THE PARTLAND BROTHERS

Country Canada

Style AOR/Pop/Rock

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The Partlands come from the small community of Colgan, north of Toronto. They played in many area bands before moving their act to Toronto in 1979 and forming Oliver Heavyside (ostensibly named after the British engineer, “Oliver Heaviside”), a Toronto bar staple for years. In 1982, they entered and won the “Q107 Homegrown” contest, which attracted the attention of Capitol Records. Their first album as the Partland Brothers, Electric Honey, was released in 1986, and the first single, “Soul City,” a soaring anthem featuring the brothers’ distinctive close-harmony vocals, went Top 10 in Canada and Top 30 in the US. This success earned them tours with the Moody Blues and the Beach Boys in the US, as well as headline gigs of their own at home in Canada. They also appeared on American Bandstand and The Late Show with Arsenio Hall, which helped raise their visibility even more.

Their live band engaged seasoned live performers, including Tom Lewis (bass), John Bride (guitar), Richard Evans (keyboards), Greg Critchley (drums), and Mike Skiner (sax). They were also nominated for Most Promising Group at the 1987 Juno Awards. Produced by Vini Poncia, and featuring the talents of countless studio favorites, the album was reissued in 1987 with the Jim Vallance-produced song “One Chance,” which is still played on many adult radio stations today.

Management struggles ensued, and it was 1990 before the brothers were able to record and release their second album, “Between Worlds,” produced by Jon Goldsmith (Bruce Cockburn). The slickness of Electric Honey had been replaced with a more acoustic rock and roll sound, as “Between Worlds” moved the Partlands closer to their roots. The brothers played occasionally during this period, highlighting their unique talents – as well as those of their always-incredible band of respected musicians. It was another three years and a label change to Kinetic Record before their next studio album, “Part Land, Part Water,” was released. Production duties were given over to Ken Greer (Red Rider guitarist and Tragically Hip producer), who also played lead guitar, pedal steel, mandolin, bass, and all keyboards on this album; and had previously played on “Between Worlds”. With this offering, the Partland Brothers’ evolution marked another positive musical shift. The brothers spiritual roots came shining through in the songs “Lift Me Up” and “Heaven In Your Heart”, while “Lean Into It” tells a story of commitment, and believing in the idea that the first to succeed are the last ones to quit.

More recently, the Partland Brothers’ song “Fly Like a Hawk” (aka Ronnie Boy) was featured in the 2004 rockumentary “Ronnie Hawkins Still Alive and Kicking”, telling the story of their good friend and rockabilly legend Rompin’ Ronnie Hawkins. In 2006 the Partland Brothers began playing more frequent live shows and put together an exciting new band. This work has inspired new material, some of which has been released online (Ronnie Boy, That’s My Home, Fields) over the past couple of years, and has created the foundation for their latest CD “This Is Who I Am”. Recent live engagements have included a number of special performances in support of the Military Families Fund, an appearance in Las Vegas in 2009, and invitations to play well attended 2010 Calgary Stampede events. With the official release of This Is Who I Am, as well as a new compilation CD released by EMI in August 2010, brothers Chris & G.P. Partland have put together a new touring family and are back on the road having fun playing for fans, old and new, and spreading the spirit of both their past and present through their timeless music.

DISCOGRAPHYdiscography

Electric Honey (1986) Between Worlds (1990) Part Land, Part Water (1993) This Is Who I Am (2009) Every Now... And Again (2010)

– Electric Honey [1986]
– Between Worlds [1990]
– Part Land, Part Water [1993]
– This Is Who I Am [2009]
– Every Now… And Again [2010]

The Partland Brothers

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