Published Sep 23, 2014Rootsy Canadian music maker Wil Mimnaugh is set to return with El Paseo — his latest record under his long-running Wil moniker. And although the album isn't officially out until September 30, you can give it an advanced listen now on Exclaim.ca.
"These songs just came pouring out of me; they are some of the best I feel I have ever written to date and I'm so grateful that I am now able to record these songs and put the best of what we got on the new record," Wil said in a statement. "Was it a labour of love? Yes, absolutely, and I'm proud of the outcome. Like my career there's no certainty; of fame, of money, of anything really — I'm just in it for the ride (with my gal, of course). It's bloody scary and thrilling, dark and bright, wondrous and wicked. It's a roller coaster ride. That's why this album is called El Paseo — it means 'The Ride' in Spanish."
He takes the listener on a ride from the gentle, melancholy opening folk number "Hold Me On" through the upbeat, horn-filled title track, on to the rock-tinged "Make Make," and ending up at the gorgeous, slow build of album closer "Roam."
The album arrives next week through Cordova Bay Records, and you can see Wil's upcoming tour dates below. Scroll past the live shows for your first listen to El Paseo.
09/26 Nanaimo, BC - Port Theatre *
10/02 Kamloops, BC - On The Rocks Pub & Grill
10/03 Cochrane, AB - Legacy Guitar & Coffee
10/04 Canmore, AB - Mount Engadine Lodge
10/06 Calgary, AB - Ironwood Stage & Grill
10/07 Calgary, AB - Ironwood Stage & Grill
10/09 Edmonton, AB - The Artery
10/10 Saskatoon, SK - Village Guitar & Amp Co.
10/11 Red Deer, AB - The Vat
10/12 Canmore, AB - The Drake
10/15 Kelowna, BC - Minstrel Cafe
10/16 Vancouver, BC - Fan Club
10/17 Chilliwack, BC - Bozzini's
10/18 Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar
10/25 Cumberland, BC - The Waverly
* with Burton Cummings