Here’s the official press release.. Very excited about this. The results should be available in the fall.
For Immediate release…
Singer/Songwriter James Gordon has received a grant from the Ontario Arts Council for a unique recording project that begins mid-April here in Guelph.
The funds will provide employment for a number of musicians, a recording engineer, and the Royal City Recording Studios, all of whom have been hard hit during the pandemic.
The recording is part of what Gordon calls a “Hybrid” literary concept. He completed a novel during the virus lockdown. The book follows a Canadian touring band, led by a songwriter who writes songs as they travel across the country that connect the plot line together. There are 36 songs that will come as a download with the hard copy book, and be included in the audio book version. It’s the most ambitious project yet for Gordon, who has released 40 albums in a long and varied career.
The recording sessions will emulate the sound of the band described in the novel, which is a country/roots rock band. Joining in on the project will be Jeff Bird from the Cowboy Junkies on bass; Randall Coryell on drums, best known for his work with Tom Cochrane, The Potion Kings, Gwen Swick, and many more; Geordie Gordon on electric guitar and organ, ( just nominated for a Juno with his band U.S. Girls; Anne Lindsay on fiddle, ( from the Jim Cuddy Band ); Singer/songwriter Katherine Wheatley, who recently performed a virtual concert at Guelph’s River Run Centre with her trio “Boreal”, and Gordon himself on lead vocals. Produced and engineered by Evan Gordon of “Islands” fame, the group cannot appear all at once in the studio as hoped because of pandemic precautions, but Evan will compile the completed tracks into a recording that will be completed by the summer.
The pandemic has brought the music business to a standstill, so Gordon and his team are very grateful to the Ontario Arts Council for their support, which will allow for a covid-safe project to take place in these challenging times. Watch for the release of this unusual project before the end of the year. So Grateful to the Ontario Arts Council for their support.
For inquiries contact James at firstname.lastname@example.org