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Three Weeks, Three Releases from Cameron House Records
We are quite pleased to announce three upcoming releases: Devin Cuddy, Rattlesnake Choir, and Whitney Rose. These three acts join the ever expanding current roster of Kayla Howran, Tarantuela, Nichol Robertson, David Baxter and Handsome Ned.
On Saturday October 20th, Devin Cuddy will release his debut album, Volume One, at The Cameron House. There will be two shows, 6pm and 10pm, tickets are $10 at the door. Click HERE for event details.
Devin Cuddy’s music has a style its own, one that shouldn’t work, but somehow does. His unique blend of New Orleans Blues and Country effortlessly marries the two musical ideals with a distinctive element of Canadiana so eloquent, that it leaves one pondering why no one has done this before. In Toronto’s growing pseudo-country scene Devin’s new take on the genre pushes the limits of what people think they want to dance to on a Saturday night.
Coming from a lifetime surrounded by song, Devin Cuddy noted in the Winnipeg Free Press that “my passion for music grew out of being surrounded by it for so long,” noting he and his siblings developed their musical tastes by picking through their dad’s (Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy) vast collection of CDs.”
Since his mid teens, Devin expressed a passion for Dixieland Jazz and New Orleans Blues. Around that time, he began taking Jazz lessons in an effort to further his musical prowess. Devin burst onto the Queen Street music scene in 2010, taking up a residency at the Cameron House on Wednesday nights.
After playing a multitude of live gigs, and work-shopping the songs that were eventually recorded at The Woodshed Studio, he’s set to release his debut album, which includes a stellar cast of musicians, namely, Nichol Robertson (guitar), Devon Richardson (bass), and Zach Sutton (drums).
Produced by Devin Cuddy, the album consists of 12 tracks recorded live off the floor in four days. Devin states “It was a culmination of material that I’ve been developing for the past six years, which makes this record even more satisfying. The idea was to recreate our live show, and I think that transferred well onto these recordings. I was very fortunate to have such a great band backing me, as well as the comfort of a studio that I am very familiar with.”
Here is a video of Devin performing “Sidewalk in the South” at The Horseshoe Tavern.
On Saturday October 27th, Rattlesnake Choir will be releasing their most recent record, “Walkin’ The Wire,” on Vinyl with two shows: First Sunrise Records will be hosting them at 336 Yonge Street (Yonge and Dundas). They will then head to The Cameron House for a 9pm show.
We are quite excited to add these veterans of the Toronto music scene to our family. An all-star cast consisting of John Borra, Sam Ferrara, Tony Benattar, Miranda Mulholland, and Michael Boguski, Ben Rayner from the Toronto Star had this to say about Walkin’ the Wire:
“It is, thus, a pleasure to endorse the effortlessly well-worn and familiar country songwriting to be found on Walkin’ the Wire, the second record from Rattlesnake Choir — a Borra-fronted conglomerate featuring such Toronto-indie lifers as ex-Viletones/Ugly punk-rock veteran Sam Ferrara and the Backstabbers’ Tony Benattar, people well acquainted with the days when “Toronto” and “indie” didn’t automatically equal “cool” anywhere, let alone in Toronto.
You’ve gotta be the real deal to hold it down in front of the same crowds, week after week, the way Borra and Ferrara do it every Sunday afternoon at the Communist’s Daughter and the larger Rattlesnake Choir (which includes violinist/vocalist Miranda Mulholland and pianist/accordionist Michael Boguski) does it every Monday at the Dakota, and keep the people coming. These are tunes steeped in a tradition of working musicianship, schooled in every timeless cover song the players have learned to navigate or fake over the years and spun into the present with the same immortal ambitions in mind. Nothin’ flashy, but a nice afternoon at the saloon. Even at home.”
Here is a video of Rattlesnake Choir performed during a taping of CMT’s Dakota Sessions.
Lastly, it is our great pleasure to introduce Whitney Rose’s self titled debut recording.
On Saturday November 3rd, at The Cameron House Whitney will be performing two shows. 6pm and 10pm, tickets are $10.00 at the door. Click HERE for event details.
Since storming onto the Toronto singer-songwriter scene in 2011 Whitney Rose has endeared herself to just about everyone with her intriguing, affecting and effective songwriting, powerful voice, immense personal charm, and throwback style influenced by Patsy Cline, Kitty Wells and, gender-be-damned, the likes of Tom T. Hall and George Jones. She started singing at her grandparent’s kitchen parties as well as in their little PEI bar at approximately the time she was able to walk and/or form sentences. This comes across.
Whitney may be young, but don’t let that fool you. There’s an ancient appeal to her. As Exclaim! Magazine wrote, “At best, abstractly, Rose is something like Leadbelly singing “Goodnight Irene,” beloved by young and old alike, timeless.”
Blue Rodeo’s Bazil Donovan, who co-produced her album along with David Baxter, says of Whitney: “The reason I was drawn to Whitney was because she was playing real legitimate 1960′s era country music, because there is none of that around on the radio anymore – there’s nobody that I know of that is making honest…what I call real country music. When I heard her songs, I heard what she was doing, I went hey – that’s real country music and I’m glad somebody’s interested in it.”
Whitney’s debut album features Donovan and Baxter on bass and electric guitar, respectively, as well as Michelle Josef (Prairie Oyster, Dr. John, Etta James) on drums, Devin Cuddy on piano and Nichol Robertson on a second electric guitar. Adding to the record’s stellar musicianship are Justin Rutledge, Wayne Petti (Cuff the Duke), John Borra (Rattlesnake Choir), Jamie Oliver (Big Tobacco and the Pickers) and Ted Hawkins (Lori Yates) on backing vocals, Bob Egan (Blue Rodeo, Wilco) on pedal steel, Kendel Carson on fiddle and another appearance by Justin Rutledge on harmonica.
Here is a video for Whitney Rose’s single “Chivalry is Dead”