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The Rucksack Willies CD Release Event – “Moving On”
December 11, 2013 @ 8:30 pm$18 – $20
special guest The O’Pear
“The Toronto group has no shortage of foot stompin’, washboard brushin’, sweet singin’ old-style country charm”
A combination of rockabilly string-band resonances and jazz stylings, the music of The Rucksack Willies is as complex as it is easy to enjoy. The mature sounds emanating from this youthful band both surprise and delight.
The Rucksack Willies are a true Canadian amalgamation, combining the many talents of Angela Hilts on lead vocals, guitar, and banjo, Megan Thomas on vocals and washboard, Michael Eckert on pedal steel and dobro, Lucas Gadke on bass and vocals, Galen Pelley on percussion and vocals, and Adrian Gross on guitar and mandolin. As evidenced, the instruments used by this band are as diverse and unique as their musical creations. The Rucksack Willies released their debut album, Letter to Anne, in 2011, and have since been appearing throughout the GTA in festivals such as the Mariposa Festival and NXNE, as well as performing weekly at the Cameron House right here in Toronto. (Talia C.)
“Moving On” will be the second album released by The Rucksack Willies. The official release takes place December 11th at Hugh’s Room. Building on their initial rootsy sound explored in “Letter to Anne”, The Willies take “Moving on” into an evocative roller coaster of love and loss. With help from Producer Josh Van Tassel and recording engineer Reuben Ghose, the album has captured the depth of human emotion through the shaping of spacial and sound environments. This album will surely take you on an emotional journey.