Blues, Blues, Blues!

The 18th Annual Maple Blues Awards gala was held last night at Toronto’s Koerner Hall, where awards were handed out to Canada’s best blues artists!

The big winner was Montreal’s Steve Hill who took home Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, and Recording of the Year for Solo Recordings Vol. 2., and Guitar Player of the Year.

As well, the inaugural Colbalt Prize presented by the Toronto Blues Society and Paul Reddick was handed out to “the winning composition that creatively utilizes blues traditions within the broad contemporary musical landscape…and successfully refresh and enrich blues as an art form”. Digging Roots was awarded the Colbalt Prize for their song “Hwy 17″,  from their album For The Light.

We’d like to congratulate both Steve Hill and Digging Roots on their success, and recognition! Steve Hill’s record Solo Recordings Vol. 2  and Digging Roots’ For the Light are available now in stores!


Bandleader and soul visionary Matthew E. White has unveiled Rock & Roll Is Cold’, the first full single from Fresh Blood, his new album for Domino, out March 10, 2015.

“Rock & Roll is Cold is about how we continue to take, the most vibrant, soulful, deep music and make it a caricature of itself. We look into it, force it to turn in on itself, force it to turn back on itself, and we lose the source, we lose the mystery, the magic, and we seem to be unaware that any of that is even happening.” – Matthew E. White


2015 Grammy Awards Nominees

The Grammy Awards nominees for 2015 have been announced. This will be the 57th year the Grammy Awards will be handed out to some of the biggest stars in music.
We were excited by some familiar names amongst the nominees this year, with Outside Music distributed artists being recognized in diverse range of categories. Outside Music would like to congratulate those nominated. The awards ceremony will be held on February 8th, 2015.

Best Historical Album

There’s A Dream I’ve Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966 – 1971 (Deluxe Edition) Hunter Lea, Patrick McCarthy & Matt Sullivan, compilation producers; John Baldwin, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
Label: Light In The Attic Records

Best Bluegrass Album

Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe

Noam Pikelny

Label: Compass Records

Cold Spell

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Label: Compass Records

Best Blues Album

Common Ground – Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play And Sing The Songs Of Big Bill Broonzy

Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin

Label: Yep Roc Records

Best Folk Album

The Nocturne Diaries

Eliza Gilkyson

Label: Red House Records

Best Album Notes

I’m Just Like You: Sly’s Stone Flower 1969-70 Alec Palao, album notes writer (Various Artists) Label: Light In The Attic Records

Best Roots Gospel Album

Mike Farris

Mike Farris

Label: Compass Records

Best Rock Performance

“Do I Wanna Know?”

Arctic Monkeys

Track from: AM

Label: Domino Recording Co.

Best Comedy Album

We Are Miracles

Sarah Silverman

Label: Sub Pop

Canadian Folk Music Awards 2014

The Canadian Folk Music Awards were given out on November 30. 2014 in Ottawa, ON. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the awards. The event aims to celebrate those involved in the Canadian Folk community, with performances and workshops and of course, the awards!

Outside Music would like to send a congratulations to all who were nominated and involved, but a special congratulations goes out to: Jayme Stone- The Other Side of The Air for winning Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year and  Quique Escamilla500 Years of Night for World Solo Artist of The Year.

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Petite Noir New EP THE KING OF ANXIETY Out January 20th

Petite Noir, the South African producer, multi-instrumentalist, and genre-defying performer, is set to release a brand 5-track EP entitled The King Of Anxiety on January 20th, 2015.

Born Yannick Ilunga, to a Congolese father and Angolan mother, the artist known as Petite Noir has been making his unclassifiable, joyous music in various iterations for a number of years now. Collaborations with friends such as Spoek Mathambo, garnered him online attention in 2013 and 2014, leading to his signing with Double Six. He is currently at work on his debut full-length album, due for release in 2015.

The lead track, “Chess“, features lyrics depicting the instant-messaging of a couple whose relationship is on the rocks. The accompanying video was directed by Cieron Magat and was inspired by the works of Ghanian photographer, Philip Kwame Apagya. 


01. Come Inside

02. Chess

03. Shadows

04. Til We Ghosts

05. The Fall