Joey Landreth plies SOCAN staff with Whiskey

June 1, 2017

JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter-guitarist and SOCAN member Joey Landreth played solo-acoustic versions of three songs from his current EP Whiskey, and previewed an unreleased one, as he performed a SOCAN Session for our staff on May 30, 2017, at our head office in Toronto. The half-hour session opened with an introduction of Landreth by SOCAN A&R Director Rodney Murphy.

In 2015, Landreth’s band The Bros. Landreth, led by he and his brother David, won a 2015 JUNO Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year, Let it Lie. As it was sequentially released in different territories, the band relentlessly toured Canada, the U.S., the U.K., and Europe for about four years. His first solo recording, Whiskey, discusses the ill effects of touring on romantic relationships, the challenges of recovery, and redemptive power of a loved one. The title song, “Whiskey,” co-written with brother David, was completed at the Sound Lounge in SOCAN’s Toronto offices.

At the SOCAN Session, Landreth played solo acoustic versions of "Whiskey," "Gone Girl," and "Time Served" (co-written with Donovan Woods), all from the critically acclaimed solo EP. Additionally, Landreth also played an unreleased tribute song to his girlfriend, tentatively titled “For Anna” – who was in attendance at the event.

At the outset of the session, Landreth said, “Thanks to you guys at SOCAN for what you do for guys like me.” Between songs, Landreth told the story of how, when he was touring with Woods, the latter hung the medal from his SOCAN No. 1 Song Award (presented during the tour) on the rear-view mirror of the van, jokingly saying, “There, that’ll give you something to aspire to.” Landreth good-naturedly retaliated by calling Woods from the U.K., where Landreth has frequently toured and built up a following, saying, “Nobody knows you in Exeter.”

In the question-and-answer session that followed his performance, Landreth said that he feels less pressure when co-writing than when he writes on his own (when he’ll sometimes question a line in a song for weeks on end); that he enjoys being a brand ambassador for Suhr electric guitars and Collings’ Waterloo line of acoustic guitars, because he’s still free to play other brands; and that the isolation of Winnipeg, and its hot summers and cold winters, help to create a strong, vibrant music scene there.

Stay tuned to socan.ca for some exciting video clips from the session!