Signing up enhances your TCE experience with the ability to save items to your personal reading list, and access the interactive map. Fred Frederick John Eaglesmith b Elgersma. Songwriter, guitarist, country-folk singer, b near Caistor Centre, Ont, 9 Jul One of nine children and raised in a religious home, Eaglesmith recalls his childhood as being in one of two places, either working the farm or driving to church. The regional radio stations influenced Eaglesmith's music and his lyrics are themed with blue-collar labourers, heartbreak and the rural lifestyle. Eaglesmith has produced albums and toured using several band names including The Flathead Noodlers acoustical band with no drums , The Flying Squirrels, The Smokin' Losers and a variety of other names, but throughout the years many of the band members have remained consistent. Willie P. Bennett mandolin and harmonica and Ralph Schipper bass have toured with Eaglesmith and the Flying Squirrels; other band members included Roger Marin electric guitar and pedal steel present , Dan Walsh resonating guitar, baritone guitar and lap steel current , Kori Heppner drums current , Washboard Hank washboard, resonating guitar, , David Essig mandolin, guitar, , Darcy Yates bass, , Kevin Komtsu drums, and Skip Wamsteeker drums, His first recording, Fred J. His next release, a double live collection titled There Ain't No Easy Road , was a "boxed set" that was literally released as two cassettes packaged with a booklet in a homemade wooden box.
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Join Riverfront Times Press Club. Because No News is Bad News. For most, Fred J. After his eponymously titled debut, his next albums, The Boy That Just Went Wrong and Indiana Road , drew on memories and ongoing experiences of the devastated farming communities surrounding Ontario. In the late '80s, Eaglesmith's songwriting took a hard, class-conscious turn, and he penned deadly documents of the land and lives to whom nothing trickled down. The live There Ain't No Easy Road collects the best of those songs: Few musicians since Woody Guthrie have written so honestly and memorably of the struggles of working people.
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Frederick John Elgersma born July 9, , known by the stage name Fred Eaglesmith , is a Canadian alternative country singer-songwriter. His songwriting uses techniques of short story writing, including unreliable narrators , surprise endings, and plot twists. In , Eaglesmith toured extensively with his band.