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Robin Hunter and the Six Foot Bullies was formed in the summer of 2002 as a vehicle for the original songs of Robin Hunter. Hunter has been a staple of Edmonton's music scene since the late 1980s. Best known as a member of the much-loved rock group The Imagineers, Hunter has also built a solid reputation as a studio guitarist and sideman for performers like Old Reliable, Devilsplender, Jen Kraatz and Wendy McNeill.
John Woroschuk adds resonator guitars to the Six Foot Bullies' mix. Woroschuk has been a professional guitarist since the age of 12, and has played on albums by Jen Kraatz and The Swiftys. His debut solo recording, Woodshed, is expected in 2005. Completing the trio is upright bassist Thom Golub, the leader of Edmonton's Alterations Trios and the co-founder of The Improvised Network (T.I.N.). His debut solo album, Eye Of Jupiter, was released in 2000.
The Six Foot Bullies' 11-song debut CD, Your Heart My Sleeve, was produced by Marc Jenkins at Studio Nebali in Edmonton, Alberta and mastered by Michael Fossenkemper in New York City. The CD, released in 2003, showcases the many sides of this unique trio. It has received campus/community radio airplay across Canada, and spent four weeks on the chart at CJSR (Edmonton).
Its hard to imagine where Calgarys musical scene would be today if a young Lorrie Matheson hadnt decided to pull up his Saskatchewan roots and settle down in the Alberta foothills. Hes been called upon by MuchMusic to guide a tour of the Calgary music scene. Hes played in much-loved, much-storied bands like Fire Engine Red and National Dust, who play one last gig just often enough to create rabid new devotees.
The 2004 release A Dime At A Time is Mathesons second solo project (the first being 2002's You Should Know By Now). Recorded at his home studio and at the fabled Sundae Sound Studios, A Dime At A Time sees Matheson coming into his own as a multi-instrumentalist, a producer, a vocalist, and a writer, creating more textured arrangements and more nuanced songs. Yet with this growing confidence comes a sense of playfulness, aided and abetted by enormously skilled young percussionist Chris Dadge (Bent Spoon Ensemble). Its a combination of maturation and rejuvenation that produces not only the most fully developed songs that Matheson has ever written, but also some of the most honest, most insightful, and most memorable.
The Swiftys have been termed “old school country” and “modern outlaws”. Their originals have been influenced by country greats like Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Steve Earle as well as by rock ‘n’ roll legends CCR and The Band. Since coming together in 2002, The Swiftys have shared the stage with the likes of Lucinda Williams, The Sadies, Fred Eaglesmith, Carolyn Mark, The Corb Lund Band and many others. The Swiftys featuring Shawn “Swifty” Jonasson on guitar and vocals, Jody “Thump” Johnson on bass, and Grant “Stovetop” Stovel on drums, who between them have played with some of Western Canada’s most kick-butt musical groups.
The Swiftys’ eponymous debut album, The Swiftys , reached #1 on the charts at CJSR (Edmonton) and #2 on CKUA (Alberta). It’s been called “ a sweet slice of old-fashioned Alberta country-rock” by the folks at Uptown Magazine in Winnipeg (Swifty’s from around thereabouts somewheres…). Look for a new album with Saved by Radio sometime down the road!
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