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The Primary Colours
August 22 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm$25 – $30
The Primary Colours
There are only three primary colours, but they combine to make all the hues of the rainbow. And then there’s The Primary Colours, a brand new trio of sublimely talented roots-acoustic musicians who merge beautiful harmony vocals with striking instrumental prowess, resulting in a full spectrum of songs of unique depth and resonance. Kim Richey, Doug Cox, and Linda McRae all have decades of experience as songwriters and performers – and because they’re at that point in their careers where they’ve nothing left to prove, ego gets put aside and it’s all about serving the song and honouring the audience.
Kim Richey is a gifted songwriter who has twice been nominated for a Grammy. A tender poet of the truth, Kim is also a storyteller with a keen sense of humour. She is blessed with a gorgeous, hauntingly pure voice that people can never get enough of (she’s also a damn good rhythm guitarist). Based in Nashville, Kim has written hits for Radney Foster and Trisha Yearwood as well as for Jamie Lawson, Patty Loveless, and Jim Lauderdale. She is also a much requested harmony singer and has sang on records by Jason Isbell, Rodney Crowell, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ryan Adams and many more. Kim’s songs can break your heart and at the same time revive a weary soul. She has released 7 critically acclaimed records.
Alberta-born Doug Cox also does some fine singing, but it’s his virtuosic skills as a multi-instrumentalist that have gotten him all sorts of award nominations and requests to play and record with superstars such as Ellen McIlwaine, Amos Garrett, and the Mighty Popo. A peerless master on guitar, Dobro, mandolin, and Weissenborn, Doug fluently spans the gamut of Americana, from New Orleans funk to Texas twang. Quite simply, he creates magic on string instruments.
Canadian-born, Nashville-based Linda McRae is the trio’s other multi-instrumentalist, adding clawhammer banjo, acoustic and electric guitars, accordion, bass, and foot percussion to the mix. Best known for her stint with Canadian super group Spirit of the West, Linda has released six acclaimed records as a solo artist and is an indefatigable “road warrior” who has maintained a tireless international touring schedule for years. She is the creator of Express Yourself Writing Workshops currently being presented to at risk youth and inmates across North America. Called “one of the true, soulful pioneers of honest roots music” by Blackie & the Rodeo King’s Colin Linden, Linda brings integrity and commitment to the craft of songwriting.
We asked Kim, Doug and Linda about how they got together and why. Here’s what they had to say:
DOUG: “What we’re going after is a celebration of Americana/Canadiana roots music and we’ve got two incredible female singers and a great blend of voices to do that with.
I’ve been in a lot of great groups but I think this one is going to be really special.”
“I’ve known Kim and Linda separately for a long time and have played together with both over the years. But the first time we really got together as a potential trio was last September in Nashville. There was an instant connection and the feeling was, ‘This is going to work – let’s do it!’”
LINDA: “I had worked with Doug before on our David Bowie shows and had so much fun. Not only is he a great person but he’s also a terrific musician. When he asked me to join I jumped at the chance. When he told me our third member was going to be Kim Richey I almost burst into tears! I’ve been a fan of hers for some time. She is one heck of a singer and songwriter.”
“To me, the instrumentation, the vocal blend, the songwriting and the covers we’ve chosen all make our trio unique, that and the fact that we all come from similar backgrounds musically. We share some of the same sensibilities when it comes to working together.”
KIM: “I have always only wanted to be in a band and took a weird turn somewhere and ended up a solo artist. My favorite thing about music is playing with other people. I love the collaboration and the camaraderie. There is nothing better than being on stage when the players and the audience are all in synch. It feels to me like a circular current of energy connecting everybody. I love it.
“Each of us have solo careers in folk, country, and roots music. We bring a big variety of musical interests to the group. You can see that in our choice of cover songs – the Kinks, Queen, Bill Kirchen, plus our original songs. We don’t have a specific lead singer and are constantly changing things up. We all take turns singing lead and harmony. There is a lot of instrument swapping going on. We also have a secret weapon . . . Linda! I don’t think there is anything she can’t play.”
“I met Doug at a guitar camp in Alaska where I was teaching songwriting and he later introduced me to Linda at a Folk Alliance conference. Doug asked me to be part of a project with him and Linda and I jumped at the chance. The two of them are well known as talented musicians. Even better, they are big-hearted people I love spending time with. We laugh a lot.”