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The Journeymen part 2

Nov 14, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Last week, we introduced you to “The Journeymen”, a relatively new group out of the Okanagan. Actually, a new-veteran group! This quintet of seasoned musicians represent forty plus years of Western Canadian Rock!—and will take you through the bulk of that great time at any one...

The Journeymen - Part 1

Nov 7, 2014 / 7:00 pm

By definition: Journeyman: A person who has served an apprenticeship at a trade or handicraft and is certified to work at it-- any experienced, competent performer. So now Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Okanagan’s own Journeymen… “The Journeymen” are Mick Cretney,...

Music Is An Endless River

Nov 3, 2014 / 7:00 pm

I guess because the Bell still rings loudly in my ear, I was totally taken aback at the realisation that Pink Floyd’s impending new release marks their first in twenty years! Yes, almost a generation has grown up during the time between the new material from this iconic group of musicians. ...

Stereo Messiah

Oct 24, 2014 / 7:00 pm

A very British quintet, “Vega” has been making inroads on the Melodic Rock scene in the UK since 2010…and changing it ever so slightly each time they release new material! “Stereo Messiah” is the group’s third attempt, and is a powerful statement from the five....

Over The Moon

Oct 17, 2014 / 7:00 pm

If you read my interview with the President of Frontiers Records, you will recall that we talked about some unique future projects that he was putting together. Serafino has an uncanny talent of putting musicians together that would otherwise not get the opportunity of creating together, and this...

Twenty Years On

Oct 10, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Coming up to their twenty-fifth anniversary of their debut album, what do these guys do?—Begin Again!! is the story: Bruce Atkinson: Of course, “Dalton” is not a new name on the scene… However, how you guys came to this point is a real cool story… Care to...

In For A Ride

Oct 3, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Well, we had better settle in for an exciting ride, in these last three months of 2014!! All indications point to a stellar wind up in regards to the music world—hitting upon all styles, and not just Rock. Traditionally, October is the month that most releases are made available, hence...

Just The Reviews Please

Sep 26, 2014 / 7:00 pm

YES - Heaven & Earth (Frontiers Records) As I wrote in another column: “Heaven & Earth” is as fresh as a Spring morning! This is the latest offering from that veteran ensemble of musical talent that we have been saying “Yes” to for over forty years! What we have...

The Next Big Thing?

Sep 22, 2014 / 7:00 pm

As I stare down this timeline for “Under The Lights”, I am just wrapping up a writer’s marathon for both Melodic Rock and Fireworks magazine! A marathon, due to the amount of new music I’ve been exposed to in the last few days…and all good, and most?—simply...

Mother Road-not Route 66

Sep 12, 2014 / 7:30 pm

This man was a founding member of the German powerhouse “Soul Doctor” which I happened upon, back in 2007, via an assignment to interview and review the band’s then latest release “Blood Runs Cold”. I was so excited to have this assignment, as “Soul...

Unfinished Business

Sep 8, 2014 / 7:00 pm

We are about…to hear brand new material from this iconic West Coast band! “Unfinished Business” is the latest from Canada’s own “Loverboy”!! Comprised of material the group has written over their career, but for one reason or another never quite completed,...

In Review

Aug 29, 2014 / 7:00 pm

YES - Heaven & Earth (Frontiers Records) As I wrote in another column: “Heaven & Earth” is as fresh as a Spring morning! This is the latest offering from that veteran ensemble of musical talent that we have been saying “Yes” to for over forty years! What we have...

Shorts & Sides

Aug 25, 2014 / 7:00 pm

As Summer wanes…here are some interesting notes: Although Dan McCafferty has retired from live performances, he hasn’t given up singing. The latest recorded Work from Nazareth is testament to that! “Rock N’ Roll Telephone” sees Dan up there with his...

California Dreamin'

Aug 15, 2014 / 7:00 pm

From out of the Pacific Northwest, a young guitarist had dreams of California, going there—looking for like minded musicians and making a record. Now what’s wrong with that? Nothing! Only it usually doesn’t happen that way…however for one Jeremy Brunner it did! The...

The Hammer Will Fall Again

Aug 8, 2014 / 7:00 pm

After a much deserved rest, the long standing Rock Veterans-“Hammerfall” are about to return to the world stage, completely energised and armed with a brand new set of songs! I caught up with their drummer in July, and here is what Anders had to say!... Bruce: Hammerfall is known...

Look Up...Way Up!

Aug 1, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Exploding...out of Calgary, we shall soon feel the impact from this thunderous four piece! Keep your eyes on "These Raven Skies"...a funk fuelled straight up rock band that is about to release their self titled debut. The lads are not just a fantastic rock group, they are savvy business...

Bears Repeating

Jul 18, 2014 / 7:00 pm

It all started…in the most unlikely place; Cowtown, Alberta! Paul Dean found himself back in Calgary after leaving Streetheart in late 1979…along with good friend Matt Frenette, ex-drummer of the same Canadian rockers, Streetheart. Both Western Canadian minstrels hooked up...

Get your Groove On

Jul 11, 2014 / 7:00 pm

In just a week, the rhythmic soulful sounds of Motown will float over the core of Kelowna! From the Masters of James Brown to the tenderness of The Temptations—renditions of this famous Detroit sound will fill the Gateway 21 Show Room at Lake City Casino! Saturday July 19th will be the big...

Just Conversations

Jul 4, 2014 / 7:30 pm

This week, just a couple conversations I have had with two veteran groups. Both are facing challenges, in the case of “Shakra”—the group is facing another personnel change and one that they may not be up for. This interview shows a little of what groups face as the years go...

A Little Journey

Jun 27, 2014 / 7:00 pm

He is a driven individual, one that is driven by passion…passion of music. He and his band of minstrels are also road warriors, playing countless gigs across Canada-big and small. A true rocker, Devon Coyote continues to bring his organic, soulful and bluesy notes to the everyday person. ...

About the Author

We call him the Professor of Rock: With a career in music, television and media arts spanning 30 years, Atkinson knows music. He's traveled as a professional musician and he loves Rock 'N Roll. He is a music journalist who writes internationally for Frontier Records' Melodic Rock magazine and he owns FBA International a multifaceted management, consulting, promotional entity.

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet presents its columns "as is" and does not warrant the contents.

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