The Trews are happy to announce the upcoming release of "Garth Hudson Presents A Canadian Celebration of The Band" where we, among many great Canadian bands, participated in recording hits (and b-sides) by The Band for this great compilation. The album will be in stores on Nov. 16, 2010 and partial proceeds will be donated to support The Hospital for Sick Children.
GARTH HUDSON plays keyboards on all tracks along with the following artists:
1. Forbidden Fruit - Danny Brooks & The Rockin' Revelators 2. Out Of The Blue - Mary Margret O'Hara 3. Acadian Driftwood - Peter Katz & The Curious 4. This Wheel's On Fire - Neil Young and The Sadies 5. Ain't Got No Home - Suzie McNeil 6. Clothes Line Saga - Cowboy Junkies 7. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere - Kevin Hearn & Thin Buckle 8. Sleeping - Bruce Cockburn & Blue Rodeo 9. Yazoo Street Scandal - The Road Hammers 10. The Moon Struck One - Raine Maida 11. The Shape I'm In - The Sadies 12. Tears Of Rage - Chantal Kreviazuk 13. I Loved You Too Much - Hawskley Workman 14. Knockin' Lost John - Great Big Sea 15. King Harvest - Blue Rodeo 16. Move To Japan - The Trews 17. Genetic Method (Anew) - Garth Hudson 18. Chest Fever - Ian Thornley & Bruce Cockburn
"It was a great honor to work with Garth.
We were raised on the music of The Band as our parents were all die hard fans in their day. At first we didn't know what to make of the song that Garth selected for us to do. We'd never heard "Moving to Japan", a later song of their's from one of their post Robbie Robertson albums. We had to learn it and cut it in very short order.
The idea for the arrangement came to me via Levon Helm. Not directly but I was reading "This Wheels on Fire" around that time and one of the things he said in his book about what made the Band sound so unique, was that they would put a rock groove in half time. "Up on Cripple Creek" would have been pretty different tune if it was played in full time, but by putting it in half time, it gave them there feel and sound.
I figured that since "Moving to Japan" was a full time song already, it might be cool to give the early Band treatment and put it in half time. I think it worked out pretty well. It's a cheeky little number about all the American jobs being shipped overseas. It still has a heck of a lot of relevance today.
My favourite bit of the recording is in the outro when our keyboard player Jeff Heisholt, Garth and myself are all trading off solos. So fun!"