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Never Sent

Jay Semko

a soulful Americana trip into light and darkness.........country/folk/roots/rock with 10 chapters through the everyday grooves of life, love, loss, and joy........sometimes rough, sometimes silky smooth.......but ultimately serenity!!!

Jay Semko is known internationally as singer/bassist with multiple JUNO Award nominees and Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame members The Northern Pikes, and as an award winning music composer for numerous film and TV productions, including the syndicated series, "Due South". He is considered one of Canada’s premiere singer/ songwriters, with 10 solo albums released, and has co-written and recorded with many of the best songwriters and musicians in music. Jay's new album, entitled “Never Sent”, is a collection of 10 very personal songs - snapshots of life, love and everything in between. Jay’s solo acoustic concerts are legendary for his stories and songs from his vast catalogue of music and experiences - he is a unique and amazing artist, and "Never Sent" is a unique and amazing album.

The following story was written by Sean Trembath, and printed in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix Bridges on September 22, 2017

Swimming upstream: Jay Semko's musical journey

Sean Trembath, Saskatoon StarPhoenix SEAN TREMBATH, SASKATOON STARPHOENIX Published on: September 22, 2017 | Last Updated: September 22, 2017 6:01 AM CST

Jay Semko, a member of the Northern Pikes, sits at CFCR. (Michelle Berg / Saskatoon StarPhoenix) Michelle Berg, Saskatoon StarPhoenix MICHELLE BERG / SASKATOON STARPHOENIX

Jay Semko loves making music.

As a member of Saskatoon band The Northern Pikes he has toured Canada, had hit singles on the Canadian and U.S. charts and been inducted into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame. As a solo artist he has released 10 albums. He has composed music for film and television, including the full run of iconic Canadian TV show Due South.

Don Schmid, drummer for the Northern Pikes, says Semko’s songwriting is what sets him apart as a musician. In particular he cites the variety of sounds and themes Semko is able to tackle.

“He’s always striving to write the best song he can write. I don’t think he’s maybe even done that yet, although I could name you probably 10 that are songs that will stand the test of time,” Schmid says.

The Pikes are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their first major label album. With it comes a three-disc re-release and the biggest tour they have done in more than two decades.

Semko is excited for the challenge of a new tour and appreciative of the life music has given him.

“I feel really blessed and really lucky to be here still.”

The Northern Pikes’ Jay Semko performs during Rock the River at the Bessborough Gardens in Saskatoon on August 21, 2016. (Michelle Berg / The StarPhoenix) MICHELLE BERG / SASKATOON STARPHOENIX ———-

Semko was born in Saskatoon City Hospital and lived in the city until Grade 1, when his family moved to Clavet. It was in Clavet he got his first experiences playing music.

He started taking piano lessons, practicing at his grandparents’ house between lessons.

“I found I could pick out tunes really easily on my own,” Semko says.

The family moved back to Saskatoon when Semko was in Grade 7. He started taking guitar lessons at the YMCA. By the time he got to high school at Evan Hardy he knew he wanted to be in a band. Unfortunately he found his guitar playing wasn’t up to the level of many of the other kids his age.

“I wasn’t all that great. Then I realized every band needs a bass player,” he says.

Semko dedicated himself to bass, sitting in his room and playing along to records. He started jamming with friends and eventually playing some gigs at school dances.

When high school ended he worked a string of unexciting jobs. He knew that music was what he really wanted to be doing. In the summer of 1979 he says he “dialed it in.”

He and some friends founded The Idols. They played covers, like all the other young bands doing the Saskatchewan circuit, but stood apart from the crowd by doing songs that weren’t on mainstream radio. They covered The Police, Squeeze and Joe Jackson.

“They were kind of billed as Saskatoon’s first New Wave band. The jumped around a bit more than normal, dressed oddly and played songs I’d never heard on commercial radio,” Schmid, who was playing in a band called Main Street at the time, says.

The Idols built a local following, but had a tumultuous run. They broke up and got back together a few times. By 1983 Semko was having trouble with a wrist injury and depression. He spent some time in a psych ward in Saskatoon.

The decision to start the Northern Pikes was partially inspired by tragedy. A Saskatoon band named Dear Friends, featuring some of Semko’s friends from the local scene, crashed their van while on tour. Three of them died, including Neil Morgan, who had played in The Idols. The crash brought home how quickly things can change.

Semko reconnected with Bryan Potvin, a local guitarist he had seen play in a group called Doris Day. They made a plan. They would start a new band and work hard, playing six or more nights a week around Saskatchewan. They would be careful with the money they made. Every dollar they could save would go toward recording time. The goal was to eventually produce an album good enough to be picked up for distribution by a major label.

Jay Semko (Michelle Berg / Saskatoon StarPhoenix) MICHELLE BERG / SASKATOON STARPHOENIX The original lineup was Semko, Potvin, Merl Bryck and Glen Hollingshead. They didn’t have a full time drummer at first. Semko says it was “a rotating cast” behind the kit.

They released their first album, an eponymous EP, in 1984. In an age before the Internet, the band had to resort to old fashioned methods of getting their sound out.

“We mailed it out everywhere,” Semko says.

They sent copies of the album to every college and commercial radio station they could find an address for. Semko says he had to go to the library to research the addresses.

Before long they started hearing back. College radio DJs were loving the record. They would get charts mailed from small stations around the U.S. with The Northern Pikes in the local top 10.

They made a second independent EP, Scene in North America, in 1985. Again they sent copies all over the place. By this time they were making a name for themselves. Semko says he started hearing from producers and managers.

The big break came in 1986. The Pikes were playing the annual showcase for Northwind Talent, a Saskatoon agency that represented them and about 15 other bands who would tour Saskatchewan. Doug Chappell, who was president of Virgin Records Canada, flew out for the show. He fell in love with the band. The band still didn’t have a full time drummer, but Schmid had played the showcase with them. Soon after he became an official member.

Virgin signed the Pikes in late 1986. The band started recording their first major label album in early 1987 in Toronto and Hamilton. Semko says the difference in scale of production was huge.

“It was a level up. The pressure was kind of on,” he says.

The first single off the record was Teenland, written by Semko and sung by Bryck. They shot their first real music video for the track and were soon in rotation on MuchMusic and many mainstream radio stations across Canada.

“Before we knew it we kind of had a hit single on our hands,” Semko says.

The album, Big Blue Sky, was released later that year. The second single, Things I do for Money, also did well. The album was certified gold by December.

“A lot of stuff happened all at once,” Semko says.

Having made a name for themselves, the band toured extensively for years. They opened for K.D. Lang, David Bowie and Duran Duran and headlined tours in Canada and the U.S.

Through it all they kept recording. Their second record, Secrets of the Alibi, didn’t hit quite as hard but got radio play across the country. Their third, Snow in June, would become the most popular of their career.

Snow in June features She Ain’t Pretty, Girl With a Problem and Kiss Me You Fool, three of the band’s most iconic hits. She Ain’t Pretty made the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.

By this point the band was “touring the hell out of Canada,” Semko says. Although they were selling out shows and producing hits, he says there was no specific point where they felt they had “made it.”

“You never really had time to think about it,” Semko says.

The Pikes’ fourth major label album, Neptune, came out in 1992. It was reasonably successful in Canada, but didn’t have the reach of Snow in June. Frustration and fatigue started to set in. Semko says the band “self destructed.” In 1993, they called it quits.

“We just went hard for so many years. It was kind of a relief when it was over, to be honest,” Semko says.

Both Semko and Schmid say in hindsight they think the band should have just taken a break rather than fully close up shop. At the same time, breaking up may have been what was needed to preserve their relationships outside the band.

“We really didn’t hate each other. I think that’s the reason we did break up. We would have ended up hating each other,” Schmid says.

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Jay Semko hosts a weekly radio show on CFCR in Saskatoon. (Michelle Berg / Saskatoon StarPhoenix) MICHELLE BERG / SASKATOON STARPHOENIX With the Pikes no longer together, Semko found his life in limbo.

“The band finished and I started getting depressed and I didn’t really know what I was going to do,” he says.

A new direction presented itself when he got a call from a television agent. A director named Paul Haggis was putting together a TV pilot about a Canadian Mountie teaming up with an American cop. It was called Due South. Haggis was a fan of the Pikes and wondered if Semko would be interested in making music for the show.

Semko and former bandmate Potvin collaborated on a theme song for the movie. Haggis like it so much that when the show was picked up as a series, he hired Semko as a composer.

“That really was a life changer for me,” Semko says.

Semko moved to Toronto and started writing music for the show alongside Jack Lenz and John McCarthy, two experienced composers. He ended up scoring all 68 episodes.

Meanwhile Semko was also branching out as a solo artist. He released his first album, Mouse, in 1995. Two singles, Strawberry Girl and Times Change, charted in Canada.

Film and television work kept him from his solo work for a while. Since Due South he has worked on shows for CBC, Discovery Channel, APTN and more. In 2013 his work on a reality show called Dust Up earned him a Canadian Screen Awards nomination.

Meanwhile the Pikes decided to get back together. In 1999 Virgin decided to put out a greatest hits album and approached the band about a tour to support it.

“The tour went really well,” Semko says.

Once they were gelling again as a band, they decided to get back into the studio. They released Truest Inspiration in 2001 and planned another big tour. Unfortunately the grind of life on the road brought old problems back to the surface.

“Part way through this full-out tour, we sort of figured out we’re starting to not like each other, and not like this, and we’re back in our same groove,” Semko says.

They resolved to be much more choosy with future dates. The Pikes released another album, It’s a Good Life, in 2003 and have continued to play gigs, albeit fewer of them, to this day.

In 2012 the band was inducted into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame, something Semko says he is very proud of. He says the band is in a good place, despite whatever conflicts they’ve had to work through.

“We are the best of friends. I’d classify our relationship as like brothers. Sometimes you get along, sometimes you don’t, but at the end of it all you’re still brothers,” he says.

He has also continued his solo career. Since 2005 Semko has released nine more solo albums. He has built a following on his ability to connect with audiences in more intimate settings.

“It has become kind of a songs and stories night when I go out and play,” he says.

The Pikes are now preparing for their biggest tour in more than 20 years. This year marks the 30th anniversary of their breakout album Big Blue Sky. To commemorate, Universal Music is releasing a triple album featuring the a remastered version of the original album, a disc of unreleased tracks and a complete live performance from the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto from 1986.

The tour will feature Semko, Schmid, Potvin and Kevin Kane from the Grapes of Wrath. They’ll travel by bus, with 29 stops planned.

When asked about the rigours of such a tour, Semko jokes about eating too many potato chips rather than getting in shape, but says he feels ready.

“I’ve been playing regularly. As long as you do that, you don’t lose your chops,” he says.

Schmid says it’s all about pacing yourself.

“It’s all about setting up a show with peaks and valley. It’s like a movie,” Schmid says. “That’s what’s great. We’re creating a show again.”

Semko’s main emotion around the tour is excitement about playing so many shows with his old bandmates.

“There’s a musical connection that cannot be denied. It just kind of clicks,” he says.

He hopes the tour is successful enough to spawn more in the future, perhaps as anniversaries of their other albums approach.

Semko’s other current project is The Songwriters, a radio show on CFCR in Saskatoon every Thursday. He and guests discuss the craft of songwriting and play examples from some favourite artists.

“It’s been fun. It’s open music. I can play anything I want,” he says.

Semko loves all the creative things he is able to do and says he just wants to keep working and sharing music with people.

“Every day is a gift. The fact I can go out there and play music, and people can dig it, that’s an incredible feeling.”

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Only Sometimes (Remix)

Jay Semko

A classic heartbreak duet with an edge, featuring Leslie Stanwyck singing with Jay Semko - jangly acoustic guitars with twangy electrics, pedal steel, and accordion make for a lonesome drive through the night along a deserted highway.......

Canadian treasure Jay Semko is known nationally as singer and bassist with Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame members the Northern Pikes, internationally as an award winning music composer for numerous film and TV productions, including Canada's most successful internationally syndicated series, "Due South", and as one of Canada’s premiere singer/songwriters, with 10 solo albums released. His new album "Flora Vista" recently won the 2015 SCMA Award for Roots Album of the Year, and his songs, stories, and legendary live concerts continue to garner him recognition as one of Canada's most prolific musical talents. For more info about Jay go to www.jaysemko.com.

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Flora Vista

Jay Semko

The legendary Canadian artist's beautiful, raw, and honest words, carried by purely rich acoustic and electric guitars, open many doors of the listener's mind leading into and through the many mansions, landscapes and emotions of this musical road trip.

Jay Semko is known across Canada as singer and bassist with Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees the Northern Pikes, internationally as an award winning music composer for numerous film and TV productions, including Canada's most successful internationally syndicated series, "Due South", and as one of Canada’s premiere singer/songwriters. His new album is entitled "Flora Vista" - a rootsy, melodic, acoustic guitar based journey of love, loss, spirituality, addiction and recovery. Jay's songs, stories, and legendary solo acoustic live concerts continue to garner him recognition as one of Canada's most prolific musical talents.

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Sending Love

Jay Semko

Released on Valentine's Day 2012, this album is all about love - emotional, spiritual and physical......atmospheric folksy roots rock from a Canadian songwriting legend whose words and music will stay with you forever.....

Jay Semko is known across Canada as singer and bassist with Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees the Northern Pikes, internationally as an award winning music composer for numerous film and TV productions, including Canada's most successful internationally syndicated series, "Due South", and as one of Canada’s premiere singer/songwriters. "Sending Love" is Jay Semko's 2012 acoustic roots/rock masterpiece, taking the listener on an epic journey of love......... true, spiritual, and ultimately deeply satisfying. Jay's songs, stories, and legendary live concerts continue to garner him recognition as one of Canada's most prolific musical talents.

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Force of Horses

Jay Semko

This album won the SCMA Award for Roots Album of the Year in 2012...... twangy, rollicking, and romantic, featuring a folksy Christmas song that is becoming a seasonal classic on Canadian radio.

Jay Semko is known across Canada as singer and bassist with Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees the Northern Pikes, internationally as an award winning music composer for numerous film and TV productions, including Canada's most successful internationally syndicated series, "Due South", and as one of Canada’s premiere singer/songwriters. "Force of Horses" is Jay's fifth solo album, originally released in 2011, and the album won the Saskatchewan Country Music Association Award for Roots Album of the Year. Jay's songs, music scores for film & television, stories, and legendary live concerts continue to garner him recognition as one of Canada's most prolific musical talents.

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Jay Semko

Jay Semko

Country roots-rock at it's finest.....gorgeous twang with love, heartbreak and more - "Before You Leave Canada" is truly a Canadian classic, and "Drop You in The Water" was nominated as Best Gospel Song in the international Independent Music Awards....

Jay Semko is known across Canada as singer and bassist with Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame members the Northern Pikes, internationally as an award winning music composer for numerous film and TV productions, including Canada's most successful internationally syndicated series, "Due South", and as one of Canada’s premiere singer/songwriters. "Jay Semko" is Jay's fourth solo album of original songs, released in 2010. It was produced by renowned Vancouver producer Jay Buettner, and features a who's who of Canadian session musicians and vocalists, including Patricia Conroy and Matt Andersen. The songs run the gamut of love, heartbreak, awakening and spirituality, featuring twangy guitars, fiddles, mandolins and pedal steel, with a full yet completely organic vibe......a truly great album from a Canadian songwriting legend.

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International Superstar

Jay Semko

A Roots/Americana/Alt Country festival of twang and jangle with pedal steel and attitude, lyrically travelling down the highways of love, joy, heartache, empty bottles and promises - ultimately redemption, with the Gospel classic "Jesus Is Gonna Help Me".

Reviews for International Superstar

JAY SEMKO INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR Exclaim - David McPherson - July 2008 On his third studio record and sixth solo release, Semko steers away from the white line of straight-ahead, radio-friendly pop he was known for with the Northern Pikes, heading instead down the gravel country roads. The result is a soulful, sweet offering that shares similarities with Buck Owens. Recorded in Saskatoon, with several of the songs co-in Nashville, Semko uses these rural locales as further inspiration. As the bassist/vocalist for the Pikes, Semko may not have been an international superstar but he certainly experienced the dark side of life as a rock'n'roller. The title cut is a semi-autobiographical song of hubris and sympathy, where the songwriter makes light of his own troubles using self-mockery as a cathartic experience, painting a picture of where a life of excess can lead. With the weeping of a pedal steel and a playful banjo, he sings of a guy at the end of the bar who is "drunk as a skunk/trying to light a cigar." Semko recently beat his battle with the bottle and as a sober songwriter, his head is much clearer and at peace. That's evident in the disc's dozen tracks, which are some of the catchiest of his career.

SEMKO DISC FOR THOSE TIRED OF INANE FLUFF- JAY SEMKO - INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR Robert Reid- The Record Jay Semko first enjoyed success as the songwriter-singer-bassist for the Northern Pikes. When the Pikes initiated a six-year hiatus in 1993, Semko turned to writing music for film and TV, including the popular Canadian-made show "Due South". Despite career success, Semko wrestled with tough personal demons before he decided to head to Nashville and subsequently connected with some local songwriters. The experience provided the basis for a creative rebirth which resulted in International Superstar, released on Kitchener's Busted Flat Records. Co-produced by Semko and Ross Nykiforuk, the album sounds like a cross between Gram Parsons and Ian Tyson. Semko's approach to country music is hip, informed as it is with an affectionate irony and a big grin. International Superstar is for country music lovers who have grown weary of the inane fluff that passes for bicep and belly-button country pop.

JAY SEMKO - SURVIVING A COUNTRY SONG LIFE Kitchener Nightlife - Colin Hunter It's like something out of a country music ditty: the band split up and so did the marriage, the dog is dying and now the singer is too, one bottle of booze at a time. Jay Semko's real life so closely resembled a typical country song, he did the only logical thing — he wrote a country song about it. He was an international superstar, Standing alone at the end of the bar, He just pawned off his favourite guitar... Drunk as a skunk, he just dumped his wife and the bank took his car.. "Yeah," Semko says on the phone from his Saskatoon home, "that one's semi-autobiographical." Truth be told, it's mostly autobiographical. Though it's probably stretching the truth to say Semko was once an "international superstar," he was definitely a national superstar, which is a tall height from which to tumble. Semko was a founding member and chief songwriter of The Northern Pikes, who during their early 1990s heyday were the most popular band in Canada. The band was signed to a major record label, had four gold records to their credit and legions of fans singing along with hits like She Ain't Pretty at sold-out concerts across the country. "And eventually" Semko says, "it got to a point where we kind of imploded." That implosion led Semko into a dark decade of self-doubt, personal crises and an ever-worsening dependence on prescription drugs and alcohol. He would emerge from the darkness periodically with in-trospective solo albums, nostalgic reunion gigs with The Northern Pikes and jobs writing music for TV shows and commercials, but every small victory seemed to be followed by a larger defeat. And yeah, his dog. Jet, got really sick. Finally, after one too many throbbing hangovers, Semko looked in the mirror and had a chat with his reflection. "I said to myself, 'Look, you've got a choice: you can either get your s*** together or you can resign yourself to the fact that you're probably not going to last much longer and might as well check yourself into the local fleabag and drink yourself to death.' " And he answered himself: "Wake up, man, wake up." That was a year and a half ago, just before Semko checked himself into rehab facility and sobered up — for good, he hopes. "1'vc been clean for well over a year and I feel great. My head is really clear, I'm in pretty good physical shape and I don't wake up with horrible headaches anymore." It was during his time in rehab that Semko wrote the seeds for what would become his new solo album, due out soon on Kitchener-based Busted Flat Records. But those seeds flowered into radically different finished songs, since Semko's disposition improved so much during ' the writing process. "I was starting to feel really good, so I figured I should write some happy songs," he says. "I don't want to go back into the dark again." The result, International Superstar, is a 12-track collection of country-tinged pop songs that, despite some hard-luck storytelling (like that in the title song), convey a theme of hope, happiness and new beginnings. When Semko and his two-piece backing band roll into the Circus Room on May 15, Semko will be finally free of the self-doubt and addictions that plagued him even when The Northern Pikes were at their peak of popularity "I just feel so lucky about where I'm at in my life — lucky that I can still go out and play music," he says. "I'm like a cat who's in his ninth life, and I'm really making the most of that ninth life."

JAY SEMKO - INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR Fredericton Telegraph Journal - Robert Merserau JAY SEMKO - INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR For his third solo disc, the Prairie Prince of the Northern Pikes goes on a completely different tangent, putting out a fun country-rock album, roots music akin to what Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds used to do in their infamous New Wave group Rockpile. Checking in from Saskatoon before heading here for Maritime dates, Semko said it came from a chance visit with some other musicians and writers. "I went down to Nashville, where I have a bunch of friends. I did a bunch of fun, relaxed writing with those friends, and met some new ones, too. And they were all fun, good feeling, which is where I was at," said Semko. "The guys that I wrote with, they know I'm not from a traditional country background, and they felt we didn't have to be genre-specific. We were able to expand, throw ideas around. So the tunes have an angle that way." The new songs show Semko throwing out a barrage of hooks, plus loads of witty, even laugh-out-loud lines. While never crossing into pure country, they all have a loose, happy vibe, and a twangy edge. Semko introduces a lower, story-telling vocal register for some, leaping back into the higher notes when the catchy chorus comes in. Best of all is the twangy, uptempo You Do That To Me, and the close-to-home title cut. In International Superstar, he mocks the once-climbing music star now reduced to spending nights in a crummy bar, pretending to be someone. Semko's been through some well-documented problems. "Last time I talked to you, I was just getting out of rehab, and things got better, and then things got worse, but I came out of it. I had to think, do you want to feel good, or do you want to die a drunk? Well, I've been sober for a good long time now, and I feel great." That explains just how fun this turned out. Catch Semko and his band ripping through these little pieces of heaven, plus some of your favourite Pikes cuts tonight at 8 p.m. at The Blue Olive in Saint John, May 22 at the Capital in Fredericton, and May 23 at Studio 700 in Moncton

.BROODING, DARK MUSIC LED ARTIST TO HIS OWN RECOVERY Metro Halifax - Dean Lisk They were never meant to be an album, but the songs Jay Semko was writing turned into one. “Basically, about a year and a half ago, I cleaned myself up,” said Semko. “I had some substance abuse issues.” A member of the Canadian group The Northern Pikes, Semko recently released his third solo studio album, International Superstar, and is appearing in Halifax this weekend as part of a tour supporting the CD. “It’s been great,” said Semko who is crossing Eastern Canada as part of a three piece band — a set up he’s musically enjoying. “It’s tough, you are singing and playing and it all counts. “Playing brand new songs is the funnest thing for me.” It didn’t start off fun. The new album began to develop while Semko was in a rehab clinic, mainly for alcohol abuse. He was allowed to take a guitar with him. “I was in the early recovery stages and they were all about the dark side, and what it was like to be there,” he said. “A lot of them were really good songs, but what happened is that I started feeling better, feeling happier and more positive. “I didn’t know if it was correct for me to put out an album of this stuff right now.” With his new outlook on life, Semko took the advice of his friends and went to Nashville. He’d been there before, but never for an extended period of time. “I didn’t feel bummed out, and life was getting even better,” Semko said. “I took a trip down, set up some writing sessions — just a couple — but it ended up being a domino effect.” He began collaborating with more writers, and soon International Superstar — with its playful melodies and tongue-in-cheek lyrics — began taking shape. “I think the guys I wrote with got a kick out of working with me,” said Semko. “I came back with a platoon of songs and I realized, ‘Hey, this is an album.’”

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Live At The Royal Saskatchewan Museum

Jay Semko

Known worldwide for his work with Canadian pop icons the Northern Pikes, and as composer for the internationally syndicated TV series "Due South", one of Canada's finest songwriters recorded this live album with a six-piece band.

Jay Semko "Live at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum" was recorded at the theatre located in the RSM in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada on March 10, 2007 by the CBC mobile recording unit. Jay's band included Kim Fontaine- bass/vocals, David J. Taylor- electric guitar/vocals, Blair Finley- electric guitar, Warren Rutherford- pedal steel, Lou Fontaine- drums and percussion, and Jay Semko singing lead vocals and playing acoustic guitar. "Live at the RSM" is a true live album- no overdubs or fixes- just a beautiful winter night of music recorded in a beautiful theatre in the heart of the Canadian prairies………enjoy!!!!

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Redberry

Jay Semko

Heartfelt country-folk-rock with an eclectic edge and a variety of lyrical subjects, featuring acoustic, electric and pedal steel guitars- definitely a little outside the main street.

Northern Pike Jay Semko's second solo album, originally released in 2006, twangs, hums and strums it's way down country roads, soaring across the prairie landscape. Lots of pedal steel, and four great guest vocalists - Serena Ryder, Andrea Menard, Theresa Sokyrka and Brianna George - add to the uniquely Saskatchewan flavour of this Canadian songwriting icon's sophomore offering.

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