HAPPY NEW YEAR !
Been a while since my last update. . .and there's lots to report !
I'm excited to say that I will be working with the multi-talented Michael Timmins from the Cowboy Junkies on my new 2017 acoustic album ! Michael is a fantastic producer (check out the band's Nomad Series, just one of numerous projects he's produced) and has a wide sonic palate - I look forward to his fresh ideas and experimentation in the studio with my new songs ! His brother Peter and Josh Finlayson of The Skydiggers will also be in the studio adding percussion and bass to the project. I'm aiming for a late-summer, early fall release with a tour to follow. Details to come !
And my side project, Shipwreck Radios is gearing up to go into the studio this spring to record 9 original songs that stylistically harken back to the '90s sound of artists such as PJ Harvey, Mazzy Star, Jesus & Mary Chain. I guess like one my favourite songwriters, Neil Young, I have a soft, acoustic side and a more let's-belt-it-out- to-the-rooftops side which this project entails :) With Ryan Allen on lead guitar and 'sounds', Scott Fitzpatrick on bass and Jonny Sauder on drums, I've gathered some of KW's best veteran musicians ! It's a joy to play with them, and to finally make use of the beautiful custom-made electric guitar that i've been playing on for some time now. More to come on this album soon !
On another topic, one of the reason's I've been putting this news post off for so long is that last June I lost one of my longtime mentors in the KW music scene - Paul MacLeod. It's been a time of greiving that I expect will last for some time. I remember the first time I saw him play in the late '90s at the Walper Hotel pub in the back room where he had a standing Thursday night gig. Then when I moved to Guelph for a time, I could catch him Monday nights at Jimmy Jazz. I was in awe of his playing, singing and front-man charisma and tried to just watch and learn, as I was just starting out playing music. The dexterity, the crazy jazz chords, the fantastic range of his voice - along with his sharp wit made for a great show. Paul was never boring. He told me a long time ago that people never practice enough - and I took that to heart. To this day, I still rehearse for every show I do. I booked Paul and I tours of Eastern and Western Canada - there are some great photos on his Facebook Memorial Page - and will always cherish the laughs and hilarious stories and the pure musicianship of the man. Paul - you inspired many and you are missed by many. RIP my friend.
Time to sign off now. Check out the Dates section for upcoming shows in your area and stay tuned for more details on the recording projects and the 2017 tour.
Cheers friends !
Happy Summer Everyone !
Time keeps slipping, slipping . . . into the future. . . . . !
Well really, it just keeps getting away from me. It's been a while since my last proper news entry. I'm surpised how busy it can be since becoming a full-time musician in early 2014. There really just are barely enough hours in the day to get everything done!
Some sad news. . . this past March, our music community here in Kitchener and Guelph lost another veteran musician and dear friend, the inimitable Mr. Mo' Kauffey. I met Mo back in the late '90s at Matt Osborne's (RIP) Tuesday night open mic at the now defunct Circus Room. Mo' was a gentle spirit, always with a smile and easy-going manner - and loved his country-blues roots music. A band of local musicians and friends of Mo's are pulling together to finish Mo's last album. More on that soon I hope !
As for me, the new album Songs of Rain, Snow and Remembering (Busted Flat Records 2016) has been well received across Canada and Europe. After a short jaunt out in Western Canada in February, I've got more touring plans in the works. Stay tuned to the dates page for more details !
And . .. a side project of mine that's been in the works for a few years now is finally starting to come together ! A batch of electric, rock a'la-'90s-style songs I've written is finally getting the full-band treatment. The band, Shipwreck Radios, will have it's debut performance on Sat. June 25 opening for fantastic Toronto Busted Flat artist Alun Piggins on Sat. June 25 in Kitchener at KWBoathouse! There are plans for an album as well, which I hope will be out by the year's end.
The local shows keep on coming, as well as the short weekend jaunts to great rooms in Ottawa, Picton, Campbellford and Montreal. So keep an eye on the dates page and I hope to catch up with you at a show sometime soon !
Lynn Jackson On Tanyarock !
The lovely and talented singer-songwriter Tanya Philipovich has a section on her Tanyarock website where she interviews musicians she's a fan of.
She just did a profile of Lynn which you can find here !
Busted Flat Show Boxing Day Evening !!
CD Release Show !