Every songwriter has a story. After a five-year recording hiatus, JUNO Award winner Barney Bentall returns with his 10th album and what is arguably his most personal record to date, The Drifter & The Preacher. Barney is a multi-platinum selling artist who started his career in the late ‘80's/early ‘90s with his band the Legendary Hearts. They went on to become staples on Canadian radio with twenty Top 30 singles including the hits, “Come Back To Me,” “The House Of Love (Is Haunted),” and “Something To Live For.”
In May 1956, the Texan label Starday issued a wild rockabilly single by Thumper Jones. Its top side, the kinetic “Rock It”, was primal, uncontrolled and wild. The flip, “How Come It”, was less frenzied but still driving and infectious. Original pressings of the two-sided pounder in either its 45 or 78 form now fetch at least Ј200. This is not your usual rockabilly rarity though. The record’s label credited the songs to a Geo. Jones. Thumper Jones was a pseudonymous George Jones (1931–2013), who was cashing in a hip style: the only time he did so with rockabilly.
A mysterious bear named Podington took the Internet by storm in 2007, releasing three beautifully crafted songs a week. Podington’s podcast rubbed shoulders with KEXP’s Song of the Day and NPR’s All Songs Considered atop the the iTunes charts, while his story captivated Morning Edition, The Globe and Mail, Wired.com’s Listening Post, and and dozens of influential music blogs. The experiment inspired countless new works of art, and translated into commercial success over the years with licenses for clients Google, Microsoft, Mtv, NPR, Paul Frank, Chillingo, This American Life, MoMa, Make Magazine, Steelcase, Chevrolet and many more…
In the world of music, there was never anyone quite like ARTHUR 'BIG BOY' CRUDUP. Rooted in the Mississippi Delta, his style was propulsive, melodic, original, and profoundly soulful. If he wasn’t 'The Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll', as one LP proclaimed, there’s no doubt that rock ‘n’ roll owes a debt to his songs, including That’s All Right Mama, My Baby Left Me, Rock Me Mamma, So Glad You’re Mine, and Mean Ol’ Frisco Blues, as much as to his tight, swinging brand of rural blues.