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Revival Tour @ Lee’s Palace

. : : April 1st, 2013 : : .

Upon disbanding his band, Hot Water Music, Chuck Ragan decided to pursue a very different sort of solo career. Casting off the punk rock genre that had defined much of the previous thirteen years of music, he focused on dabbling in acoustic / folk music.

OK, maybe dabble isn’t the right word? What would you call it when someone creates a large travelling show of punk rock singers sharing the stage as they perform exclusively on acoustic instruments? As per Wikipedia, Ragan “conceptualized the idea of The Revival Tour, a collaborative acoustic event featuring several punk rock, bluegrass, and alt-country performers [to bring music] to people in an extremely honest and grassroots fashion.”

Knowing little about Ragan or the vast majority of his guests on the 2013 North America rendition of the tour, this is the kind of event that would normally fly by unseen on my radar. That is, except Ragan brought out a little old singer/songwriter by the name of Rocky Votolato on these dates.

Rocky Votolato @ KEXP Radio

. : : June 13th, 2012 : : . Have I mentioned recently on this blog how much I love Rocky Votolato? Well, I do. I also love KEXP, a great radio station out of Seattle, WA, that seems to have the absolute best taste in music, and throws huge support behind some great north-eastern bands, such as Death Cab For Cutie, The Long Winters, David Bazan, and, yes, even Rocky Votolato. Each of the aforementioned bands have performed multiple times in-studio for KEXP radio, and the station’s website allows archived streaming in both compressed and uncompressed formats. Wait! Uncompressed formats you say!? Yes, every foreign taper’s…

Rocky Votolato @ Drake Underground

. : : May 19th, 2012 : : . Rocky Votolato, like so many other independent artists with the accumulated fan base that comes with just the right mixture of hard work and good luck, took to Kickstarter to campaign for funding for his album, Television of Saints. The album, his eighth solo effort I believe, was his first following the closing of his contract with Seattle indie label juggernauts, Barsuk Records. It was Barsuk Records that re-introduced me to Rocky (I was introduced to his as an opener a couple of years earlier. The only thing that stands out about the performance…

Matt Pond PA @ Drake Underground

    . : : March 23rd, 2011 : : . With the onset of the Junofest the following night, Matt Pond‘s set Wednesday evening, opening for Rocky Votolato at the Drake Underground, almost slipped through the cracks. As you might have been able to tell from the last update, things got really busy, really quickly. Even my Rocky Votolato blog post felt really phoned-in and half-assed. I can’t promise much more from this one, but I’ll give’r a go. Matt Pond took the stage with a very stripped down band — just himself, Chris Hansen on lead guitar, and a gentleman whose name I didn’t catch on the cello.…

Rocky Votolato @ Drake Underground

. : : March 23rd, 2011 : : . 50-weeks and 80-blog posts ago, I started blog.haterhigh.com. It was after I’d just gotten home from my first visit to the Drake Underground, a venue that quickly stole my heart and enticed me back to see over a dozen bands over the last year. But on that evening in April 2010, it was my favourite singer-songwriter Rocky Votolato who brought me out. He was touring on the back of his latest album, True Devotion, and his tour has had him return to the Drake twice more since. Luckily, I was able to capture all three of the sets,…

Ha Ha Tonka @ Drake Underground

. : : October 18th, 2010 : : . I walked into the Drake Hotel characteristically early. I don’t like missing any songs in a set, even an opening act. So if doors are set for 8pm, you can expect me to be in line somewhere between 7:45 and 8:15. As I’ve re-discovered this year, time and time again, you never know when you’re going to fall in love with the opening bands. I try and make it a habit to avoid checking out the openers before going to the venue, so I arrive relatively carte blanche. I don’t want my experience tainted by…

Rocky Votolato @ Drake Underground

. : : October 18th, 2010 : : . I saw Rocky Votolato perform years before I was a fan. I still remember sitting on the floor of the Kathedral, watching and listening politely but not really totally into his solo / acoustic singer-songwriter bit. I had come to the venue to see local openers, The Postage Stamps, and Rocky was second in a three-band bill. The Postage Stamps were still a rather loud, rockin’ band in those days, so a single artist with an acoustic guitar in the middle slot was an odd choice, and dramatic change in energy. I wish I could go back…

Rocky Votolato @ Drake Underground

. : : April 5th, 2010 : : . On a warm late summer evening in 2007, Rocky Votolato performed at the intimate El Mocambo in downtown Toronto backed by a full band. The small room was packed with loud, rambunctious fans. Several hoards of people congregated on the sidewalk outside the venue, enjoying the show from the large, open window at the other side of the bar.  It was my first time seeing my favourite troubadour who had won me over upon the release of wonderful album Makers, which still stands near the top of my all-time favourites list. Just under three years later, Rocky returned…

Rocky Votolato @ El Mocambo

. : : September 29th, 2007 : : . There are nights when things just don’t go right for tapers. For example, I’ve suffered from cheap batteries from the local convenience store that wouldn’t keep the recorder powered long enough to tape an entire song. I’ve had microphones come unplugged or rub against my clothing for the whole set. I’ve brought the wrong cables, or brought the right cables but forget the tape. I’ve ended up beside the loudest, drunkest, most obnoxious frat boy in the venue, but packed like a sardine, unable to move. I’ve had a 60-minute set mysteriously erased…