August 2, 2014

Ovation Guitar Meditation

So last week I rocked some blues on my Strat and, rightfully so, my Ovation got jealous. So, I decided to slow things down a bit, and jam out to a sad SAD emotional backing track in A Minor. Put this on repeat, and you will either fall asleep or find yourself in a deep trance. If you make it past the two minute mark… thank you!!! One take, zero audio editing… recorded from iPhone and Flip video camera (meaning you get flubs and all). Editied in Sony Movie Studio Platinum

FYI sincere thanks to @guitarbackingtracks4 for the sad, sad backing track. Paid for via PayPal to support local music :)

Ovation Guitar Meditation
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July 26, 2014

Rossland Brewery Company Jam

This one is for the Growler!!!

Ryan & Petri of Rossland Brewery ROCK! Here is some blues for ya gents…

If the FB video doesn’t work here is the YouTube video:

Rossland Beer Co Blues
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March 9, 2014

Random Acts of Music

Thank you to whomever anonymously dropped of the Canada guitar pics! Your random act of music was awesome and put a huge smile on my face…

Random Acts of Music
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May 19, 2013

2013 Raito is Still Alive and Kicking

Hi All,

Just wanted to first apologize for dropping off the face of the earth for 6 months… life happens I guess!

The year after debuting an album like ‘Rock The Water’,  probably should have been followed up with more radio interviews, begging to play any gig I could, trying to convince Manitoba Music I’m serious about International Exposure, coercing friends and family to buy t-shirts, CD’s and ‘Raito’ little key chains, etc. Not my style, I guess,  and in the mean time I certainly let life get in the way of promotion and honestly stopped music all together.

FACT … the album is still here :)! Alexander Keith could still license my single (long shot I know)! I’m still here with 8 fingers, two thumbs, and capable vocal chords. I am slowly getting back my MOJO and starting to write again. I do still believe you and I can achieve anything we set are minds too.

Stay tuned!!!

In the mean time, hope you are enjoying May Long Weekend!



November 21, 2012

Rock The Water Live on Radio CKUW 95.9 FM

It has been an interesting RIDE releasing ‘Rock The Water’!  A highlight for sure has been hearing my songs on the radio for the first time. No doubt… even though it was 7:15 am in the morning on college radio a few weeks ago, I had an ear to ear freaking  grin that hasn’t subsided since…

Thank you to KMo at CKUW, 95.9 University of Winnipeg College,  radio for  making this a reality, and letting me come in to sing  ‘Mr Maker’ live. I have posted the full radio  interview on SoundCloud here :

Here is the video of the song Mr Maker that I sang live on radio. It’s definitely rough, but again a big, big  thanks to KMo for grabbing the video camera and catching the moment live in technicolor!



October 26, 2012

Rock The Water CD

Today, I received the 1st 100 copies of Rock The Water. Freaking awesome!!!!

So here is the deal:

  1. * First 100 receive a signed and numbered copy. (after first day 47 are left)
  2. * I will mail the CD anywhere on planet earth for NO  additional cost. (If you are in the Peg’ I will hand deliver and may just bring my guitar to sing a song or two:)
  3. * $9.99 to purchase my album and help me fund album number two!!!!

Anything else you need to hit the ‘ADD To Cart’ button below and I’ll DO it!!!!! Ummm….. almost anything :)


Rock The Water CD

October 14, 2012

Download Rock The Water FREE

Download Any of My Songs off my debut album FREE on Soundcloud

I released ‘Rock The Water’ because I love making music. I happily slaved away in the studio to bring my passion to the world,  for you to listen to my tunes and hopefully connect with one or two songs,  and I don’t want to give up the chance you might listen to a song a second time just because you don’t use iTunes :) Having said that, “If you feel compelled to buy a song or two, or the whole album on iTunes, Rhapsody, etc.  please DO! Every dollar encourages me to start my 2nd ALBUM”

The image below shows how you can download each song… ( Either click on the image below to take you to SoundCloud or use the link below)

Download for free here:




download rock the water free


October 5, 2012

Rock The Water CD Released on Alexander Keiths Birthday

Well, today is the day folks! It’s OFFICIAL.  Rock The Water is now available worldwide (digital only for now)! Physical CD’s will be ready soon.

Thought it would be fun, as the last song on the Album is called Alexander Keith, to release it on his Birthday for all those folks I love on the East Coast. Happy Birthday Alexander Keith!!!

I’ll do a lengthier post soon with people to thank, studio stories, etc, but just wanted to break the news.

You can stream it FREE here:
Here is the iTunes link:

Rock The Water and have a great long weekend coming up!!!

September 23, 2012

Leaked Song-To The Moon And Back

To celebrate the birth of my niece today and picking up my MASTER COPY of Rock The Water, I have decided to leak  the first song on the album called To The Moon & Back.  A song about what you put into love…. just seems ever so  right for the occasion!

I hope you enjoy the 70′s organ vibe in the bridge, the lyrics penned with my heart and the three guitar parts I loved every minute of recording!!!

Should have physical CD’s ready in the next 2-3 weeks and an official release date for ya soon!

Here is To The Moon And Back:




PS. Today was a GREAT day. My niece was born, an album was born and … I’m as excited as $%&^ that YOU are actually reading this and listening to my music :)


September 22, 2012

CD Release Date Coming Soon


It seems like yesterday I picked up the guitar for the first time.  For years I was just the ‘guitarist’, and I was always happy with that, but behind closed doors, from day one, I was writing songs and singing (when nobody could hear me of course). Ha… I still like to write in the bathroom :)  I always thought I sucked. Even to this day, it is hard to listen to my own songs with out being overly judgmental about  not sounding like some of my favorite artists; Foo Fighters, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, etc.

Today it HIT me! Who cares!!!!! I’m an artist and I sound like ME!

I just scheduled a meeting Sunday night to go review my mastered album, with Polyphonic Mastering Labs,  before I release it to the world. 8 songs that I wrote (should have been 10 but that’s another story). 8 songs that will soon  be on every digital site online and a physical  CD that will be my first, but not last, attempt at exposing my songs to the world in hopes that they will live long beyond what ever time I am granted on this planet! At the time of recording these songs they were the best I had in me. Today, I realize by recording Rock The Water it was just a spark igniting a flame. It has resulted in the inspiration for so many new songs I can’t begin to describe…

Thanks again to Scott Pinder, of Polyphonic Mastering Labs,   for mastering my album Rock The Water and as well to producer & engineer Len Milne for making this possible!

Stay tuned! CD release date is coming REAL REAL soon!



PS.  I may release the album on Oct. 5th (Alexander Keith’s Birthday) ….thoughts?