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PRE-ORDERS ARE READY FOR YOU!

posted by Lisa McLaggan - Thursday, January 24, 2019
PRE-ORDERS ARE READY FOR YOU!

 

"CANARY IN A COAL MINE" IS (FINALLY) AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER!

"...a potent display of everything that's made Tomato/Tomato one of the most beloved groups on the Canadian folk music scene."

We can't believe this day has come! Exactly a year ago, after ten days of recording, we walked out of The Bomb Shelter studio in Nashville with fresh new mixes we couldn't WAIT to share with the world! It's taken us a whole year to make sure we release this in the best way possible and we can finally say that Cd's, vinyl, and bundle deals are waiting for you! Be the first to hear it, the minute we drop it! You also get four album tracks immediately when you place your order...two of which are unreleased! Ready to order?? Here's the link ------> PRE-ORDER NOW


The reason why it took us so long to be ready for this is simply because we love this album so much. We believe in this music so strongly and feel it is a huge step forward for us. We had to make sure every part of it's release was treated as carefully as the musical decisions and recording process. We are thrilled with the buzz the first single got! "Take it on the Road" premiered through No Depression and the video premiered through The Bluegrass Situation! Unreal. We have seen so many musicians we admire do work with both of them and we were so honoured to be recognized and supported by them. Just a reminder that you can watch the official video we did for "Take it on the Road" here

We'd also love for you to spread the word about this big news to all of your family and friends. We even have some unique incentives for you! The first one is that when you pre-order, you're entered into a draw for a FREE lesson with either John or me! This can be done via Skype or FaceTime as well and can be on piano, ukulele, saxophone, voice, guitar, washboard, music theory, songwriting, etc.! We will continue having contests for other fun prizes as the weeks go by so keep watching and sharing on social media! Thank you SO much to everyone who has already put in their pre-order! Your support means everything!

Good luck in the contests and thank you for reading!
xo,
Lisa & John

 

 

 
 
 

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FOR NEW SINGLE

posted by Lisa McLaggan - Friday, November 09, 2018
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FOR NEW SINGLE

By Jason Schneider Media

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As anyone who’s tried to grow tomatoes knows, sometimes it takes a few attempts to achieve the perfect flavour. On their new album Canary In A Coal Mine, New Brunswick-based roots rock outfit Tomato Tomato—led by Lisa and John McLaggan—have done just that, reaping the benefits of the seeds planted on their previous three releases.

Although those records established Tomato Tomato (pronounce it however you choose!) as an award-winning songwriting partnership with a high-energy take on traditional sounds, they have truly progressed to the next level with Canary In A Coal Mine, made at Nashville studio The Bomb Shelter (Alabama Shakes, Margo Price) with producers Jon Estes and Andrija Tokic, along with some of Music City’s finest musicians.

The result is a potent display of everything that’s made Tomato Tomato one of the most beloved groups on the Canadian folk music scene, from John’s inventive songwriting to Lisa’s unforgettable Neko Case-esque vocals. However, with Canary In A Coal Mine, folkies are now going to have to share Tomato Tomato with the rest of the music world.

Crackling spontaneity is certainly evident on the album’s opener and first single “Take It On The Road,” as well as the stomping title track and “You Don’t Know Anything,” both instant roadhouse classics. The album’s quieter moments are just as powerful, with “Kite Song” and “Nothing Left” bringing the duo’s intimate connection to the fore. And for the musos, there’s even a couple of covers of The Band’s “Ophelia” that strips the song down to its bluesy essence, and A-ha’s “Take On Me,” which unexpectedly drew admiration from the Norwegian stars after the McLaggans posted a live video that has since garnered 25,000 YouTube views.

Canary In A Coal Mine is an important milestone on the McLaggans’ journey, and a reminder that growing things organically—especially when it comes to tomatoes—is still the best approach.

 

 
 
 

Tunes and Tacos!

posted by Lisa McLaggan - Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Tunes and Tacos!

When we created our wish list of studios for this next record, at the very top was the analog wonderland, The Bomb Shelter in Nashville. This is where some of our favourite records were made like the Alabama Shakes Grammy award-winner, "Boys and Girls", parts of Margo Prices's, "Midwest Farmer's Daughter" (the one that shot her into seemingly overnight superstardom), and the Langhorne Slim ground breaker, "The Spirit Moves". 

Now turn the clock back about 13 years...(cue dreamy ascending whole tone scale with lots of reverb)...we were living in Miami, drinking too many cafe con leches, and eating tacos with our dear friend, Jon Estes. We used to play music together. Lots of music. We also obsessed over the same albums and would dissect every little nuance of them. Fast forward to the present day...Jon made us breakfast tacos this morning at his house in Nashville...where he now runs Studio B at The Bomb Shelter along side studio owner and producer extraordinaire, Andrija Tokic. Andrija has been collecting analog gear since he was a kid and we had been pouring through production credits of our favourite albums mentioned above...trying to figure out exactly how these amazing throwback sounds were being created. Turns out, if you want a vintage, throwback sound, you need to use the same gear. Can I be a gear nerd for a second? I won't get too technical but I just recorded my vocals on the same microphone the Alabama Shakes used. I also recorded on the same RCA microphone that people like Frank Sinatra swore by. John recorded his acoustic with Langhorne Slim's capo he had left lying around the studio. The energy in this place is electric. We were so in the zone that some of my (this is Lisa btw) scratch tracks are what went on the record! The amount of music created here is mind boggling. All it takes is one glance around to see the walls and entire ceiling covered with award winning records and you know you're in a special place. I can't believe we got to add to that energy with our own.

We came down with our band already picked out - some of Nashville's most hard working and valuable players. We used the guys from the band Steelism (look them up!) to record the bed tracks. They have also lent their talents to folks like Dolly Parton and Kesha...pssh no big deal ;)  Instant chemistry and friendship. That does not always happen! We brought in folks on pedal steel, piano, and trumpet who are currently touring with Miranda Lambert, Margo Price, and Canada's own - Johnny Reid, respectively.

We then spent three days mixing! This is where the real sparkle happens. This is where you watch the 1/2 inch tape spin, you add cool effects, and really create "your sound". We got to watch Andrija and Jon work their magic and we left Nashville with our new mixes in hand. A whole new album. A fresh sound with vintage charm that sounds like you were right there in the room with us.

But wait - tacos! We know everybody talks about the BBQ in Nashville but for us veggies, we were all about fried avocados, a side of plantains, and a cold horchata to soothe the vocal chords. We highly recommend the East Nashville staple, Mas Tacos. Just be prepared to wait in a line out the door because they are THAT good. We even got the t-shirt. No really, we did! Pic or it didn't happen, right? 

Thanks for reading - we cannot WAIT to get this album to you! Stay tuned for pre-order deets!

xo,

Lisa & John

Tomato/Tomato

 
 
 

Hello 2018!

posted by Lisa McLaggan - Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Hello 2018!

Happy New Year!
2017 was quite a ride! We pushed ourselves harder than ever and got to tour all over Canada, Australia, and England! We played amazing festivals and shared stages with so many friends! We learned to travel with our own jar of peanut butter as well as how to drive on the other side of the road. We were recognized by Music / Musique NB and won Group Recording of the Year and SOCAN Song of the Year! We got to open the East Coast Music Association (ECMA) Awards Gala with a rockin' full band and John was nominated for Songwriter of the Year! Things wrapped up with the release of our Christmas album, a tour across the Maritimes, AND the final tweaks to all of our NEW songs for our upcoming album! We are all set to record in Nashville next week (more on that later, stay tuned - eeeeep!) We were involved with many recording projects and celebrated many album release shows of dear friends. These are merely some of the highlights. As we catch our breath, we want to say thank you. Thank you for coming to our shows, clicking like, hugging us, listening to our music, giving us directions when we were lost, helping us carry gear, telling a friend about us, or just thinking good thoughts for us. We couldn't be happier making music together and are starting 2018 full of gratitude and projects on the horizon. From the bottom of our hearts - thank you and see you soon!
Peace and love! ✌️️💕
Lisa & John

 
 
 

Contest Announcement and Details!

posted by Lisa McLaggan - Monday, October 23, 2017
Contest Announcement and Details!

#GIVEITALLAWAY

What does a Maritime Christmas mean to you? We all have traditions in this amazing place. From St. Stephen’s pink chicken bone candies to Charlottetown’s Victorian Christmas. From grandma’s tourtiere in Memramcook to Digby’s Road to Bethlehem church tour. So many amazing things that make living here amazing. We want to hear all YOUR traditions and we want to bring YOU to our show. SHARE this contest POST and add your comments to our twitter, instagram and Facebook with #MARITIMECHRISTMAS and tell us what makes your Christmas so special in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia or New Brunswick. You will be automatically entered to WIN 2 tickets to one of our Maritime Christmas Shows AND one night’s accommodation AND our complete catalogue of merchandise PLUS the New Christmas CD “Pinecones & Cinnamon”. You will meet the cast before the show and we can toast to our good health and the season! The draw is NOVEMBER 15th. Share the JOY. Join us won’t you? Enter daily!

 

 

Contest Details

Enter daily by simply sharing the contest post. At 11:59 pm AST, we will collect the names from each day and add to the draw. Please note in order to see your name your settings have to be set to public. This contest is being facilitated on Facebook however anyone who is the age of majority may enter at no charge by emailing garrisonhillpublicity@gmail.com . The contest draw will take place noon AST November 15th, 2017. At that time we will announce the winner via FACEBOOK and our manager will contact the winner via direct message on FACEBOOK. The prize is 2 tickets to a show of your choosing at 1 of our 10 dates in The Maritimes (non-transferable and no cash value), 1 night accommodation (we reserve the right to select the accommodation and this is non-transferable and has no cash value) and a prize package of CDs and other Tomato Tomato merchandise which we will provide to you at the concert you attend (this is non-transferable and has no cash value). The prize package is to be accepted as provided in there are no rain-checks for other shows or concerts and no refunds associated with this prize package. Tomato Tomato Music and Garrison Hill Entertainment are save harmless from all risks associated with attending the shows and the contest is operated with no cost to play, win or participate. We reserve the right to cancel the contest at anytime.