All of us at Rocklands Entertainment were saddended on Sunday February 24, 2019 to learn of the passing of a dear friend, the legendary Mac Wiseman.
Mac Wiseman, known around the world as the man who had "The Voice with a Heart" was a member of both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. His hit recordings included "Jimmy Brown The Newsboy", "The Ballad of Davy Crockett", "Tis Sweet To Be Remembered", "Love Letters In The Sand", "I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home", "Johnny's Cash & Charley's Pride" and "Shackles and Chains".
Company President Brian Edwards recalls the many concert and Fair dates that the company worked with Mac over the years. "It didn't matter whether Mac worked in front of a country band, a bluegrass band, or just him and his guitar, he could absolutely captivate an audience" said Edwards. "When Mac Wiseman started to sing you knew exactly who it was with the first word - a true stylist".
Mac was a frequent visitor to Canada over the years. In 1977 he recorded an album of Gordon Lightfoot songs, and earlier had recorded the album "Sings At The Toronto Horseshoe Club", which featured many songs written by Canadian songwriters. In 2010 he released a five CD box set featuring 133 songs entitled "The Mac Wiseman Story", and in 2015 collaborated with Nashville writer Walt Trott on his autobiography "All My Memories Fit To Print".
Several years ago Brian Edwards arranged an afternoon visit with Mac at his home in Nashville. What he did not tell Mac in advance is that he was bringing a couple of his old friends along.
"Just imagine the look on Mac's face when we arrived with Mel Tillis and Charley Pride in tow" says Edwards with a laugh. "It was an incredible afternoon sitting there listing to these three old friends tell story after story of their lives in the music business." Mac Wiseman will be remembered as a true gentleman, and we are proud to be able to call him a friend.
As one reporter recently wrote - "Heaven's Opry just got a whole lot better".
Mac Wiseman along with Canadian Fiddlers Graham & Eleanor Townsend pose backstage in Canada many years ago.
Released in September of 2018, Frank Mills is extremely excited about his latest CD - "The Frank Mills Story". – "The Frank Mills Story" contains 16 songs that highlight or perhaps "tell the story" of his career which began some fifty years ago. Listening to this CD takes one through the musical journey of his fifty plus years at the piano, in the recording studio, and on stages around the world. The CD also contains a three page booklet which, in Frank's own words, tells the story behind each and every song.
For many the "highlight" of the CD will be Cut # 16 - "Lest We Forget (Where Poppies Grow)", a brand new song which Mills' fans have never heard before. Here, Frank tells the story of this beautiful new song.
In 2017 I received an e-mail from Joanne McIsaac Johnson who had attended my November concert in Fredericton NB on November 6th, shortly before "Armistice Day", November 11th. She was interested in my comments about songwriting and suggested that although there were several versions of music composed to the poem "In Flanders Fields", by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae MD, I should do one. I mulled it over. As I read the poem several times I realized I had embarrassingly forgotten much of it. I realized that it would soon be 100 years since "The Great War" had ended, that within the lines of the poem "the torch, be yours to hold it high" was my high school motto with which I had ended my valedictory speech in 1958, that Dr. John McCrae had attended Medical studies at McGill University as I had (but went into music), that he was an associate of Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal (where my father died), that he taught physiology at the University of Vermont Hospital in Burlington Vermont, (where I now go for my medical needs), that Matt McIsaac (the whistle player on the song) is related to Joanne McIsaac Johnson (above) whose grandfather had been operated on by Dr. John McCrae during the war, and that Dr. McCrae died on January 28, 2018, 100 years ago. My latest song "Lest We Forget (Where Poppies Grow)" was recorded on July 11, 2018 in Toronto, 100 years after the end of World War 1 and the death of Dr. John McCrae. I pray I have done justice to this beautiful poem..... Frank Mills
THE FRANK MILLS STORY
1 - Love Me Love Me Love
2 - Reflections of My Childhood
3 - The Poet and I
4 - Hennessey's Island
5 - Music Box Dancere
6 - Peter Piper
7 - Sunday Morning Suite
8 - Somewhere A Child Is Sleeping
9 - A Classical Rock
10 - Wish I Weren't Alone
11 - Song of Haruko
12 - Rose Island Days
13 - Shadows of the Dancer
14 - Moving On
15 - Sadness Is Goodbye
16 - Lest We Forget (Where Poppies Grow)
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IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Country music legend Tommy Hunter to unveil his stamp OTTAWA – Canada’s Country Gentleman, Tommy Hunter, is one of five Canadian country music artists to be commemorated on a stamp series issued on July 31. The new stamp series recognizes Canada’s contribution to the evolution of country music and will feature Mr. Hunter along with kd lang, Renée Martel, Hank Snow and Shania Twain – 5 of the most unique voices in Canada’s country music history.
Mr. Hunter will be joined by Canada Post representatives in London to do the unveiling of his stamp in a special ceremony.
WHO: Tommy Hunter, Peter Scott (Director, Retail Sales, Canada Post)
WHEN: Thursday, July 31 at 11:00 AM
WHERE: Canada Post outlet at The London Business Centre (387 Wellington Rd., London)
Interviews will be conducted immediately following the unveiling.
The passing of legendary Canadian songstress Rita MacNeil in 2013 was an unexpected shock to her family, friends, fans, business associates, and the Canadian music world in general. No one ever expected that this incredible lady, loved by millions, would leave us so soon. Along with vivid memories of her beautiful voice, warm personality, brilliant sense of humour, and love of life, Rita has left the world an incredible legacy of music and song that will live on for decades.
Following her passing, those closest to her felt it appropriate to release a special collection of some of her most cherished songs. After many hours of thought and consultation, Rita's son and long time manager Wade has put together this collection of 19 Rita MacNeil classics appropriately titled "Traveling On". The songs were selected from every album she released, going back to her very first album "Born a Woman" and progressing right through to her final CD entitled "Saving Grace".
"Traveling On" is undoubtedly the most special collection of Rita MacNeil recordings ever released. The CD, along with others from her collection, can be purchased from the STORE.
The country music icon credited with creating “one of the most comfortable yet exciting sounds in country music” is back in Canada in 2014, and fans are elated.
CHARLEY PRIDE who has been performing in Canada on a regular basis for over 45 years will return in late May of 2014 with appearances scheduled in six provinces including New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
CHARLEY PRIDE has always had warm feelings about his trips to Canada, often stating that country music fans in this country are some of the greatest, most loyal fans in the world.
Pride is a singer who knows what it takes to please an audience and is often greeted with a standing ovation. There is nothing outdated about his music or the sound he creates with his renowned band “The Pridesmen” as they feature many of his 36 “Number One Hits” in every show. He always leaves his fans satisfied.
CHARLEY PRIDE in Canada in 2014. The magic continues! Visit Charley Prides Official Website - Click Here.
A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons - “Oh What A Night” is an exciting fast paced musical tribute to the legendary Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons coming direct from Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world!
The show features 4 talented performers singing live that “feel good” music you grew up with that made the name Frankie Valli known around the globe. Songs like “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Sherry Baby”, and “Walk Like A Man” will take you back to an incredible musical era of the past.
Don’t miss this incredible musical experience as OH WHAT A NIGHT returns to Canada in March 2014 with stops in Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia.
A BRAND NEW SHOW – FROM THE SAME OLD GUY! - After a successful run of 139 shows throughout Canada and the USA on his “Wit and Wisdom Tour”, Red Green is back in theatres across North America in 2014 with a brand new show – How To Do Everything – from the man that should know!
Red Green, Canada’s foremost handyman, who became famous for such things as duct tape, Possum Lodge, and his own unique style of humour and wisdom now shares his thoughts on “How to do everything”. After establishing himself in fifteen seasons of his enormously popular TV show as one of the world’s handiest men, he now shows there is no limit to his specialized knowledge and advice.
“When all else fails, play dead!”
“Never stand between electricity, and where it wants to go!”
“Never insult your surgeon, until after the operation!
“In an argument, the big guy with the chain saw is always right”.
An evening with Red Green is always an evening of advice and laughter. Be there to experience it in person.
The legendary Charley Pride is on his way to Washington to perform at the 2013 Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball taking place this Saturday, January 19th! Sponsored by the Texas State Society of Washington, DC, this is one of the largest events taking place during the inaugural festivities with over 15,000 guests expected. “I am pleased and honoured to be a part of this event that celebrates President Obama and the start of his second term in office”, noted Charley, “it’s truly wonderful to be asked to perform. The Texas State Society knows how to throw a great party, so I’m looking forward to a very memorable evening.”
This is Pride’s second Inauguration related event. He performed in Washington in January of 1981 at the Capital Centre gala celebrating President Ronald Reagan. In May, the Country Music Hall of Famer will travel north of the 49th to tour select cities in Canada.