Jim Henman Still Has That ‘Same Old Feeling ‘ …

It has been a long time since Jim Henman recruited Myles Goodwyn to play in a band which became known as April Wine

new_cover_All these years later, Mr. Henman – a pioneer in Canadian music, has a new album and it is a return to his roots. All the music he loved growing up – returns to haunt the musician along with his many fans. Thank the Lord – Henman has a great memory.

The Singing Brakeman”, Jimmie Rodgers and ragtime guitarist/singer Blind Blake layered the roots for Jim Henman.

‘Same Old Feeling’ was released in 2012. A  collection of his many loves. It is a treasure of tunes which makes every listener  feel at home …

Track One; ‘ Slow Down’ – is a song Jim loved as a kid but always enjoyed playing more as  a country blues tune. Originally written by Larry Williams and recorded by The Beatles among many others, the opening chords of Jim’s version, all of three seconds, proves Henman is a likeable fellow. This song and this type of music can do that to a fellow or woman. The chorus sets the hay straight in the back of the truck and Henman, as the driver, ensures just the proper amount of bumps are hit at the beginning of this joyous ride. Country blues are not meant to sound smooth – live or recorded. Henman’s lifetime experience is aware and delivers it on cue.

‘You Can Have My Heart‘ – the second song, delivers Henman’s heart right on a golden platter via Hank Williams. “This is my Hank song.” says Henman. “Not to sound vain but I can picture Hank singing this.”

The song is a gentle introduction to Henman’s songwriting prowess that commenced along with Myles Goodwyn’s back in the mid – sixties with Woodie’s Termites. “It feels good and it’s a true story for me.” Admits Henman. In this day and age where television shows, movies and music seem to pump out hatred by the minute, it is easy to forget that great songs contain stories. Great songs contain melodies which provoke whistling. This Henman gem does just that …

The title track; ‘Same Old Feeling’ is a remarkable song and a play on words … or feelings. Henman has carried this song with him for forty years. He started writing it in a cottage, completed the process many years later in a cottage and guess what? The song is about a cottage … go figure? Henman finds the finished product happy and laid – back. He had a good time writing it and hopes a listener will as well. No doubt as once more Jim provides comfort. Jim enables us to ‘walk in the warm, warm rain’ and not get wet.

‘Could be Heaven’ – according to David and Ritchie Henman’s cousin – brings out his ‘old rock n roll’ self. Written in ten minutes – Jim loves the solo and the end of the song which bookends the fifties – style guitar riff to start the song. Reminiscent of  old April Wine songs … Coincidence? Nothing complicated – just old-time rock n roll. The kind of stuff that got the Silver Beatles hoppin’!

‘Thats The Way It Goes’ is a tune about a beach.  A sandy piece of land which is close to where Henman resides. Martinique  is the name of the beach and ‘Baboo’ is the name of the cat. A combination which makes a great tune.   A tasteful, delightful romp led by John Appleby’s mandolin playing and followed by Jim’s next – door – neighbor – style vocals. Great songs lead to whistling. This song includes whistling. A great song to listen to by the water while your feet dangle in nostalgia.

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Ritchie, David and Jim Henman

‘That’s All I Got’ is Jim Henman’s autobiographical song. It is important to listen to the words on this song which could have been easily recorded by The Band. It reels the details of Henman’s rise to fame with April Wine and his ‘would be ‘ demise if he had stuck around to watch it destroy him. A musical sense throughout the song dictates happiness yet a skylight remains open for a feeling of doom to chase the Halifax native along.

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“It feels like this song has always been in my head.” says Henman of the Gus Cannon tune “I have played it for years at home .. I like this feel and what Charlie Phillips did in the solos … Love it! Chuck Buckett on drums really did it for me when he added his  drum ideas!”

‘I Don’t Have No Blues’ was written 15 years ago by Henman and wrote itself according to Jim. His appreciation of John Sebastian‘s songwriting comes out in this tune. Jim is telling us “I don’t have no blues’ and we kinda believe him. “It’s a blues tune that is not a blues tune ..” Says Henman. Whatever it is – it is a toe tapping acoustic number ripe with a century of artists’ souls and acoustic playing which gently stokes a flame long ago extinguished by hip hop and rap.

The last track is not final.

‘Shame Shame Boogie’ is a fictitious song about a guy in Waverly where Jim lived as a teen. A small town story and a tale which could be about ‘many people’ concludes Henman. The club they ( many people) went to was named Creeque Alley in Dartmouth, N.S . “For anyone who knows what I mean by Shame Shame Boogie …. they get it!” Adds Jim. ” The audience loved to sing along with the chorus .. I love it when that happens!’

Henman is doing a full band version of this song with a certain Myles Goodwyn on electric guitar. It will be released as a single. It is due out in a few months.

Hmmm … Myles and Henman playing together once again! I bet they get that “Same old feeling!’

http://jimhenman.com/

©rickkeene

Top Ten Interviews of 2012

Top Ten interviews of 2012 …

10. Lee Mellor

9.Jason Rockman

8. Susie Arioli

7. Cecile Doo Kingue

6. Roger Walls

5. Randy Bowen

4. Sass Jordan

3 .Frank Marino

The last two are from the same group – at different times …

2. Jerry Mercer

Although Jerry’s interview(the main one) was not carried out in 2012, it was the beginning of the popularity to this site. Mercer, the drummer from April Wine, gave me a week of his time and we remain in touch although his life is filled with retirement traveling …

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https://keenemusic.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/just-between-jerry-mercer-and-me/

1. The Henmans

Brothers David and Ritchie, along with cousin Jim, were the founding members of the iconic rock group April Wine. The three were so generous with their time, divulging stories of not only April Wine but of the group named The Dudes. The pics they sent and the information shared was incredible. A heartfelt thanks is owed to a trio of musicians who were among the pioneers in Canadian music

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David and Ritchie – circa 1963
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Jim Henman – 1971

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https://keenemusic.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/dave-henman-the-man-behind-the-wine-part-one/

https://keenemusic.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/david-henman-the-man-behind-the-wine-part-two/

https://keenemusic.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/ritchie-henman-the-beginning-of-april-wine/

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Many thanks to all the musicians I have interviewed in 2012. Everyone was very gracious in their time and I sincerely thank each one for helping me establish my site and radio spot. Without you guys – no Rick Keene‘s Music Scene …

Thanks to … Susie Arioli, Frank Marino, Colin James, Darryl Jones, The Hi-Fins, Sass Jordan, Kenny Dupree, Carolyn Fe and the Blues Collective, Jesse Cook, Auresia, Jackson X, Brie Nielson, Cecile K Dinogue,Tasha Cyr, The  Sultans of String, Guillaume from Sagapool, Mistress Barbara, Wayne Cullen, Nitza, Alex Sparbre, Lee Mellor,Roger Walls,Leslie Alston, Tracy, Steve Hill, The Darling Demaes, Biz Oliver,Robert Atyeo,Jason Rockman, Randy Bowen, David Henman,Ritchie Henman, Jim Henman, Jerry Mercer and many more musicians who make people smile …

Looking forward to more interviews in the New Year ..

Rick

Top Ten Interviews of 2012

I am continuing the top ten interviews I conducted in 2012 …

So far …

10. Lee Mellor

9.Jason Rockman

8. Susie Arioli

7. Cecile Doo Kingue

6. Roger Walls

Roger Walls is a walking Jazz encyclopedia. Is it any wonder …?

Walls has been around playing his horns for thirty plus years. If he has not played alongside the likes of Tony Bennett, then he played for the likes of Ella Fitzgerald. A genuine good guy from a different time ..

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https://keenemusic.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/roger-walls-showcases-his-new-cd-midnight-ride/

5. Randy Bowen ( See Spot Run )

Randy is the nicest guy you will ever meet. A class act and a gentleman. We met over a cup of coffee and Randy went into detail about every aspect of See Spot Run’s career – and then some …

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https://keenemusic.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/see-spot-sit-but-not-for-long/

Please stay tuned for the rest of the list and my TOP TEN CONCERTS of 2012!

Top Ten Interviews of 2012

Starting yesterday – I began to count off my top ten interviews in the past year. I continue with the next two …

So far …

10. Lee Mellor

9. Jason Rockman

8. Susie Arioli

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I spoke to Susie over the phone the night before her performance at Place des Arts. Having never spoken to her or listened to her music regularly – I had no idea what to expect. Judging by her photos, I assumed she would be a bit of a prude. Boy was I surprised …

Miss Arioli was the polar opposite. Down to earth, witty,clever,unassuming with a few swear words tossed into the mix. Arioli is eager to learn and to philosophize over anything. My interview ended so far away from Susie’s band and music, it’s a wonder I wrote anything at all on the subject. Susie is what I always imagined what talking to Janis Joplin would be like.

https://keenemusic.wordpress.com/2012/11/22/susie-arioli-changes-are-standard/

7. Cecile Doo Kingue

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I met Cecile downtown on the terrace of Grumpys Pub. She was getting set to debut her cd the next night at Le Petit Campus. She spoke from her heart about her life. Her struggles with alcohol, her sexuality,  her demons and where they came from. She and me both almost coming to tears on occasion. The following evening she went on stage and performed such an emotionally charged show. An amazing woman and a great listener as well.

https://keenemusic.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/racism-puts-a-chill-in-the-air/

Top Ten Interviews of 2012

Starting today – leading up to the New Year,  I will be listing the best in various categories of Rick Keene‘s Music Scene. What I believe were the top ten interviews I conducted, the top Cd’s I reviewed and the top ten concerts I attended and why …

Hope you enjoy my look back into 2012. This will  also give an opportunity to the many readers who have only recently begun to follow my site, the chance  to read what they have missed.

I will provide a link to the original story following each explanation. Hope you enjoy and thank you for visiting  – I hope you keep coming back and please, pass my work on to family and friends ..

Sincerely,

Rick Keene

Top Ten Interviews 2012

10.  Lee Mellor

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 I sat down with Lee before his gig at La Salla Rossa. Mellor is an accomplished author and alternative / country singer and musician. Lee is very realistic in what he does which is the key element to his success musically and as a writer. That quality shines through in both his songwriting and the way he brought the facts together for his first book about serial killers in Canada.

Lee was very accommodating to me with his time and his candidness – something anyone who gets to know him can attest to. Mellor was also kind enough to give me another interview for an article I wrote for the first issue of an online police magazine.

If you ever have an opportunity to listen to Mellor’s music, read his book or talk to the man – grab the chance, you will walk away a better person because of it …

https://keenemusic.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/lee-mellor-the-country-comes-begging-to-town/

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9 .  Jason Rockman (Slaves on Dope)

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Most know the man as a top DJ on Chom -fm in Montreal. His real fans know him also as the lead singer of Slaves on Dope.

I sat down with Jason at a Second Cup on Notre Dame street in Montreal. Rockman was candid from the get-go. There was no hiding anything from his past, his current situation or  his future endeavors. If he f*ucked up somewhere (as we all do), he says it with no regret. He admits his strengths as strong as his weaknesses. He hurriedly admits those who have helped him become strong and is very true to the people he loves. His music is such a passion, it is a  real privilege to talk to him and Jason is the type of guy we can all learn from in his modest nature.

https://keenemusic.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/slaves-on-dope-round-two/

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Stay tuned for number eight and seven …

Lee Mellor; The Country comes Begging to Town …

It’s a long way from Mersey to Montreal. It’s even a longer journey from the home of the Beatles to Nashville; music – wise.

Don’t tell Lee Mellor all this – he won’t believe you …

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The England – born singer / songwriter arrived in Canada at the ripe age of five. Bowmanville,Ontario was the new adress for the Mellors. This introduction to the space and vastness of Canadian soil, opened the door to Mellor’ s soul.

Highways, natives and trains. Say what?

” These themes are reoccuring in my songs and in my psyche. Somehow I think they have become part of my experience in Americanization. There is something about the sheer size of Canada that fascinates me!”

Not only is Mellor a great story telling music artist whose tastes contain a mixture of everyone from Bob Dylan to Otis Redding – Lee is also a published author. His first book; Cold North Killer; Canadian Serial Killer, can be found among the best in Canada when it comes to this rather gruesome subject.

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“It ( the book ), has opened so many doors for me. I have made acquaintances with prominent phychologists and police both here and in the U.S.” Says Mellor just before he hits the stage at Casa del Papalo on St.Laurent Blvd. ” In my own way, through my words and music, I am trying to serve humanity the best way I can. Not Mother Theresa or anything – just my part”

It does not require a pychologist to analyze what makes Mellor’s music rise to the top of the music heap. It’s all about telling a tale. Stories that come from someone aside from Lee himself.

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” When I write the songs, it’s another personality that takes over.” Says Lee. ” Its hard to explain but I become another character and I visualize the story through them.”

A good example of these ‘ characters’ is in the song; Liberty Street. A tune which is on Mellor’s first c.d – Ghost Town Heart. The disc was released in 2007.

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The song is the story of two perspectives.Two pairs of eyes seeing the pomp and pageantry of a military-type parade which takes place on main street in ‘anytown’ North America.

The first take is from a naive point of view. An innocent child not understanding the concept of the ‘trotting out’ of the flags of war. The secondary viewing is through the eyes of a war veteran. A person who has lived through and seen war first hand. That person’s view is jaded and along with the child’s outlook; a dislike of the parade takes place for different reasons.

Toss these derogatory views into the type of music which makes you want to hold your sweetheart tightly in ‘anytown Canada’, a moment is created by Mellor which rests profoundly in the heart.

It’s no secret why Mellor pens these types of songs.

Lee grew up listening to and admiring people such as Johnny Cash, Steve Earle, the Band, Gram Parsons and Towne Van Zandt. ‘Dirty Blues’ and ‘Dirty Country’ are the roots which hold Lee firm in his songwriting prowess.

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“I was attracted to these storytelling musicians because it seemed more real. It was all about the content of the lyrics more than the image.”

Mellor created his recent c.d; ‘Loser’, in the same fashion. The first disc was all about the sound being tight and produced perfectly. The first disc was also more country.

” ‘Loser’ is more raw and fun.” Says Mellor. “It is also more psychedelic, drawing from my love of the sixties and early seventies music. I would say the second disc is more rock n’ roll.”

Two albums and soon another book for Mellor. Rampage; Canadian Mass Murderer and Spree Killing should hit the bookstores in 2013. This time – Lee is chronicling Canadian killers who carry out dasterdly deeds such as the recent killings in Colorado.

Mr. Mellor is a very talented fellow. He plays guitar, banjo, mandolin and harmonica. He writes and produces all his music. He tries to find a balance in all this as the artistic side does not always pay the bills.

Lee is hoping to return to Concordia University in the fall. An institution which brought him to Montreal in the first place ( he obtained a history degree ). This time Mellor is after a PhD …

“My books or music do not take precedent over one another.” Says Lee. ” I don’ t chose one to make a living. I believe I need both to balance me out – keep me steady.”

Luckily for a fan, sitting at a Mellor concert invites all type of emotion which is far from steady. Drinking songs, ballads, foot – stompin’, dancing and even a taste of punk rock hits the audience squarely in their musical palates.

If Bluegrass, Country, Rock, Motown, Blues, Soul and Folk music are your tastes, grab Mellor’s music.

Van Morrison up your alley? Listen to Lee’s amazing talent and why not read a couple of ‘true crime’ books while the eclectic tunes are spinning in the background.

They won’t kill ya …

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