashing in. Seems the band have a score to settle here but that’s all i’ll be drawn on.
(‘A Town So Black’ featuring David De Prest from Boston punkers Continental)
We’re well over halfway now and ‘Refuse To Go’ continues with another solid slab of punk rock. Now you’d expect me to be biased in favour of the more Celtic numbers but my miss-spent youth and embarrassing photos of multi-coloured mohicans are testimony to my love of old school punk rock and that’s in plentiful supply here and on ‘Devil’s Factory’ where Airs & Graces prove they have a stock of catchy songs that are well played with boundless energy and abandon. ‘Three Sisters’ again has a great hook and singalong chorus and ‘bounce’ to it and the words speak of a landmark at sea that welcomes you back to home soil.
‘Never Wanted Trouble’ is another track that sails by in less than two minutes before ‘Pull Me Out’gs down the curtain on Voting At The Hall and a great ending. No slow songs here its just fast and furious celtic-PUNK rock. People I know who I have been lucky enough to catch them in concert remarked on their excellent live show and their it seems that Airs & Graces have managed to capture their live sound rather well here in the studio and that energetic, raucous and ‘shantyish’ punk rock sound has transferred well. They have a grand sense of history too and all working class people should be proud of our labour history. As someone once said “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. It seems an obvious thing to say so I will say it but lovers of Dropkicks style celtic-punk would absolutely love Airs & Graces and this album is full of good songs that these days the Dropkicks would love to play!
Album Release Scheduled For June 15, 2018 via RED MUSIC (Sony)
May 18, 2018 – (Los Angeles, CA)JASON CHARLES MILLER is proud to announce the upcominv release of “In The Wasteland,” his definitive new album set to come out June 15, 2018 via RED MUSIC/ SONY.
Mixed and produced by Grammy Award-winner Matt Hyde (Jonny Lang, No Doubt, Deftones) and featuring drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Mellenamp, John Fogerty), “In The Wasteland” showcases 11 tracks that blur the lines between Southern Rock, classic country, and the outlaw attitude that has earmarked MILLER‘s career as a singer, songwriter, producer and performer for more than two decades and over a dozen releases.
“From the many different styles of music that have influenced me over the years, to the lyrics that are a mixture of observational storytelling and pure emotional ferocity – some songs are collaborations or even duets, and others were written alone in a darkened room” exclaims MILLER, “If you’ve followed the journey of my career as an entertainer, you’ll hear every place I’ve been, and where I ended up today. I’ve released a lot of music in the last few years for a lot of various projects – other artists, video games, TV shows, musicals and films – but this is my first solo album in six years… you can bet I’ve got a lot to say!”
“In The Wasteland” includes guest performances from the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke and keyboardist Peter Keys, legendary Soul vocalist Brenda Lee Eager (Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Diana Ross), Blackberry Smoke vocalist Charlie Starr, King’s X frontman Dug Pinnick, guitarist Duane Betts (son of founding Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts), guitaristAdam Shoenfeld (Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean) and ‘Cowboy’ Eddie Long (Jamey Johnson).
MILLER adds, “To be able to collaborate with so many of my heroes on this album is completely surreal, totally mind-blowing and incredibly humbling, all at the same time. If I were to put a dream list of musicians together to play with, every single person on this record would be on that list. This truly is an all-star team of players, singers and stars that I somehow tricked into showing up to the studio… then, while they weren’t looking, I hit the record button! In all seriousness, each and every performance helps elevate the album to a level that I could never achieve alone, and I’m grateful to every single person who helped me bring In The Wasteland to life.”
“IN THE WASTELAND” Track Listing
1. Hundred Pound Hammer (feat ‘Cowboy’ Eddie Long)
2. In The Wasteland
3. No Bridge Left Unburned
4. Get Thee Behind Me (feat. Dug Pinnick, & ‘Cowboy’ Eddie Long & Duane Betts)
5. Trunk Full Of Bibles
7. Old Scarecrow (feat. Charlie Starr & Rickey Medlocke)
8. The Line
10. No More Reasons
11. Finding My Way In The Dark (feat. Peter Keys, Brenda Lee Eager & Adam Shoenfeld)
The album’s debut single, “Hundred Pound Hammer,” is available now across all digital streaming platforms and can be instantly downloaded as an instagrat track with all digital pre-orders.
ABOUT JASON CHARLES MILLER:
Originally from Clifton, VA, MILLER currently resides in Los Angeles, CA where he runs the successful recording complex, Central Command Studios.Having been formerly known as the frontman and founder of acclaimed rock band GODHEAD — who were signed to Marilyn Manson’s label, Posthuman Records, selling over 250,000 albums and touring internationally with heavyweights including Manson, Ozzy Osbourne, Linkin Park, Disturbed, Rammstein, and Jonathan Davis (KORN) — MILLER has co-written songs with a genre-crossing who’s who of artists including Billy Ray Cyrus, Ben Moody (Evanescense), Chuck Goff (Toby Keith Band), Driver Williams (Eric Church Band) and Paul Anka. He has achieved three Gold Record Awards for sales, and his music has been heard on popular tv shows, films and video games including HBO’s True Blood and Hung, WWE Smackdown, The Guild, Queen of the Damned, The Punisher, Disney Channel’s Teen Beach Movie and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.
When he’s not writing, recording or performing music, MILLER is a professional voice actor and has appeared in over 100 animated productions and video games. Notable highlights include: Attack On Titan, Hearthstone, Star Trek Online, World of Warcraft, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Batman: The Brave and The Bold, and many more. MILLER is currently host of the popular Geek & Sundry show “Starter Kit” and has also been seen on screen in Battle Planet (SyFy), Stan Lee’s World of Heroes ‘Chatroom of Solitude’, The Guild and squabbling with Lewis Black and Andy Dick in various productions on Comedy Central.
With a voice that is equal parts Rod Stewart, Van Morrison and Sam Cooke, Jon Allen has an uncanny ability to write songs that feel instantly familiar. The British singer-songwriter returns after four years, releasing his fourth album, “Blue Flames”, May 18th 2018. This album represents Allen’s growth into soul elements. The record honors classic 60’s style of Motown, with feel-good sounds accompanied by Allen’s signature raspy vocals. From track to track, Allen ventures into the feelings of joy, love, loss, and change.
Throughout his career, Allen has become a go-to favorite for US music supervisors, with his songs being featured in hit prime time TV shows such as Homeland and Bones, along with movies like The Oranges, Safe Haven and Army of One.
The first single off the album, “Jonah’s Whale” released March 9th, starts of the record with reminiscent vibes funk and soul. The upbeat single ignites the album.
On the process of writing the single Allen states:
“With ‘Jonah’s Whale’ I stumbled upon the groove and chords first and wanted the lyric to evoke the sense of joyfulness I was getting from playing it through on an acoustic guitar. I settled upon the concept of a central character, head over heels in a love bubble, blinded to the outside world’s troubles. If this song doesn’t make you feel good, I have failed.”
It was the experience of immersing himself in the production and vibe of classic recordings of the sixties and seventies from iconic record labels such as Motown, Stax, Atlantic and Chess that made Allen think it would be great to bring more of that earthiness to his sound for Blue Flame’s recording sessions.
Today, Jon Allen, is looking forward to sharing the soulful excitement of “Blue Flame”, out May 18th 2018.
Winchester-born, Jon Allen was originally discovered by Mark Knopfler in 2006 (who later offered to play guitar for him), but it was the single “In Your Light” from Allen’s 2009 debut album Dead Man’s Suit that landed him a coveted spot on “Later…with Jools Holland”. Allen’s second album ‘Sweet Defeat’ (2011) continued his rise, spawning the Radio 2 A-listed hit track “Joanna” – the song that made it onto the soundtrack of the global TV smash Homeland.
Allen toured extensively during this period, both solo and with his band, appearing with Mark Knopfler, Emmylou Harris, Seal (who would tell Jon every day he should be making soul records) and Damien Rice, amongst others. ‘Deep River’, Allen’s last album, released in 2014, received the best reviews of his career to-date from the UK’s national press and was made BBC Radio 2’s ‘Album of The Week’. After his UK tour to promote ‘Deep River’, Jon took a break to write songs with and for other artists, while also writing music for films.
1.Jonah’s Whale *
2. Keep On Walking
3. Since You Went Away
4. It’s Just the End of the World
5. If You Change Your Mind
7. Hold You In My Heart
8. Better Day
10. Waking Dream
11. Blue Flame
12. You (US Exclusive Bonus Track)
Virginia-based band of brothers Sons of Bill have shared a new track, “Easier,” from their forthcoming album Oh God Ma’am.The track is currently streaming via Rolling Stone Country who writes “It’s a gorgeous ballad – half resigned and half optimistic, with a rainy-day aesthetic that the bandmates partially credit to one of their album’s two engineers, rock vet Phil Ek.” Oh God Ma’am will be released on June 29th.
“It’s a love song, and I’m so glad Molly Parden agreed to make it a duet with me. Her voice adds a haunting depth to every song she touches,” writes singer/guitarist James Wilson. Reflecting on the song’s inspiration, Wilson writes “there’s a strange unspoken
malaise with my generation – ironic and sad… but I think it’s important to try and sing about love and hope in some genuine way now more than ever. We have to remind each other in some way that it’s going to get easier, even if we know in our heart of hearts that that may not be true.”
“Easier” follows the group’s lead single “Believer / Pretender,” an opening salvo that encapsulates the approach the group takes on their latest record – blending their lyrical Americana roots with a polished, driving set of songs punctuated by crystalline guitar riffs and tasteful synth flourishes. “Believer / Pretender” debuted via Brightest Young Things who declared it “…an absolute stunner, a sweeping piece of ‘80s-tinged guitar rock that recalls the sounds of New Order, The War on Drugs, and R.E.M., while still being unmistakably Sons of Bill.”
Oh God Ma’am is the followup to their 2015 album Love and Logic, which Q magazine called “a glorious sour mash of every great Americana trope of the last 50 years– think Dylan, R.E.M, Wilco, — Blended with top notes of Husker Du, Big Star, and The Replacements… A family affair welcoming one and all.” Recorded both in Seattle with west coast indie legend Phil Ek (Shins, Fleet Foxes) and in Nashville with Sean Sullivan (Sturgill Simpson) and mixed by Peter Katis (The National, Interpol) Oh God Ma’am movesbeyond the galvanic americana-rock comfort zone of previous efforts, for a more elegant and restrained sound– a darker, and more complexly layered rock record that manages to be the band’s most emotionally intimate and sonically expansive.
“Reaching far beyond their Americana roots, Sons of Bill brew up a lush, literate sound with this year’s Oh God Ma’am, a wide-ranging album that mixes honesty, hooks and headiness in equal measure.” – Rolling Stone
Oh God Ma’am is currently available for pre-sale HERE.
As three sons of a venerated theology and literature professor at the University of Virginia (who also taught his sons how to play guitar and write songs,) Sons of Bill were always keen to represent the american south with a slightly higher brow– an upright and literary aspect of the southern culture that rarely gets an adequate hearing in pop music. And like so many of the southern writers they grew up reading (James teaches and is currently writing a book on William Faulkner) The Wilson brothers often pull songs from the darker regions of the human imagination– slyly and earnestly scratching at their own spiritual scabs with both humor and sincerity, as a way of exploring life’s enduring complexities: faith, love, and the weirdness of time. It gives the whole record a unique atmosphere of tragicomedy– equal parts post-adolescent anxiety and old-soul humility. In search of the proper nomenclature, one critic would simply describe Sons of Bill as “metaphysical American music.”
Sons of Bill Tour Dates:
August 2 – Richmond, Virginia – The Broadberry
August 3 – Washington DC – Union Stage
August 4 – Charlottesville, Virginia – The Jefferson Theater
August 13 – Brighton, UK – The Hope & Ruin
August 14 – London, UK – OMEARA
August 15 – Bristol, UK – The Tunnels Bristol
August 16 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
August 17– Glasgow, UK – Broadcast
August 18– Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen
August 19 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
August 21 – Cologne, Germany – Blue Shell
August 22 – Munich, Germany – Milla Club
August 23 – Berlin, Germany – Musik & Frieden
August 24 – Hamburg, Germany – Stage Club Hamburg
August 25 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Once In A Blue Moon Festival
Richard Thompson has announced an extensive UK tour for October and November 2018 in advance of a new studio album which will be released later this year on Proper Records, kicking off in lovely Liverpool’s Philharmonic on 11th October. Last year, Thompson released two volumes of acoustic recordings: ‘Acoustic Classics Vol. II’ featuring acoustic renderings of songs from the Richard Thompson catalogue, and ‘Acoustic Rarities’ featuring new recordings of some of the more obscure songs in his repertoire. He celebrated the 50th anniversary of Fairport Convention, the groundbreaking band he co-founded as a teenager in the ‘60s, with a performance at its annual Cropredy Festival last August. He also briefly did a remarkably authentic stint as Abe Simpson when he berated the state of modern music at the AMAUKs last year.
Richard Thompson UK Dates 2018
Thu 11 Oct – Liverpool Philharmonic
Sat 13 Oct – Perth Concert Hall
Mon 15 Oct – Canterbury Marlowe
Tue 16 Oct – London Barbican
Wed 17 Oct – Bath Forum
Thu 18 Oct – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Sat 20 Oct – Stoke on Trent Victoria Hall
Sun 21 Oct – Manchester Opera House
Mon 22 Oct – York Grand Opera House
Tue 23 Oct – Hull City Hall
Wed 24 Oct – Gateshead Sage
Fri 26 Oct – Birmingham Town Hall
Sat 27 Oct – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Sun 28 Oct – Oxford New Theatre
Tue 30 Oct – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Wed 31 Oct – Salisbury City Hall
Thu 1 Nov – Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
Fri 2 Nov – High Wycombe Swan
Sat 3 Nov – Woking The New Victoria
James Scott Bullard’s , Full Tilt Boogie, was released in the US on April 27th and marks his 9th release and 6th LP Release. Bullard may be a new name to your ears, but he is not new to the country/Americana music scene. Having shared the stage with David Allan Coe, Butch Walker, Dex Romweber and The Steel Woods. Bullard is a man with many stories to tell and he tells those stories with truth and passion.
Ditty TV recently debuted the video “Wicked Ways” on the show Eleven. Keep your eye out for the video and you can also watch on youtube
In Case you missed it! Gary Hayes Countryand a live review of the Americana Roots Hoedown Pre-Party Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge in Nashville which was presented by MagnoliaRoads!
Europe and UK praise:
“Full Tilt Boogie is getting into its groove and is outpacing many albums in its sort I’ve heard recently as is competing full on with my favourites in the genre…The title in the right hand corner is nothing but a statement, full disclosure. Brace yourself to rock!– Wout de natric, WoNo Music Blog (Netherlands)
From “Warpath” to “Jesus, Jail, Or Texas”, from “Leavin ‘On My Mind” to the final “Back To You” with his clear guitar duets that refer to the Allman Brothers Band of the “Eat A Peach” period, all contributes to forming a group to be strongly recommended. A (for us) beautiful discovery. —Lonestartime (Italy)
“Full Tilt Boogie is full of up-tempo songs that combine influences from country rock, blues rock and Southern rock, combining a traditionally sounding roots sound with wonderfully teasing guitars. It occasionally reminds me of the early records of R.E.M., which were much more rootsier than the most successful records of the band. All in all a nice plate. A very nice plate even.” – Erwin Zijleman, De Krenten Uit De Pop (Netherlands)
“Full Tilt Boogie is full of booming honky tonk, where the blues are drowned in shots of whiskey.”—Altcountry.nl
“‘Full Tilt Boogie’ sees songs such as Lord, Have Mercy, Wicked Ways, the sublime and rather fabulous Jesus, Jail, or Texas, Leavin’ On My Mind and Back To You inhale deeply, take in the rush of air that surveys the scene from the deep south and lets go with unnerving majesty.”—Liverpool Sound and Vision
“WOW! Bullard has a delightfully leathery voice and his band are red hot, to the point of melting the CD Player on that opening track; and it’s fair to say……things only get better from then on in!” — TheRockingMapgie (UK)
” This is unrelenting, full throttle outlaw country assault with screaming guitars and riffs that sound at times like the Allman Brothers on steroids. “– Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine
“Full Tilt Badassery…It is a rowdy, raucous good time, that changes pace when necessary to settle you down and allow Bullard to really unleash himself on you. It’s a very full and robust record that takes you on a journey with stops including rowdy women, living your own rowdy existence, and all points in between.”—Country Music Armadillo
“This is straight-up entertaining fare – musically and lyrically – and I could take a whole album of it. Luckily, there’s one on the way.”— Jolene Country Music Blog
“Calvin plays a double shot of the new southern rock sounds of Mr. James Scott Bullard. His new album is called Full Tilt Boogie and it lives up to its name…“James Scott Bullard has delivered a Southern Rock album par excellence.” — Tony Ives /Americana Music Show
“Waving flags is a hazardous business these days but James Scott Bullard is a deserved standard bearer of the southern rock tradition. Drawing on impeccable sources he has created his own original, authentic style that flies high above some very pale imitations of one of music’s finest genres.”—Lyndon Bolton, Americana Music Show
“If you are looking for your next honky tonk hero, I think I may have found him. His name is James Scott Bullard (JSB) and he is pure, 24 karat gold.”— TwangriLa
“James Scott Bullard’s ‘Full Tilt Boogie’–“This album is great from start to finish…Don’t think twice. Get this one now.”— Bob Leggett, LA Music Critic
‘”The South Carolinian’s burly baritone appeals with the rough warmth of an overly loved flannel shirt, making hard-luck tales like “Lord, Have Mercy,” “Wicked Ways” and “Jesus, Jail, or Texas” more relatable. RIYL Jamey Johnson, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Reed.”—Pasadena Weekly
“Walmart parking lot music for the country folk that don’t go to Sunday meeting. Down and dirty, loaded with electric blues, when you’re piloting that big rig on reds, this record becomes totally clear.” — Chris Spector/Midwest Record Entertainment News
“The raw, high-energy boogie of “Hey, Hey Mama” and the swinging tempo of “Evil Lovin’,” showcases Bullard’s fun, delivering an edgier country rock sound. ” — J. Pasinski/JP’s Music Blog
“Imagine Melissa Etheridge, Pat Benatar, & Tanya Tucker as one entity!”
A multi-talented performer who writes and sings from the core of her very being, Cathy Hutch is a recipient of the 2008 Diane London Award; (Fredericton, NB), received an Oscar for Autism (for her co-written song I’m In Here); she has performed at the ECMA Awards and has been a finalist for the CBC Galaxie of Rising Stars Showcase.
Recently, after opening for Canada’s First Lady of Country Music, Carroll Baker, at the Imperial Theatre in Saint John, NB, Cathy was invited back on stage to sing the closing song with Carroll. Cathy has performed at numerous theatres and fundraising events throughout the Maritimes including the Playhouse in Fredericton, and the Atlantic National Exhibition.
Cathy’s debut CD “Not Goin’ Back” was recorded in Nashville and backed by stellar musicians such as Mike Brignardello (Jake Owen, Leon Russell, Gretchen Wilson, Faith Hill) Pat Buchanan (Hall & Oats, Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Don Henley), and Lonnie Wilson (Brooks and Dunn, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill).
Her latest release, entitled “Free Wheelin’” was engineered and produced by Paul Milner (Eddy Grant, Keith Richards, Matt Andersen, Glass Tiger) with Geoff Arsenault (Ray Bonneville, Dutch Mason, Matt Andersen) and Chris Corrigan; (Rita MacNeil, Mary Jane Lamond, Matt Minglewood). “Free Wheelin’” pays homage to the blues and classic rock music that Cathy loves so much. It is an unforgettable collection of 10 originals and one cover song that are both a testament to joy and the resilience of the human spirit.
“Cathy Hutch is everything that is good about live music. She is charming, witty, multi-talented and has a smile that would light the way out of a bar during a power failure. With or without accompaniment Cathy is every bit a professional entertainer. Her cover treatment of “name” artists from Pat Benatar to Patsy Cline gives any stage she inhabits a hall-of-fame vibe. As a songwriter, Cathy exhibits insights into the human condition that show her to have a heart as big as her voice. And man can she liven up a crowd! She rocks, she rolls and, above all, she entertains. “ Richard Blacquier