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This photo was taken in August 2000 during
a boat cruise in Toronto Harbour.
In the early 70's, 4 very dedicated musicians came together to form "The Country Showmen". They began to receive acclaim and recognition through their gigs at shows, fairs and local clubs. After several years of performing together, the band broke up and each musician pursued different career opportunities.
Paul went on to play steel guitar with country artist - Con Archer, as well as many of the top artists of that time.
|During the time that the Country Showmen were
together they played at
place called "The Hay Loft" It was a barn with the upper part converted into a dance hall. This is where me met Carol Baker. After hearing her sing we invited her back to every show that we did at the Hay Loft. She was a smashing success with the fans and soon, was on her way to great success.
Photo was taken at "The Hay Loft".
| Bob Hathaway had
begun to promote a jamboree in Uxbridge and it wasn't long before he asked
Paul to get involved with it. This was a new venture and featured country
artists from all over. It began in the Town Hall and shortly after it started
was moved to the Roxy Theatre . Bob would do the advertising and promotions
and Paul would book the talent and the band. Playing along side of Paul
was his brother Dave Evans, (Guitar) Paul Harris, (Drums) Joe Coppins,
(Bass). We had a D.J., "Dave Johnson" from CFGM, (at the time, Canada's
No.1 Country radio station ). The crowds were good and we featured guest
singers such as Caroll Baker, Ed Vance, Con Archer and Diane Leigh. Diane
was performing on a TV show called 'The Carl Smith Show'. She had won awards
from the Canadian Country Music Awards in the 60's. Promoters and managers
would come to the jamboree and this where Caroll Baker met George Petrolia,
a promoter of country music. George introduced Caroll to talent manager,
Don Grashey, from Thunder Bay. This is when Caroll recorded her first record.
Caroll was soon getting air play and the fans loved her. She became one
of Canada's top female vocalists, winning many awards from the C.C.M.A..
Bob and Paul wanted to take this show to radio but the concept was turned down by CFGM after it was presented by Dave Johnson. Not long after this, CFGM started there own jamboree called "Opry North" and the Uxbridge Valley Jamboree slowly began to phase out.
|The Durham Country Pickers was a popular country
band in the late 80's.
They enjoyed a popularity locally and played at several dances, shows, jamborees and private corporate functions. This group worked together for about 5 years until each member went on to pursue other interests.
It was a real pleasure for Paul to work
with these very talented musicians.
In 1984, after seven years a a part time business, Linda and Paul took the steps to make Ambassador Records a full time operation offering: Graphics, Tape duplication, Recording Studio, Internet service and Promotions. They now offer in-house CD duplication, labelling and packaging.
For the past three years Ambassador Records has produced a compilation CD for the C.C.M.R., featuring many of that years artists. The CD has been a great tool to promote the artists and the C.C.M.R. to local radio stations for air play.
Ambassador Records also hosted the C.C.M.R.
web site with Paul doing the web writing including
sound bytes and pictures. It has been really exciting to see the event grow approximately 300% over the
past three years! The show is held in Trenton at Centennial Park, held during the August long weekend.
It is a great show - with an all Canadian cast!
***New CD Release***
Thanks Paul Evans
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1. Bars Of Steel (4:03)
2. Will The Circle Be Unbroken (2:18)
3. Faded Love (3:33)
4. Harbour Lights (3:38)
5. How Great Thou Art (4:10)
6. I Love You Because (3:39)
7. Last Date (3:55)
8. Life's Railway To Heaven (2:53)
9. Sunday In Dixie (3:39)
10. Sleepwalk (2:41)
11. Steel Guitar Rag (2:36)
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- I would like to thank all the steel players who have inspired me over the years!
- “Bars Of Steel” was recorded to say ‘thanks’ to Lloyd Green.
- “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” is for my family. I love you guys!
- I dedicate “Harbour Lights” to Neil Flanz. After hearing Neil play at a house party, I knew that the steel guitar was the instrument I wanted to play.
- For my pastor, Rev. Sam Martin, I recorded“How Great Thou Art”. God bless.
- “I Love You Because” was recorded for my dear friend Larry Dee, now deceased,
but his memory and music lives on. This was one of his favorite songs.
- “Last Date” was recorded for a dear friend, Clint Couperthwaite, one of my fans from the early 70’s.
- After listening to a CD by steel guitarist, Ron Elliott, I was inspired to record
“Life’s Railway To Heaven”.
- “Sunday In Dixie” was a song Buddy Emmons recorded years ago. I loved the way
he played it so I dedicate this song to him.
- “Sleepwalk” was recorded for my dear friend Graham Reid. Thanks Graham for
all your encouragement.
- “Steel Guitar Rag” was the first instrumental that I learned on the steel guitar.
I do hope that you enjoy this CD because it is “Steelin’ From The Heart”. Paul Evans
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