Saturday, 23 January 2021

Tom Wilson - Another Blue Sky Day (1994)

We had to do a bit of sleuthing to hone in on the exact right Tom Wilson behind this next Sundae Sound tape. We had to get past the Blackie and The Rodeo Kings' Tom Wilson to get to this one, the former proprietor/host of the  Rosebud Café and Rosebud Folk Club in, uh Rosebud, Alberta. We think this was Wilson's first album (featuring appearances by Cindy Church, among others), and it's a great, rootsy collection of country tunes.

Reach for the sky!

Friday, 22 January 2021

Mike Shields - Mike Shields (1990)

Here's another Sundae Sound tape that we can tell you about! Well, a bit, anyways. This looks like maybe the first release for Mike Shields, who has since gone on to a career as a composer for film and screen (that's his work on the recent classic Ginger Snaps). 

It probably makes sense, given where his career has taken him, that this tape is a quality affair with well-written songs and solid production. From the opening bars of "Nothing Is Forever," there's some pretty catchy stuff at play here. This also gives us an excuse to share this video from his first full-length CD, featuring a whole pile of Calgary community landmarks:

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Thursday, 21 January 2021

Janan Frances - Demo

Here's a quick two-song demo tape from Sundae Sound that we wish we could tell you more about. Janan Frances (and band?) cover off a nice pair of jazzy tracks, leading with Etta James' "Don't Misunderstand." We're assuming this tape is from some time prior to 1988, as the article below as Frances attending a country music conference after leaving her jazz band:

Want to know what her country stuff sounded like? Stay tuned! Want to know what this sounds like? Click here!

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Bruce Martin - One Blood (1993)


Here's another tape we can't tell you much about - this one is really similar to the Richard Livingstone tape from last week; it's well-produced, highly thematic (is it a song cycle?), and manufactured out of the same BC company.

At least we have the download.

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Brent McAthey - Brent McAthey (1991)

We feel like we're making up for the lack of country music over the CCPS's history with this batch of Sundae Sound tapes. You'll be glad to hear that this tape has far more in common with Corb Lund's style of country than, well, we can't even come up with the name of a generic country pop band. 

What's really interesting about McAthey is he's still active with a music career - in both Canada AND Mexico. We have to admit that's a pretty smart business plan - we assume there aren't a pile of country bands playing in Mazatlan. Plus - you can write off your winter escapes!

Get Brent's tape here

Monday, 18 January 2021

Tim Welter - Purple Sage Mountaineer & the Midwest Ranch Boys (1992)


Okay, another one from Sundae Sound that we can't tell you much about. Tim Welter sings country music, which you probably could have guessed from the cover of the tape. There are two songs on here, a hurtin' love song and - one of our FAVOURITE THINGS - a CALGARY SONG. Is it better than "Neighbours of the World"? How does it measure up to Cat Ranch's "Song For Calgary"?

Download and find out!

Sunday, 17 January 2021

Seanachie - Preview (1995)

We're going to go with something from Sundae Sound that we DO know a bit about for once. We've got Seanachie firmly affixed in our memory as a Calgarian cousin of early Spirit of the West. Same sort of Scottish folk tunes, but far less pompous. We're pretty sure we would have seen them at Folk Fest in the mid-90's; although someone has also pointed out that there's a suburban pub-in-a-box that bears the same name. We're pretty sure we can tell the difference between an over-priced pint of beer and Scottish folk. Oh, and it's fitting that this interview with frontman Gordon McCulloch was done over pints - we hope they were reasonably-priced:

Saturday, 16 January 2021

Richard Livingstone - Imaginations



You're going to hear this from us fairly often over the next while as we work through this box of tapes: we have no idea what this is. We assume this is a Calgary artist, but the fact that it was manufactured out of BC's lower mainland has us questioning that a bit. Plus, we cannot find anything about this in our extensive search (which is actually limited to the Calgary Herald's archives). 

This is a very polished and well-produced piece, very pop, lots of religious overtones - but really, beyond that, we've got nothing.

Except the download!

Friday, 15 January 2021

Don Johnson - It Ain't Easy Being Blue (1994)


Now, before you get too excited, this post isn't about THAT Don Johnson. Thankfully we have a clipping from the Herald below to fill you in - it paints a good picture of the city's blues scene in the early 90's, and checks in with the Texas-born drummer and vocalist (yes, we cribbed that straight from the article). 

This is a great tape, with assistance from the late Johnny V (and mastered by Walt Ohama!). 

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Mike Lownsbrough - Mike Lownsbrough featuring the Law

Well, here's an unexpected one from the Sundae Sound vaults. We remember Mike Lownsbrough as a local TV celebrity (sportscaster? cleft chin and sideburns? something like that?), so holding a tape with his name kind of confused us for a bit. Leave it to Steve Elaschuk to make a random comment about seeing a box of these tapes discarded somewhere - after an attempt at a career change to country music. Well, apparently Lownsbrough may still be at it with a local combo called the Beverly Thrillbillies.