Hey folks, the last news blast for 2012!
It has been an amazing run of events over the last year and now that I am back home in the land of – 40 degrees I have had a moment to reflect on some of the beautiful moments in the past year, Here is a summary with some of the amazing people and memories that just whistled by….World TourOver 5 months, 8 Countries, 136 concerts in 144 days, 54 356 Km driven in Canada, US, Germany, Holland, Italy, Beligium, Scotland and England, including one Tin Can Caravan Tour, and one Home Routes Tour.Most of my immediate highlights come from meeting some great musicians along the way. Whether performing with them or catching their show for the very first time I would like to recognize them in no particular order, Jonathon Byrd, Danny Michel, Scott Nolan & Joanna Miller, Corin Raymond, Fred Penner, Holmes Brothers, Steve Poltz, P’boro Boys (Conway, Benj, Josh), Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Steam Show, John Dee Graham, Audrey Auld, Tiff Ginn, Bill Poss, Mary Gauthier, Jon Langford, Suzie Vinnck, Mama Bluegrass band, Jaxon Haldane, Pokey Laforge, Washboard Hank, Shari Ulrich, Luther Wright, Megan Palmer, Alex Cuba Band, Scarlett Jane, Deep Dark Woods.Top 5 Highlights 1. Playing with such an incredible band (Roger Marin, Aiden Tentrees, Pat Phillips)2. Sitting in with Mary Gauthier on the dobro.3. Running my first half marathon while on tour.4. Fred Penner using my band/me to back his show up.5. Italy.To the many friends, fans, and family fed and watered us, thank you for keeping us alive, especially my Oklahoma family, Dougie Freeze and the Walter Rootsie family.Huge thanks to all the promoters/venues that supported this tour, how would we do this without you? Jesse(Slice), Pat(Ironwood), Devin (Troutforest), Patricia (Rolla Pub), Brian & Radihika (Rookery), Scott & Kurt (Tracks Pub), Pat & Debbie (Espanola), Charlie & Sarah (Tin Can Tour), Tim Osmond (Home Routes), Chris Riley (Art Barn), Kim Howse (Blackbird), Ruth Ratzlaff (Golden), Darryl & Stephanie (Olive Bistro), Pam (North Saanich), Martin Ortiz (Saltspring), Jane (Ladysmith), Pat (Powel River), Wolfgang (Music Star), Ralf (Real Music Club), Siem (De Harmonie), Rainer (Rockhouse), Roland (Zum Zaunswinkel), Uli (Lindencult), Mary & David (Acoustic Music Club), Douglas & Jane Anne (Robertson Studio), Marco (Il Banco), Nick (Cowboy Up), there are more, however, with over 200 wonderful hosts over the last year..forgive me.It was a hell of a year, I am really proud of the new record “North Country Heart” produced by the brilliant Bob Hamilton (thanks Bob), then taking it around the world with an amazing band, Aiden Tentrees, Pat Phillips, and Roger Marin, your are all clearly insane to join me and I will forever love you for it. Salute! Grazie! Prost! Love you guys (with my German, Mexican, French, Italian, Russian – combo accent)Huge shout out to my team for believing in me, the new album, the world tour and all the work that went into it, Ryan Heerschap, Ken Beattie, Joan Myers, Leslie Rouffe, Louden Temple, Del Day, Bert Pijpers, Continental Records, Lynn Lancaster, April Boultbee and Andrea Parodi, thank you so much. Thanks to Canada Council, Yukon Film and Sound and Touring Arts Fund for bridging the gap and supporting my music in 2012. Without you it would be very difficult all musicians in the North.None of this would be possible without the support of my huge extended family, especially my Sister, Mom, Saskia, Eric, Finny, Rob, Aisha, Jaxon, and my beautiful wife Kelly Proudfoot.Looking forward to resting up for the next adventure, putting pen to paper, and hibernating in the woodshed. I have to say that life has never felt better.Seasons Greetings and a Happy New year!!Loads of love, Gordie