SOUTH MOUNTAIN — The prolific local singer-songwriter has released the single Crumbs on MTS Records.
2019 is a celebratory year for the North Dundas singer-songwriter. Fresh off the success of last year’s Ron Nevison-produced album The Long Road Home, Coons has followed up with Retrospective — a collection of previously recorded and re-released material that spans the award-winning artist’s career from 1999-2010.
He’s culled two single releases from the latest release — Crumbs (a driving “rootsy” southern rocker story about a working man trying to raise a family and keep food on the table in the deep south) and Unanswered, (a 70’s/80’s AOR “Melodic Rock”-influenced mid-tempo ballad.) Both were launched Feb. 8 through MTS Records. The tracks are available on iTunes, amazon, Spotify and all other major digital outlets, worldwide.
Retrospective is rounded out with solo material and previous selections from his former band, Tycoons.
“It seems like only yesterday I can remember recording my first-ever band album, Tycoons at the old Distortion Studios in Ottawa, which came out in late 1999,” he recalls. “Then my first official ‘solo’ effort in 2004, From The Ground Up. Time flies my friends.”
Coons has been riding a wave of success that started in 2014 with his Producer’s Choice Honors Awards (formerly Los Angeles Music Awards) win for Studio Album of the Year, Share a Little Time. He was also nominated that year for Male Singer-Songwriter and Record of the Year. In 2015, he was nominated for Rock Artist of the Year. 2018 saw Coons earn two Radio Music Awards, an Indie Music Hall of Fame Award and national/international airplay.
His eclectic influences include a collection of genres like melodic rock and roots-rock, blended with hints of country-rock. A respected freelance guitar instructor in the local St. Lawrence Seaway Valley and at Rock My House Music Centre in Kemptville, Coons has opened and performed alongside internationally recognized Canadian artists like April Wine, Kim Mitchell, Glass Tiger and David Wilcox.
Available on cdbaby, Retrospective has been described as “melodically rich” by Middle Tennessee Music.
Tuned Loud extols the artist’s voice as one “for the ages that is radio-ready for the mainstream, yet unique and powerful.”
Declares Indie Pulse Music, “Coons’ voice is wonderful … timeless.”