Ottawa Duo Sills & Smith Release New Videos in Support of Their Latest Album Echoes in Time

Sills & Smith Echoes in Time

I had the distinct pleasure of working with Ottawa duo Sills & Smith a couple of years ago. Singer-songwriter Frank Smith, who is a helluva nice guy, started making music later in life, at age 47, and together with his songwriting partner Jeremy Sills, has been incredibly prolific ever since, having independently released five studio albums of music since 2011 that boldly blend and bend elements of folk, alternative rock, progressive rock, with hints of blues and jazz. Each one just keeps getting better and better.

The band’s first three critically acclaimed albums of all original material: THE GLORIOUS ACHE (2013), NO WAY IN, NO WAY OUT (2012) and UNCERTAIN VISTA (2011) were recorded and produced by the immensely talented Jonathan Edwards. All are full-length efforts recorded and produced by Edwards in his studio, Corvidae Music.

On the heels of their critically acclaimed album ETCHED (2014), the band entered the studio for a second time with legendary producer Phillip Victor Bova (Bova Sound) in the summer of 2015 to record ECHOES IN TIME, which was released in November of that year. Their latest album features 13 powerful, melodic original songs; the boldest Sills & Smith musical adventure to date.

ECHOES IN TIME features a stellar cast of players, with the core group: Frank Smith (words/music, vocals); Jeremy Sills (music, vocals, acoustic guitars, piano, trumpet); Phillip Victor Bova (recording engineer/producer, electric and acoustic bass) and T. Bruce Wittet (drums/percussion). Brilliant supporting musicians include: Kevin Breit – electric guitars and mandolin, Blair Michael Hogan – electric guitars, Roddy Ellias – electric guitar, Jim McDowell – organs, Don Wallace – electric guitars, Tara Holloway – vocals, Linsey Wellman – saxophone.

Sills & Smith have just released a music video for the track Slicing Up The Clouds”. Check it out on their YouTube channel (or here):

While you’re at it, why not take a look at my personal favourite video for “We Are Receiving” from ECHOES IN TIME.

Both music videos were produced by Robin Youlton with film footage used under license from

ECHOES IN TIME is available for sale now on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and other retailers in digital format and the beautiful digipak CD edition.

For those of you looking for intelligent, mature, alternative rock, turn your ears to Sills & Smith.

Sills & Smith Online


Sills & Smith Release 4th Studio Album, “Etched”

Etched by Sills & Smith









CONTACT: Frank Smith

Sills & Smith Release 4th Studio Album, “Etched”

Sills & Smith is an independent, alternative rock/folk band based in Ottawa, Canada. 

Ottawa, Ontario – August 7, 2014 – With three previous, critically acclaimed independent alternative rock albums stoking the creative fire, Sills & Smith has released their fourth and most accomplished studio album of originals to date entitled “Etched.”  Etched is a powerful, melodic, 13 track musical and lyrical adventure.  The full-length recording explores the human experience and social justice issues to a hard driving, guitar-based sound.

Sills & Smith is an Ottawa, Canada based band led by singer-songwriters Jeremy Sills and Frank Smith. The music is a genre bending and blending stew that touches on folk, alternative rock and progressive rock styles.

Produced and recorded by the legendary Phillip Victor Bova at Bova Sound in Ottawa, the new album features an all-star cast of great players: Phil Bova (bass), T Bruce Wittet (drums), Kevin Breit (guitars, mandolin), Don Wallace (guitars), Roddy Ellias (guitars), Raphael Weinroth-Browne (cello). Jeremy Sills plays acoustic guitars, piano and crystal bowls. All songs on Etched were composed by Frank Smith and Jeremy Sills — Words and Music – Frank Smith; Music – Jeremy Sills. Both Sills and Smith handle vocals on the disc.

Track order:

Where You’ll Find It
Meet Out By the Lake
What You Deserve
A Love For All Seasons
Space Junk
To Be Embraced
Please, Please Save Me
In Dreams
End Times
The Sound
Give Us Peace
Endings and Beginnings

Sills & Smith’s Etched is available online through all major retailers including iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, CD Baby etc.  A beautiful digipak CD edition will be sold online and in select box stores.

For further information: / Sills & Smith band website: / Twitter: @SillsandSmith

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Acoustic Duo Cherry Suede – Up Close And Personal!

Randy Scott & Randy Young of Cherry Suede
Last week, I was pretty active on Twitter and I came across an Ottawa music duo called Cherry Suede. I love the name and I really like their sound too! Twitter, being what it is, immediately connected me to Randy Young (one half of the Suede) who told me about their new live acoustic web series, Up Close and Personal. We both agreed that it should be of significant interest to local musicians who may be looking for a potential tour stop in the Nation’s Capital!

Our channel is about 3 weeks old – we are #8 most subscribed in Canada this month and continuing to grow steadily. We feature the feed on – and we will include interview footage – stories behind the songs. ~ Randy Young

What I really appreciate about Cherry Suede is the fact that they are two guys who are not only accomplished musicians and singer-songwriters (“If Keith Urban and Bon Jovi had a baby – it’d be Cherry Suede”), but who are also true blue music fans, and that I can relate to! When I asked Randy Young if they were going to invite acoustic artists to perform on their web series, he replied, “We are indeed inviting artists – the format will include casual interviews – stories behind the songs and we (Cherry Suede) will play on our guests’ songs and vice versa.” This is something that I won’t miss checking out!

So, what I want to know is how many people that I know in Kingston would be interested in attending a Cherry Suede show if I host one here? Email me at!

Here’s more from Cherry Suede in their own words on their new, exciting and innovative online music series!


The concept of audience – artist interaction is certainly not new. For years, Bruce Springsteen has been pulling hand written signs out of his audience to play song requests. Pete Townshend went so far as to film shows as an experiment in artist-audience feedback during The Who’s songwriting and recording process in his abandoned “Lifehouse” project. But at no other time in history, has it been possible for any independent band or artist to broadcast live and interact with their audience on both a local and global scale.

Cherry Suede: Up Close and Personal is a new live acoustic event and web series that aims to bridge the audience – artist gap, on both a local and global level. You can see the band and special guests rework their songs, and select cover songs into intimate acoustic performances – both in person and online at So far, in it’s first month, the YouTube channel for the series is one of the top ten most subscribed in Canada for musicians.

Typically, artists perform in front of a live audience, or more recently, post a song online and after an initial response (applause or a series of online comments) the interaction fades – and both the artist and audience move on. Cherry Suede: Up Close and Personal goes far beyond that point. The band and the guests tell stories about their music and music they love, songwriting experiences and memories. Requests are taken at the show and from various online social networks. Select performances are recorded, filmed and made available quickly after the event for free higher quality online viewing and sharing – and soon the shows will be streamed live. The goal is to perform multiple songs and multiple versions of songs that are adapted to reflect the personalities of the audience, guests and the mood of the night.

Randy Young says, “no matter what technology or fancy new tool comes our way, it’s always been and always will be about making great music and connecting with people. There’s a precious and undeniable relationship between an artist, a song and an audience – and nowadays this audience can be right in front of you – or halfway across the world.” Randy Scott continues, “Make no mistake. There’s no substitute for being there. But technology now allows us to involve our global audience in our local shows – that’s an amazing thing. Add this to the fact that we’ve made this an acoustic project, simply allows us the freedom to focus on the intimacy of any given moment or inspiration.”

Although the first Cherry Suede: Up Close and Personal live series has started in their hometown of Ottawa, – every Wednesday night at 9 pm EST – the band will be taking this show on the road in 2011.