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Currently on RARadio:

"On to the Next One" by Jacqueline Van Bierk

"I See You Tiger" by Via Tania

"Lost the Plot" by Amoureux"

Bright Eyes, Black Soul" by The Lovers Key

"Cool Thing" by Sassparilla

"These Halls I Dwell" by Michael Butler

"St. Francis"by Tom Russell & Gretchen Peters, performance by Gretchen Peters and Barry Walsh; 

"Who Do You Love?"by Elizabeth Kay; 

"Rebirth"by Caterpillars; 

"Monica's Frock" by Signel-Z; 

"Natural Disasters" by Corey Landis; 

"1,000 Leather Tassels" by The Blank Tapes; 

"We Are All Stone" and "Those Machines" by Outer Minds; 

"Another Dream" by MMOSS; "Susannah" by Woolen Kits; 

Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and other dead celebrities / news by A SECRET PARTY;

"I Miss the Day" by My Secret Island,  

"Carriers of Light" by Brendan James;

"The Last Time" by Model Stranger;

"Last Call" by Jay;

"Darkness" by Leonard Cohen; 

"Sweetbread" by Simian Mobile Disco and "Keep You" fromActress off the Chronicle movie soundtrack; 

"Goodbye to Love" from October Dawn; 

Trouble in Mind 2011 label sampler; 

Black Box Revelation Live on Minnesota Public Radio;

Apteka "Striking Violet"; 

Mikal Cronin's "Apathy" and "Get Along";

Dana deChaby's progressive rock




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Rick Alan Rice (RAR) Literature Page


CCJ Publisher Rick Alan Rice dissects the building of America in a trilogy of novels collectively calledATWOOD. Book One explores the development of the American West through the lens of public policy, land planning, municipal development, and governance as it played out in one of the new counties of Kansas in the latter half of the 19th Century. The novel focuses on the religious and cultural traditions that imbued the American Midwest with a special character that continues to have a profound effect on American politics to this day. Book One creates an understanding about America's cultural foundations that is further explored in books two and three that further trace the historical-cultural-spiritual development of one isolated county on the Great Plains that stands as an icon in the development of a certain brand of American character. That's the serious stuff viewed from high altitude. The story itself gets down and dirty with the supernatural, which in ATWOOD - A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliveranceis the outfall of misfires in human interactions, from the monumental to the sublime. The book features the epic poem "The Toiler" as well as artwork by New Mexico artist Richard Padilla.

Elmore Leonard Meets Larry McMurtry

Western Crime Novel











I am offering another novel through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing service. Cooksin is the story of a criminal syndicate that sets its sights on a ranching/farming community in Weld County, Colorado, 1950. The perpetrators of the criminal enterprise steal farm equipment, slaughter cattle, and rob the personal property of individuals whose assets have been inventoried in advance and distributed through a vast system of illegal commerce.

It is a ripping good yarn, filled with suspense and intrigue. This was designed intentionally to pay homage to the type of creative works being produced in 1950, when the story is set. Richard Padilla has done his usually brilliant work in capturing the look and feel of a certain type of crime fiction being produced in that era. The whole thing has the feel of those black & white films you see on Turner Movie Classics, and the writing will remind you a little of Elmore Leonard, whose earliest works were westerns. Use this link.



If you have not explored the books available from Amazon.com's Kindle Publishing division you would do yourself a favor to do so. You will find classic literature there, as well as tons of privately published books of every kind. A lot of it is awful, like a lot of traditionally published books are awful, but some are truly classics. You can get the entire collection of Shakespeare's works for two bucks.

You do not need to buy a Kindle to take advantage of this low-cost library. Use this link to go to an Amazon.com page from which you can download for free a Kindle App for your computer, tablet, or phone.

Amazon is the largest, but far from the only digital publisher. You can find similar treasure troves atNOOK Press (the Barnes & Noble site), Lulu, and others.









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Back in 2005, ARCADE FIRE was labeled "Canada's Most Intriguing Rock Band" in a cover story on the Canadian edition of Time Magazine. Time has a long history of prognostication where pop culture is concerned, the home edition's early endorsement of Bruce Springsteen coming to mind. On the eve of the release of Arcade Fire's self-produced second album, it will be interesting to see if the promise of their debut has legs.

Arcade Fire is intriguing, as odd as it may seem to use such an adjective to describe a rock band. Is Arcade Fire part of some grand scheme to effect some major change in...something? Probably not, but there is a richness in their sound that makes critics squirt pudding, which may feel world changing. 

The band plays deceptively simple, mid-tempo pulsation rock, sweetened with violin and synth, infused with a touch of traditional music, often through the accordion. That would all be interesting, maybe less than intriguing, but the sound is elevated by ultra-confident arrangements and the ultra-appealing voices of the husband-wife team of Win Butler and Régine Chassagne. There is additional potency in the feeling one gets that every player in the band - and Arcade Fire will post up a football team worth of musicians - is collaborating in an organic way. There is nothing canned about this band, it's all fresh and highly competent.

The cast of players includes Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury, Sarah Neufeld, Jeremy Gara and Win's little brother Will Butler. Of that lineup, Parry and Neufeld are also principal players in Montreal's exotic The Bell Orchestre (also featured on this page), a real testimony to the caliber of players in Arcade Fire. The Bell Orchestre recorded its first album in the same studio, and at the same time, that Arcade Fire was recording theirs. There was cross pollination of players, and probably more. The Bell Orchestre became an opening act for Arcade Fire, with Parry and Neufeld in both lineups, as Arcade Fire became the bigger commercial success.

Arcade Fire signed with Merge Records in 2004 and released their first LP, Funeral, inspired by a year that saw a number of deaths in the families of the band members. It may have seemed like a sober choice of title, but their landing caused ripples. Arcade Fire quickly established itself as must-see fare. There is a lot of integrity in this sound, some pure inspiration, though Régine Chassagne's vocals will occasionally bring to mind those of fellow aesthete Bjork. In fact, the association is closer than you can imagine. Bjork and Arcade Fire share the same management team. 

The inclination is to focus on the cohesiveness one hears in the Arcade Fire sound. You sense these people get each other. There is a kind of intimacy about the way they work, like they have found home turf. Régine is from a family that fled Haiti, and the dictator Duvalier, in the 1960’s, eventually settling in Montreal. Win was an itinerant musician who showed up in Montreal around 2002, found Régine, and started a songwriting partnership. The carrot-topped Richard Parry joined in, adding multi-instrumentation, and he recruited former bandmate Tim Kingsbury, and the Bell Orchestre studio chemistry increased the sound in sophisticated ways. Jeremy Gara stayed to play the drums, after being brought in for the first album sessions, and Sarah Neufeld stayed to play violin, both as full members of the band.

Arcade Fire performed on Saturday Night Live this week, adding to previous appearances on The Late Show With David Letterman and Austin City Limits. It is not hard to be swept away by the freshness, and the largeness, of their sound. It will be interesting to see if the follow-up album and that kind of television exposure puts them on the cover of Time stateside.


ARCADE FIRE: Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, William Butler, Tim Kingsbury, Sarah Neufeld, Jeremy Gara, Owen Pallett







Arcade Fire MP3s can be heard at their MySpace site at http://www.myspace.com/arcadefireofficial  

From September 15, 2007 Edition

Feist Breaks Through With IPod Nano Spot

RAR has been watching Leslie Feist videos this week, urged on by her enchanting commercial spot for the Apple iPod Nano. And I have been wondering what took so long for me to come around to "Feist," as she is known in her new persona. Leslie Feist has been known on the Indie-rock scene as the punk girl with Broken Social Scene and the 1965 Guild that she plays with ferocious individuality. She is the guitarist in her own band, holding up every song, mostly by herself. This is the same girl who, by her own admission, pushes the envelope of corny with each of her new dance videos. That she performs with such confidence and focused enthusiasm (see the Britney Spears piece above, for context) is utterly winning. 

The Feist we see on the iPod spot is an infectious delight. Whoever choreographed her dancers - maybe the guy who is out of uniform and sneaks into the video occasionally to help with a difficult turn? - should get a laurel and hardy handshake for a job well done. In an age when people think humping is a dance move, this video is extraordinarily refreshing in its playful wonder. And Feist herself is a delight. I asked my daughter, who has been in dance training since she was five, if Feist seems to her to be "a dancer" or just a person who is dancing. Her sense is mine, that Feist is the latter, which makes her all the more special. Her talents shine through. She has the gift of fun to go with an extraordinary gift of rhythm.

Feist has been on San Francisco radio playlists, particularly KFOG, quite a lot and I have found her tunes slightly annoying, more kitsch than substance. Her voice, which is clear as a bell and Peggy Lee-like in its expressiveness (seriously, Peggy Lee), can feel a little commercial, like something an ad agency would produce. It is an admirable gift and Feist uses it with real artistry. The tunes that have surfaced off her new LP The Reminder seem to have been designed as soundtracks for her dance videos, which seem calculated to bookend with the iPod commercial. The spot has raised her profile. Feist sold 400,000 units worldwide of her 2004 LP Let It Die, 180,000 in the U.S. She peaked at #36 on the Billboard 200. The Reminder has been on the charts for 19 weeks and peaked at #16, but keep your eye on that LP for a second life on the strength of this iPod exposure and her YouTube following. "1 2 3 4," charming and clever as it is - the whole thing is shot in a single take with non-professional dancers in thrift-store clothes - is not the strongest of what she's got. (Click here to see Feist videos on YouTube, here to go to her MySpace site for more.) She has been touring to larger venues this time around than the club circuit she has toured in the past.

One suspects that in unveiling her dance persona to expand on her core Indie-rock following, Feist may also experience positive blow-back when her new fans discover her core gift - her girl with song and guitar thing.

There is a nice New York Times article on Feist you can read by clicking here.

Rory Block Signs with Stony Plain Records

Edmonton, Alberta – Stony Plain Records has announced the signing of acclaimed blues singer/guitarist Rory Block and the September 30 release of her label debut, Blues Walkin’ Like a Man: A Tribute to Son House. The new CD features a special guest appearance by Rory’s long-time friend John Sebastian, who contributes harmonica on three tracks.

Rory Block was a 15-year old guitar prodigy when she first met the legendary Son House in 1965 backstage at a well-known Greenwich Village club. “Son House virtually radiated a golden light,” Block remembers of that first meeting. “I learned a deep lesson about the power of the music which became an inseparable part of me. Later, I had a chance to play for him. I will never forget his amazement as I played Willie’s Brown’s ‘Future Blues.’ He was asking people, ‘Where did she learn to play like this?’”

That meeting helped set a teenaged Rory Block on the blues path that has brought her international recognition as (Guitar Extra proclaimed) “one of the world's most important preservers of the roots of American music...a national treasure in the form of an uncompromising mature blues artist.” The New York Times summed up a Rory Block performance by stating: “Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly, as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends.”

In addition to the critical plaudits she’s received over her extensive career, Rory has won five W.C. Handy Awards (now known simply as Blues Music Awards) from the Blues Foundation: two for “Best Traditional Blues Female Artist” and three for “Acoustic Blues Album of the Year,” the most recent being last year. She also tours constantly all over North America and throughout Europe.

On Blues Walkin’ Like a Man, Rory Block interprets 13 of Son House’s most powerful blues songs, including “Preachin’ Blues,” “Death Letter,” “Grinnin’ in Your Face” and Jinx Blues,” imbuing them with the visceral quality of the master, himself, channeling that energy through both her vocals and searing guitar playing.
Rory Block will tour extensively in support of her new CD, and is booked by Steve Hecht of Piedmont Talent (steve@piedmonttalent.com). For more information on Rory Block, visit www.roryblock.com or www.stonyplainrecords.com.

Stony Plain Records is distributed in the U.S. by Koch Entertainment; in Canada by Warner Music; and in Europe by Continental Record Service. U.S. publicity inquiries should be directed to Mark Pucci Media (mpmedia@bellsouth.net) / (770) 804-9555. Canadian inquiries should be directed to Richard Flohil & Associates (rflohil@sympatico.ca / (416) 351-1323


Bell Orchestre


Montreal’s Bell Orchestre may be the most ambitiously original act in music today. With members including  multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry (guitar, keyboards, percussion, accordion and crash helmet) and violinist Sarah Neufeld, both of the popular band Arcade Fire, The Bell Orchestre create what some describe as "Bela Bartok style Klezmer, jazz and gypsy folk," but what may sound to most like music designed to replace Pink Floyd at the planetarium. 

One can find odd promotional pieces on the Internet intimating that a night at a  Bell Orchestre show may leave one changed forever. That seems off the wall, but take a listen to their work, which has hypnotic qualities. The musicians are skillful at drawing listeners in to their elevated sound, which in lesser hands may seem simply self-indulgent. Somehow The Bell Orchestre folks tempt, intrigue and surprise in a way that can divert one profoundly. Their seduction is simple and without pretense, and certainly without self-reverence. Extended whole notes draw listeners in, pulling them away from what they were thinking, and locking them in a trance, and then there is Sarah Neufeld's extraordinarily satisfying violin sound. Performed at a high level, it is not potent so much for virtuosity as for accessibility and soulfulness. The Bell Orchestre feels at once ultra-modern and traditional, and they feel a lot like an ethos that was pervasive in the '60s, providing a sonic service to the jazz cigarette set.

Bell Orchestre is: 

Bell Orchestre frequently includes Marika Anthony-Shaw, a violinist who also works with Arcade Fire.

There is an Interview with members of The Bell Orchestre at The Torture Garden site,  http://thetorturegarden.blogspot.com/2006/01/bell-orchestre-interview.html

Bell Orchestre MP3S:



Bell Orchestre MP3s can be heard at their myspace site at http://www.myspace.com/bellorchestre.





THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS are a Vancouver group that formed in 1997 and immediately hit it big with "Letter From An Occupant." The band claims as their influences The Moody Blues, Tubeway Army, Wings, always Wings, never The Beatles, Eno of course, you can't play ebow without sounding like Eno, Modern English, middle period post-Gabriel Genesis, The Stranglers, 10cc..."



Lucie Idlout


Lucie Idlout, often identified as "Inuk Singer/Songwriter Lucie Idlout," is an interesting newcomer on the folk/blues/rock scene. It's hard to know exactly where to place her in the pop spectrum. It even seems hard for reviewers to get a handle on who she is, variously likened to Etta James, Marianne Faithful, and P.J. Harvey. No real stretch to hear the band Garbage in her track "Whiskey Breath," which sounds a lot more like L.A. than what one might imagine would surface from Nunavut, Lucie's native territory.

Lucie is a muscular presence, a growling singer, who isn't always pitch perfect but seems on point with authenticity. She has talked about her struggles to be seen as a rock singer, as opposed to some ambassador of native culture. In fact, her first album, E5770; My Mother's Name - the title refers to a past Canadian government practice of referring to the Inuit by number rather than by their Inuktitut names - was a balance of Lucie's rock self, but built incorporating some traditional sounds. As a cultural move, it was sensitive and appropriate. There aren't that many Lucie Idlout's surfacing from the small Inuit community, and her deference was well received. Lucie was awarded Best Female Artist at the Canadian Aboriginal Awards for her debut release.

Lucie has been vocal about her desire to not be viewed as anything other than a rocker, and has vowed her sophomore release will show that. In a recent Toronto Sun interview she said - "We've taken all the cultural elements out, so people can no longer confuse what we're doing for anything but rock 'n' roll," Idlout says. "I can't tell you how many times we've been billed as a world music band, and then we show up to the blue-rinse crowd and we're the devil.

"It drives me crazy. I'd like to do whatever style I feel like, on my own terms. Right now it's a process of breaking things down so people move away from cultural stereotypes. Later on, if I want to return to the cultural stuff, that'll be my prerogative."

The new release is due any time, and it will be interesting to follow. Lucie is a legitimate songwriter, skilled in the use of imagery and provocative in her word choices. It is the quality of her voice that most fascinates. I mean, how many 20-somethings get likened to Etta James? Or Marianne Faithful, for that matter? She'll get the cultural aspects of being an Inuit rocker put in their proper perspective eventually, so she and everyone else can concentrate on what an arresting presence she is.

Lucie Idlout has toured extensively through Canada, Europe and the United States. Idlout at one time was seen every Thursday night on television sets across Canada as host of Buffalo Tracks, APTN's talk and music show.

Lucie Idlout MP3S:



Lucie Idlout MP3s can be heard at her myspace site at www.myspace.com/lucieidlout.


In 2004, the song "Birthday", off Lucie's debut album, appeared in the film Crime Spree, featuring Harvey Keitel and Gérard Depardieu. Her follow-up album, Swagger, is slated for release in the winter of 2006.




For more than 15 years, Toronto's RON SEXSMITH has won the admiration of an impressive string of big name talent, including Elvis Costello, Sarah McLachlan, Radiohead, Bill Frisell, Gordon Lightfoot, Elton John, John Hiatt, Rod Stewart, Chris Martin, Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan. He has landed his well-crafted tunes in movies and television shows (most recently NBC comedy "Scrubs"), he tours extensively and enjoys a solid fan base, but he has not been a hit maker to date. The laurel wreath of respect he wears is that of a "songwriter's songwriter."

The picture on the right, which is about as expressive as Sexsmith gets, is remarkable for its apparent lack of irony. What you see, and what you hear, is what you get with Ron. He shares with Brian Wilson a kind of guileless quality that lends angelic power to his otherwise simple offerings. Sexsmith is nowhere near the composer that Brian Wilson was, nor does he aspire to be. One senses it is beyond his desire to range. He specializes in the sensitive guy with acoustic guitar sound, which is now being emulated in huge doses by Ben Gibbard with Death Cab for Cutie. Upon first exposure to Sexsmith, one might think one has stumbled across a children's act, so gentle is the approach, so quiet. Sexsmith gets his mileage out of observation, confession and honey-dipped sensitivity. He never stops tugging at your heart, exploring with wince-inducing innocence those places a guy should come away from feeling soiled, but Ron never does. He is either a coated cowboy, or retarded. Or maybe he is just an incredibly morose guy, like Elliott Smith, with an uncanny knack for mimicking the essence of traditional balladeering, like an Austin savant. Whatever, one doesn't sense there is going to be any real change, just a continuation of the pathos and melancholy that has defined his sound.

Besides, if it isn't broke...

Ron has been nominated for this year's Juno Awards for "Songwriter of the Year" (All In Good Time, Never Give Up, Hands of Time) and "Adult Alternative Album" for Time Being. The Juno Awards will be held on April 1, 2007 at the Credit Union Center in Saskatoon and will be broadcast live on CTV. Nelly Furtado hosts. - from his website.

Time Being, released in 2006, is Ron Sexsmith's 10 album. Sexmith has been winning Juno awards off and on since 1998.








Ron Sexsmith MP3s can be heard at his MySpace site at 






NOMEANSNO is a Canadian rock institution. They have been around since 1979 and cranking out singles, EPs and LPs since 1982 - something like 17 LPs, some once available in vinyl and cassette as well as CD. They were largely post-punk, more progressive rock initially, but clearly became influenced by the Dead Kennedys and other of their anti-establishment contemporaries, and they became more "chuggish." Their trademark has always been their disregard for the games they play, roughly music and fame, but its the disregard of a frat boy, more prank than political. They belong attitudinally to the "mocking disdainists" (or is it mock disdain?) sect of the punk era, blithe discounters of the machinery of modern life, from its commerce to its products and protocols. And yet these guys tour constantly, playing to a small but dedicated following, showing no lack of dedication to the ethic of work. They are decidedly information averse, often purposely providing its opposite. Reviewers may be forgiven if they find it all a little silly, though that's really part of the point. NOmeansno is a put-on on wheels.

The rhythmic Wright brothers have defined the sound of the band, their bass and drum work augmented by the experimentations of Kerr, who split from the band in 1991, and later of Tom Hollistan. Rob Wright has been primarily responsible for the songwriting, and vocals, such as they are, are shared.

Over the years, Rob and John Wright, Andy Kerr and then Tom Hollistan, have started to look like software engineers, but their schtick has remained the same. They have held steadfast in their devotion to non-commercial mash-ups that range vocally from rant to spoken word. 

When a band flaunts factuality the way NOmeansno does, it is hard to know if their press releases are even real. Currently they are flacking a reunion with their once business partner Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys, the Melvins, others), who according to the band's website "is scheduled to fly to a select Canadian city on the upcoming spring tour to appear live with NOmeansno. The date will remain confidential in order to create an air of suspense. Biafra plans to reunite with NOmeansno to perform a special encore presentation of their collaborative album, Last Scream of the Missing Neighbors, complete with instrument switching. Kevin Lee and Rob Wright will swap axes and let the mayhem commence. Lead guitarist Tom Holliston is reportedly sitting out this tour as he is scouting for an undisclosed Major League Baseball team throughout spring training and in fact, may appear as a reliever in at least one game. Biafra, who was contacted by NOmeanswhatever.com for comment, could only say, "This will be rad, dude." NOmeansno was on Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label until 2002, so this is sort of a reunion.

They also have announced on their website that "guitarist/chief songwriter/baseball announcer Tom Holliston is pleased to announce he will be appearing in this spring's Dancing With the Stars reality TV show on ABC television (NTV in Canada)."  Hollistan and the Wrights all play in NOmeansno alter ego band The Hansen Brothers, for which John turns the drum kit over the another player to step out front as vocalist. Named after characters in Slap Shot, a 1977 Paul Newman hockey movie, The Hanson Brothers have been called "nearly a Ramones tribute band..."

NOMEANSNO!: Band and Crew in 2006. The band is Rob Wright (bass, vocals, some guitar, shirts), John Wright (drums, percusion, vocals, keyboards, brewing advice),
Tom Holliston (guitar, vocals, dance moves), Blair CaliBABA (Sound Modifications)
John Chedsey (Impersonations), with Ken Kempster ( 2nd drums ), Andy Kerr ( ex. guitar ), and Craig Bougie ( nothing but trouble ) - from their MySpace site.

NOmeansno released their most recent opus in August of last year, and have toured the U.S. and Europe in support of the CD.


NOmeansno MP3s can be heard at their myspace site at www.myspace.com/myspaceiswrong




Canadian-born rocker SABRINA KORVA got one of those Courtney Cox-like Bruce Springsteen video moments when, at age 13, she was hauled up on stage at a Brian Adams concert to sing a duet with the star countrymen. She wasn’t a complete ingénue, having already trained as a classical pianist, and already having recorded her first original demo. Apparently she pulled it off. You have to be impressed by her sheer verve, which put her on what she describes as a “Rock 'n'  Rollercoaster.” She immediately

Photo by                  became an object of showcasing for festivals.

Brennan Barrett      

“This led to her collaboration with well-known Canadian rocker Todd Kerns (Static in Stereo, Age of Electric) in Vancouver. The two rockers went on to write and record a demo which gained industry attention. The song 'In Your Face' was aired on Vancouver's rock radio station 99.3 The Fox, and was also selected to be a part of Clear Channel's joint venture with the National Breast Cancer Foundation.” – from her website.

For the past year Sabrina has been living in Los Angeles and working with music industry vets Curt Cuomo (Kiss; Eddie Money; Union), James Baker (War), Dean Truitt (Color), Jim Huff (Wall of Silence; Edwin), and others, all in preparation for recording her debut LP. Sabrina’s music is youth-oriented pop-rock that features her clear, sassy vocal style.

Over the past year she has played various venues on the Strip, including CrueFest at the world-famous Whisky A-go-go. It has worked pretty well so far. Sabrina was nominated Outstanding Solo Artists for the 2006 Rock City News Awards.





LEFT: Laughing on the bus... Tell me this shot doesn't make you feel good.  Being young is always all about posturing, but it is the unbridled joy that is infectious.

Sabrina Korva photographed by Richard Morava

Sabrina Korva MP3s:



Why (Acoustic Demo)

In Your Face

Copyright © 2006-2007 Sabrina Korva, all rights reserved


Sabrina's MySpace site also features her MP3s: Go to http://www.myspace.com/sabrinakorva 


Sabrina Korva photographed by Richard R. Morava/Morava Media



Okay, so she's no longer in Austin having returned to her native Canada with an expired U.S. visa, but DONNA LYNN KAY was on the Austin scene during the recording of her Electric Blue LP, produced by Mark Hallman at Congress House studio. The singer/slide guitarist became a regular at Antone's and Threadgill's while she was in town, playing her version of Delta Blues with the likes of Hubert Sumlin, Buckwheat Zydeco and Kim Wilson.

"DLK" hails originally from Sudbury, Ontario but has lived in Europe and, most recently, Austin. 

From her website - "Musically, Donna draws from the early slide masters like Son House and Blind Willie Johnson. You will also hear the influences of Muddy Waters, Robert Petway and of course, Robert Johnson – the most famous of the early bluesmen. In a recent interview, Donna said, 'This music has an honesty and a soulfulness that reaches down inside of you. With every listen I seem to take away something new.' She continued, 'The first time I ever heard slide live was back many years ago when R.L. Burnside played the Horseshoe in Toronto. I don't think anyone can ever really replicate the playing of the great masters, but that's not the point. The secret is to find something of your own within the Music.'"

I am hoping to get MP3s of Donna's work. In the meantime, she has short samples up of songs for her next LP.

ABOVE: Donna Lynn Kay at Antone's for the Blues Society of Austin kickoff night. BELOW: Back on stage at Antone's with Hubert Sumlin (Sitting), Willie Smith (on Drums), and Calvin Jones on Bass, for Antone's 28th Anniversary bash. BELOW LEFT: DLK with Kim Wilson at Antone's.

Electric Blue




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