NOTES FROM THE PORT Vol. 58 for the Review-Mirror Jan.20.2016

It’s been another active week on the local and international music scene! Firstly though, the Hootenanny get er dun on Saturday with the omnipotent Luther “Coldsnap” Wright getting the birthday monsters treatment! I had the honour of playing bad on a few of Oh Susanna’s gems with her husband and drummer great Cam Giroux. Also, did a couple with Rueben DeGroot and Rob Radford. Thanks for that guys! Too bad I didn’t have anything left in the tank for some low end plunking with Lu but the jet leg was hammering me. Always a slow burner on the way home. For days after even…

Should have another guitar from Renaissance Music of Kingston for Wings ‘n Tunes on Wednesdays at The Cove. The draw date will be close to summer. Stay tuned. In the meantime, come and shred/face melt that axe! 6-9pm (Wings $12)
Brea Lawrenson’s new single “Lynchburg” which Shawn and Wade Foster co-wrote was released Monday! Great article in the Ottawa Citizen this weekend stating Brea is the Miranda Lambert of Canada I the Nashville of the North. This just in, Lynchburg is the number one downloaded country song in Canada today and the CCMAs just tweeted about it as well! Congrats to some hard working country players!
Amazing trip by 30 locals to take over Cuba last week! Roger Norris and Shawn went on a road trip from their resort to Holguin where they bought a guitar. Believe it or not, guitars are scarce down there. They looked all day and even had their cab driver making calls until they found one! The whole group pitched in, signed it and they gave it away to a young aspiring musician! They even modified the guitar’s action and created a pick using nothing but a manicure kit! Way to MacGyver it kids!
Westport Film Society reels it up Thu.Jan.21 at the United Church at 6:30pm. Word is, it’s a charming and beautiful film. Thanks again to Paul Millar!
Coming this weekend to the Cove is the return of one of Blues on the Rideau’s favourite Canadian Blues music sons. A bonafide performer and guitar hero, Steve Strongman gives a high powered deep atom boogie party every time he is in the house. He has won all kinds of major music awards in Canada and if you come to the party at this show you’ll see why. However, the awards are great but is music speaks louder! I can’t wait to hear him and maybe jam a couple loud ones at the end of a well oiled night! Thanks again to producer James Doran for this two night weekend run of great Blues. 7-11pm $65
There is a new WAC Community Choir starting up. Sundays starting Feb.7 til May at the Creative Centre for the Arts (The Stepping Stone on Centreville Road off Perth Road just outside Westport). No auditions and you don’t have to read music, just need to have a love of singing. All genres. Contact Kathy kathydoornekamp@gmail.com
Shout outs: David Bowie Tributes. Loud speaker clad Win Butler of Montreal’s Arcade Fire and the famous Preservation Hall Jazz Band did the slink down the streets of the French Quarter of New Orleans dressed in full David Bowie tribute garb and regalia sang and played Bowie tunes to a Second Line funeral march beat. Pretty well as cool as gets. Great idea and great nod to one of Win’s biggest supporters and mentors. Such an opportunity. Bruce Springsteen and band recently played a killer Rebel Rebel rendition at a concert. Turns out Bowie was another supporter of The Boss and he was a huge inspiration to Arcade Fire’s sound and delivery. Funny circle of things?!
Finally, I’d be hugely remiss not to recognize another early 2016 tragic loss, Glenn Frey. The mind and soul of the Eagles, Glenn’s quintessential 1970 country rock and roll sound lives on in the vocal leads of Take it Easy, Tequila Sunrise and Heartache Tonight. His story is legendary as is that of the band he created with Don Henley and others. They were one of the most success bands of ever but although their sound moved with the sleek grooves of the 1970s, their integrity never wavered writing great songs to craft diverse and quality records with a story. I watched their history recently and have to say I was just starting to dig into their thing when all of this happened. I have been taken by quite a few of the B-sides which I urge you all to check out. His character in all of their music is a big reason for that!
Till next week…oh, and send me whatever you have. Let’s keep this rolling.