The stunning new work, Brianology, is the first album in a dozen years from folk singer-songwriter and first-rate fingerstyle guitar picker Brian Gladstone. The new album will be released on Thursday, June 14th at Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas Street West in Toronto. Gladstone will include a full band including Tony Quarrington, Beverly Kreller, Bonnie Gladstone, Noah Zacharin, Tony Laviola and more. Doors open at 6:00 pm, music is from 8:30-11:00 pm and tickets are $25 adv. at https://hughsroomlive.showare.com/ordertickets.asp?p=195&src=eventperformances. $30 at the door. Dinner reservations guarantee seating. The album will be available at http://www.briangladstone.com/brianology/. For more info please visit www.briangladstone.com | https://hughsroomlive.com/
Brian Gladstone has been involved in the Canadian roots music scene for almost thirty-five years as an artist, performer, singer-songwriter, producer, festival director, and activist. He’s written and recorded four albums to date, all of which have garnered global acclaim and worldwide airplay. Several of his albums have been distributed by Comstock Records and Silverwolf Records.
Co-produced by Gladstone and the phenomenal Tony Quarrington, and recorded in Toronto, Brianology finds the artist offering 13 resonating songs that retain Gladstone’s peculiar quirkiness, but – as Quarrington notes – project “more of an element of maturity and humanity.”
Sprinkled among cheery uptempo ditties like “Don’t Bypass My Heart” – with its classic line “The days are getting shorter/take care of my aorta” – and the Canadian weather spoof “Waiting For the Summer,” are sober themes dealing with transition (“New Boy,” about the next generation who’ll have to save the planet), lost love (“Joy and Delight,” the memoir of an Irish beat cop in 1913 Toronto) and the economy (“When I Get a Dollar,” written in the style of Woody Guthrie.)
No folk album would be complete without an ode to the romance of the road. “Going Home Down I-95” offers a trucker’s-eye view of highway life as a bold adventure full of ups and downs, and twists and turns – though our man behind the wheel stays balanced through it all. “Patricia” is a sprightly, novelty love song that rides on some hilarious rhymes with the possessive version of the name, including “delicious” and “ambitious.” On a much more serious note, “Behind the Maple Leaf Slaughterhouse Doors” – a vegan anthem co-written with Tony Quarrington – is one of the strongest and most heart-wrenching comments you’ll ever hear about the cruelty of the slaughterhouse.
Says Brian of Brianology, “There are silly songs. There are socially relevant songs. There are songs that make a statement. There are emotional songs. My style is pretty well all over the map.”
It’s a map that certainly reflects a number of journeys common to many, but simultaneously dips into fictional and realistic terrain to tell compelling stories buoyed by a simple musical backdrop. Gladstone adds, “My philosophy at the beginning of this project was ‘less is more.’ The arrangements are really simple.”
More About Brian Gladstone
Brian founded Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival, now going into its 17th year, where he is still the acting festival director. Starting as a small neighborhood event from a simple idea, Winterfolk has grown into a major event on the Toronto music scene, attracting an audience of more than 8,000 fans annually.
Brian founded the non-profit organization The Association of Artists for A Better World, which encourages artists to use their voices to change the world. In addition to his own music, Brian has produced eight CDs under the Better World label featuring other artists, as well as presented numerous concerts for various social causes and charities. Brian also founded Toronto’s Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine Show in 2006, a weekly open stage and jam session supporting new talent.
Musicians on Brianology:
Tony Quarrington – guitar, mandolin, bass, backup vocals + producer
Noah Zacharin – guitar, backup vocals
Beverly Kreller – percussion, backup vocals, penny whistle
Tony Laviola – bass
Frank Barth – dobro
Aaron Solomon – fiddle
Bonnie Gladstone – backup vocals
Alan Soberman – backup vocals
Margaret Stowe – guitar, backup vocals + sound engineer
Stuart Laughton – harmonica
Mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Peter J. Moore