Steph Cameron: Gold Dust Woman

This fresh cover of a Fleetwood Mac fave shows that the critically-acclaimed Saskatoon folk songstress is branching out from her solo and acoustic template. Her strong and pure voice remains the focus, and the fuller sound is pleasing.

Steph Cameron: Gold Dust Woman

By Kerry Doole

Steph Cameron -  "Gold Dust Woman," (Pheromone Recordings): This Saskatoon-based singer/songwriter has released two albums that dazzled many critics yet never quite got the recognition they deserved. She returns with a new track, Cameron's first since the 2017 release of her Daybreak Over Jackson Street full-length.

A cover of the Stevie Nicks-penned Fleetwood Mac hit, it reportedly signals a new direction for Cameron, as it is her first fully accompanied outing (her earlier material was all solo and acoustic). A label press release terms this "a taste of what's to come" from the new songs she is working on in the studio.


Explaining her choice of cover, Cameron says  "'Gold Dust Woman' is a powerful example of Stevie Nicks' ability to write elegant, spellbinding lyrics and melodies to use them to paint a song in unusual and mystical terms. I have always sung this song, and when the guitar came together for me; I knew I had to cover it."

Her strong and pure voice is rightfully placed front and centre here. Fluent guitar and vocal harmonies result in a full sound that reminds us of the beauty of the original while adding a freshness. It will be interesting to see how Cameron's stylistic change works out, but this is a promising start.

Cameron begins a 15-date tour of Ireland, the UK, and Europe with Twin Bandit on Jan. 18. Itinerary here





Publicity: Erin Carroll, Cadence Music

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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