Debut solo EP out now!
Best known as the singer/guitarist/frontman for Saskatoon hard rock cover bands Riff Raff, and Powerslave, I also perform on my own with an acoustic guitar and a couple of fancy pedals, stripping down an eclectic selection of songs spanning many genres.
I’ve spent a lifetime gigging everywhere from rundown dive bars to mainstage opening slots for arena rock legends. Yet, after literally thousands of shows, it’s always been in cover bands playing someone else’s songs. Never my own.
This year I finally decided I’m making my own record, honestly just to be able to say “I tried it once”. No delusions of “selling millions” or “hitting the charts”, I just wanted to finally make some music that’s mine – good or bad. So I holed up in my basement with my guitars and a mic and got to work. This EP is the result.
Most guys in their fifties with a midlife crisis go out and buy a sports car, change careers, or have an affair. Instead, this EP is literally MY “Midlife Crisis”.
Pulled up a random backing track and tried some improvisation in Dm (the saddest of all keys according to Nigel Tufnel).I found the amazing instrumental backing track on youtube, it was created by YT Jam Tracks.
Now that I've picked my jaw up off the floor - I am absolutely mind-blown shocked, and so incredibly honoured to somehow have been nominated in the Planet S Magazine 2022 readers poll in the category of "Best Solo Artist". In addition, for the 2nd year in a row, my...
It's been 6 months the release of my very first publically released original music, the "Midlife Crisis" EP. Now I am excited to announce that I am moving into the pre-production planning for the follow-up. What's even more exciting, it is going to be a full-length...
My EP went over 1000 Spotify streams as of today. Still really small numbers I know but, to me anyway, it's a milestone I'm kind of proud of.
For shnitz n sniggles, I fired up Adobe After Effects and made myself a lyric video for my song "Don't Want You Back". For something so bloody simple, what a pain in the ass this was to make. There is a reason the pros get paid bigtime for this stuff. You can see it...
The modern promotional process of trying to get your music heard in the new music industry without a record label doing the work for you - means that trying to get your song(s) onto Spotify playlists is the new hustle. So I've started taking some time here and there...
I guess it's already Friday in the streaming world because my debut EP is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and more. Easy links to are on my website www.rorylawford.com It was a long road to get here and a lot work. I hope you'll give it a spin (it's...
As my friends on social media know, I was a winner of Waves Audio's “CLA Everything / CLA Mix Giveaway” contest to have a song mixed by 5x Grammy-winning legend, Chris Lord-Alge at the start of 2021. At the time, my song “Don’t Want You Back” was literally the...
A lot of people ask me what I use to record with - what gear, what software and so on. So here is a list of the equipment and software used to make Midlife Crisis:Guitars: The vast majority of the guitars on this EP were recorded using my 2004 Epiphone Les Paul Custom...
A Familiar Taste of Poison
Fly to the Angels
I Remember You
I Will Always Love You
the unplugged show
Sympathy for the Devil – Rolling Stones
Saturday Night – Bay City Rollers
Home for a Rest – Spirit of the West
Just Like Jesse James – Cher
Squeeze Box – The Who
Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard
Fat Bottomed Girls – Queen
Paradise by the Dashboard Light – Meat Loaf
When I’m With You – Alias
Copperhead Road – Steve Earle
Creep – Radiohead
Over the Hills & Far Away – Led Zeppelin
A Criminal Mind – Gowan
To Be With You – Mr. Big
Rockin’ in the Free World – Neil Young
Once Bitten Twice Shy – Great White
Fox on the Run – Sweet
Kickstart My Heart – Motley Crue
I Want You to Want Me – Cheap Trick
Baba O’Riley – The Who
Fishin’ in the Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
This Flight Tonight – Nazareth
Signs – Five Man Electrical Band
I Will Always Love You – Whitney / Dolly
Hurt – Johnny Cash/NiN
Empty Garden – Elton John
Raise a Little Hell – Trooper
Reflecting Light – Sam Philips
Rock & Roll All Nite – Kiss
Learning to Fly – Tom Petty
Hysteria – Def Leppard
Wait – White Lion
Whiskey in the Jar – Metallica
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
Through Glass – Stone Sour
Highway to Hell – AC/DC
Here for a Good Time – Trooper
Superman’s Song – Crash Test Dummies
18 & Life – Skid Row
AC/DC – Sweet
Ballad of Dwight Frye – Alice Cooper
High Enough – Damn Yankees
Aphrodisiac Smile – Age of Electric
Open Arms – Journey
Everlong – Foo Fighters
Hunger Strike – Temple of the Dog
Love Song – Tesla
You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
Magic Power – Triumph
Show Must Go On – Queen
Fly to the Angels – Slaughter
Blaze of Glory – Jon Bon Jovi
Hard Luck Woman – Kiss
Joey – Concrete Blonde
What’s Up – 4 Non-Blondes
I Remember You – Skid Row
Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin – Journey
Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns ‘n’ Roses
Hole Hearted – Extreme
Good Riddance – Green Day
Diamonds and Rust – Joan Baez
Your Mama Don’t Dance – Loggins & Messina
Ice Cream Man – Van Halen
Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’ – Journey
Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks
Jack & Diane – John Cougar Mellencamp
Hotel California – Eagles
Arianna Incomplete – Todd Kerns
Hey Hey, My My – Neil Young
Silent Lucidity – Queensryche
The Trooper – Iron Maiden
I Hate Everything About You – Ugly Kid Joe
Ace of Spades – Motorhead
Roxy Roller – Sweeny Todd
Slide It In – Whitesnake
Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
Wasted Years – Iron Maiden
Talk Dirty to Me – Poison
Dont Go Away Mad (Just Go Away) – Motley Crue
Here I Go Again – Whitesnake
Living on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
Only Women Bleed – Alice Cooper
Bad Moon Rising – CCR
A Familiar Taste of Poison – Halestorm
Jeremy – Pearl Jam
Used to Love Her – Guns n Roses
Anyway You Want It – Journey
Run To the Hills – Iron Maiden
Maggie May – Rod Stewart
Lola – The Kinks
She Talks to Angels – Black Crowes
Up Around the Bend – CCR