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It’s called a controlled burn – an ecological intervention of sorts whereby a forest is intentionally set ablaze in order to start anew, to stave off suffocation and spur new growth.
British Columbia singer-songwriter, Ben Rogers proudly announces his album Wildfire, produced by Dallas Green (City and Colour, Alexisonfire, You+Me) will be released March 1. Already marked as one of Exclaim!’s Most Anticipated Albums Of 2019 and one of Amazon Music Canada's Artists To Watch in 2019, Wildfire will be the sophomore release on Dallas Green’s newly minted Still Records. Fans can pre-order or pre-save the album HERE.
Wildfire sees Rogers drifting away from the sounds of his first two acclaimed solo albums, 2015’s The Bloodred Yonder and 2013’s Lost Stories: Volume One. The sound is still rooted in folk and Americana, with an earnest new attitude permeating throughout. It has a raw, hazy, rock-inspired swagger that channels the likes of possessed masterminds from Nick Cave to Otis Redding to Marc Bolan of T.Rex. Put simply, it is enveloping, and the authenticity is palpable.
Indie88 calls “Rattle Your Chains” a “powerful” track. The third single from Wildfire, “Rattle Your Chains” is now available HERE following the previously released tracks “Steady Going Nowhere” and “A Changed Man”. Rogers says, “When I wrote “Rattle Your Chains” I was flat broke, had just been dumped on Christmas morning and had no idea where my life was headed. The verses came in droves and then I cut and pasted them all together. It started as a jilted love song but turned into something much more than that. Turns out I was pissed off about a lot of other things too.”
Wildfire was penned by Rogers and brought to life under the guidance of a new collaborator - Dallas Green, sitting in the producer’s chair for his first time. Ironically, their partnership was born during a period that each was overcoming a creative impasse.
Green explains what initially drew him to the project: “I recognized something really special about this collection of songs – this vulnerability from Ben was really moving to me. I think it was a brilliant experience for all of us and resulted in a really beautiful record. Not only do I believe in it and think it’s fantastic, but it also did something for me; it really opened a whole new chapter of my creative life.”
Rogers echoes the sentiment. “I can tell Dallas cares about this project as much as I do. He is just so devoted to the process. He really challenged us, but with a generosity of spirit that you just don’t encounter that often. It was the best experience I’ve ever had on a creative level.”
Rounding out the recording experience were co-producer Karl Bareham (City and Colour) and Rogers’ long time band: Matt Kelly (City and Colour) on pedal steel and keys, Erik Nielsen (Dralms, Rich Hope) on bass, John Sponarski (Aaron Pritchett) on lead guitar, and Leon Power (Frazey Ford) at the kit.
Beginning March 18, Rogers will take Wildfire on the road with Bahamas for a run of Canadian tour dates throughout Ontario. Full tour dates can be found below with tickets on sale now Ticket links can be found HERE.
01 Doll Bones
03 Steady Going Nowhere
04 Rattle Your Chains
05 Leviathan Smiles
07 Killing Kind
09 Black Beauty
10 A Changed Man
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2019 TOUR DATES W/ BAHAMAS
Mar 18 - St. Catharines, ON - FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Mar 20 - Sault Ste. Marie, ON - Sault Community Theatre Centre
Mar 21 - Sudbury, ON - Fraser Auditorium
Mar 22 - Barrie, ON - Mavrick’s Music Hall
Mar 23 - Hamilton, ON - New Vision United Church
Mar 25 - Peterborough, ON - Showplace Performance Theatre
Mar 26 - London, ON - London Music Hall
Mar 27 - North Bay, ON - Capitol Centre
ABOUT STILL RECORDS
Still Records is a record label established in September 2018 by multi-Platinum acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Dallas Green. An imprint of award-winning independent label Dine Alone Records, which was started to put out City and Colour’s debut album Sometimes. Still Records is a place where Green will curate a collection of projects that he thinks deserve to be heard and enjoyed.