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NEW ALBUM ALERT!

posted by Lisa McLaggan - Saturday, March 02, 2019
NEW ALBUM ALERT!

⚡️CANARY IN A COAL MINE⚡️ is out NOW on all streaming platforms and through our website!

✅Stream away and add it to your playlists here👇
https://tomatotomato.lnk.to/CanaryinaCoalMine

✅Physical album orders and/or digital download here👇
https://tomatotomato.bandcamp.com/releases

**OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE**

March 1, 2019

TORONTO ON -- Canary In A Coal Mine, the new album by Tomato Tomato, is out today on all digital platforms, and through their website tomatotomato.ca. The latest collection marks a significant creative step forward for the Saint John, New Brunswick-based roots rock outfit led by Lisa and John McLaggan, having been recorded 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 in recent years, from John’s inventive songwriting to Lisa’s unforgettable Neko Case-esque vocals. “Kite Song” is only one example of the duo’s intimate connection,following in the wake of the album's stomping first single “Take It On The Road.” Their range is further displayed on the album tracks “You Don’t Know Anything,” an instant roadhouse classic, and the quietly powerful closer “Nothing Left."

For 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 video of them performing the song live. Lisa says, “We really had a clear vision for this record, having chosen the tracks out of about 30 songs we’d written. The next step was putting our dream team together for the recording, which brought us back to The Bomb Shelter where we’d made some of our Christmas album in 2017. It only took nine days and we focused on keeping the atmosphere spontaneous.”

John adds, “Our style has actually changed a lot. When we first started, we were more heavily influenced by old timey and bluegrass music. It was just a guitar and tambourine, and things built up from there. We're always working hard to keep things interesting, and naturally that’s led to our overall style evolving.”

However you choose to pronounce Tomato Tomato, it won't change the fact that Canary In A Coal Mine is one of the most hotly anticipated roots releases of 2019.

Happy listening! Thank you for having our music be part of your lives! xo, Lisa & John

🙏💕🙏💕🙏💕🙏💕🙏💕🙏

 
 
 

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