Angel Featured on ChillFiltr

Angel Featured on ChillFiltr

“If you look for something long enough, sometimes you become afraid of finding it.”

Those insightful words come from Krister Axel, author of roots music blog ChillFiltr. His reflection on my new song Angel reminds me why I write songs. It’s all about connection and discovery. Sending something out into the world and having it return changed in surprising ways.

Listen Local: Travis Matthews

Listen Local: Travis Matthews

I saw this week's Listen Local pick play at a Soft March show. Travis Matthews was our opener. He's funny and captivating. He's got great stage banter. At one point he invited a girl up on stage who'd been dancing her way through every song. She became his improv backup dancer for the rest of the night – even through a slower, sadder song – and Travis was unshaken.

Listen Local: Soft March

Listen Local: Soft March

Soft March – today's Listen Local pick – have just put out a ton of music. They've been working hard this past month, and I should know because Soft March is my other musical adventure.

I joined Soft March in the spring of 2018. At that point they'd released their debut album, Farewell Party, which I had nothing to do with but had already been getting into. The songwriting is strong and Paul Jensen's vocals add a texture that keeps things interesting.

Listen Local: 100 Mile House

Listen Local: 100 Mile House

Today's Listen Local pic holds a special place in my heart. 100 Mile House is the first local band I really dug into.

Long before I knew the depths of our local music scene, I was running sound at The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse during the Kaleido Festival. I'd never heard 100 Mile House before, and I was a sound-tech amatuer. They were gracious, easy to work with and sounded fantastic despite me. I could have listened to them all day, and bought a CD so that I could.

Listen Local: VISSIA

Listen Local: VISSIA

VISSIA is yet another dynamite performer firmly rooted in the Edmonton music scene, and she's today's Listen Local pick.

With all those jangly guitars and slap-echo vintage vocals, it should be no surprise I'm a VISSIA fan. All the guitar tone in the world can't save a bad song though, and thankfully VISSIA is a fantastic songwriter.

Listen Local - Evergreen

Listen Local - Evergreen

Their first full length album, Whole, just released last week. Recorded at Edmonton's Royal Studios, it's a great sounding record. Right now I'm really digging the track The End of the World.

Given their streaming numbers on Spotify, it seems I'm late to the party. Edmonton's music scene just keeps getting better.