By Chet Greason
The music industry has changed drastically over the past few decades. Gone are the days when everyone everywhere listened to all the same songs and bands. Instead, because of the Internet, there are more genres available for artists to dabble in than one can shake a stick at. Music tastes tend to be varied and eclectic, and regionalism and recommendations play a big part in what a person tends to be into.
It’s also opened doors to musicians around the world. Not only is it easier to learn how to play an instrument than ever before, it’s also easier to record and get your original music out there.
The St. Marys Independent thought we would reach out to some St. Marys musicians and ask them what their favourite new songs of 2017 were. The responses ranged from mainstream acts like Ed Sheeran and John Mayer to Canadian talent like Dan Davidson and Trent Severn. There are even a few artists, like Gord Downie and Chris Cornell, who are no longer with us.
Below are the answers. We hope you take some time to listen to as many of them as you can, expanding your horizons.
Joe Mills – Bassist for alt-rock trio We Are The Temple and former member of the indie rock band Vinylview.
1. Give & Take – Minus The Bear
2. Near To The Wild Heart Of Life – Japandroids
3. Either Way – Chris Stapleton
4. Show Yourself – Mastodon
5. The Worst Way – Donovan Woods
Kevin Graham – Singer and guitarist for alternative folk/rock band Dress Rehearsal. Also performs locally with his brother, Sean.
1. French Press – Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
2. Half-Life of an Autodidact – Billy Corgan
3. We Don’t Deserve Love – Arcade Fire
4. Peace of Mind – Dr. Dog (2016)
5. Song That I Heard – The Barr Brothers
Steve Leslie – Bassist for Kill Effect, a hard rock trio that released their newest album- Grit – in 2017.
1. The Promise – Chris Cornell
2. You Look Good – Lady Antebellum
3. Drop Me In The Water – Our Lady Peace
4. Don’t Blame Me – Taylor Swift
5. Eh Canada – Trent Severn
Darcy John Scheuerman- Country music singer/songwriter/guitarist now based out of Nashville, Tennessee. Scheuerman will release his new three-song EP this February.
1. When It Rains It Pours – Luke Combs
2. Drinkin’ Problem – Midland
3. Perfect – Ed Sheeran
4. Barn Burner – Dan Davidson
5. Country Music Made Me Do It – Meghan Patrick
Emee Fink- High school student off to culinary school next year. Also a singer/guitarist who performs locally.
1.Still Feel Like Your Man – John Mayer
2. Picturing Love – July Talk (2016)
3. Potential – Danielle Bradbery
4. Warning – Craig Stickland
5. Praying – Kesha
Wes Murray- Singer/songwriter who does vocals and guitar in We Are The Temple. Also collaborates occasionally with rapper Danny Lover.
1. Gummy – Brockhampton
2. Ice Boy – Corbin
3. The Doomed – A Perfect Circle
4. Musn’t Hurry – Fever Ray
5. Get Lit – Will Smith
Stephanie Martin- Owner of Deep Waters Music who performs live as both a solo artist and as a member of various collaborations.
1. Perfect – Ed Sheeran
2. Something Just Like This- The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
3. This Town – Niall Horan
4. There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back- Shawn Mendes (2016)
5. Emoji of a Wave – John Mayer
Ryan Watson- Toronto-based lead guitarist for Dress Rehearsal who also performs with his wife, Carly Malone Smith.
1. Melting – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
2. Introduce Yourself – Gord Downie
3. Thomas Country Law – Iron & Wine
4. Atlantic Limited – Julian Lage
5. Wallins Creek Girls – Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Nathan Salsburg
Emily Lagace – Singer and guitarist for the bluegrass/folk quartet Corduroy Gordon who also plays a mean kazoo. Her band is currently in studio working on their first album.
1. Sweethearts – Trent Severn
2. Hallelujah Joe – The Vaudevillian
3. Running Water – Cat Clyde
4. Introduce Yerself – Gord Downie
5. Anything by Postmodern Jukebox
Phil Ruthig – Musician/singer/songwriter who is also a luthier, (someone who builds and repairs stringed instruments.)
1. Chained to the Rhythm – Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley
2. Passionfruit – Drake
3. Die For You – The Weeknd (2016)
4. Ain’t My Fault – Brothers Osborne
5. Drinkin’ Problem – Midland
Robert Edney- Vocalist for Joy Brigade, personal branding coach, writer, music teacher, and owner of The World’s Coolest Music Store.
1. Something To Remember Me By – The Horrors
2. I Feel It Coming – The Weeknd Ft. Daft Punk
3. FDT Part 2 – YG ft. G-Eazy, Macklemore (2016)
4. In My World – Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie
5. Mask Off – Future
Sean Camp- An integral part of the local music scene given his role as founder of the River Rock Music Festival. Camp submitted his five picks in no particular order.
Leaving LA – Father John Misty
I’ll Still Destroy You – The National
The Birds Will Stop Their Singing – Deep Dark Woods
The Valley – Laura Marling
Preachin’ Blues – Larkin Poe
Jennifer Thorpe – St. Marys Independent columnist and jazz singer extraordinaire.
Wolf’s Home – Gord Downie
The Jack Pine – Trent Severn
Stella By Starlight – Lorne Lofsky, Barry Elmes, and Kieran Overs
Scream – Weaves ft. Tanya Tagaq
Take On Me – Aha, 2017 acoustic remix
Frank St. Germain – Pianist and songwriter who performs regularly at the Customs House and lends The Front Porch Show its signature sound. St. Germain submitted only two songs, both his own.
The Front Porch Show Theme – Frank St. Germain
Home St. Marys – Frank St. Germain