International country music star and Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc. recording artist Gord Bamford announces the 2018 NEON SMOKE Tour today. Starting on January 24th in Brampton Ontario, the expansive 29 date Canadian tour hits markets large and small from coast to coast ending on March 2nd in Kelowna B.C. before heading to Australia the following week for a string of shows. For the NEON SMOKE tour, Gord Bamford has invited Warner Music Canada breakout artist Aaron Goodvin to come along and beat on his “Lonely Drum”
An album can be a journey. Sometimes this means visiting foreign countries and places to find your own home, jumping over shadows, turning strangers into friends, and recognizing that you do not always have to go far to get far. From this way tells the new album NEON by Rea Garvey.
It could easily be argued that George Strait never made a bad album and they were all hits, but even among that remarkably consistent catalog, 1989's Beyond the Blue Neon stands apart from the pack, with half of its ten tracks reaching the country charts. Three of these topped the charts – "Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye," "What's Going on in Your World," and "Ace in the Hole" – with "Overnight Success" peaking at eight and "Hollywood Squares," a novelty so sly and understated that it never cracks a smile, scraping the bottom reaches of the charts. An easy nature is one of Strait's signatures – he never makes anything look difficult – and he's never made music that seems as easy as this. That casual virtuosity can disguise just how virtuosic this album is. Strait hits the same touchstones as always – Western swing, barroom ballads, honky tonk shuffles, laments, and two-steps – but what's missing is that slight coat of gloss that always distinguished his singles on the albums after he turned into a superstar.
Even though he'll always be best known as the original frontman for Wall of Voodoo who brought a skewed, spaghetti western sensibility to new wave in the early ‘80s, Stan Ridgway has been a solo singer/songwriter for a lot longer than his WoV tenure, having released his first solo album in 1986. There's always been a sort of Raymond Chandler/film noir feeling to Ridgway's narratives, and that remains true on Neon Mirage…