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Old Reliable

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A fixture on the independent music scene for ten years, Old Reliable has earned a name making gritty honest roots music combined with the fire of rock and roll and the howl of bluegrass. Centered on the songwriting of Shuyler Jansen and Mark Davis, Old Reliable’s unique style is combined with lyrics that are unafraid to explore the darker themes of traditional country music. Multi-instrumentalist Shawn Jonasson and bass player Tom Murray round out the band. Recently the band replaced longtime drummer Scott Lingley with original Old Reliable drummer Mike Silverman. The key to the group’s success is their ability to sound utterly natural; nothing appears forced or artificial, and no one raises an eyebrow at the bubbling synthesizers lurking behind the fiddle or the fuzz guitar solo.

Old Reliable’s first three albums, including their debut Gone Are the Days, were recorded by Scott Franchuk at Riverdale Recorders of Edmonton and were mastered by Peter J. Moore at the E Room in Toronto. Their fourth album, The Burning Truth, was recorded by Scott Franchuk, Al Irving at Sundae Sound Studios in Calgary, and was mastered by Jim Wilson of Yes Mastering in Austin, TX. Featuring songwriting by both Jansen and Davis, The Burning Truth was released in the spring of 2005, following their first-ever appearance at the renowned South By Southwest festival in Austin. 2005 also saw Old Reliable performing at the Alberta Scene showcase in Ottawa, as well as tours of Canada and the USA.

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