Bob Egan is returning to his troubadour roots this spring with a three-week tour of British Columbia. Until his temporary retirement two years ago Bob managed to average fifty shows a year in B.C. between Blue Rodeo commitments.
“I just ran out of steam gigging 150 shows a year and needed a break to ground myself and explore other interests.” Those other interests included producing new singer/songwriter Whitney Rose (listen to the results at myspace.com/whitneyrosesongs). Working with Whitney was a real eye opener for Bob.
“She’s fresh and energetic which was a nice contrast to my more jaded nature. She reminded me of how much I loved writing and performing. She is also a big fan of my solo work and was relentless at pressuring me to tour just so she could sing my songs.” Thus, the 2009 B.C. tour came to be.
Not satisfied to fall back on the material from his 4 solo records Bob set about writing new music for this tour. “I’ve always been a fan of harmony and male/female duets so this was a perfect excuse to get creative and write new songs specifically for us to sing.” In addition to this new material Bob and Whitney will be performing songs from both of their records.
After touring B.C. relentlessly for years how will Bob keep this tour interesting? “Well we’ve got an album’s worth of new songs and many of the promoters have ties to local recording studios so we are thinking about enlisting local B.C. talent to make our new record and a documentary on this tour. It could be a blast!”
May 1 2009 Galiano Island, BC The Grand Central May 2 2009 Brentwood Bay, BC Music in the Bay May 5 2009 Grand Forks, BC Jogga's Coffee Shop May 6 2009 Rossland, BC The Old Firehall May 7 2009 Winlaw, BC Cedar Creek Cafe May 8 2009 Creston, BC Snoring Sasquatch May 9 2009 Castlegar, BC House party (E-mail for details) May 10 2009 Ymir, BC Ymir Schoolhouse May 11 2009 Christina Lake, BC Jimmy Beans May 14 2009 Nanaimo, BC House party (E-mail for details) May 15 2009 Victoria-James Bay House party (E-mail email@example.com for details) May 16 2009 Victoria, BC The Black Stilt May 17 2009 Ucluelet, BC Wild Heather Books
The past six months have been fairly uneventful - after retiring from solo touring last November (68 shows last year!) I have been keeping a very low profile. For the first time in almost 11 years I was able to stay home for an entire month without having to pack my gear and fly to a gig. It felt great!
THE GLORIOUS DECLINE
My last record came out just about a year ago and had a pretty successful run. I sold what I expected, got lots of press and as usual learned a lot about the constantly evolving music business. Internationaly I was quite pleased - the record sold well in Holland, Belgium, Italy and Japan. Maybe i will have to start touring again.........
Thanks to all the folks at Maple Music, Fontana North Distribution, Carrot Top Records, CDBaby.com and Club de Musique. Special thanks to Quail's Gate Winery (West Bank, BC). And as always, thanks to you for giving The Glorious Decline a listen.
Retiring from solo touring has allowed me to stay home and work on my new house. It has been months of pure joy stripping layers of paint from doors, frames, floors, baseboard and windows. I have spent over forty hours on the staircase alone and I have to say - it looks great.
The neighborhood old-timers taught me their method of sanding the wood with 3 different grades of sandpaper followed by 2 different grades of steel wool to bring out all the definition and grain. That is followed by hand-rubbing in a coat of linseed oil, re-sanding and re-steel wooling before the final application of oil.
For me, a hundred year-old house with all the natural wood makes a home that is hard to leave.
Over the months I have continued to record on a number of people's records both in person and over the internet. It blows my mind that I can get up in the morning and record steel for a Danish band's record while still in my pajamas. You just gotta love technology.
I have also been totally immersed in recording my instrumental pedal steel records, a long-time passion of mine. Even though I haven't found the time to paint the walls in my new house I have turned one whole floor into a recording studio and another room into a mixing suite. I am hard at work recording day and night on this project. So far 22 songs are at least 50% finished. That leaves 18 more to compose and record to finish the record. I will start posting tracks on myspace/bobegan later this summer.
THE SECRET PROJECT
This one is big, but unfortunately I can't tell you about it yet.
- Kat Goldman - She's an old friend making a long-overdue record with Maury Lafoy producing. A cross between Shawn Colvin and Aimee Mann.
- Shannon Briggs - She is a young country-ish singer that I met backstage after a show. We recorded in her own warehouse/recording studio in Toronto with Moe Berg from the Pursuit of Happiness producing.
- Melissa Boraski - She's played with the Real Pricillas but is now putting the finishing touches on her first solo record. Her voice and her songs are real strong so we're just mapping out some auxillary instrumental parts to flesh out the arrangements.
- Romney Getty - She's a world-touring troubadour from Ontario. I recorded national steel, some Cuban tres and pedal steel for her new EP at Dan Aiken's incredible converted church studio in Hamilton. She is on tour in Australia at the moment and won't return until the spring.
- Mike Manville - He's a Vancouver guy who's been playing around for years and has been recording a solo record in Chicago. I got the songs in the mail recently and am working on them at home on my pro-tools rig.
- Shannon Briggs - She's a county-ish singer from Toronto recording her debut with Moe Berg from The Pursuit of Happiness producing.
- The Great Lake Swimmers - I recently traveled to the legendary Gas Station studio on Toronto Island to record on their 3rd record with Dale Morningstar at the board. Serena Ryder was there too, singing like an angel and making her debut on autoharp.
- Dave Dycus - He is an old college buddy of mine who moved into my home/studio for a week to record the beds for his new record of intricate fingerpicking guitar.
I am taking the plunge into MySpace (myspace.com/bobegan) and need all the help I can get. I am currently posting different songs and some tour photos. If you have any ideas of what you would like to see there just drop me an e-mail.
The final tour of 2006 and beyond is now booked and it is going to be a great one. It runs October 12th to November 12th and as usual most of the shows will be in my adopted province of British Columbia.
In addtion to performing the Glorious Decline and a whole whack of new material, i'll have some special guests joining me. Australian singer/songwriter Cass Eager is set to join me the last week of the tour on Vancouver Island. And at the Media Club in Vancouver (Nov. 1st) I am sharing the bill with 2 Montreal artists with amazing voices Amanda Mabro (amandamabro.com) and Andrea Revel (andrearevel.com). We haven't met yet but we are planning to sing together on this show. It will be a blast.
I have been a fan of the late Spalding Gray’s work since I first saw his monologue/movie “Swimming to Cambodia.” Although I have never met him or seen him perform live I was quite moved by his suicide a few years ago.
In homage to his talent and work I composed “Spalding’s Lament” for my latest record which features the ethereal harmonies of Oh Susanna. In collaboration with his widow Kathie Russo and Maple Music this song is downloadable with 100% of the proceeds to benefit a scholarship in Spalding’s honor.
To learn more about this amazing writer and performer visit the Spalding Gray Site. To listen to Spalding’s Lament open the jukebox on the right side of this page. And to download the song visit my page at Maple Music. Thanks.
All of the original artwork on this website and the Glorious Decline was painted by Jared Knight.
A few years ago in the North Star bar in Philly, Jared approached me and handed me a post card of one of his paintings. i thought he was hustling me for a drink but i humored him and took a look. What I saw blew me away and against his protestations I began buying him drinks.
He wasn't hustling me, he was giving me some of his artwork to thank me for playing that night with Blue Rodeo. I began thumbing through his postcards and found myself being drawn deeply into his surrealistic, impressionist renditions of horizons and landscapes. I hadn't been that moved by art in quite a while.
By the end of the first drink we agreed to work together. In the coming months I will be featuring his new paintings here but in the meantime check out his web gallery at Jared's site.
2005 was a typical year of gigging and recording. Blue Rodeo released a record so we did almost 100 shows to support it in Canada, the U.K. and the states. I also managed to squeeze in 31 solo shows mainly in British Columbia. On the recording front I was lucky to make tracks with the Cowboy Junkies, Jason Collette and Justin Rutledge among others while also recording and mixing my new record, the Glorious Decline. That didn’t leave much time for my public speaking but I did make a couple for Coldwell Bankers and the General Motors. I also bought an old house that I gutted and am renovating.
2006 will be a busy year as well. The Glorious Decline will be released in the spring followed by heavy solo touring. I have already begun recording 2 new pedal steel instrumental records (one world beat music and one ambient massage therapy music) and the house renovations will never stop. I’ll be chipping away at the book and public speaking careers and I imagine Blue Rodeo will clock in a fair amount of shows. I’ll keep you posted. Thanks for visiting.