Sound of the Kootenays Podcast

Sound of the Kootenays – Episode 8

Bennu St. Clair


Al catches up with Bennu St. Clair at Sincerity Sound Studio as she’s wrapping up the recording/mixing sessions for her debut single “People of The Earth”.  Co-Produced with Barry Jones, this song is her urgent transmission for change.  Bennu opens up wide and talks about the writing of the song, the studio process, collaborating with new people, as well as her personal struggles and how they’ve translated into this beautiful and inspiring song.

Following our conversation, you will hear the broadcast debut of the finished mastered version’s of “People of The Earth”

It is available now on most major online music platforms!

Watch the Official Video for the song.
Support Bennu St. Clair and her music via Patreon.


This episode is sponsored by Sincerity Sound


Sound of the Kootenays – Episode 7

Cam Penner

photo by Al Woodman

Cam has been polishing and realizing his musical identity for well over 20 years.  In this feature interview, he shares a full career perspective with stories about his roots growing up in Manitoba, discovering and cultivating a talent for music, building and managing his band The Gravel Road for over 10 years in Alberta and eventually finding his way to a new life and a new sound here in the Kootenays. We also talk about the songwriting/recording process, performing/touring, collaboration, and sound career advice.  He even breaks out a guitar for an exclusive live performance.

Cam and his musical partner Jon Wood have recently wrapped up a tour stunning audiences in Alberta and BC and then bringing it back home(ish) at this year’s Tiny Lights Festival in Ymir BC.  His new album At Was With Reason including the newly released vinyl edition is available now.  For more news and information about upcoming performances and tours you can visit Cam at: 

Track listing (In order of appearance):

(Intro/Outro) – Deep Valley – The Big 48 (unreleased)

Cam Penner tunes / album
Gather Round / At War With Reason
When I Die / Get Up
No Stars In The City / Felt Like A Sunday Night
Downtown / Felt Like A Sunday Night
No Consequence / To Build A Fire
Right Here, Right There, Like That – At War With Reason
It’s A Constant / At War With Reason
Broke Down / Sex & Politics
Flesh & Bone / Gypsy Summer (live SOTK exclusive) 

*More information including Photos, Videos, and Links to artist websites and music available at

Total Running Time: 1:41:45


Sound of the Kootenays – Episode 6

Feature Interview: Craig Korth

Photo: Al Woodman

Craig is one of Canada’s premiere bluegrass musicians who brings an energy and flair and quick wit to every project he touches.  From his roots in Alberta where he founded award winning bluegrass bands Jerusalem Ridge and Widow Maker, to settling down to raise his family in Nelson BC, we chat about so many facets of his musical life, we need 2 parts to fit it all in! 

Preview of the 2019 Kootenay Music Awards   

The 7th Annual Kootenay Music Awards are coming up on March 23.  In the lead up to the big event, we’ll check out some of the past winners and preview the upcoming awards ceremony at the Spirit Bar in Nelson.

 Track listing (In order of appearance):

(Intro) – Deep Valley – The Big 48 (unreleased)

Charlie P.S. – Little Miss Dysfunctional    (Instagram)  (Facebook)

Moontricks – Wood For The Trees

Dawson Rutledge – Thief of a Lover

Barry & Al – BA Mix (unreleased)

Craig Korth – Burnt

Jr. Gone Wild – Raisins

Jerusalem Ridge w/ Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra – “Duelling Banjo’s Medley”

Widow Maker – Silver and Gold, Diamonds and Pearls

Craig Korth – Jackson (Ft. Julie Kerr, Billy Cowsil) / Elephant Mountain (Ft. The Nimble Fingers Allstars) / Bridgeland

Cam Penner – Poor You

The Hillties – Movin On       (Official Video)

Al Woodman – UC Groove (unreleased)

Total Running Time: 1:40:42


This episode is sponsored by Sincerity Sound



Sound of the Kootenays – Episode 5

(Explicit Content – Language)

Festure Interview: Ferdy Belland

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Ferdy is a Cranbrook based bass player and journalist who has recently been tapped to join Canadian rock icon Bif Naked’s band.  They have already toured across Canada once and are gearing up for multiple gigs at sea aboard the Trailer Park Boys Cruise in March.  Ferdy also brings his bass to the fore in other Kootenay based bands such as Phaeton and Garuda.  He tells many tales of his experiences in the music scene over the past 20+ years.
Bif Naked


Enter to win a 2 CD package from Heather Gemmel.  
Email with “Free CD’s” in the subject line, and share your favourite Kootenay live music venue and who you last saw there for your chance to win!  3 draws will be made from all available entries on February 11 2019.  Winners will be notified by email reply, and announced on the Sound of the Kootenays Facebook page.

Enter to win 1 ticket to see Shakey Graves at Nelson’s Capitol Theatre March 22.  Presented by On The Road Productions and the Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival.
Listen to this episode to hear what you need to do to enter, then email your answer to for your chance to win!  Draw will take place on February 28 2019.  For more chances to win, visit the Sound of the Kootenays Facebook page!

Track listing (In order of appearance):

(Intro) Deep Valley – The Big 48

Heather Gemmel – Slow Down

Al Woodman & Barry Jones – BA Electro

Shred Kelly –  Stay Gold

Bif Naked – Spaceman

The Feminists – 21st Century Ghosts

Bif Naked – I Love Myself Today

Phaeton – March of the Synthetics,  Siege Engine

Garuda – Ancient Chains

Gentle Infidels – March Where You Stand

Shakey Graves – Roll The Bones

Immune 2 Cobras – Moon With No Sun

SES & Dazza – Feeling Alright

Brett Wildeman – Silver Lining

Al Woodman – UC Groove

Total running time 1:35:16


This episode is sponsored by Sincerity Sound


Sound of the Kootenays – Episode 4

Feature Interview: Allison Girvan

Photo: Louis Bockner

Allison is a Nelson based choral conductor, music and theatre educator and versatile vocalist.  She has been featured on albums and in concerts with Canadian Tenor John McDermott and released 2 solo recordings in collaboration with her husband, composer Don Macdonald.  She shares her musical story from the earliest days playing the clarinet, through over 2 decades of theatrical musical direction and up until the present where she is the director of numerous Nelson youth choirs and still stunning audiences with her own vocal performances. 

Tyler James

Photo credit needed

Tyler is a member of the Corazon Choir under Allison Girvan and in recent years has been following in the footsteps of his conductor and is finding a path for himself in choral direction and musical theatre.  Oh, yes… and there’s a punk band in there too!

Track listing (In order of appearance):

(Intro) – JJNA 5.21.18 T7b (Brand new Kootenay band! Details coming soon!)

Cam Penner – Over & Over  (Website,/ Soundcloud)

Mooves – 12 Grains of Pleasure  (Soundcloud)

Al Woodman – The Rider and The Ride (unreleased)

Allison Girvan – Lagan Love, Youkali, Un Canadien Errant (also clips from Corazon and Fireworks choirs)  (Website)

Al Woodman – Keyed Mind (unreleased)

Tyler James – [YouTube clips] I Get Lonesome (Beck cover)

St. Mtn. – Living Legend

2017 Pantomime Trio – Jazzy Tiger (unreleased)

Deep Valley – Happy Yo (live @ The Royal 8.26.2012)

JJNSA (Yes we’ll find a better name soon) – Bossy Dorsa (probably find a better name for the song too)

Al Woodman – UC Groove (unreleased)

Total Running Time: 1:56:00


This episode is sponsored in part by Sincerity Sound


Sound of the Kootenays – Episode 3

Feature Interview: Justin Hines

Photo by Al Woodman

Justin has released 4 full length albums in his 10 year career and toured around the world.  When the time came for him to take a break from music, he and his wife settled in Grand Forks BC and opened a board game cafe.  Check out his fascinating story and hear music from each of his albums. Check out Justin’s Facebook Page for more!

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New Release Feature: Holly Hyatt

Photo by Al Woodman

Holly has just released a new single called River Flows in advance of her solo debut album due out in May 2019.  She dropped by my humble cabin in the valley to chat about the song, the recording and was joined by her father and musical partner Jon Burden to perform 2 exclusive acoustic tracks live!


Track listing (In order of appearance):

(Intro) – JJNA 5.21.18 T7b (Brand new Kootenay band! Details coming soon!)

Sarah Orton – Driftin’

The Hilties – 17th Ave

Holly Hyatt – River Flows, (With You Now*, Back To The River*)
       *  Live acoustic versions

Al Woodman – Funk Jam Emam (unreleased)

Justin Hines – Wish You Well, Say What You Will, Maybe When The Morning Comes, Come Around 

Jason Job – Some Love

Al Woodman – UC Groove (unreleased)


Total Running Time: 1:40:42


This episode is sponsored in part by Sincerity Sound


Sound of the Kootenays – Episode 2

Feature Interview: Jesse Lee

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Jesse Lee is one of Nelson’s busiest musicians playing bass for numerous acts as well as playing solo guitar shows and keeping dance floors grooving as vinyl DJ Rafferty Funksmith.  Jesse tells the story of how he connected with such prominent acts as Brian Rosen and the What Now, Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long, and what it was like to be named the 2015 Kootenay Musician of the Year. 

(Bandcamp) Jesse Lee – Cook To This 

Sponsor Feature: Sincerity Sound 

Barry Jones – Owner, Chief Engineer and Producer gives an update on the progress of his project with an artist who he is working with and shares a rare glimpse of some of the music that they’re making.  He also discusses other creative projects that are going to the studio in the coming weeks and months.


Music (in order of appearance)

(Intro) – JJNA 5.21.18 T7b (Band details to be unveiled soon!)

How We Fly – Justin Hines (Facebook Official)

Moon Pocket – Diemm  (Diemm Website)

B&A Analog Groove – Barry Jones & Al Woodman

Barely Awake, Ava’s Song – Geo. (audio samples)

How To Be A Person – Shane Koyczan & the Short Story Long  (Shane

Choose Your Choice – Brian Rosen & the What Now  (Brian Rosen – Soundcloud)

Who Invited The Nerds – Jesse Lee  (Jesse Lee – Bandcamp)

Elevator Chase – LINT – Live at The Firehall, Rossland BC Feb. 2015 (Live LINT)

Deep Winter – Al Woodman  (Al Woodman – Soundcloud)

Concrete – Shades of Loud (no link avail.)

Al Woodman – UC Groove (unreleased)

Total Running Time: 1:23:47


Sound of the Kootenays – Episode 1

Feature Interview: Paul Hinrichs

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Paul shares the story of his journey in the music industry, from dedicated live music fan following live bands like Dave Matthews Band and Phish through to his most recent position as the Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival’s Executive and Artistic Director.

Sponsor Feature: Introducing Sincerity Sound

Owner and Chief Engineer/Producer Barry Jones gives an introduction to Sincerity Sound – a new audio recording studio located in the Slocan Valley.

Music (in order of appearance)

(Intro) – JJNA 5.21.18 T7b (Band details to be unveiled soon!)

Everything’s Gonna Be Alright – Deep Down Yonder    

Sincerity Song – Barry Jones

Jupiter – Shred Kelly

Possum (intro) – Phish – recorded live July 26 2013 @ the Gorge Amphitheater

Sky – John Corrie Van Breugel

Way Down Here (harmonica solo) 

Archipelago – Shred Kelly 

Sharp Dressed Man (ZZ Top) – Melody Diachun from the new album Get Back To The Groove

(Way Down Here outro)

That’s What Delete Is For – Melody Diachun from the new album “Get Back To The Groove”


Total Running Time: 1:37:19