Tyler Ellis has a new full band record! Recorded live off the floor at the Woodshed Studio in Toronto with the “Eddy Line Band”
“Northern Bliss” was recorded by Saam Hashemi “live off the floor” over two days in March, 2011 at Blue Rodeo’s studio, “The Woodshed”, in Toronto. This is my first full band record since the release of “Horseshoes and Handgrenades” in 1998. “The Eddy Line” band that joined me for those “two days in March” was comprised of some of my favourite Toronto based players that I have had the pleasure of performing live with over the years since the dissolution of the Tyler Ellis band. Hashemi mixed the record “somewhere in England” and George Graves at the Laquer Channel mastered it. Jon Vopni of Vopni Parsons Design did the art work (and yes, that is me on the cover standing on “the eddy line” many moons ago north of Lake Superior).
Although the title track “Northern Bliss” predates my first album, “Straid Hill”, many of the songs on this record grew up on the ‘Live Jam” stages that can be found, on any given night, all over Toronto. Most notably the Sunday Jams with the imitable “Crown Jewels” (Doug Courtice: guitar and vocals, Matt Marren: bass, guitar, piano and vocals, Bruce Adamson: wicked electric guitar and Jeremy Elliott: drums and entertaining banter) – first at the Rose and Crown on Yonge Street in Toronto and subsequently at Scruffy Murphy’s on Eglinton Avenue. I liken the jam to my pick-up hockey: talented individuals (some more than others) getting together to share their love of playing. Songs such as “My Brother’s in the NHL”, “QEW”, and “Greedy Greedy” found their legs in this environment.
Jeremy Elliott is always a blast to play with and Julian Taylor, his band mate (from the wildly successful “Staggered Crossing” and “The Julian Taylor Band”) was always a highlight performer at the Jam. Taylor and I subsequently did a North by Northeast festival showcase together in 2010 and the idea for “Northern Bliss” began to form: no pre-production, no rehearsals, if you can make it, just come and play… and in so doing attempt to capture “the moment” when someone says: “it goes like this” – and the Jam is on.
The Eddy Line Band
Jeremy Elliott: drums, shaker and “the feel”
Julian Taylor: electric guitar, backup vocals, bongos and “the sweetness”
Chris Chiasson: electric and acoustic bass, backup vocals and “the chill”
Lawrie Ingles: piano, organ, backup vocals and “the wow”
Saam Hashemi: 12 string guitar, percussion, whistling and “the know-how”
“Northern Bliss”, the title track, was, for the most part, written almost 25 years ago and “Sunny Day on the Bay” was written just before this recording. It’s where I’ve been, where I am, and where I’m going all rolled up into one sweet ride. I hope you enjoy the trip and thank you so very much for listening. This recording is dedicated to all my friends and family who have made my music their own. Without you, these songs would not exist.
The song, “Not Really Gone”, is dedicated to the memory of Alayne Walker and Connie Fitzpatrick and to their loving families.
“Been in Northern Valley
Been in Northern Stream
Seen Aurora Borealis gleam
It’s what I miss – Northern Bliss”
From Northern Bliss