He among other lesser knowns were subjected to Birchmount, a small label subsidary of
Quality records which took subjectively dicey (in terms of charting possibilities) groups or
artists and posted a big "CANADIAN ARTISTS COLLECTION" in a series of LPs released
in 1968-1970ish. In today's collector market, one of the hottest of those in the series was Wayne McGhie and the sounds of Joy.
Cal was on the roster and is one of least talked about in the series.
His first Lp was issued by Birchmount and is a sparse country relapse with some twang a bit of grit and humour mixed with some Johnny Cashisms. He was no spring chicken being 28 at the time but still young enough to be flexible.
Later on in the mid 70's he was trying to promote a single entitled something like "government inspection" and he took a small plane over the city of Calgary, Alberta and dropped 100 records
and some Manure. He was on a creative lark mixed with frustration and what he admits was
some depression. See the entire article below.
The whole ordeal and his back story wound up in a well received but short lived play called
I have found a beat up copy of his first LP and decided to share 4 songs from it.
One gets a glimpse of his pessemistic humour some fragments of a romantic and introspective
side and his dealings with the blues.
It's a diamond in the rough!
songs featured :
01-sitar pickin' man
04-takin' out the line
02-she'll never be mine
03-rays of love
(from : http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/swerve/story.html?id=d383484b-5be0-40d9-ac7d-7faeb31526ba )