Guest Quinton Blair Rural roots country singer/songwriter, hobby agriculturalist, horseman. <ul> <li><a href="https://twitter.com/QuintonBlair/">Quinton Blair (@QuintonBlair) on Twitter</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.quintonblair.com">Quinton Blair</a></li> </ul> As many of you know, I like to host back yard shows with some of my favourite local artists, usually in the summer. This episode you’re about to hear was intended to take place outside, but then Manitoba got hammered with a storm, so we had a Thanksgiving potluck in the house, with the one and only Quinton Blair performing two fantastic live sets to a basement crammed full of people. Quinton – backed by Sean Borton of Foster Martin Band fame – played originals, covers, requests, and even some new tunes. I’ve always maintained that house shows are the best way to see live music, and this was yet another example of why that’s true. Hopefully we can make these potluck/house shows a Thanksgiving tradition. If you dig Quinton’s music, why not check out the recent interview I did with him for the podcast? This episode brought to you by our friends at the Park Theatre, and by Manitoba country artist Brian Jacobs, whose excellent ‘Highways and Backroads’ record is up for two Manitoba Country Music Association awards!
Honest as a day spent on a tractor, and driven like the drifting Prairie snow. 2018 Manitoba Country Music Association Roots Artist of the Year, Quinton Blair is a road running, tale-spinning songwriter. Silky and smooth like a diesel engine, his beard glistening in the setting sun, its rodeo mud in his teeth and horses in his blood. This episode features a live performance of Quinton Blair’s “Something To Me”. For more local music, check out the Winnipeg Music Project website. Thank you to UMFM 101.5FM. Music by Will and Art from Collector Studio.
Guest Quinton Blair Rural roots country singer/songwriter, hobby agriculturalist, horseman. Quinton Blair (@QuintonBlair) on Twitter Quinton Blair Quinton Blair is an award-winning country/folk singer-songwriter, but he’s also a fantastic conversationalist – something that is reflected in his personal, localized, storytelling songs. Q hung out on the porch for some live performances and a great chat about songwriting, DIY, his new songs, appealing to a variety of audiences, and much more. This episode is brought to you by Howl at the Moon, Manitoba’s newest and most exciting country music festival, July 25-27, and by our pals at The Park Theatre. Don’t forget to support our friends at Dub Ditch Picnic, who are trying to clear out as much stock as possible to cover some medical costs.
Quinton Blair - Manitoba Country Music Association Roots Artist of the Year (2015) - is a self-ordained troubadour, tale-spinner and songwriter. Imagine Steve Earle jamming with Dwight Yoakam, minus the burden of fame. Influenced by the likes of Rodney Crowell and Merle Haggard, his brand of strikingly diverse roots/country music casts a wide loop, and captivates audiences with witty stories and relatable songs. The authenticity of Quinton shines through in the many formats in which he travels. As a solo artist, he relies on his guitar, witty stories, and keen ability to capture the crowd night after night. He is often joined by good friend Bill Western Jr on pedal steel, where the chemistry and musical backbone of this combination lends to an unpredictably charming experience. Through the summer months, Blair is most often seen moving his full honky tonk band back and forth across the prairies. The new EP, Cash Crop, released in April 2016, boasts elements of soul, heartland roots, country, and rock, and features Quinton's signature themes of agricultural, hurt and redemption. Cash Crop was produced by Murray Pulver (former founding member of Doc Walker) and features co-writes by Del Barber, Blake Berglund, and Clayton Bellamy (The Road Hammers).
Guests Quinton Blair Rural roots country singer/songwriter, hobby agriculturalist, horseman. Quinton Blair (@QuintonBlair) on Twitter Quinton Blair Steven Pauls Doctors hate him! Country Steve cures rickets, scurvy, small pox and other afflictions that haven’t existed since he came along with this one weird trick! Quinton Blair sings convincing country songs because he legitimately lives the life in rural Manitoba. Quinton talks about performing on the rodeo circuit, western songs vs. mainstream country and more. He’s joined by a returning guest (WR093 and WR015), urban cowboy Country Steve. Both fellers perform live and help select “shack” songs.