Don Featured on Cashbox Canada Cover

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Cashbox Cover July 2010

by Keith Bradford

Recently I interviewed Don Graham by telephone and he was gracious enough to answer the following questions and many more that I have edited from this article. The Toronto Tunesmith Graham is leaving at the end of July to tour with Texas Troubadour Larry Patton in Norway, Ireland, and Austria.
 
 
KB:  Tell me a little bit about yourself – how does a guy from Montreal, Quebec end up in country music?


Toronto based Country Rocker singer Don Graham signs with Keith Bradford Promotions in Nashville, TN.

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Keith Bradford Promotions

On June 15, 2010 Don Graham officially signed on with Keith Bradford Promotions for U.S. representation of his new CD, “A Willing Heart.” Bradford who is a 45 year music veteran, has launched Don’s CD to over 5000 radio stations, music industry contacts, and retail outlets. Initial response has been overwhelming and EMG (Entertainment Music Group) a company with offices in Toronto, Canada and Nashville, TN has already booked a tour in Norway for July. Don and music icon Larry Patton will depart for this tour on July 20, 2010 and will make stops in Scotland and Ireland.


Nashville, We’ll be right back!

Don at the Nashville Palace

It’s been a couple of weeks now since the Cashbox Magazine Mothers Day Showcase on May 9th, 2010. It was a great trip and an amazing event featuring some really fine talent and some truly wonderful new friends were made. Whoever said “getting there was half the fun” perhaps should have rephrased it “SOMETIMES getting there is half the fun.” I won’t go into details but suffice to say that because we booked late due to the uncertainty of the date we ended up getting flights that took us the long way around! Fourteen hours of travelling for a two hour direct flight.


A Beacher Feature At The Beacher

The Beacher Cafe

On Thursday May 13th, we got to have a CD party at my favourite restaurant in my neighbourhood, The Beach, in the east end of Toronto.


Country Rock Artist Don Graham Releases ‘A Willing Heart’

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Canadian Singer/Songwriter releases New CD with debut performance at the legendary Nashville Palace in Nashville (Music City) Tennessee.
Don Graham, Montreal born and Toronto based country rock singer has released his new CD ‘A Willing Heart’ on Breakin’ Records – It’s What We Do. This 11 track CD was recorded in Montreal, Quebec and produced by Chestnut Tree Production’s by Bill Hill and Andrew Hill. Graham is established in the music industry, both as a performer and songwriter, and this CD is a reflection of his personal experiences that all can relate to at one time in our lives.


On the air and in the air!

It’s been an exciting week with airplay on Got What It Takes and an exciting development on the live performing front.

First the airplay; the ON air debut of our single ‘Got What It Takes’ was on CKYC, Country 93 in Owen Sound, Ontario. A clip is featured below so give a listen. A big thank you goes out to Bob Bannister and Donna Henry of that station for featuring us on their “What’s New”show on Saturday and Monday nights.


ART WINKING AT LIFE

Cashbox Cover

Is this art imitating life or art winking at life? The first line of our new single Got What It Takes is “You won’t see me on the cover of a magazine”….. and here I am on the cover of the latest issue of Cashbox Canada magazine!

It’s quite a thrill to be on the cover of ANY magazine but it’s especially thrilling for me that it’s Cashbox! Our first record, Shelter In the Sky, ironically, produced by the same producer, Bill Hill, was a “pick hit” in Cashbox back in the seventies! And we’re all still here, still making music! And Cashbox is still covering it!


Release Date For ‘A Willing Heart’ and Canadian Music Week 2010

We finally have a confirmed date for the release of my new CD ‘A Willing Heart’, on the Breakin’ Records label. April 12th, 2010 the CD will be released and the single ‘Got What It Takes’ will be sent to radio via Super Radio Tracker Lauren Tutty and Lauren Tutty Promotions. We looking forward to working with Lauren and her team.


PIPES AND THE MIST

As a songwriter I sometimes like to stretch the boundaries of my normal pattern of writing. I usually write about things in my life or observations of things happening to the people around me.

A few years ago I was at concert of a quartet from Scotland and although I couldn't understand most of their songs, I did understand the Paul McCartney song Mull of Kintyre. My mother was from Scotland so I had grown up hearing tales of the ‘Old Country’ and it’s beauty and the passion of it’s people.

So that night I went home, picked up my old flat top and started writing my own Scottish ode.


And so it begins!!!!

DON GRAHAM – And so it begins!!!!
January 21 2010

Hello to all my old friends and a big welcome to all my new friends. This is a very exciting time in my life and career and I’m glad you all dropped by to share it with me.

All of us; myself, Chestnut Tree Productions and the management team at The Entertainment Music Group have been working really hard for the past seven months writing, recording and planning the release of our new project: DON GRAHAM….A WILLING HEART. We are happy to report we are finished!


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