Front Porch Roots Revue
The Front Porch Roots Revue is multi-faceted project that grew out of a long running roots music show called Come On In My Kitchen in 2008.
Front Porch can on one night be a four piece roots rock band playing originals, classic blues and folk tunes and the next be an seven-piece crew digging deep into the timeless songs of The Band on a show called Up On Cripple Creek.
Front Porch in its various configurations has toured back and forth across western Canada, playing before many large festival crowds including the Vancouver Island Music Festival, The Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, Big Valley Jamboree, the Dauphin Country Fest and the Calgary Blues Festival. Theatre dates have been numerous and included stops at the Capital Theatre in Nelson, The Kicking Horse Cultural Centre in Golden B.C., The Nancy Applebee Theatre in Athabasca, the Painted Hand Casino showroom in Yorkton, and a long running annual show at Festival Place in Sherwood Park.
The core of Front Porch remains bassist/vocalist Ron Rault, the harmonica playing singer David “Crawdad” Cantera, guitarist Gord Matthews and drummer Thom Moon.
The rotating cast of regulars includes Doug Andrew the Vancouver-based leader of Circus In Flames, singer-songwriters Ian Oscar, Karla Anderson, and J.R. Shore, keyboard ace Garth Kennedy, and John Rutherford.
Guests and alumni who have made significant contributions to Front Porch shows and projects over the years include Brent Parkin, Prairie Oyster’s Russell deCarle, Tim Hus, Bobby Cameron, Tim Williams, Rachelle Van Zanten, Colleen Brown, the late David Rea, Stewart MacDougall, and most recently Juno-winning bluesman Harrison Kennedy.
The Front Porch concept at its core, has been about collaboration, producing new original music and paying tribute to some of our heroes.
The “core four” of Front Porch Roots Revue are the glue of this project. They come to the project with impressive resumes that run back in some cases to the late sixties.
Bassist-singer Ron Rault’s credits include road work with John Lee Hooker, backing Bo Diddley, placing a tune (Jump Up) with Powder Blues, and fronting fondly remembered blues bands like Pontiac and Out of the Blue. Guitarist and songwriter Gord Matthews split twenty years of road and studio work with two Alberta legends. He was an original member of k.d. lang’s reclines, heard on albums like Truly Western Experience and Angel With A Lariat, before taking on lead guitar duties with Ian Tyson during the time when Tyson was recording albums like Live at Longview and Songs From The Gravel Road.
Thom Moon is another Tyson alumni who has is heard on Tyson discs going all the way back to 1983’s Old Corrals & Sagebrush right up to recent gems like Carnero Vaquero. Thom has also worked with Amos Garrett, Tim Williams, and Tim Hus.
David “Crawdad” Cantera blows a mean harp, belts out classic post war blues tunes and provides a bit of comic relief from time to time. His credits include backing blues greats like Lazy Lester, writing tunes for Jimmie and The Sleepers, numerous Alberta shows with Ottawa’s Wicked Grin, and countless sessions.
Front Porch has released two albums, a self-titled effort and 2016’s Sugar Cube.