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Under Cover (December 2014) – Lost My Driving Wheel and Lucifer’s Blues

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

This is part three of our newly launched Under Cover feature. Every month we will be offering free downloads of two cover songs: one recorded by Cowboy Junkies and another recorded by a Latent artist. We are running this feature off of the Latent Recordings Facebook page. All you need to do is go to the page, click the Under Cover link and follow the prompts.

Lost My Driving Wheel is quite possibly my favourite recording of all the cover songs that we have recorded over the years. We recorded it in a short session that took place between the making of Black Eyed Man and Pale Sun Crescent Moon (I think we also recorded the song Pale Sun and also a version of Bob Dylan's If You Gotta Go, Go Now during the same session). I'm not sure why I like it so much, but I remember listening to the playback in the studio and thinking that, as a young band, we had finally caught on tape the simple majesty that we occasionally brought to our music on stage. Everything just sounded right….we were helped along by Ken Myhr's beautiful, tasteful guitar lines and the wise and wordly playing of the late great Kevin Bell on B3 organ who, during the session, regailed us with tales of his days in Janis Joplin's last band….and Margo's vocal performance is just so darn awesome.

Tom Wilson and I first bonded over the work of Canadian singer-songwriter David Wiffen (who wrote Lost My Driving Wheel). David is a shamefully under appreciated artist. When Tom and I went to record the first Lee Harvey Osmond album, A Quiet Evil, it made sense for us to include a David Wiffen song. Tom brought in Lucifer's Blues and laid down a stunning interpretation of this great road song. Different in feel and attitude to Driving Wheel (which is another great road song), but another excellent showcase for the talented Mr Wiffen. If you want to explore David Wiffen's music, check out his Coast To Coast Fever album….you won't be dissappointed.

- mike timmins - 

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Under Cover (part 2) and other news

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

We have just released part 2 of our free download Under Cover Series. On the 15th of every month we are offering free downloads of two cover songs: one recorded by Cowboy Junkies and another recorded by a Latent artist. We are running this feature off of the Latent Recordings Facebook page. All you need to do is go to the page, click the Under Cover link and follow the prompts. 

This month the two songs are Cowboy Junkies version of Neil Young's Cortez the Killer and Jerry Leger's version of Neil Young's Wonderin'. For more background info about the recordings vist Cowboy Junkies website where Michael Timmins has blogged about the tracks.

In other Latent news we are just finishing up the new Lee Harvey Osmond album which will be released early next year. We'll be telling you a lot more about it in the coming months. 

The Skydiggers have just released a Christmas cd which include a couple of originals as well as some unexpected treasurers. Definitely a welcome relief from Bing and the usual suspects on xmas morn. You can only buy the album at Skydigger shows or on-line.

Please check out Ivy Mairi's beautiful new album Nonbeliever

Jerry Leger continues to pund the boards, check out his website for tour dates.

Cowboy Junkies are back in the studio in January…stay tuned.


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Under Cover – a new free download series

Monday, October 13th, 2014

This month we are starting a new monthly feature called Under Cover. Every month we'll be offering free downloads of two cover songs: one recorded by Cowboy Junkies and another recorded by a Latent artist. We are running this feature off of the Latent Recordings Facebook page. All you need to do is go to the page, click the Under Cover link and follow the prompts. 

This month the two songs are Bruce Springsteen's Thunder Road (covered by Cowboy Junkies) and Tom Petty's Only A Broken Heart (covered by Ivy Mairi). They aren't often in the conversation when people talk of the roots of Americana music but Springsteen and Petty, by all rights, should be considered the godfathers of the movement. I would bet that every young (and not so young) so-called Americana band has a Springsteen or Petty song in their repetoire and more than a couple of their albums in their music collections. Springsteen has always been a touch stone for us (we covered State Troper on our first album). I still think that the opening couple of verses to Thunder Road are among the best in rock n roll.
Ivy says this about her Tom Petty cover…."Matt Bailey (who plays electric guitar on this recording) leant me a couple of Tom Petty albums a couple of years ago, one of which was Wildflowers. Definitely one of my favourite Petty albums. Only a Broken Heart seems to have been a bit overlooked over the years – a lot of people are surprised that it's by Tom Petty when they hear me play it. The lyrics are so sad, doubtful, and beautiful. Making music with Noah Reid (who sings on the track) is a real pleasure – his singing is so effortless and natural. "
If you like what you here from Ivy you should check out her website . She has two beautiful albums out on Latent and she has just self released her third album Nonbeliever which is now also available through her website.
Click here and follow the Under Cover prompts for the two songs…they are free…Bono says so….

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A long overdue check-in

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Hey there,

It’s been a while since we at Latent posted on this blog, but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t been working hard on bringin’ you tunes, so we thought we’d check in and let you know what we’re working on.  In Cowboy Junkies news, Demons, Volume 2 is all ready to go………BUT, since the official release isn’t until the middle of February, it won’t be released through the website until January 15th (although Clubhouse subscribers can get in early, so look into that if you haven’t already).  Pre-orders will start soon, so keep checking the site.  In order to tide you over until all that happens, Renmin Park has just been released on vinyl and is available in the online store – come and get it!

Lee Harvey Osmond has been putting in some hours on the road, and they’re keeping it up for the next few weeks, so look for local tour dates, especially if you’re in BC.  Also, check out this article on the band in the Georgia Straight.

After hitting the Halifax Pop Explosion in October, Huron has also kept at it on the road – Ontario tour dates continue through December, so don’t miss them if they’re playing near you!

Finally, Christmas is coming and you all know what that means – the Skydiggers annual Christmas shows!  Be at the Horseshoe Tavern on December 17th or 18th (or both) if you want to have a rockin’ great time!

Don’t forget to check out the individual artist pages for more information on their goings-on.

Looking forward to seeing you either online or in person!
Love, Latent

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Latent Recordings: A Year In Review

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

We have had a wonderful year here at Latent Recordings. There have been releases from Margo Timmins, Lee Harvey Osmond, Skydiggers, Kith & Kin (Ivy Mairi et al), Barbara Lynch,  and our latest release and newest member of the Latent Recordings family, Huron. If you have missed the chance to take a listen to any of these albums or artists, well you are in luck! We have posted the latent listening widgets below for your aural pleasure.

So what else has happened this year? Well, we have launched our brand new website along with sites for all of our artist community (check out the new Cowboy Junkies site if you get a chance, there are tones of treasures there). Lee Harvey Osmond has been recognized by No Depression crowning the album A Quiet Evil #3 of 2009!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of all thinks Latent Recordings and Cowboy Junkies over the years. We hope to see you back here to enjoy all of the music to come in 2010, included a new studio release by the Cowboy Junkies.

Please feel free to hon our ever expanding mailing list so we can inform you of upcoming events and releases!

Have a wonderful Holiday season and happy New Year to you.

Best Regards,

Noel Webb

Oh …. here is some music for your aural pleasure.

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