A little Penguins meets Sam Cooke meets the TC Helicon effects loop station that I completely lifted from my friend Alex. (sorry and thanks Al!….)
I’ve started posting a new live video every Monday and calling it, wait for it…#musicmondays. I could probably stand to give it a better title. Your thoughts and ideas are of course always welcome (just hit me up in the comments below).
Last week I was in a bar for a pretty hilarious speed dating-esque event. The deal was every table was numbered very clearly and there was a rotating clothes line going through the bar that you could pin notes to send messages to other tables. My friend and I sat there sending and not receiving all night until finally the moment we were on our way out we received one which said,
“you, in my kitchen, no clothes on, washing my utensils, no glasses”
The tragic part was we were both wearing glasses and had no idea who the message was meant for. The sender had also not included their table so we called it a night. This is all to say that amongst the plethora of cheesy and nauseating love songs on the playlist that night this classic Roxette jam came on and I had to take note for future use.
If you like it, please spread it around. #sharethelove #musicmondays
I just released the studio version of this song over the weekend. This is a live video that I had the pleasure of making with the students at the Nimbus School for Recording Arts a couple years ago. If the song was done then, you may ask, why did it take this long for it to be released? I’m not really sure. Slight improvements the more a song gets played maybe?
Sometimes I’m almost embarrassed to realize how long a song took to write. “Hold you” began as a two chord jam for my first project, Spark that Screams, way back in 2002 or 2003. We were University kids obsessed with Radiohead. At that point it was in 10/8 and sounded a bit too much like “Morning Bells”. The song didn’t have words or a name yet, just notes that rubbed together in a way that I liked.
The lyrics and a couple more chords came while I was in my next band, The Painted Birds. I’d had a series of dreams about my parents that were so vivid that when I woke up it took a good while to convince myself that they weren’t with me anymore. ‘Hold You’ sprung out of that moment where you realize this is all a dream and you want to hold on so badly because you know that as soon as you wake up it’ll all be gone. The Painted Birds being more of a rock band, ‘Hold You’ started leaning in that direction and had the misfortune (or fortune) of not making it onto our album.
Then for a few years nothing. She lived in a notebook dormant until one night at a campfire with The Folk Road Show and our then producer John Paul Smith I was urged to sing a song that they’d never heard before. Playing the song the guys all asked where I’d been hiding it all this time. A year or so later with the acquisition of a new keyboard and the accidental creation of a beat on my loop station, the song was back in action. When I went into the studio with Dave Vertesi at the producer chair the song made the cut this time, and of course further changes and improvements were made before it got to you today. Maybe you can hear the many subtle differences between the studio version and this live version?
Thanks as always for your support,
Big News Friends,
I’ll be dropping my 3rd studio release on March 23, 2018. To support the release I’ll be playing a scattering of album release shows across Canada in the month of March. (To get tickets in advance, click on the appropriate “Tickets” link below)
Mar 9 – Burnstown, ON – Neat Coffee Shop – Tickets
Mar 10 – Toronto, ON – Burdock (Early Show 6pm) – Tickets
Mar 16 – Medicine Hat, AB – Cafe Verve
Mar 18 – Calgary, AB – Ironwood Stage and Grill – Tickets
Mar 20 – Canmore, AB – House Concert
Mar 22 – Edmonton, AB – The Mercury Room – Tickets
Mar 24 – Golden, BC – Rockwater Grill (dinner show)
Mar 30 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret – Tickets
After a long year of working on 8 of our favourite songs, The Folk Road Show is very happy to announce that our sophomore album is finally ready for you to drink in, devour or bathe in 😉
GOLD is available on all of your common streaming sites, though we like to recommend you download it from our bandcamp as that is the method that supports us the most. I’ve listed links below to find the album
I’ll be coming to you for my first tour to the Maritimes since 2008 when I was in the Painted Birds. This time I’ll be touring my solo, teaming up with the amazing and incredible Skye Wallace for a string of tour dates this November.
Freaks in the Skye Tour
Nov 1 Plan b Lounge – Moncton, NB
Nov 2 The Commune – New Glasgow, NS
Nov 3 Baba’s Lounge – Charlottetown, PEI
Nov 4 The Barn – Mahone Bay, NS
Nov 5 Capers Pub and Eatery – Miramichi, NB
Nov 6 Green Hill Alma United Church – Alma, NS
Nov 7 Good Robot Brewing Company – Halifax, NS
Nov 8 Salty Towers House Concert – St Andrews, NB
Nov 9 Thunder & Lightning Ltd.- Sackville, NB
Nov 10 Governor’s Pub & Eatery – Sydney, NS
Nov 11 Patchwork – Bedford, NS
Nov 12 Grimross Brewing Co. – Fredericton, NB (2-5pm)
Nov 16 Bar Robo – Ottawa, ON
Folk Road Show just put out a brand new single called “Something in the Water”. Stream or buy it at any of the following sites:
Something in the Water is the 2nd single off our forthcoming album “Gold” which will be out November 10th. Until then, here’s a live version of the song from a show at Portabella’s in North Battleford, Saskatchewan.
Release day has finally come. I give to you the first single off my forthcoming album: DESERTS.
Please check out, listen, download, save, and share Echoes wherever you listen to music. I’ve included some links below including the youtube still video above and live performance recorded in London with the Vaults String Quartet. (Official music video to come very shortly)
Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/track/71e8tzx0KmKZr55Q07z8hM
Apple Music – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/echoes-single/id1270322781
Bandcamp – https://domfricot.bandcamp.com/