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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 men as well!  They formed their own label, secured a major distribution deal with Universal Music Group and are putting the pieces in place for a full scale attack on the nation!

   The group did record under the name of "Dreams Of Reason", however their music  was taking on a different direction, so much so that the four decided to change their name as well.  "These Raven Skies"  display some Progressive elements, but rooted in Rock and Blues, with a healthy dose of some, what I call, "Hardened Folk".  Jeff Martin of "The Tea Party" heard what these amazing four were up to and was quick to offer his help!  Assisting with the production, and finding a harmonious relationship with the group's song writing team, Jeff ended up co-writing several songs on the self-titled debut!  Working from their hard-rock background, "These Raven Skies" have expanded their playing with some very interesting use of differing instruments, and building up their songs with a funky rock groove that actually opens up everything!  One listen of their new album, and you will surely hear a depth seldom heard, an expertise in playing that would be attributed to a much older band!  The structure of each song shows a musical maturity, but a freshness as well.  Plus, there is nothing on this album that cannot be performed live--promising us that their live shows will be thunderous, yet intimate!

An album that is varied, yet united in that the group have successfully developed a "Signature Sound"--there is no mistaking "These Raven Skies"!

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Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

The Blue Gator:   Young 'Uns:   July 25th/26th   Poppa Dawg:  July 31st   The Goods:  Aug. 1st/2nd  Zamboni Brothers:  August 7th   Jimmy LeGuillouxBand:   August 8th/9th   Rann Berry:  August 15th & 16th    

Doc Willoughby's:    No Sinner:  July 27th  Wild Son:  August 2nd   The Mean Threes:  August 8th   


The Minstrel Café:   Shannon Gay & Kristian Alexandrov:  July 25th    Kenny Wayne & Sherman Doucette:  July 26th   Drew Rouse:  July 28th     

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South Okanagan Events Centre (Penticton):   Alice In Chains:  August 8th  

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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.

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