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Moving into Shadowland

  Nick Krewen Hamilton Spectator June 25, 1988   NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: She once raised a ruckus at the Juno Awards by donning a wedding dress and reciting vows, formerly dressed like a cowpunk rodeo spinster and at one time claimed to be the spiritual reincarnation of country legend Patsy Cline. That was three years ago. Nowadays, k.d. lang, the 26-year old pride of Consort, Alberta (population 650) – is treated with…


Propellerheads’ History Repeating for the First Time

NICK KREWEN Special To The Spectator May 26, 1998   TORONTO — It’s a case of “History Repeating” for Alex Gifford, but success is sweeter the second time around. The last time Gifford was in Toronto, he was a teenager playing sax for British punk rockers The Stranglers, a position he held from 1984 until lead singer Hugh Cornwell announced his departure in 1990. Now he’s back on a promo…


Robbie Robertson’s Music For Native Americans

 NICK KREWEN Special To The Hamilton Spectator Thursday, March 12, 1998     TORONTO:  In 1994, Robbie Robertson embraced his Native heritage with the documentary soundtrack album Music For The Native Americans. He continues the exploration of his roots with his latest album, Contact From The Underworld Of Red Boy — released this past Tuesday — but says that this album is much more personal. “It isn’t a sequel to…


NRBQ: UBI-Q-Tious

AS APPEARED IN THE KITCHENER-WATERLOO RECORD ON JANUARY 20, 1998   NRBQ: UBI-Q-Tious   By Nick Krewen   They never play the same show twice. In fact, the ubiquitous NRBQ like to keep things so spontaneous that they don’t even bother to write out a set list before they go onstage. “We like to think that when we go out there, we don’t have a plan,” bassist and NRBQ co-founder…


Steve Earle speeds down Copperhead Road

  Nick Krewen The Hamilton Spectator December 3, 1987   “Now the revenue man wanted Grandaddy bad He headed up the holler with everything he had It’s before my time but I’ve been told He never came back from Copperhead Road.”   – from “Copperhead Road”, written by Steve Earle, copyright 1987 Duke Of Earle/ Goldline Music (ASCAP).   Rock ‘n’ roll rebel or country crusader? Virginian-born Steve Earle would…