“Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?” and “Lovin’ You Ain’t Easy” plus a live show! And video premiere!
We’re happy to share some exciting news. First we would like to share a new video for our rendition of Bing Crosby’s “Brother, Can you Spare A Dime?”. The new song will officially be released on July 3rd, along with our cover of Michel Pagliaro’s “Lovin’ You Ain’t Easy”.
Josh: “A couple of years ago we were asked by artistic director Andrew Burashko of the Art of Time Ensemble to participate in a concert with the theme being protest music. For our section of the program one of the songs Andrew asked us to perform was the depression era tune, “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”. It was a challenge we really enjoyed. Typically, we don’t learn tunes by request, so this was a unique and different experience for us. As a result, we continued playing the song from time to time and ended up making a recording of the song with bandmate Aaron Comeau at his east end Toronto studio, The Trailer.
The video for “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” is a collaboration with filmmaker Tim Thompson. Tim found footage from ‘Our Daily Bread’, a public domain film set in the Great Depression, directed by King Vidor in 1934 and set our version of the song to scenes from the film. The message of community pulling together in tough times really resonated with us and seemed particularly apt as we search for a “new normal”.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh7n96lhWt8&feature=youtu.be
Andy: “We recorded a number of cover tunes on spec with our friend and frequent collaborator Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) at the controls for an unrealized film project.. We released a version of the Hollies’ “The Air That I Breathe” from those sessions on our 2017 album ‘Warmth of the Sun’. And now from those same sessions we’ve got Jessy Bell Smith’s fabulous vocal performance of Michel Pagliaro’s “Lovin’ You Ain’t Easy”, a top-down, wind in your hair, hit the road summer anthem!”
The two tracks will be available Friday July 3rd.
In the meantime, don’t forget we have a live show this coming Saturday June 27th as part of the DT LiveStream series with Josh, Andy & Jessy Bell Smith. Tickets here: https://www.dtconcertseries.com/dt-livestream-series/saturday-june-27-skydiggers
June 23, 2020