Richard Laviolette Album Release w. Jessy Bell Smith
RICHARD LAVIOLETTE (Album Release/FULL BAND PERFORMANCE))
“Taking the Long Way Home”
Singer-songwriter Richard Laviolette is releasing his fourth full-length album. A record to warm the heart as well as the dance floor, Taking the Long Way Home draws on all the grace and grit of the country music his childhood was steeped in. Laviolette’s well-honed chops and deft, masterful lyricism create a container in which to explore resiliency in the face of change, illness and death. Weaving together humour and despair, these songs are, as he sings, “full of grief and praise; stories we all know.”
Produced with Andy Magoffin (who recorded Richard Laviolette and The Oil Spills’ All of Your Raw Materials in 2009), Taking The Long Way Home owes its warmth, rhythm, and country flair to a rough and ready ensemble of musicians, including Lisa Bozikovic on piano, Matthew Reeves on lead guitar, Jessy Bell Smith (Skydiggers) on vocal harmonies, Julia Narveson (Ever Lovin’ Jug Band, Lake of Stew) on fiddle and double bass, Aaron Goldstein (Cowboy Junkies, Bry Webb, Elliott Brood) on pedal steel, Heather Kirby (Ohbijou, Vag Halen) on electric bass, and Aaron Curtis (Two-minute Miracles) on drums.
JESSY BELL SMITH (SOLO)
Jessy Bell Smith specializes in Garage Gospel and Stairwell Arias. On her most recent album “The Town”, Jessy Bell Smith explores being an old soul in an old town. Each song is a recollection, a reminiscence of a faded story. If a person can be haunted by kind spirits, these are their voices singing for you.