Category Archives: Music

Old Footage (Final Night of the Sidetrack)

Just found a tape of the band playing the final night at Edmonton’s legendary Sidetrack Cafe. I’ve posted this one song from the show but I will post more later. It’s grainy and crappy but you get the feel of the night which was full of great moments. The Sidetrack was a huge part of CT’s history and it was a huge honour to be asked to play this show. No offense to any other clubs in Edmonton but as every year passes since the old place closed down I miss the place more and more. “They paved Paradise and put up a…block of condos.”

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Famous Last Words

We have all been listening to the final mixes of the new Captain Tractor record, FAMOUS LAST WORDS, checking all the final mix notes. The record is sounding really great! Incredible that it has been nearly six years since NORTH OF THE YELLOWHEAD came out.

The new record was recorded at THE NORWOOD STUDIO in Edmonton, the studio owned and operated by myself and my partner, James Murdoch. We tracked the beds in the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve 2009. It was engineered by myself and James Murdoch and produced by the two of us and much of the band including our newest member, Shannon Johnson. There was a real party atmosphere during the session where Christmas just kind of followed us out into the studio. Many of our kids were around, having a party of their own, getting in the way…in a good way. We consumed quite a lot of coffee and Baileys as it was extremely cold outside. The whole thing was such good fun. It reminded me of some of our earlier records where we really were having a great time in the studio and there was little or no pressure. There was something about capturing the “play” in the “playing”.

I can’t wait for everyone to hear this recording. It’s our best yet. Mixing was done by John Whynot (Blue Rodeo, Lucinda Williams, Dave Mathews) at his studio in Los Angeles and will be mastered in Toronto by Joao Carvalho on December 8.