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Head Smashed in

Head Smashed in

  • By Joel Fafard
  • Release 1/6/2009
  • Music Genre Rock
  • Media Format CD
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Award-winning roots guitarist Joel Fafard capped off a banner year earning nominations for "Instrumental Album of the Year" at the Junos, Canadian Folk Music Awards and the Western Canadian Music Awards (which he won) for his sophomore instrumental CD, ...and another thing... .He has now to released his third Instrumental CD "Three Hens Escape Oblivion". Joel Fafard is that rare breed of instrumentalist: the kind who's appeal reaches far beyond the realm of serious guitar enthusiasts. The gifted slide fingerstyle player writes stirring, melodic compositions that paint pictures as vivid as any song with words. He introduces them on-stage with hilarious commentary delivered in a 'hillbilly farm-boy' stage persona that quickly wins his audience over. And when he sinks his chops into a number like 'Face Down in the Rhubarb,' well, let's just say the serious guitar enthusiasts aren't disappointed either. Meanwhile, Joel was commissioned by The Globe Theatre in Regina to write a one-man show of tunes with tales in 2008. Fafard's music was featured in the TV shows Alice I Think and Road Trip Nation, and Fafard co-scored the Middle of Somewhere TV series with Jason Plumb. In the last year and a half he has also found time to tour across Canada, New Zealand, as well as Europe and the US West Coast twice. Many of Fafard's tunes have cryptic titles that figure heavily into his live show. Not content to simply show off his wizardry, Fafard proves himself the consummate entertainer, setting up the pieces with short stories that indicate the source of the title. 'It's not that men aren't romantic,' mutters Fafard, playing something of a redneck caricature of himself, 'it's just that we are romantic about all the wrong things. ...like hockey...pick-up trucks...and barbecue.' A few songs later, he intros 'Mesquite Morning' by concluding that, seeing as he's such a romantic guy, it stands to reason that he'd write a love song to 'a big hunk of red meat.' Joel Fafard grew up in Pense, Saskatchewan in an artistic but not musical family. He picked up the guitar at 15 and took a few lessons from celebrated prairie musician, Jack Semple. He went on to study for two years at the well-respected Capilano College music program in North Vancouver, but ultimately left over 'artistic differences.' He is mostly self-taught and counts Bruce Cockburn, Jimmy Page and Hank Williams as the biggest inspirations behind his current style. The number of successful Canadian roots instrumentalists can probably be counted on one hand, but Joel Fafard is living proof of the old saying that if you do what you love, success will follow.

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Artist: Joel Fafard
Title: Head Smashed in
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 1/6/2009
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 626570111146
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