Killer Tunes Episode 41: 09-10-16 Harvest Episode Part Two!

Hey friends,

In this week’s episode we feature more performers that will grace the stages at Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in beautiful downtown Fredericton THIS WEEK!!!! Tunes from Drive By Truckers, Justin Townes Earle, Matt Andersen, Amy Helm, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Robert Cray and more!!!

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And Now a Helpful Video From Ross Neilsen: Music/Musique NB Awards Campaign trail ’13

It’s hard to know who to vote for these days. So many good bands like The Motorleague and all our other fellow nominees for MNB Awards.

If you want your vote to count you need to make an informed decision. We here at the Ross Neilsen Music Camp have decided to make it easier for you by putting together this informed, honest, heartfelt advert for our campaign to win Album of the year, Rock Record of the year, Group Recording of the Year and more at Music/Musique NB week.

You can vote for Ross Neilsen and the Ross Neilsen Band HERE

The Great Bass Player Search (Episode Two)

Here is episode two in our Bass Player Search mini-series. Hope you enjoy.

If you missed episode one it’s right HERE.

Day Five

Hey all,

we’re in Batchawana Bay which is about 40 minutes north on HWY 17. We’re five days into our tour and all is well We got away early Thursday AM to make our tour kick off in Quebec City. We played the Casbah and it was awesome! Great venue, nice people. We even had a look see at who was coming in the summer and look who we found….

Friday we trekked along to Ottawa for our show at the Rainbow.
It was maybe the best crowd we’ve played to there. We got to hang with our pal John Crowely as well. Thanks to Mr. Crowely for putting us up and the late night BBQ! Saturday found us back in Lavigne at the Lavigne Tavern. Guy and Judy have become great friends and we always enjoy playing there, not to mention the Pizza is the best and the pie and cake, well I don’t want to say too much cause then everyone will know, but some of the staff there are awesome bakers and we love the goodies!

Last night we played in Batchawana Bay

at the Voyageurs Lodge and Cookhouse. We discovered this joint a few tours back and like to stop for the amazing home cooking and Best Baked Beans in Canada!

This time we decided to do a little show as well and had a real blast playing for the locals. The folks who run the place are so nice and treated us like gold. It was a great time and I know we’ll be back here for sure in the future!!!

Today after breakfast we had a rousing match of Bocce.

Karl Bastard took home the trophy today but it IS early in the season so it’s still anyones championship. There will be more details on this championship in the coming days. All I can say is…shine up those balls folks….the challenge is on….Stay tuned for the official bocci challenge video…

Well, we’re off to Wawa now to play the local high school theatre tonight. I’ll try to keep the updates regular but up here in northern Ontario web service is here and there so be patient! Stay tuned,

Ross

Redemption Tour Part Deux, Week One

Hey folks,

We’re alive and well in Saskatoon. We survived our first week back on the road nicely too. We got to hang at our Uncle Pat and Aunt D’s for a minute in Trenton. On our down time we stopped into our pal’s studio for a fun visit. Thurday we had a quick in and out with Toronto, which we all agreed we enjoyed a little more than our usual – stay for four or five days. Before we knew it we were headed north for the Lavigne Tavern to make some new friends. Guy and Judy run the joint and are some real nice folk. The Tavern itself is right up our ally. Good Pizza and a real vibrant room to sing in! Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and we were flattered at their “best band to ever play Lavigne” banter! Can’t wait to return! Here is a funny pic of us rocking out…

We hit the road bright and early Saturday to find our old friend HWY 17 and to make the long drive to Winnipeg with a quick pause in Wawa. We made Wawa after a quick stop at the Voyageur Cookhouse for some home made baked beans (Karl had the Chili). We had a fun , intimate show in Wawa and after a quick Turkey feed we hit the dark road for Winnipeg. It’s a harrowing drive to make at night but it was necessary. Fortunately we only saw one moose. We also got a pretty awesome sunrise out of it too!

We rolled into Winnipeg around noon to make new friends with our host, Ainslie. Much to our surprise, Ainslie was in the process of whipping up a little turkey dinner. Two in less that 24hrs! Spoiled Bastards indeed! Our venue in Winnipeg was awesome. An old theatre transformed into a show room. Real nice folks running it too. After the show we hit up the Times Change(d) club to catch the one and only, Big Dave Maclean. After Dave’s set we got up to rock out a couple tunes. We had Clayton Sample sit in with us. Clayton used to play with The Rockin’ Highliners who I caught a few times at the Harvest Jazz & Blues Fest years back. Even Big Dave sat in on Harp for a tune. Real good times. Here is a pic of Karl Bastard having fun. Yep. This is what it looks like folks….

Now we’re in Saskatoon and are chillin’ at my cousin’s house. Pretty nice to hang with family and have some home cookin’. One show down at Bud’s already. Two more to go though then it’s off to rock the Main Liner Pub in Medicine Hat this weekend, Really looking forward to that!

Some press has started rolling in for this tour too so I tought I’d post a link or two….Here is a nice article from Calgary based BeatRoutes Magazine. Click here. A little mention in our Pal Jim Jones’ Blog Here. Jim is a DJ for Power 97 in The Peg. This has one of my favourite quotes ever in it…have a read and let me know if you think you know what part I’m talking about!

So later this weekend is The Music NB conference in Moncton NB. There will be lots of showcases as well as an award dinner to boot. We’re up for Blues Recording of the year and the voting is open till the end of this week. If you’d like to help us out by voting all you need is an email address and you’re good to go. You can vote HERE and click off Best Blues Recording as well as Fan Choice. There are lots of folks to votes for who have been kicking ass and taking names lately from Sleepy Driver to Andy Brown to Scotty and The Stars and Chris Colepaugh. check it out and take part!

Well that about gets us up to date. I hope to see some of y’all out there! Feel free to tell you’re friends across the country that we’re out here and that we’d love to meet them, and don’t forget to check out our tour dates. More dates are posted all the time!

Ross