LORI YATES & THE LAST PICTURE SHOW
with guest DANNY MARKS
Thursday March 30, 2017
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“A dark alt-country masterpiece… .Lori Yates reclaims her title as Queen of Canada’s country singer-songwriters.” – Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator
“A cross between a twanged-out Cowboy Junkies and a bluesy Emmylou Harris.” – A. Murray, comedian
“Her finest work yet.” – Kerry Doole, New Canadian Music
Lori Yates is a renaissance artist. Her life provides ample source material for her art. Her evolution as a singer/songwriter echoes her journey as a human being. At the top of her game lyrically and vocally, it’s no surprise her recent recording, “Sweetheart of the Valley” is being called her best work. Her lyrical observations are gritty, tender, and poignant, sung through a voice that few can equal. Some call her Canada’s answer to Emmylou Harris.
Born in Oshawa, Ontario, Yates grew up in a working class suburb of Toronto called Downsview. She’s the kid who quit school at 15 to work in a gas station while secretly taking singing lessons. The kid who listened to Tanya Tucker, Patti Smith and Dolly Parton while dreaming of a career in music, who’d never been on a plane until Sony Music bigshots sent her a ticket. Maturing into an artist whose scrappy spirit carried her through the peaks and valleys of the music business, she kept singing, writing and performing no matter what life threw at her. Lori’s a lifer.
Lori has the same determination as when she burst onto the Toronto Queen West roots/cow punk scene of the late ’80s as the “cowgirl singing her heart out in the punk clubs.” This enigmatic, rebellious and hard-to-pin-down veteran singer/songwriter adeptly blends country, roots and rockabilly to create her own sound, eventually getting her signed to Sony Nashville. Long recognized by her peers and respected as one of Canada’s top talents, Lori was called “alt-country” long before the phrase existed – the pioneer of a genre in the making. This is as artist who met Johnny Cash, hung out with Tammy Wynette, wrote with Guy Clark and Colin Linden, jammed with Jerry Jeff Walker, drank with Harlan Howard, sang with Greg Allman and Rick Danko, and ate jelly beans with Roy Acuff. As the saying goes, she’s “been to the show.”
Danny Marks‘ roots go back to the ’60s as a founding member of Capitol Records’ group Edward Bear. After a span as a journeyman session musician throughout the ’70s, the iconic rocker settled in to the club scene, establishing a cult following as a genre bender in music and humour. A house band gig at Toronto’s famed Albert’s Hall led him to host his own nationwide TV show, Stormy Monday. Through the ’80s, Danny starred in CBC radio’s hit series the Hum Line. Most recently, Danny Marks recorded two original music albums, Guitarchaeology and True, before paying tribute to Toronto’s R&B roots with Big Town Boy in 2005. Danny is in his thirteenth year as the radio host of JAZZ.FM91’s Saturday night blues show, bluz.fm. In 2006, Danny was given the “Blues with a Feeling Award” for lifetime achievement in music and broadcast.