Hello friends of Willy! This is our first newsletter in a very long time. But we wanted to let y’all know that Willy Blizzard is finally working on another album: “Armadillo Road”. Nine tracks of original material were recorded in Vancouver’s Saga Studios. The instrument tracks, overdubs, and harmony vocals are done, ready to be mixed. Guest musicians include the Juno award-winning Lester Quitzau, (Tri-Continental), the 12-string electric guitar of Jeffery Hatcher (Billy Cowsill’s partner in the Blue Shadows) and the awesome studio work of Adam Dobres (Wailin’ Jennys guitar player). We even used our own in-house artist for the album cover: original artwork by our bass player Andrea. We are excited to be working with such a superb team and looking forward to the album release later this Fall. Thank you to all of you who may have heard our music, attended a show, hired us, connected with us in some way through our music.
Armadillo Road delivers the band’s signature indie-roots sound laid on original material. The songs are diverse in theme and place with Southern influences as well songs that are true to our Northern roots. Further down the road the song “Armadillo” originated in the wide open spaces of west Texas. From stripped-down singer-songwriter to rockabilly vibe, all tracks written or co-written by John Hough.
John’s solo album Train Through a Northern Town is a taste of Canada, from life on the Atlantic coast to western stories of outlaws, as well as forgotten places in between. Featuring original material, and a few beautifully executed covers (Gordon Lightfoot and Stan Rogers) it is quintessential Canadiana.
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A compendium contemporary folk, both instrumental and vocal, showcases the traditional music of Ireland, and more. This Celtic album stems from John’s first band, Under The Moss, which was the house band at the Folk Life Pavilion, at Vancouver’s world fair, Expo 86.