CHRIS YOUNG: LOSING SLEEP ALBUM REVIEW

-GIOSI TORTORICI

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If  you have ever listened to Chris Young's music, it is easy to understand why his rich, smooth baritone voice has placed him into a league of his own.

With the release of Losing Sleep, his 7th album for RCA, Young continues to affirm his place among  the best in the country music family.  And, he continues to evolve as an artist; co-writing/ co-producing all 10 tracks, taking  hands-on, creative control.   Just like his 2015 release "I'm Coming Over" which brought forward three #1 hits, Young excels at what previous releases have proven; he effortlessly delivers a range of different songs without deviating outside the traditional country vibe his fans have come to relate to.

This album sets a simple melodic atmosphere and each song whether a fun and easy-listening upbeat tempo or a moody, sensitive ballad flows easily into the core of Young's vocal ability.  Although I would have preferred a few extra tracks , the sound is  laid-back and refined.

Young's style without a doubt shines through in the form of a powerful ballad and the emotional depth of his storytelling of heartache and desire.

Standout tracks on the album include the poignant piano ballad "Where I Go When I Drink" and  the poetic , somber  "Blacked Out" which showcase beautifully  Young's ability to draw us into the emotion of the song.

Overall,  Losing Sleep delivers a perfect blend of rhythmic tempos, clever lyrics and tear-jerker ballads; the kind of album that merits a push of the repeat button.   Coincidently,  album number seven may actually prove to be very lucky  for the newly inducted member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Chris Young's headline  tour with special guests Kane Brown and Lanco begins January 2018.

 

 

September's Countrified Picks

Welcome to September’s Countrified Picks —you guessed it—our favourite Countrified Canada picks from this past month! 

1. Prairie Couture

www.prairiecouture.ca

A new kind of retail experience has arrived in Alberta! This Gypsy Soul is on the road to bring you feminine fashion, jewelry, footwear.

2. Fringe & Feather

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/FringeAndFeatherShop

One of a kind Canadian fibre art piecesand collection of jewelry and accessories. 

3. Andie Duquette "Here We Are"

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Few artists under 30 circuiting today bring to the stage that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ of spark, sincerity, and storytelling like Andie does. This Montreal-based songstress harnesses a road-tested, deeply ingrained confidence in her time-tested tales, calling on inspirations from Joan Jett to Shania Twain, before landing somewhere completely and uniquely on her own — as it should be!

Her new single — ‘Nothin’ On Me’ — reinforces just that, and then some. A positive appeal to ending Internet bullying plaguing modern day, as well as highlighting the inherent freedoms of just living your life, the choral line “you be you, and I’ll be me” is at the very root of Andie’s entire ethos.

4. Matt Patershuk

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Matt Patershuk and his new album, ‘Same As I Ever Have Been’ is out via Black Hen Music.

It’s honky-tonk. It’s blues. It’s even got some celtic and folk folded in for good n’ steady measure. ’Same As I Ever Have Been’ is this bridge builder and horse farmer’s most organic and confident collection of songs yet.

Catch Matt at the following upcoming dates:

  • September 29th @ CKUA Performance Space — Edmonton, AB

  • October 6th @ Grande Prairie Regional College — Grande Prairie, AB

  • October 13th @ Wide Cut Weekend — Calgary, AB

  • October 14th @ Wide Cut Weekend — Calgary, AB

  • October 25th @ The Slice — Lethbridge, AB

  • October 26th @ The Bassment — Saskatoon, SK

  • October 27th @ High & Lonesome Club — Winnipeg, MB

  • November 24th @ Oak Bay Rec Centre — Oak Bay, BC

  • November 25th @ The Heatley — Vancouver, BC

5. Paul Brandt - The Journey Video & Single

6. Gord Bamford Foundation $100,000 donation to MusicCounts

Canada's leading music education charity MusiCounts, celebrated the start of this year’s Country Music Week, with an announcement that the Gord Bamford Foundation is renewing its commitment to MusiCounts with a $100,000 donation. The Gord Bamford Foundation had previously made a generous donation of $100,000 in 2014. A non-profit organization, the Gord Bamford Foundation is passionate about supporting youth and through the ongoing partnership, MusiCounts will be able to provide musical instruments to children who need them most for years to come. 

"I believe that keeping music education alive in schools is important on so many levels. As an activity it builds confidence and can often spark a lifelong passion for a child to pursue. A natural fit for the Gord Bamford Foundation, I'm so very proud to announce this donation today,"  said Gord Bamford

"Thanks to the renewed and amazing support from the Gord Bamford Foundation, MusiCounts is able to give more Canadian youth access to the transformational power of music," said Kristy Fletcher, Director of MusiCounts. "We are honoured to have the continued support of the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) and the country music community.”

Three-time CCMA Award-winner Jess Moskaluke spook on behalf of MusiCounts during the CCMA Awards broadcast on September 10. Moskaluke was also on hand to kick off the opening of the 2017-2018 MusiCounts Band Aid Program applications on September 8, with a special celebration at École canadienne-française in Saskatoon. 

7. Maddison Krebbs "Live For Love"

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Okotoks, Alberta Country artist Maddison Krebs released her latest single “Live for Love” available on September 8th on iTunes and Spotify. 

Co-written by Jeff Trot (Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks) and Tony Martin (Tim McGraw, Keith Urban), “Live for Love” showcases Maddison’s growth as a country artist and songwriter, blending her sultry vocals and classic country roots to create a mature sound. The song encapsulates the notion that when life is out of your control the only way to manage that is through kindness. 

In 2016 Krebs was named the winner of the of the second annual ole “On The Spot” Competition during that year’s Canadian Country Music Awards festivities, which earned her a spot in ole’s Red Dot artist development program. Prior to that, Krebs’ notable achievements included her 2014 full-length debut Your True Love being nominated Album of the Year by the Alberta Country Music Association, performing for over 200,000 people during the 2012 Calgary Stampede, and landing slots at major festivals such as the Big Valley Jamboree, Canadian Music Week and Folk Alliance International.

Top 5 Countrified Big Valley Jamboree Picks

1. Allumination

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The Alumicool can Sleeve was designed with inspiration from the following two concepts: a Coaster and a Coozie. With this in mind, you can either remove the can from the sleeve for a sip, or pick up the whole sleeve to have a drink. Either way you choose to use it, each AlumiCool Sleeve is crafted with a close-fitting inner diameter in order to provide a suction cup like effect that securely holds your canned beverage. 

The king sized AlumiCool Sleeve is designed to hold either the original or tall Alumicool. It is able to lower the smaller Alumicool Sleeves gently to the bottom and therefore creates a double walled insulated AlumiCool for your can. Please see video for demonstration!

Our Alumicool Sleeves can be placed in a fridge, freezer, or cooler before use to keep your beverage of choice chilled for a longer period of time. If choosing to do this, you can remove the can from the sleeve when wanting a drink, without freezing your hands on the AlumiCool itself. Or keep your hands on the king sized Sleeve while it holds the cold original or tall sleeve!

https://www.aluminationcanada.com/home.html

2. House of Q

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With an award-winning competition BBQ team, House of Q is one of the top BBQ sauce and spice makers in Canada and North America.  At House of Q, we love bringing people together to share good times and great tasting food! Create fun and memorable meals with our range of original gluten-free BBQ sauces, and feel confident cookingwith reliable high quality ingredients. Get your family and friends excited for a rock’n BBQ because House of Q flavours are going to kick the party up a notch!

House of Q products are ready-to-use and make cooking delicious food a total breeze. Check out our Apple Butter BBQ Sauce, perfect for a grilled chicken or pork recipe, or our Slow Smoke Gold BBQ Sauce, a mustard-based BBQ sauce that makes a fantastic dip or glaze.

http://www.houseofq.com

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3. Wilhawk Beef Jerky

Made from 100% pure Alberta Beef, Wilhauk Beef Jerky is aged, seasoned, marinated and smoked to savoury perfection. 

They started making our world famous Wilhauk Beef Jerky nearly 30 years ago and it quickly became their top selling product. They also make fresh, homemade sausage, pepperoni, smokies, salami and ground beef. Like their incredibly popular jerky, all Wilhauk products are made with the freshest, highest quality ingredients.

www.wilhaukbeefjerky.com

4. Bullet Proof Jewelry

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It all started one day with a video online that detailed how to make headphones out of bullet casings. Loving the  idea and a trip to the local shooting range in Edmonton  walking out with 1500 9mm bullet casings! Unfortunately they couldn't sell just 2! Left with around 1400 casings and no idea what to do with them. Following the idea of having them on your ears the signature piece earrings were created for friends and family. 

www.bulletproofjewelry.com

5. Twisted Label Clothing

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Twisted Label offers affordable brand name fashions for Ladies of ALL ages, and from ALL walks of life. We have your complete outfit from Accessories to Footwear, Tops to Bottoms and a fantastic collection of Outwear. A wonderful mix of classic, vintage, basic and trendy styles will greet throughout the boutique. 

"Fashion is our passion, and to have you looking and feeling your best, is our Mission."

www.twistedlabel.ca