Radiogram's sophomore album All The Way Home is a rootsy mixture of
country, pop, and americana distilled with a healthy dose of ambience,
some art rock and a dash of chamber music. Combine all of this
with the world weary folk tales of Ken Beattie and you have a concoction
that is decidedly Radiogram. Music that is equally at home on the
back porch or the balcony, a high rise or a homestead.
Radiogram was formed by acclaimed Vancouver singer songwriter
Ken Beattie just before the turn of the century and their debut album
UNBETWEEN on Transsiberian/Scratch Records was released in April 2000.
The album was immediately well received in the press and sold out it's
first pressing within two months of it's release. The band was quickly
sharing Canadian stages with such luminaries as The Jayhawks, Giant
Sand, The Weakerthans, The Handsome Family, Richard Buckner, Red
House Painters, and many more as well as amassing a growing collection
of glowing reviews. By the end of the year the multi-award nominated
UNBETWEEN was on over 20 top ten lists for 2000 and touring was in
full swing. When the spring rolled around Radiogram had discovered
an audience in The U.K and Europe via an exclusive song on a compilation
released by the influential U.K. music magazine COMES WITH A SMILE
and the band found themselves recording a live set of six new songs
for CBC Radio's nationally broadcast Radiosonic. When they hit The
Commodore stage in May for a New Music West showcase a relationship
between Radiogram and Endearing was forged. The result is All
The Way Home.
After a west coast summer spent arranging songs and recording
demos, Ken Beattie and company went into the studio in the fall to
record ALL THE WAY HOME with UNBETWEEN co- producer/engineer Chon.
Besides Beattie, Radiogram remains Jonathan Anderson (Jonathan
Inc.) on lap steel/ banjo/guitar/trombone, Ida Nilsen (The Beans) on
accordion/piano/rhodes and trumpet, Steven Wegelin on
drums/painting, John Bews on electric and upright bass, Randy
Forrester on baritone guitar/dobro and Shelley Campbell (Auburn)
singing back up vocals. Guest musicians once again included the
twice Juno nominated and multiple West Coast Music Award winner
Jesse Zubot on violin, and Michael Derrick, on keyboards as well as
Bob Egan (Wilco/Blue Rodeo/Freakwater) on pedal steel, and Carolyn
Mark on vocals.
Radiogram will be touring extensively with a Vancouver to Montreal
Canadian tour in April and a three week U.K/European tour in June.
The band then plans on hitting some festivals and west coast U.S dates
during the summer months and in the fall Radiogram will be playing
shows that will take them to the Maritimes, the Eastern United States
and ALL THE WAY HOME.