|Ken Tizzard and The Variety Show Players|
"Modern Old Style Country Rock"
The Players are Ken Tizzard/Ken Grant/Ken Layton and Dave Mowat
"I've got a story, I wrote it between the lines
(Born - St.John's, Newfoundland 07/05/69) Musician Father Husband Tall Teacher Traveler Student - Addict Writer Singer Bassist Friend Storyteller Believer Lover Listener Owner Sinner Aging Performer Liar Thinker Fighter Driver Optimist + more
Ken Tizzard's third album, "Between The Lines", continues to follow a live-life theme filled with balance and counterbalance. One person working multiple roles creates a myriad of characters and personalities that define and make up Ken Tizzard and his music. While reinventing himself as a solo personality Ken Tizzard still performs with Canadian music staples Thornley and the Watchmen.
"Between The Lines," was produced by Ken Freisen (Great Big Sea, Hawksley Workman, The Sadies, Oh Susanna, Sarah Harmer, Fred Eaglesmith, Blue Rodeo) and Brent Bodrug (Alanis Morissette, Tom Wilson, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Nelly Furtado, David Usher). This 10-song collection maintains Ken's folky storytelling style dressed in a coat of modern old-style country rock.' "Between The Lines" was recorded over the last year with The Variety Show Players band members Ken Layton, Dave Mowat and Ken Grant.
"Between The Lines" is a ten-song collection with opposing themes covering life's journey of hope and betrayal, love and hate, passion and monotony, growing to be an adult and remaining a child. It is the story of life and the demons and angels who make up its characters. Balancing numerous elements in a delicate and unstable combination of truths and lies. Musically this cd blends the styles of rock and roll, country and singer/songwriter.
The story of "Behind The Lines" is one filled with extreme contentment and great pain. While entering the years classified as middle age' it is tough to watch everything you have known and loved reluctantly change. Music, love, passion, perspective and friendships all change as we cross over that invisible halfway line of our lifespan. Ahead of us we see futures filled with decline and behind us the excitement of discovering a new world begins to fade away. Fears that were never before concerns begin to haunt us, the invincible attitude of being in command that once was, slowly turns to worry and stress.
For Ken Tizzard, crossing this point is simply another chapter in his story. Redefining everything in his world as he takes control of his business life is proving to be revitalizing. In the wake of a collapsing music industry Ken remembers his "Do It Yourself" attitude of 20 years ago Ken Tizzard is embracing this new musical renaissance age. He knows he is and will be a musician for life, he moves forward, constantly taking baby steps and is reassured in the reality of living his dream.
Working with The Variety Show Players was a gradual evolution. It all started at a jam session at The Stinking Rose on St.Patrick's Day 2008. "It was just Dave (harp), Ken(drums) and myself, we had a great time swapping up tunes and just having fun making music." More and more Ken began bringing these guys out to gigs and in the Spring of 2009 Ken Grant (bass) was introduced into the lineup. The four players began adding their own unique style into Ken's music and The Variety Show Players conceived a sound combining rock, country, blues and folk in a very unusual and extraordinary style.
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 , Fashion Television and more. 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, Michael Burgess and the Toronto/Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.
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