Kasha Anne and Mitch Smith, the singer/songwriter duo better known as The Orchard, couldn’t have picked a better title for their brand new album than The Great Unknown. After making an indelible impression on Canada’s country music scene with their first two records, the Alberta natives instinctively knew heading into their third release that change was imminent.
But what would that change entail? New sounds? A new producer? A new approach to writing and recording? All of the above, as it turns out.
Led by the anthemic first single “Sometimes I Wonder”, The Great Unknown is a cosmic blend of rock, country and pop. It’s a vision the pair had from the beginning of completely ignoring genre definitions and just doing what came naturally. Still, they needed a trusted hand to guide them in the studio, and there was no one better to ask than producer Jim Scott (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Marcus King Band).
The results reveal The Orchard’s true identity for the first time, a songwriting partnership, and band, able to bring together music fans of all types through their fresh and exciting sound.
This October 2016, The Orchard will be heading to OCL studios in Calgary, to work with iconic producer, Jim Scott (Tedeschi Trucks, Johnny Cash, Wilco). Jim’s management was sent demos from this Edmonton based band and in no time emails were going back and forth setting dates to record The Orchard’s next collection of music. Jim expressed interest right away and has provided the band with glowing reviews.
Jim also expressed his vision and sound comparisons for The Orchard’s sound and song writing to early Crowded House meets 10 000 Maniacs meets The Grateful Dead, Sixpense None the Richer meets The Pretenders, Tedeschi Trucks Band meets Chris Robinson Brotherhood meets Lake Street Dive.” – Rob Smith
After corresponding with The Orchard, Jim said this about two of the band’s tunes:
Dream Inside A Dream – “The Orchard’s Hit”
Sometimes I Wonder – “For the critics, honest, real, feels like The Orchard” – Jim Scott
Royalty Records/Sony Music Canada recording artists, The Orchard are a band that are hard to forget.
The Orchard’s sophomore album “Georgia”, recorded with Juno nominated producer Russell Broom, was released in August of 2014. The band has released four radio singles from the album across Canada, getting airplay across the map. Singles include “She Don’t Play Fair”, “Angel Eyes”, “Gone Missin’” and “Georgia”.
The Orchard is continuously pulling from what seems to be a bottomless pit of sounds and inspirations, with the help of their talented band mates, Jason Koop (drums) and Andreas Wagner (bass). The deeply emotional, vocal like guitar work of Mitch Smith and spine tingling, powerful vocals of Kasha Anne have got people catching onto the infectious vibe of what makes up The Orchard.
The ACMA (Alberta Country Music Association) has recognized The Orchard by nominating them for several awards over the past few years, including Group of The Year, Rising Star, Fans’ Choice and nominations for Song of the Year.
New album coming early 2017!
ABOUT JIM SCOTT
Jim Scott is an American music producer and engineer, best known for his large body of work as an engineer, and his work as a producer with American rock band Wilco.
Scott has worked as engineer with a range of other rock music artists, including Dixie Chicks, Tom Petty, Sting, the Rolling Stones, Roger Daltrey, Crowded House, 7 Worlds Collide, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lowen & Navarro, Jack’s Mannequin, Ron Sexsmith and many others. Scott won a Grammy Award for his work as engineer on Red Hot Chili Peppers’ benchmark album Californication (which he also mixed), as well as for engineering Tom Petty’s Wildflowers, mixing the Foo Fighters’ One By One, doing engineering work on Santana’s Supernatural, and getting three Grammys for his work on the Dixie Chicks’ Taking The Long Way. He also mixed Matchbox Twenty’s “More Than You Think You Are” which reached a no. 6 on the US Billboard 200 and had two Top10 singles on the US Hot100.
In 2013 he participated in the movie Sound City, by Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), along with many others such as Paul McCartney, Butch Vig, Neil Young and Tom Petty. The movie was about the Neve console and its many visitors over the years, through the studio of Sound City, which by the way was where Nirvana’s Nevermind was recorded.
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Blake Reid draws from his deep-seated farm roots to tell his story through music. Coming from a five-generation farm family, Reid has the ability to create diverse tracks while maintaining his innate, homegrown country style.
Consistent with the theme of the entire RUST album, “Cowboys Were Kings” is a look back to when life was simpler.
Co-written with Buddy Owens and Phil O’Donnell, “We wanted to capture the integrity of the Cowboy and those qualities of hard work and good love, and translate them in today’s life.” explains Blake Reid.
This connection to the rural lifestyle helped spur 4-H to partner with Blake for their centennial celebration. The former 4-H’er will be creating the centennial theme song that captures the spirit of 4-H.
Highlighting touchstone themes and pulling inspiration from stories told by 4-H members and alumni. Stay tuned for updates on the song and special performances by Blake throughout the anniversary year.”
As a native of Cremona, AB., Reid uses his rural roots as the driving inspiration for his song writing and is passionate about producing authentic country music and Rust reflects this. With his latest album, Rust, released on Royalty Records/Sony Music Canada, Blake Reid firmly establishes himself as a true workingman’s poet.
Produced by Phil O’Donnell in Nashville and featuring many of the city’s top session players, the album’s 3rd single, “Cowboys Were Kings” showcases Reid’s storytelling gifts. In celebrating the future, while honouring the past, Rust is undeniably Blake Reid’s finest work to date.
UPCOMING DATESJune 11, 2016 – Jamboree for Charity – Calgary Petroleum Club
July 1, 2016 – Canada Day Concert – Cremona, AB
September 9 – 11, 2016 – Country Music Week – London, ON
October 12, 2016 – Arts Northwest Conference – Fox Theatre – Spokane, WA
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With “Wanted” we were wanting to portrait a story of a couple who are getting themselves into trouble. Kind of a Bonnie and Clyde type thing. We wanted it to sound fun and exciting. Bart McKay helped us put this one together, and we are happy with how it turned out.. Crank it up! – Mitch & Kasha (The Orchard)
Fresh off the heels of The Orchard’s successful COCA Showcase and their selection as the Alberta representative in the 2015 CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest, they are set to hit the road for a busy summer of shows.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
June 29th, 2015 Ponoka Stampede – Ponoka, AB
July 4th, 2015 Osteria Restaurant – Calgary, AB
July 7th, 2015 Osteria Restaurant – Calgary, AB
July 11th, 2015 Wild Hose Saloon – Calgary, AB
July 16th, 2015 Billy Bob’s – Westerner Days – Red Deer, AB
July 17th, 2015 Corporate Gig
July 18th, 2015 HMV in-store Bower Mall – Red Deer, AB
July 18th, 2015 Bo’s – Red Deer, AB
July 30th, 2015 Big Valley Jamboree (Kick-off Party) Camrose, AB
September 5th, 2015 – Party in the Park – Whitecourt, AB
September 11th, 2015 – Apex Casino – St Albert, AB
September 12th, 2015 – Apex Casino – St Albert, AB
September 19th, 2015 – Art in our Park – Edmonton, AB
Wednesday April 23rd, 2014
ROYALTY RECORDS SIGNS BLAKE REID!
Royalty Records hand picked Blake Reid to add to the label’s roster of new artists to be released this year.
Blake was one of the first 6 artists chosen to participate in the CCMA discovery program in 2013, where he quickly earned his reputation as a quality songwriter, inspired by his deep country roots.
“Everyone at Royalty is excited to have Blake join our family. We’ve been following Blake since last year and saw him perform and the CCMA’s in Edmonton. Blake is deeply embedded in country music and the agricultural community, which clearly inspires his song writing and singing by telling real life stories.” – Rob Smith
Blake Reid comes from a five-generation farm family who staked their claim in 1902, broke the land and made a life in Alberta. Blake grew up with country music, with his mom singing along with all the radio legends that echoed in the old farmhouse and Dad would tune into the daily grain prices. Blake spent thousands of hours listening to the evolution of country music through the AM radios of tractors, trucks, and combines.
Blake’s music is about my life and home. He finds himself drawn to the intimacy of farm life, found down every gravel road outside the city limits. Whether the dirt field beside your road is red, brown, or sandy, Blake believes we all turn our ear toward something real and genuine.
“I’m super excited to be partnering with Royalty Records going forward in 2014 and to begin work on my next record. I’m not going to give out too much info yet, but I will say this record is setting up to be really cool and fresh. Joining the Royalty family and working with Nashville Producer/writer Phil O’Donnell is definitely a big step toward success for my career.” – Blake Reid
Blake Reid hits the studio next month to work with Phil O’Donnell in Nashville and will have new music coming later this year!
The Orchard head out on their first west coast tour on Monday November 4th, 2013. This duo will be playing small venues throughout BC with radio visits in between. Follow The Orchard on Facebook or Twitter to see what they get up to this November!
New single from
2013 CCMA Awards Nominee
From her album
“Halfway to Somewhere is all about seeing the brighter side! Instead of worrying why it isn’t all the way, it’s about finding joy in the journey and realizing that the best part can be in the process and the exciting possibility of an unknown destination. I love this song’s carefree energy of taking in every moment and being grateful for it. For me personally in my life right now, I truly feel like the road is where my heart belongs, connecting with music and people on an unforgettable adventure. I had such a fun time writing this with my cowriter’s Ron Robinson and RyLee Madison and I hope it finds people with the urge to turn it up and sing along, wherever they are going!” – TENILLE
- Nominated for 2013 CCMA Award “Interactive Artist of the Year”!
- Tenille reached over 15,000 students & faculty and recognized 120 leaders (whose actions made a difference) in 13 weeks on the self-headlining “Play it Forward” Tour.
- Tenille honoured with the title of ambassador for The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation.
- Tim Horton Children’s Foundation chose Tenille’s “Dare To Be” to support with a video (coming late Summer 2013).
- “Dear Heart” music video on The Family Channel & YTV.
- ‘LIGHT’ reached #3 on the top albums chart week of release on iTunes charts.
- Tenille’s annual concert fundraiser “Big Hearts For Big Kids” breaks record raising over $165,000 for the Grande Prairie Youth Emergency Shelter Society for a total of over $350,000 raised in 4 years!
- Recipient of both the Queen’s Gold & Diamond Jubilee Medals.
- 2012 Alberta’s Country Music Associations “Female Artist of the Year” (2nd year) & “Fan’s Choice” Award recipient (Presented in January 2013).
- Recently performed Saturday main stage at 2013 Big Valley Jamboree.