Music Runs Through It & Corked Wine Bar present Christine Campbell with Blake Johnston – March 10, 2016.
There’s no stage that intimidates Christine Campbell. From her days touring the Maritimes with the Music Nova Scotia Award winning rock band Stone Mary, to her current work as a solo artist, the Halifax based musician has been gaining audiences from festival stages to tiny pubs and all spaces in between.
Campbell released her self-titled debut album in 2013 and has since shared the stage with the likes of Steve Earle, Jann Arden and Chantal Kreviazuk. Known as one of the most ferocious guitar players on the East Coast, her solo debut revealed a softer side to Campbell’s writing.
“The solo album was actually just an acoustic project but it really opened up a ton of doors for me in terms of venues to play and publicity,” said Campbell. “Prior to that I had done a couple hard rock albums which is really more my passion, but there’s things in both musical worlds that are nice.”
This spring Campbell plans to enter the studio to record her follow-up album, a project she hopes will walk the line between her harder rock passions and the acoustic sounds that helped broaden her audience.
“This next album will have soul and rock and will reflect the influences and co-writes I’ve be experiencing over these last couple years,” she said. “It’s going to be much better now that I have more experience in the studio, on the road and in various writing locations like L.A., Nashville, and Toronto.”
Campbell and her performing partner Blake Johnston will be guests of the Music Runs Through It performance series at Corked Wine Bar on March 10. Johnston is well known to East Coast audiences as a member of The Stogies and Blake Johnston and the Hundred Dollar Outlaws.
“Blake and I both fronted rock bands and co-billed a bunch,” said Campbell. “We’ve been budskis for a while and have both been going through the roller coaster of survival as full time musicians. In this day in age that means being an innovate entrepreneur, a publicist, booking agent, manager, accountant, etc. Aside from relating in that way and helping each other out, he was simply my favourite musician around the city and when I saw my opportunity to hire him for my own project, I jumped on it. Since then we’ve created a tight little foundation and I believe both of us can handle our own, but it’s cool to see the synergism that comes from what we do, writing and jamming. I’ve never enjoyed it more and I can’t wait to see where it leads.”
Keep an eye on Campbell’s Facebook page for a new single dropping later in the spring and the launch of her crowd sourcing campaign in support of her upcoming recording.
“I’ll be launching the campaign in late March for three months and starting the recording process about halfway through. So there’s a lot of faith implemented into my business plan and my life, but luckily I have a big supply. These last couple years have been a proof to me that hard work and positive energy really do lead to amazing things.”