Taller than the Trees is the debut release by Winnipeg singer/songwriter Kevin Roy
Everyone loves a good story. Winnipeg alt-country troubadour, Kevin Roy, shares his songs as if telling a story for the first time over morning coffee.
He sings earnest tales and comedic balladry with heartfelt melodies and hook-driven choruses. His tall-grass poetry paints images of Canadiana and experiences of the roads he has travelled. If John Prine, Gram Parsons, and Townes Van Zandt went on a fishing trip together in the Canadian Shield, they just might pen the next Kevin Roy album.
As the tamaracks shed their needles in the fall of 2013, Kevin Roy wandered from the beaten path. He left a life of certainty, a professional career, in search of purpose through his love of songs, stories, and the open road. With producer/engineer Lloyd Peterson (The Weakerthans, The Wailin' Jennys) Kevin Roy recorded his debut EP, Taller than the Trees. He is backed by a five piece acoustic ensemble that features former Wailin' Jennys fiddler, Jeremy Penner. Whether pining for lost love or protesting the government's removal of funding for the Experimental Lakes Area, Taller than the Trees is about living for your desires regardless of life's uncertainties.
Since the album’s release, Kevin Roy has logged thousands of kilometers sharing his music and stories in landscapes both familiar and foreign. Over mountain passes to the edges of the Continent, Kevin Roy has had the privilege of performing festivals and concerts with many acclaimed artists, including: The Deep Dark Woods, Daniel Romano, Kathleen Edwards, Lynn Miles, and many more.
With a new set of tires, Kevin Roy is taking back to the road this fall with dates across Canada. He is bringing with him a collection of new songs, of which, only a select few will make his sophomore album. Stay tuned for more information on a full-length recording to commence in the winter of 2014.
released February 4, 2014
Kevin Roy - Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica
Amie Peterson - Harmony Vocals
Donovan Locken - Mandolin, Harmony Vocals
Anthony Kost - Banjo, Dobro
Karl Ratchinsky - Upright Bass
Jeremy Penner - Fiddle (track 2, 5, 6)
All songs written by Kevin Roy – Kevin Roy Music (SOCAN), 2013.
Produced by Lloyd Peterson & Kevin Roy
Engineered by Lloyd Peterson, Wonder Dog Recording
Mixed by Lloyd Peterson & Kevin Roy
Mastered by Jamie Sitar, Outta Town Sound
Album Artwork by Justina Smith, justlittleart.com
Layout by Lee Froese leefroese.com
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We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters.