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Richard Laviolette
Taking The Long Way Home
YC-029
March 10, 2017
LP/CD/Digital
$10.00$12.00 Select options
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Richard Laviolette
All Of Your Raw Materials
YC-007
July 6, 2010
LP/Digital
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You’ve Changed 8th Anniversary Concert

You’ve Changed 8th Anniversary Concert

Join us on April 22, 2017 in Toronto!

We are pleased to announce a concert celebrating You’ve Changed Records’ 8th anniversary, as part of Canadian Music Week on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Taking place inside the recently refurbished Longboat Hall, inside the historic Great Hall in Toronto, this special event will feature performances from Daniel Romano, Partner, Shotgun Jimmie, Richard Laviolette, and dear friend of the label Misha Bower.

Tickets are available at Soundscapes and Rotate This, or online right here.

Be sure to ‘attend’ the event on Facebook to catch all the news in the lead-up to what is sure to be a great night!

New Release: Richard Laviolette – “Taking The Long Way Home”

New Release: Richard Laviolette – “Taking The Long Way Home”

February 17, 2017 | Posted in: Richard Laviolette 0
Long awaited new album coming March 10, 2017

In 2010 You’ve Changed Records released a record called All Of Your Raw Materials by Richard Laviolette and The Oil Spills. It’s a very special record, a rare, raw bit of truth telling, elegant in it’s melodic structure, elevated by warm and worn-in acoustic arrangements and plenty of space to sing along. (It’s out of print now but remains available on our Bandcamp page). All Of Your Raw Materials never won any awards and never topped any charts that I know of, but it’s a record that has been loved deeply by the people that have heard it; it’s attracted artists to our door, artists we’ve since worked with who loved Richard’s beautiful, honest songs and then saw a place for themselves in our community. And in the years that have passed, as much as I’ve been asked anything, I’ve been asked when Richard would be releasing another record.

So, it’s with great pleasure that I can announce the release, on March 10, 2017, of Taking The Long Way Home by Richard Laviolette. Following in the musical footsteps of his earlier, beloved album, Richard has delivered an open, graceful, powerful collection of songs, stark in their acceptance of illness and death, and profound in their celebration of family resilience, generational knowledge, and communion.

Taking The Long Way Home was conceived as a collaboration between Richard and his guitar playing father, Darrell Laviolette. Darrell was ultimately unable to participate in the recording due to his responsibilities as a caretaker for Richard’s mother, Marie (who had Huntington’s Disease), but this initial concept set the tone for the rest of the album: intimate, personal stories, marked by remarkably observed details and deeply compassionate understanding: songs “full of grief and praise; a story we all know”, as he sings on ‘Yesterday’s Gospel.’

Credit Richard’s natural grace as a person and skill as a songwriter that the album is so full of life and so uplifting. “Whether it takes guts or glory, I won’t die here feeling sorry” he sings on ‘Someone To Tell My Story When I’m Gone.’ And credit his collaborators that the album is so rich and rough and ready. Produced with Andy Magoffin, Taking The Long Way Home features Lisa Bozikovic on piano, Matthew Reeves on lead guitar, Jessy Bell Smith (Skydiggers) on vocal harmonies, Julia Narveson (Ever Lovin’ Jug Band, Lake of Stew) on fiddle and double bass, Aaron Goldstein (Cowboy Junkies, Bry Webb, Daniel Romano) on pedal steel, Heather Kirby (Ohbijou, Vag Halen) on electric bass, and Aaron Curtis (Two-minute Miracles) on drums.

Please listen to the title track ‘Taking The Long Way Home:’

Richard Laviolette – Taking The Long Way Home
(YC-029 LP/CD/Digital)

Grey Rain
Two Guitars
Someone To Tell My Story When I’m Gone
Louella Austella
Old Country Music
Taking The Long Way Home
Red-winged Blackbird
The Rock and The Moss
My Grandma’s More Punk (Than Most Punks I Know)
Yesterday’s Gospel
You’ve Really Got Me On The Run

Preorders of are available in our mail-order shop. (And if you’ve already pre-ordered our other March 10th release, Jon Mckiel – Memorial Ten Count, and would like to add Taking The Long Way Home to your shipment please contact us and we will assist you in reducing shipping costs.)

YCR 5th Anniversary Concerts

YCR 5th Anniversary Concerts

Celebrating five years of music, friendship, and joyful persistence.

In 2014, You’ve Changed Records is celebrating five years of music, friendship, and joyful persistence with a couple of very special anniversary concerts:

Thursday, May 22 – Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe Tavern
Tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and through Ticketfly

Friday, May 23 – Ottawa, ON – St. Alban’s Church
Presented by Arboreteum Festival.
Tickets available at Antique Skate Shop, Vertigo Records, and Compact Music

The shows will feature performances from The Weather Station, Shotgun Jimmie, Baby Eagle, Richard Laviolette, and Marine Dreams; special guests may be present and presented too. It is, after all, a birthday party. And we hope you can make it!

In the meantime our Anniversary Sale continues in the Shop with all records priced at $10!

Tour Dates

Date City Venue Country
04/15/17 Owen Sound, ON Heartwood Concert Hall Canada
Time: 8:00pm.
04/22/17 Orillia, ON Apple Annie’s Canada
Time: 8:00pm.

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