Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Artist: The Skydiggers, Album: The Skydiggers, Song: I Will Give You Everything

The Skydiggers are a roots rock band from Toronto.  They emerged during the mid eighties from the same scene that spawned bands like Blue Rodeo, The Cowboy Junkies and Andrew Cash.  It was actually their connection to the latter that aided in the formation of the band.  Andrew had a weekly songwriters showcase at the Spadina Hotel where the band members first met.  Josh Finlayson, Andy Maize, Peter Cash, Ron Macey and Wayne Stokes started collaborating with one another and eventually took over the showcase at the hotel.  They attracted the attention of Enigma Records in 1990 and dropped their self-titled debut.  The band had a number of singles on heavy radio and video rotation within the country but none better than this one, entitled, I Will Give You Everything.  You can watch the video for the song on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxEFF2gsUKM).  The group would go on to win the Juno for Most Promising Group in 1993.  The band has collaborated over the years with everyone from Sarah Harmer to Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo).  Although they've endured some line up changes throughout the years, they are still together and recording new material.  To date they have 11 releases, their last a retrospective, entitled, The Truth About Us, released in 2009.  You can keep tabs on the band at http://www.myspace.com/theskydiggers.  Their debut is a difficult find today but you can find this song on the retrospective release which is available through Itunes.  Thanks for reading and enjoy!