New Album Released 3-4-2022… The Escape Plan!!
The songs for The Escape Plan were written and conceived as ‘Book II’ of, or ’Part II’ to my 2019 album A Perfect Cliché. But it has (perhaps unsurprisingly…?) been a slow process… Originally intended as a studio album with the full band, I’ve instead, for the first time, taken on the entire performance and recording process myself, except for a few drum loops that I sourced and tweaked from various free sources on the internet. Thanks to the steep learning curve, the process has been started and aborted many times, with widely varying results. This collection represents a weird, eclectic cross section of the best (or at least most interesting) of the varied approaches to the project, and ranges stylistically from excessive, densely multitracked psychedelia in places, to simple ‘boy plus guitar’ acoustic takes in others… Recently inspired to revisit the multiple attempts, I realized that the mishmash of ideas work together as a musical pastiche or collage.
The songs and lyrics cover themes of transition, growth, escape (…obviously?), art, and even spirituality. The narrative (published on the Lyrics page here), follows the story of a ‘lost song’ and a quest to recover both the song and the freedom it represents. The discovery? The Escape? It turns out the lost song was the friends we met along the way… no… seriously… the goal is artistic expression as an end unto itself. Also, forgiveness. And acceptance… you know, stuff like that. Important stuff. Feelings. I love you guys… Thanks for listening.
“…and in the end, I will forgive myself, and learn to love again!”
New track ‘I Can’t Fix You” on Surkeus sampler in support of mental health access…
New Release June 4, 2021 – A Perfect Cliché – De-Lucked Addition (expanded re-issue with linking narrative) also available on cassette from Surkeus Records
New Release June 2020
Bruce is a Chef: his professional background includes three decades as a published, televised and awarded chef in Texas, San Francisco and Ontario; a decade as a successful restaurateur; a long-time local and organic foods advocate and activist as a founding director of the Kemptville Farmers’ Market and as the General Manager of Two Rivers Food Hub. And recently (2019-2023) he was sharing the knowledge and skills gained from this life-long vocation as a writer/researcher for Gusto TV, a food and lifestyle network based in Ottawa with world-wide distribution.
Bruce is a Musician: he is a singer-songwriter and front-man for Kemptville, Ontario’s LARGEST band, The Burning Sensations. As a musician he has shared a core member with Austin’s infamous …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, he has written, performed and released more than 3 full albums of original material. He has shared stages with folk legends Garnet Rogers and Dave Gunning and opened for Canada’s favourite alt-country combo Blue Rodeo at the 2015 Kemptville Live Music Festival.
Bruce is an Author: in addition to writing songs and recipes, Bruce studied with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Charles Gordone (at Texas A&M as a young, eager theatre major…) and has published or produced numerous stories, blogs, essays, news articles, and newsletters for fun, for his own businesses, organizations, and more. Follow this link or click on ‘Author’ in the top menu to read his unpublished story collection/memoir about his many years on the way to becoming a chef and local foods activist.
Bruce has had a varied and interesting life – from his early days in the Austin music scene, to travels and a career of cooking for celebrities and heads of state, (and mostly for lots and lots of ‘regular’ people…), to local food and sustainable food activism… to writing… to song…
He has lived…
and has stories to tell…
Contact Bruce at email@example.com, for music booking contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Contribute to Bruce’s art directly at paypal.me/bruceenloe