78s From The Crates #78 on Roy’s Record Room

This week on RRR, Roy’s back to COMBING THROUGH the endless crates of 78s IN HIS SLIGHTLY CLUTTERED BASEMENT. He’s uncovered an eclectic batch of good stuff. Big Maybelle’s very first recording circa 1944. The last Hank Williams single released in his lifetime. A fun 1956 rock ‘n’ roll attempt from veteran Western Swing BANDLEADER, Cecil Campbell. Vintage 1925 jazz from Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five. A sunny sounding tribute to love from the B-side of Buddy Holly’s “Peggy Sue”.

A highlight is a 1937 hot dance disc from Jack Shilkret’s band with an amiable vocal chorus from studio singer, Chick Bullock. In this number, the singer wants to get a job in radio so he can tell his sweetie that he loves her from coast to coast. Nowadays, on CKUA, he could tell the whole wide world of his undying affection.

The shellac spin begins this Sunday, November 22nd, 2 PM, Mountain, on CKUA. Tune in for a cool batch of 78s from the crates on Roooy’s Record Room. Over sixteen years of revolving and revealing.

This episode of RRR will be available ‘on demand’ for seven days after the first broadcast –  ondemand.ckua.com

Roy Gets Covered

A two-hour special on CKCU’s ‘Canadian Spaces’

A while back, Roy was chatting with Chris White, host of the long-running folk show, Canadian Spaces (CKCU, Ottawa). They talked about playing a few recordings of Roy’s songs by other artists on the show. It turns out there have been quite a few over the years. By the end of the call, after putting together a tentative playlist, they decided to do a two-hour special on the subject.

So, on Saturday, April 2nd, 10am to noon ET, tune in to Canadian Spaces for a listen to some outstanding interpretations of Roy’s songs from the likes of Hart Rouge, Susan Jacks, Matt Minglewood, Sylvia Tyson, Garnet Rogers, Shari Ulrich, Valdy, Tony Trischka & Skyline, the Great Western Orchestra (with Cindy Church), Laurie Lewis, Tracey Brown, Heather Bishop, Suzie Vinnick,  Shaye Zadravec, Jef Leeson and Shawn Colvin.

Throughout the program, which spans the years 1975 to 2021, Roy reacts to the performances and tells a few stories along the way.

This show is also available ‘on demand’ on the CKCU site.

CFMA Nomination for Producer of the Year

Roy got an early Christmas present this year…a Canadian Folk Music Awards nomination for Producer of the Year for his new album ‘Edge of Blue’. Since 1985, Roy has produced or co-produced all of his own albums as well as records by other artists. He is tickled to get the nod for this area of his work from the CFMA ‘Producer of the Year’ jury.

The awards will be held virtually on April 9th and 10th, 2021. Find out more here: folkawards.ca

AMI TV Documentary on Roy

Back in August, 2019, AMI TV’s Rob Simpson and Tim Testor came to Vancouver to spend a few days hanging out with Roy, gathering material for a documentary on the singer.

Roy’s episode of “Rhythms” features quite a bit of footage of his mid-August outdoor Vancouver CBC Nooner concert along with an extensive interview. They even got in a visit to a record store!

Go HERE to view it online.

‘Straight Outta Dawson’ on CBC-TV

Roy performed for the first time with opera singer Ben Heppner and soul singer Tonye as part of CBC Music’s special show ‘Straight Outta Dawson’. “There is no Dawson Creek sound,” said Forbes. “The three of us are very different. But the fact that [Dawson Creek] had a little something to do with all three of us is pretty interesting. There’s more stuff going up there as well that people don’t know about.”

You can read more about the show HERE. It aired on September 23rd, 2017.

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