Liam Russell: Half Chance

Now based in Nashville, this rootsy and seasoned songsmith releases a new EP next month. This lead single is a plaintive ballad featuring soulful vocals and perceptive lyrics.

Liam Russell: Half Chance

By Kerry Doole

Liam Russell: "Half Chance" (Hidden Pony/Slaight Music): On Oct. 5, this Toronto singer/songwriter (now based in Nashville) will release a new EP, No Contest. The self-produced effort was recorded live off the floor at a cottage in the Ontario winter wilderness with five of his best friends and musical collaborators, and reportedly comprises intimate songs dealing with life, loss and love. 

This lead single is a plaintive ballad that is given resonance by Russell's soulful vocal performance. In a label press release, he explains the song this way: “Sometimes we get so consumed by our hurt in relationships that we close ourselves off from the one person we love and want to connect with most. This song is about that moment when all you really wanna do is plead with your partner to tell you how to fix things but neither of you can find the words to get through.


‘Half Chance’ happens to be the name of a real place in Alabama and was too perfect to pass up on. Not to mention the only real notable thing about Half Chance is that it has one of the oldest, still standing iron bridges in America. Yet another metaphor for connecting.”

Definitely a tune to be given more than half a chance.

Russell is the son of noted Canadian folk artist Brent Titcomb. As Liam Titcomb, he signed to Sony Music Canada as a teenager, releasing a self-titled debut album in 2005, followed by two more full-length records, Can't Let Go (2007), and Cicada (2012). No Contest is his first release as Liam Russell.

He performs as part of Canadian Blast at AmericanaFest in Nashville on Sept. 15.






Publicity: Adam Bentley - Auteur Research

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
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Neil Young & Crazy Horse


Neil Young's New Album 'FU##IN' UP' Has Live Recordings from Intimate Toronto Venue The Rivoli

FU##IN' UP, the new album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, features performances of songs from his 1990 album Ragged Glory, recorded live at Toronto's Rivoli, seemingly during a much-rumoured secret show last November. He'll bring his upcoming tour to Toronto's Budweiser Stage in May, 2024.

Canadian icon Neil Young is adding to his immense discography with a new release this spring, a live album titled FU##IN UP'. The album, featuring Young's longtime band Crazy Horse, consists of nine live recordings from 2023 and is set for a limited edition two-LP release this April, in partnership with Record Store Day. According to the album's credits as noticed by Exclaim!, it was recorded at Toronto's Rivoli club, meaning it likely captures Neil Young & Crazy Horse's secret show at the Rivoli last November.

At that show — supposedly a private birthday party for Canada Goose CEO Dani Reiss — according to reports that generated a lot of buzz when they appeared online days later, Young performed most of his 1990 album Ragged Glory. FU##IN' UP features primarily songs from Ragged Glory, with new titles taken from lyric fragments. ("Over and Over," shared as a single, is now "Broken Circle.") The album features performances from Crazy Horse members Billy Talbot on bass, Ralph Molina on drums, and Nils Lofgren and Micah Nelson on guitar and piano, and Reiss is credited as a presenter.

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