Northern Shore is the title of Skydiggers’ new album, and represents the bold new musical territory the group explores on their eighth studio release. The 15 song collection stands as the most adventurous and varied of the group’s 20 year plus career, and captures and reinvigorates the essence of the group’s sound. Northern Shore sees the group mapping new musical territory, but it feels like home.
A career-spanning 4 disc, 45 song extravaganza featuring the band’s first demos recorded in 1988 at Grant Avenue studio in Hamilton with Rheostatics / Barenaked Ladies producer Michael Philip Wojewoda and the unreleased Chemical Sound recordings from January 1996 (before Peter Cash set off to form the Cash Brothers with his brother Andrew), in addition to the complete recordings (25 songs) from the new album Northern Shore.
Skydiggers’ lead singer Andy Maize marks his 50th birthday with a collection of songs both old and new.
Released in 2009 “The Truth about Us: A Twenty Year Retrospective” is worth any Canadians time. This album covers the various hits of the Skydiggers over their twenty year career. It was in 2009 that I was introduced to the “Diggers” by a band member Ron Macey, bassist at a friend’s back-yard BBQ in Toronto. Shortly after our meeting I was given the new-release of this album and I must admit I was weary as good Canadian music can be hard to find. Seeing as the band was twenty years in service and they were unknowns to me, I was worried what exactly I was in for and knowing that I might see Ron again I was hoping I was going to like the album.
Ontario’s Skydiggers mark their 20th year as a band with this 2008 release on the Cowboy Junkies’ Latent Recordings label. The Canadian band’s melodic mix of folk, pop, rock and country has enabled them to sell more than 150,000 copies of their eight albums over the years. 12 tracks.
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