Shaye Zadravec: Dear Elvis

The promising young Calgary singer makes her debut with this sweetly charming cover of a song by Cris Cuddy, fittingly released on the anniversary of The King's death.

Shaye Zadravec: Dear Elvis

By Kerry Doole

Shaye Zadravec - “Dear Elvis” (Independent): Chances are you won't have come across this young Calgary singer's name before either, but it will be one to watch for in the future.

Zadravec is a singer, not a songwriter, but her talent as a vocal interpreter is apparent on this pleasing cover of a song by Cris Cuddy. He's an Ontario singer/songwriter who has had tunes covered by the likes of Prairie Oyster, and "Dear Elvis" was the title track of his 2015 solo album.

The gentle tribute to The King ("you bring sunshine to lives like mine") takes on an extra resonance with a female voice, especially one as easy on the ear as Zadravec's. She strums a ukelele and strings are employed subtly, but it is her vocal clarity that stands out. She released the track last Thursday, the anniversary of Elvis death, though of course this year it was the death of Aretha Franklin on that date that grabbed attention.


Zadravec has a debut EP, Norway, coming early September, and it is being released in Scandinavia through the Swedish label Rootsy. We're informed that it'll feature tunes written by Shelby Lynne and Chip Taylor plus a version of James Shelton's much-covered "Lilac Wine."

Of note: Zadravec is managed by Calgary music veteran Neil MacGonigill (Ian Tyson, Jann Arden). He informs us that "plans are underway to have Shaye on the ground in Sweden, Norway and Denmark early in the new year. We will be looking for touring opportunities in Canada."





Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Joey Martinez

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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