VIDEO VERSION OF THE ALBUM ALSO AVAILABLE ON MAY 1st
FIRST SINGLE ‘BOBCAYGEON’ OUT NOW
WATCH THE LIVE VIDEO HERE
Vancouver Island based musician WiL has always been known for his incredible guitar-string-breaking live performances and was planning to spend much of 2020 on the road across Canada doing what he does best. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, WiL had to postpone all of his upcoming spring tour dates but to make up for it he’s releasing a new live album, Live at the Blue Frog, on May 1st. In addition to the release of the album, he’ll also have the matching video concert footage available to stream via his website on the same day. Get a concert preview with the video for the first single ‘Bobcaygeon’ here.
In October 2019, WiL performed a concert at Blue Frog Studios, a live music venue and recording studio in White Rock, BC, with his drummer Keith Gallant and guest musician, Shaun Verreault (Wide Mouth Mason). As you can imagine, some shows are just better than others. But on that night in October the stars aligned to make it one of those unforgettable performances, and it just so happened that the awesome crew at the Blue Frog had recorded it. When they sent over the footage the next day, it was an instant ‘no brainer’ decision to create a second live album out of what started as ‘‘just a live concert play with pal Shaun Verreault”.
“I knew going into it, that the Blue Frog show was being recorded and streamed live,” says WiL. “I was unconcerned with that part of it; what I was excited about was having a rare chance to perform with Shaun. We’ve done a number of co-headline shows in the past and we even wrote a song together, ‘If You Want Me Too’ (Track 8). He’s so good at what he does that he can just come in unrehearsed and just slay.”
The first single to be released from the live album is a cover of The Tragically Hip’s ‘Bobcaygeon’. The track is available across all digital platforms today.
“‘Bobcaygeon’ was one of the tracks I used to play in Calgary back in my cover days in the 90’s,” says WiL. “I had revisited it in my studio with the intent of playing it live and then Gord Downie passed away and it felt wrong to play it in front of people. But then I was singing it at a soundcheck last year and the venue owner said, ‘you gotta play that tonight’. And so I did.”
WiL’s new album Live at the Blue Frog will be available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services on May 1st. For more information, please visit: ibreakstrings.com