Corin Raymond | There Will Always Be A Small Time

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There Will Always Be A Small Time

by Corin Raymond

Corin Raymond puts the low in loneliness and the high in hi-dee-ho.
Genre: Country: Alt-Country
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  Song Share Time Download
1. There Will Always Be A Small Time
6:07 $0.99
2. Michelene
4:07 $0.99
3. Leftover Tears
4:14 $0.99
4. Better Him Than Me
3:40 $0.99
5. Paid To Party
4:51 $0.99
6. The Lonely One
3:20 $0.99
7. If Wishes Were Horses
6:02 $0.99
8. Winter Is the Warmest Time of Year
3:07 $0.99
9. Waitin' On the Ending of the Day
2:54 $0.99
10. Stealin' My Heart
4:27 $0.99
11. Blue Mermaid Dress
5:13 $0.99
12. I Wish I Was In Love
5:07 $0.99
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Album Notes

The Small Time is a living thing. It's an organism in constant flux. It's a place where molecules bounce hot and inspired, a place of electricity where the voltage is generated by real people loving real music, people who are not concerned with industry standards but only with what the music says to them. The Small Time is a laboratory and a testing ground, as well as being a full-time living for myself and a thousand others. It's where the upstarts are hiding and where the veterans can always return. It's also the best place to hear music, to really listen to it, and be touched by it personally. The Small Time is small. Intimate. It flourishes in local venues, on festival side-stages, in community halls and living rooms. And the Small Time has never been bigger than it is now.

The walls of the music industry as we've known it are coming down, the old fortresses are crumbling, and as they do, the Small Time, like a garden growing wild and green, is taking over. Songs are finding their own way to travel, to find their listeners. They do it online. They move by campfire, by kitchen, by guitar pull. They travel from artist to artist and from audience to audience. They take to the air like dandelion seeds. Nowadays some of the best songs being written, anywhere, by anyone, are being sold out of the trunks of cars. They're making the rounds of festival stores, stage-side merch tables, house concert sideboards, and consequently truck stereos, CD players and IPods.

When I come up on shuffle in a traffic jam in Bangkok, that's the Small Time. When someone loses their job and tells me that listening to One Fine Day on repeat got them through that day, that's the Small Time. When I hear about a guy taking Three Thousand Miles home to Port Alberni and playing it for his father, and bringing his father to tears with it, that's the Small Time. More to the point, the fact that there is no record company between us, that you, my friends and fans, ARE my record company, THAT'S the Small Time.

-Corin Raymond


One night, outside the Tranzac in Toronto, Corin Raymond turned to me and said, “There will always be a small time.” He looked at me sideways, grinned, and then closed his eyes and mumbled some more lines while tapping his foot, giving me the feel he wanted. I’m used to this sort of thing from Corin. This is the way songs begin. I also knew this simple sentence was a deep truth, for Corin more than anyone I’ve ever known.

  Corin first heard me in Austin, Texas, literally threw a beer onstage to me, and then promised to bring me to Ontario and fill clubs. He flew home, booked a show at the Cameron House and walked around Toronto for months with tickets in his pocket, cornered his friends and fans, selling them on his enthusiasm alone. No press campaign. No radio airplay. Corin doesn’t even have a driver’s license. If the king is the man who believes in the kingdom more than anyone, then Corin Raymond is the King of The Small Time.

  That night outside the Tranzac, when Corin grinned at me and uttered that line, we were at the beginning of what would be my most succesful tour ever, a tour that consisted almost entirely of house concerts, tiny clubs, and coffeehouses. Corin was still brokering his enthusiasm, and we were selling songs door-to-door on sheer nerve and a strong Canadian dollar. Three weeks later, I crossed the border with $7,500 in my pocket.

  I knew then, and I know now, that he was not talking about passing the tip jar and sleeping on couches. Corin was talking about the reality of artists making a living, and fans getting incredible live music delivered to their doorsteps, all of it fueled on the verve of the community alone. Corin was saying, “Look at it all crumbling around us, the record stores, the newspapers, fm radio, even the venues. People still want music. We still want to sing. There will always be a small time.”

We wrote a song. Here’s how it goes. Sing it with us one time.

Jonathan Byrd    March 15, 2009.

REVIEW from EXCLAIM!, July, 2009.

Corin Raymond
There Will Always Be A Small Time
By Kerry Doole

This Toronto, ON-based troubadour has a parallel career as half of the Undesirables, an in-demand act on the roots circuit. His second solo album, There Will Always Be A Small Time, has a more direct country/folk approach, and it's an impressive work. Raymond has a robust and serviceable voice (John Prine comparisons often come his way) but his true strength is as a songwriter. Within Canadian roots music circles word of that is quickly spreading, as other artists have begun covering his tunes. They'll find plenty to work with here, with "Better Him Than Me" and the poetic "Blue Mermaid Dress" possessing commercial potential. Assisting Raymond's cause is his top-calibre band the Sundowners, comprised of David Baxter, Treasa Levasseur and Brian Kobayakawa (Creaking Tree Quartet), while Undesirables accomplice Sean Cotton adds backing vocals, fluent guitar and co-produces. There's refreshing variety here, from the Cajun feel of "Micheline" to the autobiographical barroom odes "Paid To Party" and the title track to the tender sentiments of "Winter Is The Warmest Time Of Year." There's nothing small time about this cat's talent.

Your songs are being performed by other artists but you also enjoy covering the songs of your peers.

That is how my heroes operated, the outlaws that came out of Nashville and those guys from Texas, like Billy Joe Shaver and Willie Nelson. The song was king. If the song was good, everybody sang it. I believe what Willie said: "Good art is good art." It's even better if you can find it on your own sidewalk. There are writers out there like Ridley Bent, Dustin Bentall, the Swiftys, Schuyler Jansen, Andrew Neville, Scott Nolan, John Borra. Some may even become famous but most will be best-kept secrets. I'll probably end up maintaining my status as a best-kept secret but along the way I'll be singing and recording songs by people like them. I want to make a whole album comprised of songs by my peers from coast to coast.

Can you describe your concept of the small time?

The small time is us doing it ourselves. It comes down to these alliances between artists and the community itself taking care of its own. Look at the Undesirables. We're touring Australia because of our alliance with David Ross MacDonald of the Waifs, not because of an agent booking us or a record company. I don't even know what the music business is. It just doesn't exist the way it used to. I don't know if I'll ever have any truck with a record label. The thing to celebrate with the small time is that the middleman is removed from the situation. It's about the relationship between the artist and their audience. That's pure, and that's what we're all in it for. (Independent)

-- Kerry Doole

REVIEW from Mike Regenstreif's blog
(regular contributor to The Montreal Gazette & Sing Out!)

Corin Raymond -- There will Always be a Small Time
Corin Raymond
There will Always be a Small Time

From reading his bio, I gather that Corin Raymond has an earlier album and one or two before that as a member of a duo called the Undesirables, but this CD was my first exposure to him and his songs. Most of the album is solid stuff – very good songs with nice arrangements and superior production. Raymond turns in fine performances making this an album I can recommend with little hesitation, an album I expect to put on years from now and still enjoy.

There are a few songs, though, that rise above the pack. “Michelene” is a gorgeous love song with the kind of lyrical anglo-franco interplay that Daniel Lanois was doing on a couple of his early songs and an arrangement built around some excellent accordion work by Treasa Levasseur. And “The Lonely One” is a lost-at-love rock ‘n’ roll ballad that could have been a hit for Roy Orbison back in the day.

THE killer song, though, is “There will Always be a Small Time,” a near-perfect piece of songwriting that captures the essence of why musicians are compelled to play music, of why songwriters are compelled to write songs, of why they’re compelled to play their music and perform their songs for whoever’s wanting or willing to listen, and of why they make records to sell from the stage. It’s a song that celebrates the human connections that are possible when real musicians play real music for real people without any kind of corporate filters.

“There will Always be a Small Time” is one of those it’s-worth-the price-of-the-album songs. That there’s lots of other worthwhile stuff on the CD is almost a bonus.

--Mike Regenstreif



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