Today I shredded out some harmonies on Muskoka Bound, which I wrote after a good dose of listening to the work of Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard. Muskoka Bound is about various people being trapped in their cars on Highway 400, headed north, each with a “bullet in their soul”.
“Hang that sorrow by the evergreen / Heartache and the campfire / Too many big wheels in between.” – Muskoka Bound
Around the same time Hazel Dickens passed away, Chris Pandolfi wrote The Bluegrass Manifesto. It is worth a read, for bluegrass enthusiasts, and music lovers in general. http://chrispandolfi.
The Trent-Severn is a canal system that connects Lake Ontario at Trenton to the Georgian Bay part of Lake Huron at Port Severn. Trent Severn is this band, founded by Emm and Dayna that I’m thrilled be a part of.
This musical channel now spans from our southwestern Ontario roots all the way to where Dayna resides in northern B.C.
“The music that we heard was like livin’ with buried gold” – Emm
This is a line from a track entitled “The Day We Ditched” from our forthcoming album. Hearing it reinstates my belief that the flood gates of the Canadian music scene are about break open; that there is so much great music lingering just under the surface of the radio that’s about to break free.
Mourning the passing of Levon Helm is contrasted in my mind by the excitement I have about the good tunes that keep rolling into my inbox, and for a future that will include rocking out with these fine ladies.