April 20, 2014

Music Pilgrimage • Nashville

First stop was Nashville, Tennessee for 10 days:

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Vintage Microphone used for Cash’s last American Recording Material 

A sparkling Country infused City, filled with all kinds of honky-tonks that waft Hillbilly music onto Broadway’s streets. Nashville seemed awake and jumpin’ at all hours, 7 days a week. With a fondness for The Man In Black, I visited The Johnny Cash Museum. Admired a wall of his hit records on 45rpm, and learnt that he crafted traditional Native inspired jewelry. Although, it was disappointing that the exhibit barely touched upon Johnny & June’s relationship, I always considered her to be an integral part to the growth of his music. On display were multiple couple stage costumes, a photo of the two happily smiling on their wedding day (next to a collage of Cash’s first wife, Vivian), and then a tearful handwritten poem he wrote on the day of June’s funeral. Johnny passed on only 4 months after her. Overall, the exhibit left me with an strange sense of sadness. Johnny wore black for the poor, the sick, the weak, the wrongly accused, in an attempt to shed light on society’s realities.

“I’d love to wear a rainbow every day
And tell the world that everything’s okay
But I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back
Till things are brighter, I’m the Man In Black.”
- Johnny Cash

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06_Nashville_Hatch Show Print_Photo by Cheyenne Rae The Famous Hatch Show Print Shop in Nashville, TN

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Nashville worked its magic by cheering me up at night, the venues seldomly charge cover, so you can sample a few tunes before moving along to another hot spot, and it’s custom to throw a few dollars in the musicians tip buckets. The best venue I frequented was the Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar, tucked away a few blocks from Broadway in Printer’s Alley. Other notable places were Robert’s Western World, where I saw a phenomenal 19-year-old guitarist perform like he lived in the seventies, Daniel Donato is definitely going places with his Fenders. Right next door to Robert’s is Layla’s with the turquoise sign and hundreds of worn license plates hanging from the ceiling, they feature heavier foot-stompin’ hillbilly bands.

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Out of the many locals who I met, only one of them was a born ‘n’ raised Nashvillian:
Billy Hazelwood Born in January, 1935 
“I’m 79 years old, ‘n only made it up to grade eight before I quit school to help out with the family farm. God has been lookin’ out for this fool. Spent 37 years workin’ in a factory, Ford Motors it was, they treated me well.”

24_Nashville_BB King Live on April 7th 2014_Photo by Cheyenne RaeSaw B.B. King live at the Schermerhorn Symphony Centre on April 7th, he’s still given ‘er at 88 years old. Hearing Sweet Sixteen made my night.

Nashville_Apartment_Photo by Cheyenne Rae            This downtown apartment reminded me of a Beatnik Hotel from the ’50s.

I had the best time staying at a swanky downtown hostel, where I met fellow travellers and music lovers. The rain was kind in Nashville, I was lucky to be jumping puddles while people were shoveling snow back home. The cherry trees even blossomed during my stay, and on the day of my departure their soft petals filled the back streets as I carried my luggage to the Greyhound station, heading to catch a bus to the Delta.

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April 5, 2014

Live Video Sampler

We stumbled upon this fan made live video from our February 21st show at Brittany’s Lounge. Have a looksie and you’ll get to sample the tasty tunes of:
“Crossroads” (Robert Johnson cover)
“Spoonful” (Howlin’ Wolf cover)
“Midnight Oil” by Miss Rae and the Midnight Ramblers w/ special guest Lymon Brown on saxophone
“New Coat of Paint” (Tom Waits cover)
“Jiver” by Miss Rae and the Midnight Ramblers 

Living in Edmonton? Then be sure to catch our next show at Brittany’s Lounge on Saturday, May 24th!

Cheers,
Miss Rae

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March 26, 2014

CBC Searchlight Competition

Midnight Oil has entered into the CBC Searchlight Competition, and with your help we can Spread the Word of the Blues Nationwide!

Here’s how to cast your vote:
Simply visit our CBC Music Profile and on the lower right hand corner below the Searchlight Icon click on the Blue Voting Box. No registration required.Searchlight Vote Icon

Daily Voting is open until April 6th
Your vote makes all the difference.
Thank you for your time, and please pass along the message to your friends.

xoxo,
Miss Rae

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March 20, 2014

March 15th • Spoonful Video & Photos

“Saturday night, Brittany’s Lounge was the place to be as
Miss Rae & The Midnight Ramblers took the full house audience on a mesmerizing journey into the Blues.”  - Ed Ellis


View our version of Howlin’ Wolf’s 1960 tune, “Spoonful” (written by  Mr. Willie Dixon) 

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March 3, 2014

NYC Album Review – Elmore Magazine

“As a songwriter, [Miss Rae's] ability to venture into dark, confrontational material beyond the usual blues fare sets her apart from the crowd. With deep musical roots and a willingness to take risks, Miss Rae brings a refreshing spirit of innovation to the contemporary blues scene.”
- Jon Kleinman (Elmore Magazine 2014 March/April Issue) 

 www.ElmoreMagazine.com

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March 3, 2014

Live in Edmonton • March 15

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Our Spring Show takes place on Saturday, March 15th, right before Miss Rae’s departure to travel the Southern States for 40 Days.
The night features Clayton Sample (The Rockin’ Highliners) on guitar, Johnny Richards on upright bass, and Dan Levasseur on the skins.

$10 cover | No Minors
Doors at 8:00pm
Music at 9:30pm
Brittany’s Lounge | 10225-97street

Meanwhile, here are some stunning photographs captured by Ed Ellis at the previous Edmonton show on Feb 21st.

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February 21, 2014

“Midnight Oil” ISC 2013 Semi-Finalist

Out of almost 19,000 entries,  Midnight Oil has been selected for the Semi-Finals (Blues) section of the 2013 International Songwriting Competition held in Nashville, TN. Miss Rae is extremely grateful for every Midnight Rambler who played on the album, and especially for her co-songwriter and right hand man on stage, guitarist, Mr. Vince Andrushko.

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February 14, 2014

Miss Rae’s Top Love Songs

•  “Something’s Got a Hold of Me”“At Last“ by Etta James

• “New Coat of Paint” & “Sea of Love” by Tom Waits

• “Them There Eyes” & “Come Rain or Come Shine” by Billie Holiday

• “La Vie En Rose” par Edith Piaf

“One More Chance With You” by Little Walter

Wonderful World” by Sam Cooke

 ”Night Time is the Right Time” by Ray Charles

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammie Terrell

• “Promises” by India Arie

“I Want a Little Sugar In My Bowl” by Nina Simone

•  “Be Easy” & “100 Days, 100 Nights” by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

 

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February 12, 2014

Free Valentine’s Download

Dear Romantics,
This week you may Download Midnight Oil for FREE at Myxer.com under the Sweet Serenades section. Sponsored by the International Songwriting Competition in Nashville, TN.
xoxo,
Miss Rae

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February 11, 2014

February 7th Recap

Last Friday Night sure was a humdinger folks! Local notable photographer, Ed Ellis captured some very special moments with his camera, including when Miss Rae’s Uncle Lymon joined the band on saxophone for a few tunes.
We had a blast playin’ for you bluesy cats at Brittany’s Lounge and are looking forward to doing it all over again on Friday, February 21st where we’ll be featuring Rockabilly players, Clayton Sample on the gui-tar and Johnny Richards on the upright.

 
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