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Joanne Mackell Live
February 10 /7:00 pm 10:00 pm
Born in Boston and raised in Montreal, this daughter of hockey legend Fleming Mackell [Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins] was signed to United Artists at age 23.
Joanne’s first album included musical legends Steve Cropper, Donald “Duck” Dunn and Martha Reeves, among others. The debut record was hailed by critics and got the attention of some of LA’s heavy hitters including Bonnie Raitt who helped Joanne put together her next recording, a demo that received airplay on LA’s premier FM station at the time.
After several years in New York and California she returned to Toronto to release “LOCAL GIG IN PARADISE.” The highly praised CD is a collection of 11 original songs ranging from throaty ballads and classic country swing, to flat-out honky tonk, all textured with her r&b/soul roots.
Joanne followed up that release with BRAND NEW LONESOME…. a high flyin’ ride across the wide map of roots music. Traveling through full throttle honky tonk with This Better Be Good, to bluegrass on Red Yellow Blue, some memphis style soul/blues for This Close and I’m the One, americana country on Queen of Hearts, spanish harlem soul on I Fall in Love tex mex crooning for Soon Come Tomorrow sixties era dylan with the radio friendly Sumac and finally coming home to a true Canadian lonesome road ballad A Thousand Miles. The record was produced and written by Joanne who called on some of Toronto’s finest musicians to make these gems shine.they include; Christine Bougie (guitar and lap steel), Steve Briggs (guitar), John Switzer (bass), Marc Pizer (drums), Shelley Coopersmith (fiddle and mando), and Evelyne Datl (keys), plus Kevin Quain, Pat Carey, Howard Moore and a featured appearance by the Creaking Tree String Quartet…then there’s a gang of singers from far and wide. Amelia Curran, Laura Hubert, Catherine MacLellan and Linda McRae are some names you may have heard before.