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Gordie Tentrees

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Biography

Out of the Canadian north country Gordie Tentrees releases his 3rd album "Mercy or Sin" featuring his band of 7 years Ken Hermanson and Matt King, produced by Juno Winner Bob Hamilton. This is the much anticipated follow up to critically acclaimed "Bottleneck to Wire 2007" and " 29 loads of Freight 2004"

This album captures the band's dynamic live show and growth of songwriter Gordie Tentrees. He has toured relentlessly in North America, Europe and the UK building an international buzz in the roots music scene. He has opened for Fred Eaglesmith, Kelly Joe Phelps, shared the stage with the D-Rangers, Rick Fines, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, performed live on CBC Saturday Night Blues, and showcased at North American Folk Alliance, WCMA's, and SXSW.

REVIEW FROM FRED EAGLESMITH TOUR

"The concert kicked off with a strong set by Gordie Tentrees, who has been opening for the band on recent dates, and it is apparent to this listener that Tentrees has been working hard in the couple of years since he opened the same venue for Kelly Joe Phelps.
His ease and ability on resophonic slide guitar and rack mount harmonica suggest some serious time spent honing his craft; and the inclusion of an electrified stomp board lends authority to his steady tapping left foot. Good tunes with strong vocals and deft fingerpicking make for an enjoyable presentation and the addition of Eaglesmith's sidemen, Matty Simpson on electric guitar and Luke Stackhouse on string bass, to finish off Tentrees portion of the show was an added treat. Tentrees is a talent on the move, and moving in good company" Peterborough Examiner

EXTENDED BIO

Going back and forth across North America from the Yukon, Gordie has performed some 200 shows a year. Pick any 5 artists you think might sound like him and you won't find one Gordie on harp, dobro, and guitar is joined by Ken Hermanson on lapsteel, guitar, vocals and Matt King on upright bass, porch bass, vocals. Together they bend blues, folk, country, and roots music into a Canadian sound all their own.

Feeling lucky to get this far with only his fortune amounting in friends, he continues to build a career upon Canadian tours, festival appearances, and showcases while garnering airplay in Canada, U.S, Europe and Australia. His debut album "29 Loads of Freight" was released in 2004 to rave reviews, more shows, a documentary (www.topoftheworldfilms.com) and the opportunity to munch on many a snack tray with his hero's. He recently spent last winter mentoring with Canadian roots/blues man Rick Fines.

In 2007 Gordie released his new album "Bottleneck to Wire' with special guests Roger Marin (Fred Eaglesmith Band)- pedal steel, Jaxon Haldane (D-Rangers)- banjo, and Juno nominee Kim Barlow- cello. This new album instantly created an international media buzz in the Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Penguin Eggs and Maverick Mag. It was featured in the 07 American Media Guide as well, described as "A landmark album, from a true songwriter at the forefront of his genre"

The title track song 'Bottleneck to Wire" is a sem-finalist in the 2007 International Songwriting competition in the Folk/Singer/Songwriter category!

Over the last two years he has performed at: North Country Fair, Peterborough Folk Festival, Dauphin Countryfest, Alaska State Fair, Islands Folk Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Blue Feather Music Festival, Fred Eaglesmith Texas Weekend, Prince George Folk Festival, Dawson City Music Festival, Canada Music Week, Alsek Music Festival, Edge of the World Music Festival, Folk on the Rocks Festival, Ontario Contact Showcase, Fred Eaglesmith Picnic, Atlin Arts & Music Festival, Western Canadian Music Awards, North By Northeast Festival, End of the Road Music Festival, Frostbite Music Festival and Winterfolk Roots & Blues Festival. He is also a 2008 Official Folk Alliance Showcase winner representing Canada in Memphis, Tennessee.

Gordie has also had the good fortune of opening up or sharing the stage with: Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Rick Fines, Kelly Joe Phelps, Fred Eaglesmith, Roger Marin, D-Rangers, James Cotton, Alpha Ya Ya Dialo, Paul Reddick, Aylie Sparkes, Lee Boys, and Big Dave Mclean.
"A very original, gracious, and natural performer, who knows how to set the tone for the night, he can open for me anytime" Kelly Joe Phelps

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS

- SXSW Showcase, Austin, TX (09)
- US TOUR with Mark Jungers (09)
- Europe & UK Tour with Fred Eaglesmith (08)
- WCMA Showcase, Edmonton, AB (08)
- Islands Music Festival, Duncan, BC (08)
- Fred Eaglesmith Texas Weekend, Texas (08)
- US TOUR w/ Indio Saravanja (08)
- North American Folk Alliance, Memphis, Tenn (08)
- US Tour w/ Roger Marin, (08)
- Sleeman Cicadafest, Niagara Falls, Ont (07)
- End of the Road Music Festival, Inuvik, NWT (07)
- 'Bottleneck to Wire" Canada CD Release Tour (07)
- Western Canadian Music Awards (06)
- Canada 30/30 Tour w/ Indio Saravanja (06)
- Winterfolk Roots & Blues Festival, Toronto (06)
- Eastern Canada Tour w/ Roger Marin (Winter 06)
- Canada Solo Tour (Summer 05)
- Prince George Folk Festival, PG, B.C. (05)
- Peterborough Folk Festival, Ont. (05)
- North Country Fair, Driftpile, AB. (05)
- Dauphin Country Festival, Dauphin, MB.(05)
- Canada Band Tour (Summer 05)
- Canada Summer Tour w/ Ken Hermanson (04)
- Fred Eaglesmith's Southern Picnic,(04)
- Northern Canada Band Tour (Summer 04)
- Edge of the World Festival, Haida Gwaii, B.C.(04)
- Folk on the Rocks, Yellowknife, N.W.T.(04)
- Western Canada Band Tour (Summer 04)
- Dawson City Festival, Dawson City, Y.T.(03)
- Alaska Folk Festival, Juneau, Alaska (03)
- Atlin Music Festival, Atlin, B.C.(03,06)
- Frostbite Music Festival, Whitehorse, (03,04,05)
- Farrago Music Festival, Faro, Y.T.(02,03,04)
- Blue Feather Festival, Whitehorse, Y.T.(02,04)
- Alsek Music Festival, Haines Jct., Y.T.(2001-2006)

SHOWCASES & AWARDS

-2008 North American Folk Alliance Showcase Winner (08)
-2007 International Songwriting Competition semi-finalist in the Folk/Songwriter category for 'Bottleneck to Wire' (08)
-Enterprise Trade Fund Award (07)
-Western Canadian Music Awards Showcase (06)
-Factor Professional Demo Award (06)
-Factor Domestic Showcase Award (06)
-Enterprise Trade Fund Award (06)
-Winterfolk Roots & Blues Showcase (06)
-2005 International Songwriting Competition semi-finalist in the Folk/Songwriter category for '29 Loads of Freight' (05)
-Ontario Contact Showcase (05)
-Canada Music Week Showcase (05)
-Alaska State "Best Song" Winner (06)
-Yukon Film & Sound Commission Award (06)
-Yukon Advanced Artist Award (06)
-CCMA Tour Support Award (06)
-Factor Domestic Showcase Award (05)
-Factor Professional Demo Award (04)
-Cultural Arts Branch Award (04)
-Yukon Advanced Artist Award (04)

Instrumentation
GORDIE- guitar, dobro, harmonica, vocals
KEN HERMANSON - guitar, lapsteel, vocals
MATT KING- upright bass, porch bass, vocals

Discography
2007- "Bottleneck to Wire" Second CD
2007 Yukon Music Sampler CD
2006- The Song of the Yukon: Beautiful & Deranged (DVD Documentary www.topoftheworldfilms.com)
2004 - 29 Loads of Freight- Debut Album (CD)
2004 - Yukon Music Sampler (CD)
2003 - The Elvis Project Soundtrack (DVD Documentary www.theelvisproject.com)
2003 - "Live at Frostbite" - EP
2001 - Gordie Tentrees- EP

The title tracks from both releases 'Bottleneck to Wire' and '29 Loads of Freight' were semi-finalists in the International Songwriting Competition in the Folk/Songwriter Catergory Gordie's song "2 Sons" won the Alaska State Songwriting Contest. His song 'Fishing Fool" made the top 10 songs to take fly fishing with you in America, along with John Hiatt and Taj Mahal. Material from both albums has charted in North America, Europe, and Australia.

Links
www.tentrees.ca
www.sonicbids.com/gordietentrees
www.myspace.com/gordietentrees

 

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