William “Billy” Bryans passed away on April 23. He was 62. Billy played drums for many bands including Raffi and the Downchild Blues Band. He is best know as one of the founders of the Parachute Club. He was widely known as a producer, making records with the above artists and Lillian Allen. He was also a promoter and an accomplished songwriter.
Max Webster was the starting point for 2 of Canada’s most brilliant songwriters, Kim Mitchell and Pye Dubois. The band formed in 1973 and had a string of hits and gold albums until 1981. The principals all went on to great solo careers.
The good news is – Wintersleep is back with a new album. This group of Indie rockers hail from Halifax, Nova Scotia and have been together since 2001. Best known for their song Weighty Ghost (check it out here), this album has been widely anticipated. Great band.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils will meet in the Stanley Cup Final, beginning on Wednesday night. Both teams won the Western and Eastern Conference titles respectively in overtime.
The Los Angeles Kings won the Clarence Campbell Bowl for their efforts. The New Jersey Devils captured the Prince Of Wales trophy for their accomplishment. Both teams carried the tradition of NOT touching the trophy afterwards. The reason given is that they are not playing for those trophies. The only one that matters is the Stanley Cup and that touching the other trophies is considered bad luck. What a bunch of horse manure!
For the record, here’s where this “tradition” started. Back in 1996, the Florida Panthers shocked the hockey world, by upsetting Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final. The Panthers celebrated by hoisting the Prince…
Another part of music history has passed on. Chris Ethridge, bass player, passed away on April 23. He was 65. He was suffering with pancreatic cancer Check out this list of players and bands he worked with, but first, note that he was the bassist for The Flying Burrito Brothers with Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman. These guys pretty much created the country-rock genre of music. Chris wrote several songs with the band.
An oldie from a Scottish band called “Travis“. This song “Why Does It Always Rain On Me“, released in 2006, but only hit my personal world today. Shame on me. Another nugget that presented itself in those dreary 20 minutes between work and home. The band is from Glasgow and they formed way back in 1990. The host on CBC2 told a story about the band, in that it rains when they play this live and outdoors. Interesting. Enjoy a very nice tune.
Hey it is almost summer. Let’s start moving towards it. And while we are at it, lets exude some joy. This song is perfect for both. David Myles is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Fredericton, New Brunswick. This song is off his album “Into The Sun” which was released in 2011. Enjoy Simple Pleasures.