Killer Tunes Episode 49: 11-12-16 Jim Dickinson Legacy Show Part 2

Hey friends,

Here is the latest episode of Killer Tunes. It is part two in a four part series paying homage to the Legacy of the Great American Music Family of Jim Dickinson. This week’s episode includes tunes from: North Mississippi All-Stars, RL Burnside, Jr. Kimborugh, Bob Dylan, The ‘Mats, Big Star and more…Dig it!

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Killer Tunes Episode 48: 11-05-16

Ladies and Gentlemen, Episode 48… But before we do, I ‘d like to say that I am going to put Killer Tunes on hiatus after November. It’s been a year of episodes and a lot of fun to put together but it has also been a very time consuming project. Lately I have been working a lot and the odd moment when I am not at work I like to spend with loved ones. As a result I have found it increasingly difficult to find time to properly put together each episode. It has been a labour of love but the time has come for me to more wisely spend my spare time. I believe 95.7fm The Wolf will continue to run re-runs so keep tuning in and you never know, I may occasionally put a show together. Thanks for tuning in each week. It’s been a natural ball.

This month I am running a four episode feature on The Dickinson Family. James Luther Dickinson was the high priest of Memphis music and his storied legacy lives on through his sons, Cody and Luther. This months episodes of Killer Tunes will feature the music and legacy of this great american music family. Please enjoy and share widely.

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Maple Blues Nomination!

fullsizerenderHi folks! Well, this Halloween I had to double check the inter webs as I read that I had been nominated for Songwriter of the year at the Maple Blues Awards. If you’re wondering what these awards are, here is what their website says: “The Maple Blues Awards is Canada’s national blues awards program. Its goal is to promote blues music across Canada, and to recognize outstanding achievement in the field.” It includes a nationally recognized awards show put on by the Toronto Blues Society at Koerner Hall in Toronto. This year there is also a conference called Blues Summit, where buyers form around the world get together and see what’s happening in the Canadian Blues landscape.

I have been writing songs for about 25 years. A couple years ago I was lucky enough to attend a songwriting camp by Steve Earle. This really changed the way I approach writing and has made a big impact on the quality of my writing. I have long been striving to write what I think are “good” songs. I once had a conversation with a muso friend and he remarked that he didn’t know what made or was, a “good” song. I half jokingly said, “it’ good if you like it”. I think it’s more complicated than that though. I still don’t know the answer but I know I don’t have to “like” a song to think that it’s quality. There’s more to songs that how they make you feel. I can appreciate a good song architect even if the song doesn’t move me. Rhyme patterns. Beats per line. Alliteration. I like the tools of writing. I like using them. I like when I get stuck on a line and have to bust out my tool bag to dig around for the right line or word. Sometimes production turns me off and I walk away form a tune before I give it a chance. I’ve turned around a lot though over the past few years and have really opened up and started looking at music that I wouldn’t have given a chance  in the past. The reason for this is that, One: I was missing out on good music and, Two: I want to learn how to write better songs. The latter has been a goal of mine for years. In the past couple years I finally feel like I’m making headway.

I cut my teeth listening to Dylan, Neil Young, The Band and so many others that have a deeper context to their writing. I’m not saying that every song has to be deep and have an earth shattering underlying meaning but if you’re only adding lyrics to get you to the next guitar solo, well, then you may be a guitar player, not a songwriter. I enjoy a silly pop song or an easily digested melody with no hidden meaning behind the lyric as much as the next person but I also want to be moved. I want a line to stir my brain. To make me think. To turn me on.. As a result of what I want from others, I have been writing my own material with that in mind. I’m not sure that’s right or wrong. It’s just how I go about it. I appreciate that people listen and sometimes ask me about lyric. I have on occasion had such heavy duty reinforcement from listeners, that my music has helped them in tough times, that I know I’m on the right track. As long as I create music I will never stop trying to write a quality song.

I thank you so much for listening and supporting my music. I have been nominated for awards before but this one feels good. I’ve worked hard to get here and I’m happy that work is being acknowledged. Particularly happy to be in a category with Paul Reddick. I’ve been a fan of Paul’s and under his influence for many years and to be mentioned in the same category is further indication that I’m slowly figuring something out. I hope to someday be on that kind of level that can invoke a mini-movie in four or five minutes, like Paul can. I’ve had good teachers and I’m grateful for that. Still I will continue to work to be better. Thanks a bunch.

Now of the sting… these are voting awards…I hate that. I know you do too. But I can’t win unless you vote. So, if you want to vote for me…do it here It’s pretty quick and easy. I appreciate it. If you want to share it with friends, I appreciate that too. Voting for the Twentieth Annual Maple Blues Awards will be open from 11:59 PM Newfoundland Daylight Time November 1st, 2016, through 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time December 1st, 2016

I wish this wasn’t a component of #awardsshowbullshit but it is. Thanks for any kind of support. Big love!

 

Ross

Killer Tunes Episodes 46 & 47: 10/22/16 & 10/29/16

As Van The Man would say, “I been working'”. I put in about 60 hours last week between my two jobs and have had very little time to do anything other than work and sleep. As a result I fell behind. Here are two great shows for you to listen to. The show form October 22 is full of great songs! Blue Rodeo, Paul Simon, Dan Lanois, Gene Clark, Wallflowers and more! Dig it right here ->

 

This past weeks show is all about the Halloween and Devils night. Nothing but Devil’s Music right here. Tunes from Johnny Samson, Chris Smithers, Kim Wempe, Alvin Hart, The Boss, Colin Linden and more! Get your horns out and check it out here ->

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Killer Tunes Episode 45: 10/15/16

This week’s Killer Tunes, just in case you missed it, includes music from Lucero, Matt Mays, Neil Young, George Harrison, Little Feat, Queen and more. Dig in…

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