Another St. John’s alt- rock band, Waterfront Fire, formed from Apollo Rock and Owls in the Rafter, released a self-titled CD in 2012. Comprised of guitarists Andrew Boyd, Ben Thistle, drummer Ryan Tobin, bass guitarist Brandon Young, and keyboardist Sean Jessome, the band is currently looking for a vocalist to replace Josh Cluett, who moved away in August. You can check out Waterfront Fire on Soundcloud as well as Myspace.
Clarenville-based Jessa Rae Strong is a 17-year-old guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist who is looking to join or form a band. I checked out her YouTube videos and, she really is quite good. I’m sure she is looking at a good future in the music business, even as a solo act.
I’d like to belatedly congratulate the winners of the MusicNL/Statoil Christmas Songwriting Contest for young musicians across this province. The first-place winner was 16-year-old Kat McLevey, for her song, “Winter Shows Me”, second place went to 18-year-old Brianna Gosse for “My Christmas Song for You”, and 19-year-old Pete Mills took third place for “Xmas Together”.
Terry Parsons, CHMR host of “Blind Lemon Blues”, “Cosmic Debris”, “Sunday Morning Hangover Cure” and “The Songwriters”, is celebrating his birthday tomorrow, January 6, so be sure to look him up on Facebook and send him a greeting. Better yet, tune in to any and all of his long-running shows on this station, particularly this Monday, January 6, when he will announcing the Top 20 Canadian Blues Albums, as voted on by his listeners and tabulated by Terry.
California’s Val Starr & The Blues Rocket released its first CD in 2012, entitled Cool Ride, and it is available at all of the usual music download portals. The band’s second CD, Blues Away, is in pre-production and will be available in the spring of 2013.
A used record store owner in Pittsburgh apparently bought a box of old attic-stored records for $50, only to discover that one of the vinyl ’78s was Robert Johnson’s 1936 Vocalian recording of “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom”. I thought that was an Elmore James tune, but whatever. It’s quoted as being worth anywhere from $6,000-12,000. Johnson, reputed to have sold his soul to the devil at a rural Mississippi crossroads, died in 1938 at the age of 27.
Steve Clark, who has replaced Geoff Goodhusband as the host of the 9OclockRock series, happening from 9-11 p.m., Thursdays, at The Levee, has posted the schedule of entertainers for the remaining weeks of Jan., as follows: January 10 – Matthew Hare and The Rolling Kings; January 17 – Stephen Green & Adam Baxter; January 24 – Brad Jefford Trio and The Skylarks; and January 31 – Erin Simms and Magnetar. Stay tuned for more tunes.
7) Claudette King (We’re Onto Something) – “Can I Walk You to Your Car” (3:40)