Outside Music Welcomes Justin Rutledge!

JUSTIN RUTLEDGE SIGNS TO OUTSIDE MUSIC LABEL AND WORLDWIDE MANAGEMENT
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Toronto, ON -Awardwinning Toronto based singer -songwriter Justin Rutledge has signed on with Outside Music for release of his next album as well as worldwide management.Justin’s first show as part of the Outside Music family will be as part of North By Northeast on Friday June 15 at 10PM at the Drake Hotel. 
In September, Outside Music will release a remastered edition of Justin’s acclaimed debut album No Never Alone. The album will appear on vinyl for the first time and the deluxe digital edition will contain outtakes and demos from the original recording session. Justin’s next album was recently tracked at the Woodshed Studios in Toronto and will be released in early 2013. This fall, Justin will appear in the theatrical production of The Arsonists at Toronto’s CanStage. Directed by Morris Panych. Justin not only appears in the play, but composed the original music. Justin is no stranger to theatre, having appeared in the stage adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s novel Divisadero and starring in the SumnmerWorks production of Euyrdice.
Between his debut, No Never Alone (2005), his sophomore release, The Devil On A Bench In Stanley Park (2006) his third album, Man Descending (2008), and The Early Widows (2010). Rutledge has earned a Juno nomination, a Galaxy Rising Star award, countless year-end critics’ picks, the title of Toronto’s Best Local Songwriter (NOW Magazine), a spot on both the 2008 and 2010 Polaris Prize Long List and a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination. Justin has shared the stage with artists such as Blue Rodeo, Dolly Parton, Martha Wainwright and Great Lake Swimmers.

MATTHEW BARBER – SONGS FOR THE HAUNTED HILLBILLY OUT JUNE 5TH

Matthew’s latest work Songs For The Haunted Hillbilly comes out Tuesday, June 5th on CD and 12″ vinyl LP across Canada and digitally WORLDWIDE through iTunes. It is being released through Matthew’s a priori records label and distributed by Outside Music.

The album features all the Barber-penned numbers from the darkly comedic musical play Haunted Hillbilly (based on the book by Derek McCormack) on record for the first time, sung by the songwriter and backed by multi-instrumentalists Joe Grass and Julian Brown. In addition to the core musicians, there are some notable guest vocalists including Julie Fader, Doug Paisley, Justin Rutledge and Oh Susanna. The result is a rollicking trip through the back alleys of Nashville circa 1950 complete with cautionary tales about booze, religion (lost and found), love, lust, betrayal, fame and fashion.

Andre Williams & The Sadies – Night & Day Out May 15

Label this one strange but—joyfully—true.

Andre Williams is an author, a singer, and all-round old-skool hustler. He first cut a series of greasy novelty hits with a salacious twist back in 1957 for Detroit’s regional Fortune label with titles like “Jail Bait” and, of course, “Didlee, Didlee Womp Womp (Bacon Fat).” He continues to speak—and sing—his mind today, with his recent retro 1970s soul album Hoods & Shades (Bloodshot Records) and this furiously funky outing.

Williams first teamed up with Canadian indie rock/alt country stars the Sadies for a country album, 1999’s Red Dirt. Now they’re back with an album that happily defies any attempts at categorization.

The songs here range from R&B to raunchy gutter rock and roll, from heartbreak to ribaldry. Williams sometimes sings from the soul, other times talking his talk, and still others slurring his way through a rum-soaked haze. It all coalesces into a deep vibe and a unique artistry.

It should come as little surprise that these rambling sessions were directed by Jon Spencer, who celebrates Williams’ rambling R&B like he once did R. L. Burnside’s modern Delta blues. And Spencer also brought along guitarist and studio visionary Matt Verta-Ray, his partner-in-crime in Heavy Trash, the rockabilly deconstructionists.

 Williams is at his best on “America,” singing “Living in America ain’t no fun/Better have some money or you’ll be on the run/And it’s a goddamn shame/Without cash/You’re trash.” Throughout, Sadies brothers Dallas and Travis Good roll out some gloriously grinding guitar.

Maybe it’s a protest album. Maybe it’s Blaxploitation chic. Or maybe it’s just one of the coolest album of the year.

Night & Day is in Stores May 15th

Bacon Fat Brew Ha Ha! Andre Williams & The Sadies Release Party!

Perlich Post presents Bacon Fat Brew-Ha-Ha – a release party for the “Night & Day” album by Andre Williams and the Sadies on Saturday, May 12 at 3030 Dundas West.

Bradley Boy Macarthur, ,Samantha Martin & the Haggard and the Pow Wows will be playing “Mr. Rhythm” songs all evening, and Tim Perlich will be spinning some funky blues and crazy R&B records between sets.

There will be beers, grub and plenty of music! Tickets are five bucks at the door and the records start spinning at 8 pm sharp.

Night & Day is out on May 15, 2012.