Summer time and the living’s not easy, rivers overflowing, temperatures high.
The rich are getting richer and the impoverished are dying; don’t turn away now- hear them cry.
One of these mornings we’ll rise up swinging; spread wings of resistance- take to the sky.
Until that morning there’s many things to do; don’t forget- wintertime too.
Summer time and the living ain’t easy, oil’s flowing into the sea.
The rich got blood on their hands and the poor folk know what’s coming.
Let’s make a stand for you and me. Don’t forget, wintertime too.
Today Off The Hour on CKUT 90.3 in Montreal featured an interview with Jay Stevens about his latest release and launch party.
The 15 minute interview plays Stately Dissonance and Voted! from the EP Climate Controlled released just yesterday.
The interview becomes an insight into the inspirations of the recordings and Jay’s personal analysis of current events.
Hear the interview below:
Thanks to all for their support!
Showtime at Bar Le Pastel Tuesday night saw a receptive and captive audience as Clairely Now sang new and unheard songs from her upcoming record as well as traditional folk and country songs, all pleasing the audience.
Included in the set list were Red is the Rose and Simple Fruit both of which can be heard on her website.
To learn more about Clairely and her music and to keep up to date on pending releases and performances go to clairelynow.com
Today, a positive review of the latest release from J Stevens: “My Best Yet”
“I hadn’t heard of J. Stevens until now so I can’t really comment on whether his album titled My Best Yet is accurately labelled, but I wouldn’t be surprised… I dig it. I dig it good.” — Sarah of MUSIC SHE BLOGGED
Read the whole review at MUSIC SHE BLOGGED
This passed Monday we’d hoped to see Clairely Now perform on the open-stage of Burritoville but unfortunately she felt ill and went home to sing another day.
Later on Monday nights is the Wheel Club’s old-time country night which saw J Stevens play two songs in the wee hours of the night. It was wonderful for all of us to see the longtime organizer of the event, Bob Fuller return to the stage after an absence in hospital. He sang quite touching and relevant songs as his great friends played backing banjo, guitars, fiddle, double-bass and slide. Bob has brought this amazing open-stage to life for the past 45 years, and we wish him all the best and hope to see him perform again.
The Wheel is such a friendly place that we’ve made many friends who do an awesome job at choosing and executing songs for the old-time country stage and making them their own.
Our string strummin’ pal Bobby Dove played a great set!
Bobby hosts the Monday night open-mic at Burritoville but some nights makes it to the Wheel’s stage later in the night. You can catch her this week at a more intimate showing at Bar Le Pastel on Tuesday, June 7th from 8-11 pm…. Shoestring will be doing a live recording of the performance– should be great!
Last Tuesday, J and Clairely checked out an increasingly popular jam at Shaika Cafe. J played percussion for a few performers and Clairely sang some classics.
Around here, Monday’s are a reason to celebrate and enjoy the talents displayed in the many cafes and bars.
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Two tracks from the beautifully re-worked album “From The Kitchen of Clairely Now” were featured on The Tuesday Morning After show on CKUT.
You can hear the radio broadcast below:
Check out clairelynow.com for updates on new music and performances about town. Better yet email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how you can get a hold of a CD.
This café on the park is a great place to host singer/songwriters to share some of their tunes and inspirations.
Tuesday nights at Shäika Café in Montreal there is an ever evolving music scene featuring local talents on an open stage.
This week J Stevens will visit this stage and play some lesser heard songs from his first three albums.
If you’re in the Montreal area, come on out and enjoy local musicians and the sweet spring breeze on the patio.
Shäika Café 5526 Sherbrooke Street, Montreal
You can catch Clairelynow singing some tunes tonight at one of our favorite open-mics.
If you’re in Montreal come on by Burritoville from 8 – 11 pm to hear some great local talents and maybe show your skills on the house drum kit, piano or microphone.
The traditional folk CD “From the Kitchen of Clairelynow” will be available for $5– it is a beautifully packaged and wonderfully performed collection of songs.
See you there!
UPSTAIRS @ Burritoville 8PM, 2055 Bishop St, Montreal
Here’s a performance of “When the World Pulls the Plug” by J Stevens at a benefit show at the beautiful Music Room– Halifax, 2009.
As J Stevens has been busy recording he has also been playing stages around town and distributing the latest CD release: “My Best Yet”.
Networking with other musicians and media folk is leading to good things.
Listen to recent radio coverage from CKUT 90.3 FM below.
Many thanks to Candice and the entire Tuesday Morning After collective.
J Stevens’ “My Best Yet” is on iTunes here available as single songs or in its entirety.
A retrospective of J Stevens: “My Best Yet”
Canadian singer/songwriter J Stevens has just released a collection of his favorites; “My Best Yet” — The Montreal based artist is currently recording a new full length album anticipated this summer, to be released by Shoestring Studios. We’ve re-mastered some of J’s most memorable tracks and uncovered unreleased demos and live recordings to compile a retrospective of the artists growth in sound and song. “My Best Yet” is available now on iTunes as well as through SHOESTRINGSTUDIOS.ORG where songs can be sampled.
This CD and others are available to PRESS and RADIO by request:
Any comments or reviews would also be appreciated.
AN OFFICIAL CD RELEASE PARTY IS TBA.
J Stevens will be performing a couple numbers at the Burritoville Open Stage tonight.
There’s always a great collection of song writers and musicians sharing their songs Monday nights.
It all begins at 8:30 PM, upstairs at 2055 Bishop Street, near metro Guy-Concordia.
If you’re in the Montreal area, come on out and support local music-makers!
There’s a new open mic at The Burgundy Lion in Montreal, every Sunday.
J Stevens is gonna check it out tonight and is hoping to run into Clairely.
As always, CDs will be available for purchase.
Currently J is offering:
“When the World Pulls the Plug” with special bonus tracks from “Folk I Don’t Know”,
as well as his most recent album
“The Illustrated Natural History of…”
Clairelynow is now selling her re-mastered debut album:
“From the Kitchen of Clairelynow”
Come on out and have fun and support local, independent musicians!
Every other Sunday night starting at 8:30
The Burgundy Lion — 2496 Notre Dame O.
It all begins at 8 PM, upstairs at 2055 Bishop Street, near metro Guy-Concordia.
Clairely will have available her newly re-mastered collection of folk songs “From the Kitchen of Clairelynow” for a suggested price of $5
Come on down and enjoy some good tunes and good food!
TONIGHT both Clairelynow and J. Stevens will be preforming at The Wheel Club’s Old-Time Country Night.
Every Monday starting at 9PM a great group of players backs an open stage with the only requisite being: ‘country’ songs written before 65′.
Perhaps Clairely will sing us a Patsy Cline tune.
Maybe J will reach way back and mix it up a little.
Anything could happen, it’s gonna be fun!
Continuing the orange theme, I’d like to introduce another new tool in the Shoestring Studios arsenal.
It’s a nifty (and miniscule!) amp made to facilitate a-pickin’ and a-strummin’.
Here’s to welcoming the newest addition to Shoestring Studios.
It’s a beautiful new acoustic/electric. It buzzes and rasps like Louis Armstrong on a bender, but it’s mellow enough to suit folk songs.
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