Americana Music Conference in Nashville! 

From the 20th to the 25th of September you'll find me in Tennessee, getting amongst the beautiful week-long madness that's AmericanaFest, where I'm playing showcases alongside other Mavens Music artists Kaia Kater and Willie Stratton! My showcases are open to Americana Conference Badge Holders only. If you'd like to attend, message me and I will put you on the guest list. 

Proud to be travelling under the Mavens banner! Excited to take these songs down south and to make the acquaintance of the friends they meet there.

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Hard On Things: Video by Beehive Productions 


 

Published on May 19, 2016 

Video by Beehive Productions 
Written by Corin Raymond & Rob Vaarmeyer 

Hard On Things Lyrics: 

I’m hard on my body  
I’m hard on my bones 
I’m hard on every tool I own 
hard of hearing I’m hard of taste 
gettin’ all my teeth replaced 
I’m hard on every tool I use 
I strip the drivers and the screws 
I’m hard on my soles  
hard on my heels 
hard on tires I’m hard on wheels 
hard on clutches hard on brakes 
I’m hardest on my own mistakes 
my suspension needs new springs 
‘cause I’m hard on things 

yeah I’m hard on things 
mmm mmm mmm mmmmm 
I’m hard on things 
mmm mmm mmm mmmmm 

I’m hard on boots hard on gloves 
I’m hard on all the ones I love 
I’m hard on hearts I’m hard on flings 
I’m hardest on the sweetest things 
I’ve worn out two gold wedding rings 
‘cause I’m hard on things 
I may be right and I might be wrong 
it’s hard to put that in a song 
it’s hard to make this Gibson sing 
whenever I try I break the strings 
‘cause I’m hard on things 

yeah I’m hard on things 
mmm mmm mmm mmmmm 
I’m hard on everything 
mmm mmm mmm mmmmm 

I’m hard on my friends ‘cause it’s hard to care 
for someone you love who’s hardly there 
I’m hard on my wallet I’m hard for cash 
I go hard until I crash 
I’m hard on my liver and it’s hard on my head 
it’s hard to sleep when I lie in bed 
with the nightmares the morning brings 
I’m hard on things 

I’m hard on things 
mmm mmm mmm mmmmm 
I’m hard on things 
mmm mmm mmm mmmmm 
it ain’t easy when you’re hard on things 
mmm mmm mmm mmmmm 
I’m hard on things 
mmm mmm mmm mmmmm 

Rob Vaarmeyer and I wrote this song together in August, 2010, on the porch of 39 Oxford St. in Toronto’s Kensington Market. Clouds of smoke and summertime chatter drifting over from the porch next door, where these hip hop kids were hangin’ out. One of ‘em in particular was digging what we were doing: “That’s poetry, man!” he’d exclaim from time to time. Felt like we were on to something good. We stayed on that porch till long after the sun went down and finished five songs (another we finished that day, “Take Me to the Mountain,” is also on Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams). Find the album, for mail order or digital download, at www.corinraymond.com. 

Note: I do “Hard on Things” in F#m (I’m capoed on the 2nd fret, using an Em shape). F#m is the i. The actual chords: F#m, E, A. The shapes I’m using with my 2nd fret capo: Em, D, G. The numbers: i, VII, III.  

This video features: M.C. Hansen on lead guitar, Jacob Chano on snare/snare case, Treasa Levasseur on vocals, and Brian Kobayakawa on upright bass.

Cherry Wood Steins! 

  Alex Ferri, of Mystic Wood, handcrafted 30 of these gorgeous steins for the HJFD CD Release on March 31st, 2016, at Toronto's Lula Lounge. By the time I finished the 3rd show of the CD Release tour (at the WECC in Winnipeg, MB) they were all gone. I called Alex the next day from Dauphin, MB, to order another batch - which have just arrived, and which are now available to order. Damn, these things are so beautiful and SO badass. I feel very lucky to have a co-conspirer like Alex in my corner, and to have such a unique piece of merch to accompany this year's celebration of the new album. "All my friends work their dreams with their hands." That lyric. of Old Man Luedecke's, from his manifesto of a song "I Quit My Job," applies as much to Alex Ferri - who was able to leave his job of many years as an arborist and, as a result of his work on this project, to launch his woodworking business fulltime - as to anyone I know. Every time I hold one of these steins in my hands, I'm inspired to work on songs; I'm inspired to make more beauty, any way I can. When you purchase one of these wooden vessels, you're not only gaining a piece of gorgeous (and very practical) art, you're also enabling more art to happen, by me and by Alex, and, I'll wager, by others who will be sparked and motivated to make something beautiful of their own. It's a delicious circle! Here's to making things, friends (I'm hoisting my own 20 oz sten as I say this), and to future collaborations between artists of all kinds. Promotionally yours! CR.

Morning Glories: Video by Beehive Production 


 

Published on Mar 23, 2016 

Video by Beehive Productions 
Written by Corin Raymond 

Morning Glories Lyrics: 

Luther 

he’s a pension cheque gambler 
he’s a park bench instructor 
he’s a bread crumb handler 
and a pigeon conductor 
he’s an old ashtray miner 
a half a lung hacker 
a life’s-been-unkinder 
and a penny roll stacker 

Chuck 

he’s a liquor store strummer 
he’s a half a block howler 
he’s the sound of my summer 
he’s a “Dead Flowers” growler 
he’s a sidewalk street singer 
a Baldwin Spadina 
old resonator slinger 
and a drunken John Priner 

Dolores 

she’s a stray cat collector  
she’s a landlord’s dilemma 
she’s a mangy menagerie  
marigold mama 
she’s a plastic flower bike basket 
Eaton’s Glider rider 
a long Lola loiter 
and a Pall Mall provider 

I can smell the lilac from my room 
the hollyhock sidewalks of June 
where roses are blooming red as wine 
but there are morning glories that only bloom 
late in the chilly afternoon  
and they might be the sweetest on the vine 
they might be the sweetest on the vine 

let’s float in the air  
over Kensington Market 
we could take your car there  
but there’s no place to park it 
up here with the pigeons 
whom gravity pardons 
we can see all the green bins 
and sidewalks and gardens 

we can look and there’s Chuck 
singing ‘…Muhlenberg County’ 
and he’s already tucked away 
two Old Milwaukees 
and just two streets over 
from Spadina and Baldwin 
there’s Luther sittin’ under 
the bronze of Al Waxman 

and there’s goes Dolores 
on her way down to Lola 
to lounge in a chorus 
of lit-up low rollers 
she gives Chuck a smoke 
and he gives her a song 
Luther’s still broke but  
he shuffles along 

and she hands him one too 
‘cause she can afford it 
and the twilight falls blue  
on their cherry tip auras 
and it’s plain to see now 
that the darkness is growing 
that you’re not down and out 
when you’re down and out going 

I can smell the lilac from my room 
the hollyhock sidewalks of June 
where roses are blooming red as wine 
but there are morning glories that only bloom 
late in the chilly afternoon  
and they might be the sweetest on the vine 
they might be the sweetest on the vine 
they might be the sweetest on the vine 

This song is a love letter to The Kensington Market, the Toronto neighbourhood where I began it in 2010. I chipped away at it for four years and it was finally finished - after an inspiring songwriter’s session at Blue Rock Studios in Wimberly, TX - just as Jonathan Byrd and I pulled up to Concerts in the Attic in Forth Worth, on May 1st, 2014. A good time of year to finish a song populated with flowers and sidewalk characters. It's dedicated to Katie Lameck (1975-2015), my housemate whose front yard-garden morning glories were the kind - I'd never heard of this before - that didn't open til the end of the day. 

Note: Key of A. I’m capoed on the 2nd fret, using a G shape. Chords: A, D, E. Shapes I’m using: G, C, D. Numbers: I, IV, V. 

This video features: M.C. Hansen on lead guitar, Jacob Chano on snare/snare case, Treasa Levasseur on keyboard/vocals, and Brian Kobayakawa on upright bass.

Secret Society of Hobo Jungle Fever Drinkers 

Well friends, it's February, and by the end of the month 60 of these cherry-wood beauties will be in the mail, along with all of our Hobo Jungle Fever Love for the pledgers who pre-purchased this record through our PledgeMusic campaign. We couldn't have done it without you. And to the Secret Society of Hobo Jungle Fever Drinkers - bless your Hobbit hearts!
 
Check out the work of Alex Ferri, creator of these steins and the genius behind Mystic Wood. 

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$15. Kids acc. by an adult are welcome!

Two sets acc. by Treasa Levasseur and Brian Kobayakawa (I also need to be acc. by adults)!

This is my "We're Movin' to Hamilton!" show. Me and my gal will be unloading into our Gibson home the following week.

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Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams: Coffee Table CD

Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams: Coffee Table CD

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The physical album package is 80 pages of beauty, featuring liner notes, chords and lyrics to the songs, as well as 19 paintings by Travis Charuk (like the one you see of Corin on the cover). Gorgeous design and layout by Pearl Rachinsky.

Paper Nickels: Coffee Table CD

Paper Nickels: Coffee Table CD

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This "coffee-table CD" consists of a 144-page hardcover book and two CDs. 20 songs by songwriters from across Canada (including Corin himself), stories about where the songs were found and who the artists are, the words and chords to every song, and 57 pictures. Basically, liner note heaven.

Record Lonesome Night: Coffee Table CD

Record Lonesome Night: Coffee Table CD

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This repackaged anniversary record includes an 112-page booklet containing the chords to the songs, accompanied by reflections on first albums, the creative process, and anecdotes which piece together Corin's development as a solo artist.

There Will Always Be A Small Time: CD

There Will Always Be A Small Time: CD

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Corin Raymond's 2009 of release There Will Always Be A Small Time went to #5 on the Roots Charts in the States, was nominated by the Independent Music Awards for Best Story Song ("Blue Mermaid Dress") and won the People's Choice for Alternative Country Album. The album features songs like "Better Him Than Me," "I Wish I Was In Love," "Paid To Party," and the anthemic title track, "There Will Always Be A Small Time."

Doghouse Dreams: CD

Doghouse Dreams: CD

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Acoustic songwriting duo, draws from American Blues, R&B, Gospel, Ragtime and Country to create their own brand of of Canadian "folk music theatre".

Cherry Wood Stein (20oz)
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Cherry Wood Stein (20oz)

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Gorgeous handcrafted 20 oz stein, bevelled and finessed together seamlessly from twenty pieces of cherry wood. Stained and finished with hemp oil. Each order comes with a bottle of hemp oil, for future upkeep, along with stein-care instructions. Album title burned into the wood, with "Album Release 2016" on the underside.

Initialled by Alex Ferri, of Mystic Wood, the maker of these little vessels of beauty.

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