Canadian singer-songwriter Will Black crafts timeless, high-energy tunes rooted in chord-driven, melodic rock n’ roll. Layers of instrumental harmonies and thoughtful lyrics explore love, lust and heartbreak and honor the classic rock songwriters that continue to inspire him including Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams and John Mellencamp. Through magnetic live performances that channel the power of commanding entertainers such as the Rolling Stones, Prince and Bon Jovi, Will pulls audiences into his rock guitar-infused orbit. His latest album Cry Like Hell is a diverse collection of tunes, which provide personal insight into some of his life’s many plot twists.
Will’s creative journey has been dually marked by a deep respect for the roots of modern music and a commitment to forge his own path as an artist. As a kid growing up in the ‘80s across Canada, he was fascinated by his mother’s six-string acoustic guitar. In middle school, he began taking lessons at the local music store and eventually graduated to a “Sears Special” cherry red electric guitar. In his later teens, he developed skills as a compelling vocalist through high school bands and as leader of his own garage rock group. By the time he graduated, he had fully resolved to pursue a professional music career and began to weave his way throughout Western Canada busking, grabbing regular gigs and working jobs that gave him the freedom to develop his talent.
Will first found professional success with his classic rock duo The Doorcrashers. In 2001 he embarked on a new voyage as a full-time seafaring entertainer maintaining a rigorous live performance schedule on Carnival and Celebrity Cruise Lines. Since 2005, Will has enjoyed a long-term residency at Bermuda’s Hog Penny Pub where he performs five nights a week, April through December, frequently mixing up his show with different themes and other local acts.
For the past decade, Will Black has continued to consistently write and perform fresh material, collaborate on projects with other inventive artists and build up an enthusiastic following worldwide by sharing his deep passion for enriching the vibrant independent music community. In 2008, he recorded and self-produced his debut 8 track album Dancing With The Dead at the legendary Metalworks Studios in Toronto alongside a gifted team of the city’s top session musicians. The song Senorita Ballerina placed in the top 20 for the Rock/Alternative category in Unisong’s 12th Annual International Songwriting Contest, was nominated as Best Rock Song at the 2008 Ontario Independent Music Awards and was also selected as a Semi-Finalist in the 2008 UK Songwriting Contest.
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Sup Pop Records has released early recordings with bands such as Green River, Nirvana, Soundgarden and more. The label was founded by Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman in the 80’s. The new book by Gillian Gaar illustrates the record label founders’ journey from music lovers to becoming pioneers of one of the most influential independent record companies to date.
Gillian talks about her first-hand interviews and research that went into making the book. She was there as history unfurled and could probably talk all day on the subject but this is a half hour teaser. If you want to meet the author and chat, see the below information. She is one of the foremost authorities on rock music.
Her first book of 17, She’s A Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll was published in 1992. In addition to her own books, she has appeared in various anthologies, including The Nirvana Companion; Trouble Girls: The Rolling Stone Guide to Women in Rock; Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History; Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen: Interviews and Encounters; Goldmine: The Beatles Digest (volumes one and two); and The Best of the Beatles Book. She has also researched and written some of the best Elvis literature available anywhere.
World Domination: The Sub Pop Records Story takes you on a journey from the 1980’s to now. Gillian Gaar is a Seattle-based author and local music journalist. She has also appeared in anthologies such as ‘Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History’, ‘The Stranger Guide to Seattle’, ‘The Best of the Beatles Book’, and others.
To find out more about the book you can come her book signing.
What: Gillian Gaar Book Reading and Signing
When: Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.
Where: Easy Street Records
4559 California Ave SW, (West Seattle)
Gillian Gaar is one of those rock gurus that in conversation makes you listen, and like a good concert, leaves you wanting more. Gillian is a Seattle-based author. She was editorial assistant for Krist Novoselic’s book From Grunge To Government: Let’s Fix This Broken Democracy!
She was also a project consultant/liner note writer for Nirvana’s box set With The Lights Out. She has written for numerous magazines, including Rolling Stone, Mojo, Q, Goldmine, The Seattle Times, The Stranger, Option, and No Depression, and was a senior editor at Seattle music paper The Rocket.
Gillian written liner notes for collections by Laurie Anderson, Judy Collins, Heart, Pat Benatar, Paula Cole and Mat Kearney, among others.Listen to the full episode
Gillian Gaar is one of those rock gurus that in conversation makes you listen, and like a good concert, leaves you wanting more. Gillian is a Seattle-based author. Her first book, She’s A Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll was published in 1992. In addition to her own books, she has appeared in…Listen to the full episode