The holidays can be a difficult time for those away from home. Here’s a new single from the album that conveys the loneliness of Christmas amidst the stark beauty of a northern Canadian winter. Dedicated to all those who will be away from their families this year.
Here’s a peek at the artwork for the forthcoming album. The painting is titled “Rasht” by Ottawa-based artist Taymaz Valley. He has very kindly given me permission to use this piece for the record, and I would like to thank Renee La Roi for her assistance in pulling all the design elements together for the CD packaging and online graphics.
I was drawn to the organic feel of the painting and brilliant use of colour. The river, tree, and house all speak to elements and themes within the songs on the album. That combination was simply irresistible to me. I hope you like it as much as I do!
Stay tuned for a special announcement later this week about the release date for the album and a special pre-release offer for fans of Selkirk Range.
Final mixes are done and we are sending the tracks to be mastered at Golden Mastering in California in the coming week.
From there, we will send master tracks for replication on a small run of CDs, as well as uploading to CD Baby for distribution to various online retailers, including iTunes.
It will be a soft launch of the record in November, meaning that I will release some or all of the album but plan for a more formal release event in the coming months.
Everett’s been wonderful to work with throughout this process, and I’m very pleased with the results so far; and especially for the opportunity to work with some talented musicians who performed on the record.
I am delighted to announce that one of my songs for the SAC 2016 songwriting challenge made the special mention list.
The challenge was coordinated through a closed Facebook group with 82 members, many of whom submitted songs for consideration each week. Moderators listened and commented on all of the submissions, while the challenger was asked to picked a few of the songs for special mention.
Selkirk Range’s “Can’t Take It Back” is killer country music. Country has always been a genre that relies on ‘the story’. This tune totally delivers, complete with a gorgeous melody and heartfelt performance.
Thank you for this Bryan. It means a lot to get positive feedback on something that has consumed much time and energy (not to mention patience) to create. And a special thank you to Rosanne Baker Thornley and North Easton for the tremendous–and I mean tremendous–effort they both put into the Challenge as moderators and mentors.
The song was written too late for the upcoming release, but maybe this is the motivation I need to consider doing a follow up single for next year.