Tag: podcast


Colin James and Band – Blues and Blues Rock

For this weekend I would like to recommend another Canada Live podcast. The podcast of January 15th is dedicated to Colin James, it was recorded in Vancouver, where the winter olympics were opened today.

I liked this concert very much, I am just listening to it for the second time. Colin plays fantastic on his guitars and is a great blues and rock singer, and his band too makes a big sound.

(podcast no more available)

On the concert on demand page I have found the following introduction for  Colin James:

Born and bred in Saskatchewan, Colin James has long called Vancouver home. Colin was still in his teens when he was discovered by blues guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan.

As a singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Colin James has had a varied musical career, from blues to rock, pop and swing, following his muse without regard to fads or trends. A dozen albums later, Colin’s an established rock and blues institution who’s never gone away and just keeps on getting better.


  • Colin James – vocals & guitar
  • Craig Northey – guitar & vocals
  • Pat Steward – drums
  • Eric Webster – keyboard
  • Steve Hilliam – saxophone
  • Terry Townson – trumpet
  • Doug Elliott – bass

Here is a video with the second to last song of the concert, Into the mystic, a  Van Morrison cover:

Colin James – Into the mystic

Playlist with more Colin James videos:

Additional information

Homepage Colin James: http://www.colinjames.com/



Larry Keel and Adam Aijala – A Flatpicking Guitar…

Larry Keel and Adam Aijala are two great guitarists who play in various bands and styles. I have dicscovered them as a duo from a podcast which is no more available. Larry Keel and Adam Aijala have played as a duo in 2009 and 2010.

You can find a recording of a concert of Larry Keel and Adam Aijala in good quality on the archive.org website:

Larry Keel

From his bio on the official hompage:

Over the years Larry Keel has become a world-class flatpicking guitarist, and that talent has earned him legendary status with fans and the highest respect amongst his musical peers. In recent performances Larry has led bands involving such industry icons as Tony Rice, Jack Lawrence, Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Curtis Burch (New Grass Revival), Vassar Clements, Joe Craven, Jim Lauderdale, Eddie Adcock;

Adam Aijala

Adam Aijala plays guitar in the Yonder Mountain String Band (YMSB). On their homepage I found the following:

As a young teen, Adam loved skateboarding and listening to punk and hardcore music.

He learned power chords first, playing dozens of short punk tunes. In his early years of high school, he added metal bands like Metallica and Slayer to his repertoire. Shortly after, Adam’s musical tastes began to shift. He began listening to Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and even the Grateful Dead. Desiring a new sound, Adam picked up his first acoustic guitar at age 17.

I have compiled a playlist with Larry Keel and Adam Aijala, but the audio quality is not so good on most of the videos.

Playlist Adam Aijala & Larry Keel

Playlist Larry Keel

Additional Information

Larry Keel official website: http://www.larrykeel.com/

Larry Keel & Natural Bridge (Myspace): http://www.myspace.com/larrykeel

Yonder Mountain Stringband / Adam Aijala: http://www.yondermountain.com/ and http://www.yondermountain.com/index.php?title=Adam+Aijala

concert: Larry Keel On Mountain Stage (NPR): http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98693692

More free music by Larry Keel at archive.org: https://archive.org/details/LarryKeel

Larry Keel – Experienced (2016) (Amazon partnerlink)

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The Good Lovelies – “charming three-part harmonies”

In my German blog I have already written about the Good Lovelies – three women from Toronto who play and sing. A one hour show with this trio was available as Canada Live podcast:

This week, the Good Lovelies blend charming three-part harmonies with bluegrass. This Toronto trio brings folkpop and fun to Montreal.

The Good Lovelies – Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough und Sue Passmore – just had their 3rd birthday as a band, and they have just released a special christmas CD “Under the Misteltoe”.  So the set of the podcast does obviously include christmas songs from this CD.

Included in the set is also their song “Lie Down” which can be found in the following official video:

The Good Lovelies ‘Lie Down’ music video

The style of the Good Lovelies includes elements from folk and bluegrass, with mandolin, guitar, banjo, ukulele – but the main component of their sound are the fantastic three-part harmonies that remind to the music of the Andrews Sisters.

Playlist with more videos by the Good Lovelies

Homepage with informations about the Good Lovelies, pictures, videos and also a music player for of their songs: goodlovlies.com

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/goodlovelies

CD recommendation (Amazon partnerlink)

Let The Rain Fall – Good Lovelies

Under The Mistletoe

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Lake of Stew – Bluegrass / Oldtime from Canada

This morning I listened to the newest Canda Live podcast with Lake of Stew, a six-piece acoustic string band from Montreal, Quebec.

On the band homepage you can find the following text about the band and it’s music, a definition that fits very well to what I have heard from the podcast and the videos:

They sing all original, new songs, featuring great big vocal harmonies. Lots of people call their sound old-timey, but it ain’t, it’s new-timey, though it does recall a lot of old traditions all blended together. If you need a name to put to their sound, you wouldn’t go wrong with “good-timey”. Their live shows are energetic and fun, inspiring audiences of all ages to sing and clap and wiggle along.

I have found many youtube videos of this creative and interesting band. Here is a short video which was made when Lake of Stew presented their first album:

AIN’T TIRED OF LOVIN’” (CD) – first album, released May 2008 by us. Recorded live off the floor at home.


Lake of Stew – Playlist

Lake of Stew can also be heard in three songs of another CBC concert with singer/songwriter Annabelle Chvostek, including the following beautiful song:

Annabelle Chvostek with The Lake Of Stew – The Sioux

Lake of Stew (Sweet Little Sara)

If you like this fresh, old-timey, folky sound you can find more examples in the podcast, the CBC concert on demand, in my playlist and many more youtube videos.


Band Homepage: Lake of Stew

CBC – concerts on demand: Lake of Stew and Annabelle Chvostek

CBC – Canda Live podcast

My youtube playlist: Bluegrass – Lake of Stew

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