Pre-order Rough Side Out now!

January 10th, 2020

Folks, today you can pre-order, pre-save and pre-add the Rough Side Out EP:

Anyone who pre-orders will receive my cover of John Mellencamp’s “Paper In Fire” as a download. Lonesome Jubilee by Mellencamp remains one of the most influential records of my life. When it came out in 1987, I was just 18 years old and had a pretty solid foundation in traditional music from my parents and Newfoundland heroes like the Wonderful Grand Band. I was a massive fan of Mellencamp, or Cougar Mellencamp’s more rock and roll tunes from the early 1980s, but when his new single Paper in Fire came on the radio and video stations, I saw and heard something that spoke to me like never before. I saw an internationally renowned singer-songwriter on international TV fusing rock and roll instruments with fiddles and mandolins and banjos and accordions. All the instruments I grew up with in my own Newfoundland fishing town, played on MTV in a song that fused rock and roll and folk music. I was entranced. I still am. I’ve been wanting to cover Paper in Fire my whole career, but you really can’t do a good job on that song live unless you have an ace fiddler, and a banjo player, and an accordion player standing next to each other. In the Beautiful Beautiful Band we finally had the right combination and we are stoked to play a song that so few have covered and so many have loved.

2020 Cross-Canada Tour

October 22nd, 2019

Hey all,

Very excited to start the most extensive tour I’ve ever launched. The Rough Side Out Tour will roll from California to Newfoundland and all parts in between with some brand new music and bunch of old favourites, too. I’m stoked to tell you about the first two Canadian legs of the tour with stops as far West as Vancouver and as far East as Halifax. The Beautiful Beautiful Band are ready to roll and our special guest, the incredible Kelly Prescott will be opening the shows. Gonna be a Time!

Every ticket purchased for this tour includes a physical CD of my new EP (getting released on February 14, 2020) and one dollar from each ticket sold for this show will go to support the A Dollar A Day Foundation. Every dollar collected goes directly into the hands of proven Mental Health and Addictions programs across the country. We’ll help with the opioid crisis in Vancouver and homelessness in St. John’s and a whole lot more in between. Pre-sales start early on October 23!

And if you haven’t yet, you can LISTEN to my new single with Dean Brody now, We Don’t Wanna Go Home!

Cheers,
Alan

We Don’t Wanna Go Home

October 18th, 2019

Hey all, today’s the day I can share my new single with you…

I’ve so often stood in front of a bartender at 5 minutes to closing time begging him or her to not ring that last call bell for a few minutes longer. The pub is great, the songs and drinks and smiles and laughs are flowing and rolling. I have literally sang and danced and fell to my knees to try to get one more round. We Don’t Want To Go Home is the story of one of those nights in St. John’s Newfoundland. I was so glad that Dean Brody wanted to jump aboard and help tell this story of the night a few of us did our best to keep the party going. It’s a fun song with a bunch of friends on there just like it was that night in the pub.

Share away. More exciting news coming next week, stay tuned.

Cheers,
Alan