Bill Houston | Bring Back the Music

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Bring Back the Music

by Bill Houston

Listening to the voice of Bill Houston is like taking a trip through musical history and hearing songs that cross genres, defy categorization and stick in your memory.
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1. P.D. Line
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2. Trail of the Caribou
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3. Backdoor Blues
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4. Bring Back the Music
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5. Liability Rag
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6. Grandpa's Tunes
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7. Cowgirl
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8. Blackfly (Secret Weapon of the North)
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9. Back in the 1950's
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10. Summer Song
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11. I Will Be There
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12. Radio in My Head
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13. Little Green Pills
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14. Showdown On the Moon
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In 1971 "North of Superior" the first IMAX film shot and shown entirely in full-frame IMAX was screened at Toronto’s Ontario Place. Shown on a six story, curved screen audiences were awestruck by its unparalleled clarity of images. Partnered, in perfect harmony, with these incredible visuals was the song Ojibway Country written and performed by Bill Houston.

In the decade following, Bill composed material for several films, documentaries and commercials, established a music publishing company, developed his own small record company, and together with producer Shelby Gregory released his first full length album "The King of White Otter Lake". The title track from this album tells the tale of Jimmy McQuat, a persistent and ingenious man who built a castle on White Otter Lake near Ignace, Ontario. Jimmy became a legend and the song became Bill Houston’s most published and reproduced work. "The King of White Otter Lake" even made it into public school songbooks where it is used to teach, not only music, but geography, history and comparative literature.

In spite of his success in Toronto, and although his artistic vision had expanded to include the world, Bill realized his roots were in that great reservoir of the human spirit, the north. He decided to return. Marriage, two children and full time work grounded Bill in Thunder Bay. However, he continued to write music and perform as the opportunities arose.

In 1997, together with producers George Gregorovich, and Sean Mundy and with a host of other talented Thunder Bay musicians, Bill released an 11 song CD, "North of Superior". He was quickly booked up solid. People were eager to hear his songs both old and new, many of which celebrate the beauty and heritage of Northwestern Ontario. Longtime fans and newcomers alike turned out in large numbers to welcome Bill back to the stage. Since that time, Bill has continued to play for appreciative audiences in the region and elsewhere at house concerts, fundraisers, cafes, schools and festivals. However, with only a small portion of his songs available to the public Bill decided it was time for another CD.

The result is "Bring Back the Music", a 14 song CD, released in the summer of 2006. With a diversity of styles from ragtime to lullaby and topics from historic rail lines to prescription drugs this wonderful collection once again illuminates the incredible songwriting talent of Bill Houston. Backed by renowned musicians such as Chris Whiteley, Anne Lindsay and Grit Laskin and utilizing the skills of award winning producer Paul Mills, Bill's songs possess the rare quality that can please both traditional folk preferences and current musical tastes.

It makes great travel music too. Listen to it in the car or on your iPod. Check out www.billhouston.ca for more information.

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Gareth Evans


Bring Back The Music is as with any artifact frozen at a particular point in time. But life goes on and over the course of this cd there are intimations of evolution to be seen. The cd 'sounds good' and is very listenable with excellent perfomances from all involved. And Bill tells compelling stories of other places and times and peoples very well. But in the final three songs he becomes more personal,that he has more to say that is important to him. It sounds like Bill has something more that he wants say. I hope this cd is a transition,steps along that path Bill is walking to realize his dream. I look forward to hearing about it.
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