Winston Marley Release Debut CD Call off the Search

By Bob Peters
September 27, 2012

Winston Marley New CD Call off the SearchCornwall Ontario - The Cornwall music scene is red-hot, and local band Winston Marley is adding to the heat with the release of their debut full-length CD entitled Call off the Search.

The album features 9 original songs, and offers a sound that is unique in the Cornwall music scene.

“You might describe our style as Heinz 57,” laughs drummer Ron Piquette. “We have meshed all our influences - rock, ska, funk, bluegrass - into one sound. We’re all huge fans of music and I think you can really hear that.”

Mr. Piquette and lead singer Joel Plamondon formerly played with each other in the Cornwall band Heroes Fall.  Bassist Marc Brault was in the band Lovely Leprechauns.  A couple of years ago the three Cornwall natives started jamming together with other local musicians.

“We had a lot of fun just playing all kinds of music,” recalls Mr. Piquette. “We had a lot of other musicians come and go but we really solidified our sound when it was just the 3 of us. That led to the idea of forming Winston Marley and putting our own stamp on the Cornwall music scene.”

The new album offers something for everyone with the ska-funk vibe of the track .45. The next song takes a sharp veer with the mariachi-style opening horns of Amberlene. Another stand out track is the first track Call off the Search – with its hooky groove and anthemic chorus. The track (Step Into) offers a duet between Joel Plamondon and Anna Marie Newton, while fans might recognize the song Sneaky Pete from the soundtrack of the movie 10 Days Across Canada.

Call off the Search was recorded here in Cornwall at Dreambuilder Studios, engineered by RJ Mitchell and mastered by Roy Nichol from April Wine.

Mr. Piquette says the band has been really pleased with the reaction to the album so far.

“Everybody is really impressed by the sound. Even my kids (8 and 5) are singing along already!”

The band is officially releasing the CD on October 6th at the La Maison Tavern in Cornwall. Admission is $10 and includes a copy of the CD.

“The CD release is going to be a great show.  Mike Lalonde will be joining us playing the horns, Ryan O’Neil on guitar and Anna Newton will also join us on stage for her duet with Joel,” says Mr. Piquette. “Coldrift and Part Time Pilgrims will be opening the show. It’s going be a great night for local music!”

If you can’t wait that long to the see the band live, you can check them out at the Pack Walk fundraising event September 29th in Cornwall’s waterfront Lamoureux Park.

Winston Marley’s debut CD Call off the Search is available via the band’s website, iTunes and at Melody Music on Pitt Street in Downtown Cornwall.  A tour in support of the new album is expected to be announced in the near future.

Category: Arts and Entertainment