Songwriter

Liner Notes: Hard Won, John Cody, ole red dot, 2017

JOHN CODY HARD WON   LINER NOTES: APRIL 4, 2017   Nick Krewen     It was a race against time. The circumstances behind the recording of John Cody‘s fourth album, Hard Won, may sound panicked and urgent, but there’s a reason for it: they were. In May 2016, the Montréal-based singer and songwriter received the news that no one wants to hear, especially if you’re a musician: his larynx,…

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Lee Ann Womack wants to remind us what country music is about

51-year-old Grammy winner and 2001 Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year is at the Horseshoe Jan. 24. Nick Krewen Special to the Star Jan 20, 2018 After spending the better part of a few decades building her country music career as part of Nashville’s Music Row label machinery, Texas traditionalist Lee Ann Womack is calling her own shots these days. It’s the reason why her latest project,  the exceptional…


Country-music stalwart Brett Kissel says he’s done looking for U.S. breakthrough

Canadian hitmaker says his new album is utterly true to himself — but he’s sure it will put him on ‘big stages, big festivals and arenas’ somewhere. Nick Krewen, Music Sun., Dec. 17, 2017   There aren’t too many artists who can boast of an appearance by heavy metal guitarist Dave Mustaine and country music legend Charley Pride on the same album. In fact, Flat Lake, Alta.’s country music sensation…


Kelly Clarkson pleased that new album shows off her soul

Meaning of Life is a departure for the American Idol winner — one she’s been waiting for. Nick Krewen Music Mon., Oct 30, 2017 “Character, sass and attitude.” Powerhouse singer, American Idol alum and current The Voice judge Kelly Clarkson nails a description of her new Meaning of Life album, just released, in just four words as she sits across her from her interviewer, resplendent in a black dress.   While…


Steely Dan delivers thrills at Casino Rama without the late Walter Becker: review

The occasion was one of the first handful of Steely Dan concerts performed since the September 3 passing of the band’s co-founding guitarist, songwriter and producer Walter Becker. Nick Krewen Music, Fri., Oct. 20, 2017 With the sting of the passing of a beloved Canadian icon still fresh in their hearts, music lovers gathered at Casino Rama on Thursday night to mourn the loss and celebrate the melodies of another…