Tales From the Whiteshell

Question: What do you get when you put three talented musicians in a beautiful and inspiring place for a significant amount of time?

Answer: An album called Tales From the Whiteshell by Red Moon Road.

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Daniel Jordan, Sheena Rattai and Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner are the three musical geniuses behind Red Moon Road, and after spending much time in the Whiteshell, it was obvious that an album about the Whiteshell would soon be born.

“Daniel and I recorded some of RMR’s first songs out there (Whiteshell) and always thought of doing it officially in the future,” said Jordan. “When studio blues or frustrations rear their ugly heads, there is nothing like towering jack pines, blue water and soaring eagles to make everyone chill out.”

Tales From the Whiteshell was recorded at High Lake in the Falcon Trails Resort eco-cabins last March. The solitude of being tucked away peaceful in the High Lake cabins made it the perfect place for the band to produce a musical masterpiece.

“It provided a natural rhythm to the proceedings,” said Jordan.  “We woke up each morning, chopped wood to keep warm and heat the coffee.  Sheena got really good at chopping through the ice for water.  We would record all day until the solar power ran out shortly after dark, and then woke up bright and early each day to do it all again.  It’s great that no one’s cell phone really works out there, yet we were able to hook up enough Internet to send finished tracks to our producers in Winnipeg, and a fiddle player in Victoria.”

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The songs on Tales From the Whiteshell were all inspired by certain things from the lake. Halfway to Juniper is described as a sprawling instrumental about the journey out to ‘Juniper’, one of the cabins at High Lake (High Lake cabins are isolated and not accessible by road).

“Lots of ups and downs, dips followed by exhilarating crazy ascents on rocky cliffs, always weaving in and out of the towering pines, and sometimes, you even need a push or two,” described Jordan. “We feel the song truly captures the ever increasing excitement of the journey out to Juniper.”

Even some of the Whiteshell wildlife was an inspiration to Red Moon Road.

Mighty Glad You Came was something I heard from a little bird. Literally. Anyone who has ever been to the Whiteshell has heard the song of the white-throated sparrow,” said Jordan. “As this song is on constant repeat from about 6:30 a.m. till sunset during the summer.”

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One song on Tales From the Whiteshell is dedicated to a local business owner in the Whiteshell, who has provided great hospitality to the band.

“The song Craig’s Reel is even more tangibly tied to the region, being the romanticized biography of Craig Christie, the patriarch owner of Falcon Trails Resort,” said Jordan. “The Christie-Hamilton family (owners of Falcon Trails Resort) have been really kind to us, sharing their amazing way of life so generously, and Craig in particular seems completely at home in these woods and also happened to present a great song subject. The first verse goes like this:

The cold wind blows in the wintertime
The axe blade cuts a perfect line
The ski trail weaves through the towering pines
And the tall tales grow with the deepening snow

While Red Moon Road has travelled all over Canada, they still feel that no place compares to the Whiteshell Provincial Park.

“The country is full of beauty of 1,000 sorts,” said Jordan. “But there is something about wind scattering the sun on a pristine lake, blurring the reflections of the pine and carrying the scent of myriad of lake life that is pretty unbeatable.”

For more information on Red Moon Road, check them out here http://www.redmoonroad.com

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