Dare to compare? NCR do CCR!

This is why I love my job. Sure, I get to promote well-known talented folks, but every once in a while, I get to introduce Canada to a new configuration of talent. A new band who really knows how to tear it up on stage and who often produces an album that reflects that talent as well.


Which is why, on this occasion, I’m happy to highlight Toronto band New Country Rehab’s upcoming summer tour dates in North America. The band is sort of an “acoustic supergroup” as one critic commented in his preview of an upcoming concert. They are all successful sidemen in other bands who are now together in their own group jamming it out at a furious pace. I’ve never seen an audience leave disappointed from one of their live shows.


In any case, here are the summer 2011 tour dates:


KINGSTON, ON – June 18 – Skeleton Park Festival
TORONTO, ON – June 18 – NXNE – Dakota Tavern – 1 a.m.
GUELPH, ON – June 24 – Folkway Music – 8 pm
TORONTO, ON – June 25 – Session 99 Craft beer Fest (aft)
TORONTO, ON – June 25 – Hugh’s Room Johnny Cash Tribute (eve)
TORONTO, ON – June 25 – Session 99 Craft Beer Fest (eve)
WINNIPEG, MB – July 8-10 – Winnipeg Folk Fest
VICTORIA, BC – July 12 – Logan’s Pub
DUNCAN, BC – July 13 – Duncan Garage Showroom
CUMBERLAND, BC – July 14 – Waverley Hotel
HARRISON HOT SPRINGS, BC – July 15 – Harrison Fest. of the Arts
VANCOUVER, BC – July 16-17 – Vancouver Folk Festival
EDMONTON, AB – July 19 – Haven Social Club
CANMORE, AB – July 20 – Communitea
NELSON, BC – July 21 – The Royal on Baker
CALGARY, AB – July 22 – 24 – Calgary Folk Festival
CLARENDON, ON – July 29-31 – Blue Skies Festival
CAMBRIDGE, MA – Aug. 10 – Club Passim
RIDGEFIELD, CT – Aug. 11 – CHIRP
TORONTO, ON – Aug. 12 – Yonge Dundas Square
OWEN SOUND, ON – Aug. 19-21- Summerfolk Festival


I leave you with their live version of Clearance Clearwater Revival’s Effigy… along with a version of Effigy from CCR themselves. Do you dare to compare the two?


Here’s CCR’s original:



And NCR’s live cover version they played live in Memphis earlier this year:


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