The 3 C’s: CJLO, CTV, Contest

If you missed us in the Montreal Gazette last week, we posted a link to the article on our Press page, as well as the video of us rehearsing a new song, “Those Who Can’t Be Saved” on our Video page. Now on to business …

It’s time for a final push ahead of our show this Saturday night at O Patro Vys with Sarah Jane Scouten. Did we mention that we’ll be recoding it for a live album? I think we just did.

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(Are you tired of this poster yet? We’re not!)

CJLO – 1690 AM

At noon on Monday February 13th (today!) tune your radios to CJLO at 1690 AM to hear us live in studio on Edge of the City with Paul Aflalo. We’ll play some songs, with full electric set up and drums, and talk shop. On top of the music, great conversation with plenty of laughter is guaranteed.

If you don’t have a radio nearby, you can listen on-line here: CJLO On-line.

CTV Montreal – What’s On with Christine Long

If you missed us on CJLO, you can see us on CTV News at 6:00pm on Thursday February 16th. We will be featured during the What’s On segment with Christine Long. We were interviewed this past Saturday and had a great chat with Christine. Spliced in with the interview will be clips of us rehearsing “Dead Man’s Pedal“.

If you don’t plan on being around a TV during Thursday’s newscast, the interview will be posted on CTV Montreal’s website here: CTV Montreal – What’s On.

CONTEST – Win free admission to Saturday’s show

Now that you’re all well aware of our show this Saturday, we’re offering you and a friend a chance to win free admission. To take part all you have to do is go to the Facebook event we’ve created for the show (click here) and write this on the wall:

Don’t kill that dog! I’m coming to the show!

We will draw 6 names from all those who enter. The winner gets free admission for the themselves and a friend, and five more will win a consolation prize of $5 admission instead of $10. Ready? Go!

Have a great week everybody. See you Saturday.


Why Isn’t Gram Parsons in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

We’ve met too many people who have never heard of Gram Parsons. That alone is an injustice. Why he isn’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame also leaves us scratching our heads.

What we call alt-country can be traced back to what Gram Parsons called “Cosmic American Music”, a blend of the rock and country genres that made them nearly indistinguishable from each other. Though his career and his life were short – he died at age 26, and is therefore never mentioned as a member of the Forever 27 Club – there is no denying his influence.

Gram Parsons

After a stint with The International Submarine Band, which he formed while attending Harvard, he joined The Byrds as a keyboard player in 1968 at the age of 22. But his talents on the guitar and as a vocalist were too strong, and he was soon able to convince the other members of The Byrds to record their next record, Sweetheart of the Rodeo, in Nashville, and focus the project on a more country sound.

Parsons and Byrds bass player, Chris Hillman would team up a year later to form The Flying Burrito Brothers, a band we consider to be the best to go unrecognized by the masses. Simply put, their music was fun and accessible. Click the link below to listen to Older Guys and tell me I’m wrong:

Beyond country music, Gram Parsons had an influence on the Rolling Stones through his friendship with Keith Richards. Together they composed the melody and penned a few key phrases of the song Wild Horses on the Stone’s album Sticky Fingers. Here’s a link to a video of Keith talking about his friendship with Gram:

Keith mentions the obvious: few people know of Gram Parsons because he never had a hit record. This is decidedly true; his two solo albums, GP and Grievous Angel, were critically acclaimed, but charted no higher than 195 on Billboard. But they helped launch the career of country music legend Emmylou Harris who sang back up vocals on both records. These records are worth finding and we highly recommend you add them to your collection.


Grievous Angel

Now we’ve done our research and we know there’s no way of changing the closed-door process behind who gets voted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and who doesn’t. And some might ask why a musician so closely associated with the country music genre would be included with the likes of Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, and the Beatles. Well, Johnny Cash is in (country), so is Pete Seeger (folk), and so is Run D.M.C. (rap). Would you like to join us in our head scratching now?

We’ll leave you with this fantastic song, Return of the Grievous Angel:

Oh, There’s Just One More Thing …

We were featured in Tuesday’s Montreal Gazette! Click here to read the article on the Gazette’s website. We’d like to thank Bernie Perusse for taking the time to get to know us (next time, Bernie, we want you to drink with us). Thank you ALSO to John Kenney for being so accomodating and snapping some great photos in a very confined space. And thank you once again and always to R.D. Harris for being so gracious in letting us use the confined space known as his basement, not only for the photo shoot, but for two and a half wonderful years of making music. Long live Feathered Serpent Sound.

The Gazette sent an additional photographer to film us rehearsing a new song, Those Who Can’t Be Saved. That video can also be seen on their music page, click here.

We will be debuting the new song at our next show on Saturday February 18th in Montreal at O Patro Vys. Click here to RSVP.

Have a great week everybody!