Terry Donahue on Lead Guitar/Keys & Vocals
I worked with Red Cedar in and around the Ottawa Valley for 18 months. This was a nice tight 4 piece act playing the club circuit, private functions, Fairs etc.. Terry was out of Smiths Falls, Ont. Tom was out of Perth, Ont., Dave and I were out of Carleton Place , Ont. Dave left the band after 4 months or so to focus on his family and studio. I spent a lot of time hitch hiking to gigs with this group as I was without wheels for a spell. Red Cedar played a mix of country and rock n roll. I left the band in Oct 1982 looking to work with an original band wanting to play punk/ska/reggae influenced music.
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Though I love playing and singing country music, I really enjoys taking old country songs and playing the crap out of them. One of my major influences in music is Jason And The Scorchers, which is where the cow-punk label seems to have started. I continue to play the crap out of these great old country tunes whenever I get the chance. I also love to play these old standards as they were recorded based on the show I'm playing.
Les Lepage on Drums/Vocals and Harmonies
The Creditz recorded a live 8-track tape, which consisted of 7 tracks. These sessions were recorded and Produed by Kevin Killpatrick who is a good friend of Tracy's and made it all happen. We can't thank Kevin enough for all his time and effort on the sessions. The sessions went early into the morning and were very productive, the odd snag here and there. Everyone got along and it was a pretty exciting time. I found a copy of a copy of a copy of this recording on cassette and will add some of these mp3's to the music page every now and again for your listening pleasure. Tracy Clark introduced me to quite a few punk/new wave/ ska/reggae bands which was just the shot I needed to start writing new material for the band. Tracy and I worked a lot together figuring out melodies, chord changes and the like. I wanted to learn to play more rhythm guitar and Tracy was there to help in any way possible. The band was renting reheasal space in Ottawa's south end and were practicing 20 hours per week for 8 months and played places like The Roxy and The Saucy Noodle in Ottawa. This was my first original band which led me down a different path.
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Les Lepage on Drums/Vocals and Harmonies
Tracy and I experimented with different sounds, continuing with the hard driving punk influences we'd been introduced to through CKCU FM radio at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ont. Success Without College went into the studio in 1985 at Altair Seven Studios in Lanark, Ont and recorded two originals. Mark Webber produced the 2 tracks (Mark also produced a couple of tracks for us at Trebas Studios, in 1985.) Ken Fraser was at the controls. The two original songs (Over The Edge & City Of Sand) were released to College radio in Canada, where it got a lot of support. CKCU as usual were very supportive of Success Without College. Many thanks to Steve Neil who was the Associate Producer, in other words, he gave us the money for the recording sessions. We can't thank you enough. We continued to record new original material in our own studio in the west end of Ottawa and released a 10-song cassette of original material. This again was released to College radio in Canada and did very well. The band disbanded in 1986 when I had a serious injury, which did not allow me to drum anymore. I could no longer pull my weight when it came to hauling, setting-up and tearing down my drums and the P.A. etc...
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The Travelling Troubadours were formed when I was injured and Tracy would come by and we'd jam away to old country tunes from Johnny, Hank, Buck, and Waylon etc… This lead to me coming full circle to the music I started out playing and listening to when I was a kid living at home. My Mom and Dad were big country and rock and roll fans. My dad played Johnny Cash records while my Mom played Elvis, Jerry Lee, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline & Kitty Wells records. I was a sponge and soaked up all these wonderful sounds. Tracy and I spent many hours writing, rehearsing and recording a bunch of new songs, which will be featured on www.leslepage.com and www.RestlesstWriter.ca from time to time. There were some really good vibes over these next few months. A lot of time spent writing & recording. We learned alot more about using less and getting more, it was amzing to me. I love the way you lay down a vocal and guitar track live and then start layering it with more guitars, harps, slide, lead, percussions and this thing starts to grow, it just hit's you where you really feel it. It's hard to explain but to this day when I write something that does something to me, I start recording it, it starts to grow, Wow! There's no other feeling on earth other than hearing it on the radio for the first time.
Les Lepage on Percussions, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals and Harmonies