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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”.

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Joining The Green Room YXE podcast for a weekly road story

Joining The Green Room YXE podcast for a weekly road story

After having so much fun on The Green Room YXE live stream show chatting with hosts Leslie and Johnny of Universal Honey/Tucker Lane/The Pursuit of Happiness, they have invited me to pop in weekly at the end of the show for another strange but true tale of a 'never...

Lyric Video for “Don’t Want You Back”

Lyric Video for “Don’t Want You Back”

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...

I’ve Received Some Unbiased Feedback & Song Reviews

I’ve Received Some Unbiased Feedback & Song Reviews

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...

It’s Alive!

It’s Alive!

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...

The CLAEverything Contest Story

The CLAEverything Contest Story

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...

My Project Studio Rundown

My Project Studio Rundown

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...

Powerslave nominated for Best of Saskatoon 2021

Powerslave nominated for Best of Saskatoon 2021

Holy crap! We can't believe it but Powerslave has been nominated for "Best Cover Band" in Planet S Magazine's Best of Saskatoon 2021! Thanks SO MUCH to the folks who wrote us in during the nomination process, and please if you're so inclined, follow the link below and...

I finally did it

I finally did it

For years I've talked about "Someday, I'm gonna put out my own record".  "Someday I'm gonna do it". "Someday...". I'd sit down at my computer with a guitar for a night and record a riff, and turn it into a shitty (but fun) sounding little instrumental mp3 I'd transfer...

UNPLUGGED VIDEOS

the unplugged show

I always start with a setlist but after the first two or three songs, I usually just start playing whatever hits me in the moment – whether I actually even know the song or not ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ … but you can usually expect to hear many of these songs:

Sympathy for the Devil – Rolling Stones

Saturday Night – Bay City Rollers

Home for a RestSpirit of the West

Just Like Jesse James – Cher

Squeeze BoxThe Who

Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard

Fat Bottomed GirlsQueen

Paradise by the Dashboard LightMeat Loaf

When I’m With You – Alias

Copperhead RoadSteve Earle

CreepRadiohead

Crazy On YouHeart

Over the Hills & Far AwayLed 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 RunSweet

Kickstart My Heart – Motley Crue

I Want You to Want MeCheap Trick

Baba O’RileyThe Who

Fishin’ in the DarkNitty Gritty Dirt Band

This Flight Tonight – Nazareth

Signs – Five Man Electrical Band

I Will Always Love YouWhitney / Dolly 

HurtJohnny Cash/NiN

Empty GardenElton John

Raise a Little HellTrooper

Reflecting Light – Sam Philips

Rock & Roll All NiteKiss

Learning to Fly – Tom Petty

 

HysteriaDef Leppard

Wait White Lion

Whiskey in the Jar – Metallica

Bad RomanceLady Gaga

Through GlassStone Sour

Highway to HellAC/DC

Here for a Good Time – Trooper

Superman’s SongCrash Test Dummies

18 & LifeSkid Row

AC/DC – Sweet

Ballad  of Dwight FryeAlice  Cooper

High EnoughDamn Yankees

Aphrodisiac SmileAge of Electric

Open ArmsJourney

Everlong – Foo Fighters

Hunger Strike – Temple of the Dog

Love SongTesla

You Shook Me All Night LongAC/DC

Magic PowerTriumph

Show Must Go OnQueen

Fly to the AngelsSlaughter

Blaze of Glory – Jon Bon Jovi

Hard Luck Woman – Kiss

Joey Concrete Blonde

What’s Up4 Non-Blondes

I Remember YouSkid Row

Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin – Journey

Sweet Child O’ MineGuns ‘n’ Roses

Hole HeartedExtreme

Good RiddanceGreen Day

Diamonds and RustJoan Baez

Your Mama Don’t Dance – Loggins & Messina

Ice Cream ManVan Halen

Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’Journey

Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks

Jack & Diane – John Cougar Mellencamp

Hotel CaliforniaEagles

Arianna IncompleteTodd Kerns

Hey Hey, My MyNeil Young

Silent LucidityQueensryche

The TrooperIron Maiden

I Hate Everything About YouUgly Kid Joe

Ace of SpadesMotorhead

Roxy RollerSweeny Todd

Slide It In – Whitesnake

Comfortably NumbPink Floyd

Wasted YearsIron Maiden

Talk Dirty to Me – Poison

Dont Go Away Mad (Just Go Away) – Motley Crue

Here I Go AgainWhitesnake

Living on a PrayerBon Jovi

Only Women Bleed Alice Cooper

Bad Moon RisingCCR

A Familiar Taste of PoisonHalestorm

JeremyPearl Jam

Used to Love HerGuns n Roses

Anyway You Want ItJourney

Run To the HillsIron Maiden

Maggie May Rod Stewart

LolaThe Kinks

She Talks to AngelsBlack Crowes

Up Around the Bend – CCR

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