Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Waste The Night (Save the Day): The Story Behind The Song

I'm intermittently posting the individual tracks from my "Greatest Misses: A-Sides" this summer coupled with a story behind each song, & "Waste The Night (Save The Day)" is the 2nd of these...

This track contains a great mish-mash of the players I jammed with prior to the Ashley Newall Band forming in 1998. Rod Christie & Lou DiFlorio -on lead guitars- I jammed with in Toronto before I moved to Ottawa, as well as Mick Cooper on bass (Mick also played on the “Three Paper Thin” cassette). Then there's Darin Edwards on drums with whom I'd been playing in Ottawa since shortly after arriving in '95 (starting together in Burti Lasky in '96 w/ Sean Stephens & Paul Sadlon). With two, two, two songs in one (the 2nd of which being my one & only 'thrash' turn), chalk one up for 'adventures in songwriting.'

Monday, June 22, 2015

Pics: Danielle Allard "Chameleon" CD Release, May 9 @ Bourbon Room (Ottawa)

Right when we started our set @ Danielle Allard's CD release @ Bourbon Room, May 9th, the camera flashes started going off like some kinda paparazzi thing. (I even had to put my shades on at one point.) Great show, great band, & great album, "Chameleon".

We play Ottawa Jazzfest Fri., June 26th!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Hey Earthling: The Story Behind the Song

I'll be intermittently posting the individual tracks from my "Greatest Misses: A-Sides" this summer, coupled with a story behind each song. The 1st of these is the single, "Hey Earthling"...

A long-lost friend from the late 90's, Keri Davey, was trying to get back into poetry-writing, & wanted
to send me lyrics to put music to. She gave me a much-needed deadline (ie. for the requisite drive to complete it) as it was for a songwriting competition. I wrote some music, and then a couple months later -with the deadline mere days away- I sat down to marry her lyrics to it. Her words/poem totally lead the way, dictating the slightly unusual yet organic musical arrangement perfectly.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Less is More | Spread the Love: By Ashley Newall

Sample/Intro: "The local music scene has exploded! Now what do we do? We expand and spread it out, that's what!

Local venues are embracing live local music en masse which is resulting in a momentary glut of shows. How do bands rise above the fray? Two words: supply & demand. If the frequency of shows you play in Ottawa proper surpasses the demand, then you will notice your audiences starting to fall-off. How to address this issue:..." [read more]

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Hosting: Open Mic TUNESday Nights @ LIVE on Elgin!

I'll be hosting Open Mic TUNESday Nights @ Live on Elgin starting June 9th!

FIVE BUCK BEAU'S pints, + newbies get a $15 gift certificate from St. John's Music for playin'!

Every Tuesday night at LIVE on Elgin! (220 Elgin St., Ottawa - 2nd Floor.)
Doors @ 9pm; sign up starts @ 8:30pm.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

"Greatest Misses: A-Sides" Now Available Digitally Online!

The "A-Sides" constitute 1/2 of the double-album. The 2nd 1/2, or "B-Sides", will also be available only via online ordering of the CasSed itself (coming soon to a computer screen near you!) which also includes vids, pics, stories-behind-the-songs, chords & lyrics, WAV + mp3 formats, & more!