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Chain Reaction
Thursday June 14th, 2018 with Allen Roulston
A Chain of Songs where each is connected to the next via personal relationships between the artists creating the music.

One Degree of Separation via Music
Gotta Live
Black Water Brigade - single Canadian New
"Black Water Brigade" are a power trio based in The Ottawa Valley playing good ol' Rock n' Roll with accents of 60's and 70's rock punch and 90's angst and fever, all presented with lyrics from personal experiences and social commentary. We have been together since July of 2017 and have played a dozen shows since then and recorded our debut album. the band consists of Mike Graham (Guitar/Bass/Keys & Lead & Backing Vocals), Jason Thomas (Bass/Guitar/Lead & Backing Vocals),
& Steve Anthony (Drums/Percussion & Backing Vocals), Jason and Mike switch out Guitar and Bass duties to add an ever changing feel to their songs. Their influences are well planted in bands like Black Sabbath, The Foo Fighters, Kiss, Kyuss, Queens of the Stoneage, Cream, The Police, Rush, Talking Heads. Our debut single "Gotta Live" is now out, it's a straight forward power rocker about how life can beat you down, but you gotta stand up and live it anyways the best you can. Our full length album is being released July 6th 2018 in CD, Digital & Record format, the album is a collection of 10 of our songs that flow nicely together and give a good cross section of our sound and groove. The Single "Gotta Live" is presently available at bandcamp for purchase and the full album will be available via our website and digital platforms like itunes. We recorded our album with Jordon Zadorozny (Musician and Producer) at Skylark Park in Pembroke, Ontario over a few sessions in May 2018, it was a pleasure working with Jordon, he has worked with Sam Roberts Band & Courtney Love, Tara Slone & Mandy Moore to name a few.
Our upcoming summer is getting full up... Album Release Party w/ Evil Creek at Nelson Street Pub, Pembroke, ON 7/6/2018, Whitewater Street Strut w/ BIG WRECK, Cobden, ON 7/14/2018, Overtime Sports Bar, Kingston, ON 7/20/2018, Nelson Street Pub, Pembroke, ON 8/3/2018, Nothing But Grace Fest, Westmeath, ON 8/11/2018, Heavy GL 6, Golden Lake, ON 8/25/2018. Here are our Social Media Links: : Facebook: : Youtube: : Bandcamp: : Twitter:

Connection to the next song: the members of BWB frequent Dean Batstone's club, The Northern Ramble.
Sister Tequila
Dean Batstone - Broken Canadian
Sick And Tired
Black Water Brigade - single Canadian New
Dean Batstone - Unbroken Canadian
Dean Batstone played live at the Black Irish in April 2018. He played a very entertaining set, after which I bought his two new albums [Unbroken & Broken] and thoroughly enjoy them.

Broken was recorded as first take demo's in Dean's tour bus while on the road and he played everything on that album. Unbroken was recorded in a studio and features drummer, Gary Burke [who has played on all of Dean's records since 1991] was the drummer on Bob Dylan's Hard Rain record, did at least 6 Joe Jackson records and too many others to mention - he's simply one of America's best. The bass player on Unbroken is Ira Coleman, best know for his 8 years plus with Sting. There are 2 amazing guitarists sharing Axe duty - Jim Weider, who's also played with Bob Dylan, but is best know as the guitarist who replaced Robbie Robertson in The Band after the Last Waltz and continued to play with Levon Helm until Levon's death a few years ago. The second guitarist is John Platania, who played on many of the early Van Morrison records and toured with Van for years, as well as played with Don McLean, Nathalie Merchant and many others. Lastly, the keyboardist is Clifford Carter, who played [and I believe still does when he tours] with James Taylor for 20+ years. An all-star band to say the least and one which allow many CHAIN REACTION musical connections.

In addition to being an excellent performer and entertainer, he owns The Northern Ramble in Renfrew, Ontario. Check it out: I strongly suggest you make an effort to see Dean Batstone live. You can buy his music at
In April 2018 Dean Batstone met a number of local musicians in Ottawa, at the Black Irish. Michael Whelan of Ladies and Escorts performed the this song following Dean Batstone.

Michael Whelan will be playing with Ladies & Escorts at the Montgomery Legion on July 14, 2018 and at Wabafest on July 21, 2018.

Greg Kelly and Calère Boudreau also performed the same day following Dean Batstone.
Up The Line
Michael Whelan - single (live) Canadian New
Slow Horses
Greg Kelly - Slow Horses Canadian
The Last Duel
Calère Boudreau - Snow Angel Canadian
What do Trump, Trudeau, Putin and Kim Jong-un have in common? They are all featured in Greg Kelly's political song ...
Political Song
Greg Kelly - single (live) Canadian New
Fool The Fool
Howie Hooper - The Art Of Procrastination Canadian
Howie Hooper worked extensively with Keith Glass on The Art of Procrastination.
Love Is Red
Lynn Miles with Keith Glass - Road Canadian
Keith Glass was a constant creative force within Canada's Prairie Oyster.
Can't Say Goodbye
Prairie Oyster - Everybody Knows Canadian
Don't Ask The Question
Russell deCarle - Under The Big Big Sky Canadian
Russell was a member of Prairie Oyster. Given Russell deCarle's popularity in the roots music community, it's no surprise to find a star-studded guest list, including Jim Cuddy (vocals on "Don't Ask The Question"), Dala and ace guitarists Keith Glass, Kevin Breit, David Wilcox, Amos Garrett and Steve Briggs.
While I Was Waiting
Jim Cuddy - Constellation Canadian
Jim Cuddy was a founding member of a Canadian band which produced 15 studio albums; Blue Rodeo.
5 Days In May
Blue Rodeo - Five Days In July Canadian
Blue Rodeo frontman Greg Keelor lends his pipes to Great Big Sea’s 1997 album Play
When I'm Up - I Can't Get Down
Great Big Sea - Play Canadian
Bob Wiseman would leave Blue Rodeo in 1992, carving out a notable career of his own as a solo artist and songwriter, film composer and producer, while collaborating with the likes of Bob Snider, Ron Sexsmith, Barenaked Ladies and Kids in the Hall alum Bruce McCulloch and Scott Thompson.
Daves I Know
Bruce McCulloch - Shame-Based Man Canadian
Invisible Fence
Bare Naked Ladies - Fake Nudes Canadian
Gonna Get What's Mine
Ron Sexsmith - Grand Opera Lane Canadian
On A Night Like This
Bob Snider - Stealin' Home Canadian
Dennis Delorme (pedal-steel guitar) was also part the (1974-78) Prairie Oyster lineup that toured extensively and became favourites on the central Canada festival circuit.
All About You
Bacporch Dave - The Highway Canadian
American Pie
Don McLean - American Pie
Dean Batstone has played with John Platania, who played with Don McLean and Dean also played with Gary Burke who played with Bob Dylan, on his album Unbroken.
All Along The Watch Tower
Dean Batstone - Single Canadian
Kansas City
The New Basement Tapes - Lost On The River
Interactive CKCU
I like your ‘chain reaction’ description......can’t wait to hear how everything is tied together!

11:53 PM, June 13th, 2018
June is Jo’s birthday month!

12:01 AM, June 14th, 2018
Your songs are louder than your voice.

12:06 AM, June 14th, 2018
Allen Roulston (host)
Happy Bithday Jo!

12:08 AM, June 14th, 2018
Are you there? I like the music! I love the harmonica in the last one.

12:12 AM, June 14th, 2018
Dean Batstone had a lot of well know people join him on the Unbroken album (Sister Tequila)

12:16 AM, June 14th, 2018
Good volume match

12:19 AM, June 14th, 2018
Hi, Allen!

12:20 AM, June 14th, 2018
Yes, I hear you

12:21 AM, June 14th, 2018
You are on air

12:21 AM, June 14th, 2018
We didn’t hear any static

12:21 AM, June 14th, 2018
It’s fun to hear a song live!

12:24 AM, June 14th, 2018
Allen Roulston (host)
WE are still live via internet. However there is a transmitter maintenance in progress.

12:26 AM, June 14th, 2018
Slow horses.....really nice!

12:31 AM, June 14th, 2018
I like the gallop in the Last Duel! Nice voice.

12:37 AM, June 14th, 2018
Okay......I’m enjoying the political song more now!

12:44 AM, June 14th, 2018
Allen Roulston (host)
Glad you enjoyed Greg's tune. Maybe he will add a verse for Mr. Ford ....

12:46 AM, June 14th, 2018

12:51 AM, June 14th, 2018
I like this one! Can’t say goodbye.

12:58 AM, June 14th, 2018
Sounds like Willie Nelson!

1:01 AM, June 14th, 2018
Allen Roulston (host)
It is a nice song with an odd opening. :-)

1:01 AM, June 14th, 2018
You are so romantics!

1:09 AM, June 14th, 2018

1:10 AM, June 14th, 2018
Hahahaaaaa! I was going to say that about ‘so’ but you have enough to worry about it seems. I love the chain!

1:11 AM, June 14th, 2018
Allen Roulston (host)
Yes, I am, but only for the Princess Queen Jo Jo Bean.

1:12 AM, June 14th, 2018
Ha! I hope so! Nice guitar solo.

1:18 AM, June 14th, 2018
Love GBS!

1:19 AM, June 14th, 2018
Great choices....really enjoying your program!

1:19 AM, June 14th, 2018
Next one dedicated to Dave Shaw?

1:21 AM, June 14th, 2018
I met the BNL’s drummer at a house party. I said something brilliant like ‘if i’d known I was going to meet a bare naked lady, I would have worn less clothing.

1:29 AM, June 14th, 2018
Allen Roulston (host)
LOL (re: BNL)

1:30 AM, June 14th, 2018
Oh oh

1:37 AM, June 14th, 2018
Thanks for the dedication! It is all about me!!!

1:40 AM, June 14th, 2018
Play the basement song......Kansas City!

1:41 AM, June 14th, 2018
Candy coated hurricane.......Hahahaaaaa!

1:42 AM, June 14th, 2018
Ooooooh! American Pie!

1:43 AM, June 14th, 2018
Allen Roulston (host)
Basement Song : Kansas City, it does fit, and I will explain how ...

1:46 AM, June 14th, 2018
You’re the best!

1:53 AM, June 14th, 2018