The Essence of Cool Season 1 w/ Blair Packham
Written by BOMBSHELL RADIO on 01/22/2023
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Blair Packham leapt into view of the music buying public as the lead singer of 80s
power pop band The Jitters. Blair has released three superb solo albums, including
2017’s Unpopular Pop, and has composed for TV and films, taught song-writing,
and co-hosted the long-running radio show “In the Studio”. He has worked with
the likes of the Juno-award-winning Ron Sexsmith, ex-Bare Naked Ladies singer
Steven Page, and The Odd’s Craig Northey.
On this episode, Blair tells us why country legend Dolly Parton, rapper Keysha
Freshh, and the iconic Steve Earle are The Essence of Cool!
Bernard Frazer is a Canadian songwriter/musician whose synth pop band Church of Trees has topped independent charts around the world. He is also a former television producer/writer of such shows as Real Life with Erica Ehm (Life Network), The Dini Petty Show (CTV), Miracle at Niagara, and New Year’s Eve Niagara Falls
In Season 2, we’ve scheduled episodes with the great Phil Thornalley (The Cure, Duran Duran, etc), Kevin Hearn (Lou Reed, Barenaked Ladies), Men without Hats’ Ivan Doroschuk, legendary rocker June Millington (Fanny, Earl Slick, Bonnie Raitt), the great Jay Semko of 5-time Juno nominated Northern Pikes, indie star Vicki Brittle, and more.
We’ve also scheduled a series of episodes discussing the life and musical impact of Canadian producer, and songwriter, Tim Thorney (Alanis Morrisette, Cassandra Vasik, etc). For this very special series, we’ll be joined by former Much Music VJ Erica Ehm, Juno award-winner Hill Kourkoutis, ‘drummer to the stars’ Randy Cooke, Tim’s brother Tom, and Tim’s longtime engineer and friend, Adam Fair.