Quiet Storey House An Introdcution
With more than a decade and a half in the Canadian music scene Ken Tizzard, through his work with the Watchmen, Thornley and now his solo material, has received numerous Juno nominations, Much Music Awards, six gold and platinum records and has had music licensed to major television shows including CSI and Fashion Television. As well, Ken's television appearances run the gamut from Breakfast Television to Bob Izumi's Real Fishing, through to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. From dark cabarets in northern Russia through to the Air Canada Center ken has performed in front of vast audiences in many variations sharing the stage with performers as diverse as Randy Bachman and the Toronto/Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Now with his new folky/singer-songwriter CD "Lost In Awe," Ken plans to head back out to show people something new once again. Armed with an acoustic guitar, harmonica and his voice Ken will begin touring across Canada and the US starting in June of 2008. Produced by John Whynot (Bruce Cockburn, Blue Rodeo, Lucinda Williams, Colin James, Change Of Heart, Loreena McKennitt, Big Wreck and Jim Cuddy) and recorded at Blue Rodeo's Woodshed Studios in Toronto, Ontario. Lost in Awe has a natural stripped down sound that was highly important for this record. From the mouths of others: "The debut from the bass player of The Watchmen has a Canadian sound in line with contemporary offerings from some of this country's music hall of famers, namely Tom Cochrane and Bruce Cockburn. This is the type of stuff you'd hear in a (pre-bylaw) smoky bar, with a harsh, heavy domestic beer in your hand, listening to a crooner sing his heart out for truck drivers and seasoned cougars." Bill Alexander - Soundproof Magazine With a voice that oozes tenderness and angst and drips with cool, Tizzard has crafted an engaging album of thoughtful, melodic material that is moving, touching and memorable. The album is as far away from his material with Thornley as New Dayton is from New York. It's mellow, soothing, and captivating, the type of music a person would want to listen to cruising down the highway on a melancholy rainy afternoon. Relying on his voice and bass, he's crafted nine songs that showcase his varied talents. On Quiet Storey House, Tizzard emerges as a songwriter with the heart of Dylan and the soul of Mellencamp. Al Beeber - The Lethbridge Herald "His new release, Quiet Storey House...an introduction, shows him to be a fine songwriter and sculptor of sound, and possessor of a gently haunting vocal style. Two cover songs here, NICK DRAKE's : Fly,' and TEARS FOR FEARS' 'Mad World,' reveal some of his influences, and his intelligent ambient style merits wider exposure." Kerry Doole - Tandem (Toronto) "While he concedes not everyone understands his current bass-centric direction, his experimental project is capturing the essence which characterizes the definition of genuine artistry." Chris McCluskey - The Coast (Halifax) "With nary a trace of his post-grunge roots showing, Tizzard fits in nicely with the current batch of singer-songwriters." Dave Clark - Scene - London -"The next time I'm sharing dinner and a bottle of wine with my girl, I will probably slip Quiet Story House... in with Avalon, Let's Get It On, MCMXC a.d, Chet Baker Sings, and Otis - Blue." -"... All Because of You...has that certain ambiance, a kind of unrequited love thing that works so well in the deep, dark night." "...this is one smooooth CD. Translation: Ken Tizzard wants you to get laid, and he wants you to listen to him while you do it." "Tizzard treats his bass guitar like a lead instrument, which adds a kind of surreal jazz effect to these obviously well-written pop songs." Paul Wiggins - Here Magazine - Moncton From the recording: "Most of the songs were written in the dark woods at the base of great mountains. Thematically these songs deal with the age of technology that we struggle through and impress the intimacy which is sometimes lacking in out 'virtual influenced' world. It was important for me to deal with complex issues in a simple manner." "Every line on this CD brings a picture or a face to mind. This is some of the most personal and reflective music I have ever been a part of." "2 mics, 1 comp, 1 eq, 2 guitars, some harmonicas, a bunch of songs and John Whynot..." "Bob Dylan's music has followed me for over 25 years. I wanted to have a song of his on this record and I think his influence is pretty obvious. I recorded two songs with the hopes of one turning out alright, I guess I got lucky." "For me the road to discovering a way to have both a musical life and a family life has been at times frustrating. However I try to keep focus on the fact that this journey is really the event itself."