MonkeyJunk Rolls Out New Release ‘Time To Roll’

New Stony Plain Records Album Coming November 4 
Sarah French Publicity
September 23, 2016
Contact: Sarah French (416) 566-4188 | sarah@sarahfrenchpublicity.com
Edmonton, AB – Stony Plain Records announces a November 4th release date for Time To Roll, the fifth album by award-winning Canadian blues/rock trio MonkeyJunk.

Time To Roll is unique in that it incorporates elements of all four of their previous recordings with added maturity in songwriting and instrumentation, cementing MonkeyJunk’s originality and sound as its own. It is also progressive for the band, as they’ve added electric bass on most of the songs. No MonkeyJunk recording to date has included bass, but they felt that it would be a welcome addition to MonkeyJunk’s sound. In another precedent, the band also recorded one acoustic track for the first time on the new album.

Comprised of Steve Marriner on vocals, baritone guitar, bass, harmonica and organ, Tony D on lead guitar, and Matt Sobb on drums, MonkeyJunk is one of the hardest working bands on the scene today, performing at venues festivals around the world for over eight years. Continually pushing boundaries and blurring genre lines, the Ottawa Ontario-based trio has added an edge to their music by incorporating swampy blues & rock with thoughtful and intelligent lyrics.

Time To Roll was recorded at Signal Path Studios in Almonte, Ontario and mixed and mastered in just over two weeks spanning across two months. “The writing and recording process was different on Time to Roll in many aspects.  All of the past records have been made over periods of 6 months to a year – starting and stopping many times over those longer time frames”, says Matt Sobb. “We were only in the studio for about 3 weeks all together and that is BY FAR the fastest and shortest time we’ve ever made a record…but it was intentional to do it that way.  We wanted to push ourselves to work hard and to work efficiently and focused – to see what we could come up with in a shorter period of time.” 

MonkeyJunk has delivered 10 top-notch tracks that are consistent with the quality and passionate delivery they are known for.  Heading back to their blues roots and drawing on inspiration that runs from John Lee Hooker and Lightnin’ Hopkins to J.J. Grey & Mofo and The Meters, Time To Roll showcases deep grooves, fervent vocals and soulful, original material plus a cover of Albert King’s classic “The Hunter.” Time To Roll was co-produced with Ken Friesen, who also doubles as a co-songwriter on select tracks. Tom Wilson (Lee Harvey Osmond/Blackie and The Rodeo Kings/Junkhouse), Stony Plain label-mate Paul Reddick and The Split’s Matthew Chaffey also lent their songwriting talents to the recording. Kelly Prescott once again lends her vocal talents on 2 tracks.
No strangers to awards ceremonies, MonkeyJunk has won a collective 20 Maple Blues Awards, two Canadian Independent Music Awards, a Blues Music Award (USA), and have been nominated twice for a JUNO Award, winning the award for Blues Album of the Year in 2012. Favourites of Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd), MonkeyJunk has received great support from the syndicated radio program The BluesMobile.

Time To Roll Track List
1.    Best Kept Secret  
2.    Time To Roll    
3.    See The Sign    
4.    Blue Lights Go Down    
5.    Pray For Rain    
6.    The Hunter    
7.    Can’t Call You Baby    
8.    Undertaker Blues    
9.    Gone    
10.  Fuzzy Poodle    


NEW MUSIC IS COMING! Time To Roll arrives November 4th


We are proud to announce that MonkeyJunk’s 5th recording Time To Roll arrives Friday Nov 4th!
It was recorded and mixed in just 3 weeks at Almonte, ON’s Signal Path Studio with long time collaborator and co-producer Ken Friesen. It has combined aspects of all 4 previous recordings and the band enlisted lyrical collaborators including Tom Wilson (Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Lee Harvey Osmond, Junkhouse), Paul Reddick, Matthew Chaffey (The Split) and engineer & co-producer Ken Friesen (The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo) to complete the songs. The result is a raw snapshot of where the band has been and arrived in 8 and a half years of touring and recording. Kelly Prescott lends backing vocals two tracks otherwise, it’s all Tony. Steve and Matt.  Sample tunes will be posted soon and the band is already playing several of the tracks live – check it out in a town near you!

MOON TURN RED is released today!!


Our 4th album, MOON TURN RED is now available for sale at finest music retailers! Go to your local music retailer for your copy today or buy it online!

Buy it online at Stony Plain Records or on itunes at the following link – http://www.stonyplainrecords.com/Web/artist.asp?id=581#1382

You will also be able to purchase Moon Turn Red at Neat in the Woods​ tomorrow and at our CD release parties next weekend Oct 2/3 at Rainbow Bistro​!

We are very proud of this one, we hope you enjoy the music . . .

Tony, Steve and Matt

MOON TURN RED arrives Sept. 25th!!!


MonkeyJunk Shines on New Stony Plain Records CD, Moon Turn Red, Set for Release on September 25

Album Features a Guest Appearance from Legendary Canadian Guitarist David Wilcox


August 18, 2015
Contact: Sarah French 416-566-4188 | sarah@sarahfrenchpublicity.com
EDMONTON, AB – Stony Plain Records announces a September 25 release date for Moon Turn Red, the new CD from multi-award winning Ottawa-based trio, MonkeyJunk.  Comprised of Steve Marriner (vocals, harmonica, keyboards, baritone guitar), Tony D (lead guitar, background vocals) and Matt Sobb (drums, percussion, background vocals), MonkeyJunk plays an energized mix of swamp blues and funky roots rock ‘n’ roll. Moon Turn Red was produced by the band and Ken Friesen, with additional production on one track by Colin Cripps of Blue Rodeo.
To watch a special EPK about the making of Moon Turn Red, click here: https://youtu.be/1AbyBwIuu_k
On their fourth CD for Stony Plain, MonkeyJunk displays their passionate and edgy roots-based music with an unfettered delivery, and Moon Turn Red is certain to further cement the band’s popularity around the globe. “With each record we make, we feel like we’re pushing more boundaries,” says the group’s Steve Marriner. “Moon Turn Red is no different in that regard. I really think some of the songs on this album are some of the best we’ve written. We explored grooves we’ve never hit on before and experimented with some new sounds, while paying particular attention to the melodic passages of the songs,” he adds.
MonkeyJunk truly shines on the new album, with ten scorching tracks varying from straight-up rockers like “Light it Up,” “You,” “Hot Hot Papa,” “Live Another Day,” “Lucky One” and “Travelin’ Light;” the reggae-tinged “Love Attack;” the funky “Show Me Yours;” and soulful, goose bump-inducing love songs, “Learn How to Love” and “Meet Me at Midnight.”
Moon Turn Red also features a guest appearance from legendary Canadian guitarist David Wilcox, who plays guitar and sings on MonkeyJunk’s cover of his classic “Hot Hot Papa.” “It was a real thrill for all of us to work with David Wilcox as he is someone we have been a fan of for many years – one of our musical heroes,” says Matt Sobb. “We listened to his music growing up, have covered his songs in previous bands and still listen to his albums in our van while on tour. He was very generous with his time and talents and it was truly an honor that he was so gracious and genuinely invested in making the track sound great with us.  And it was great to have Colin Cripps onboard to produce that song too – his musical sensibility and keen ears really harnessed the best out of all of us!”
Another coup for the band was having Gordie Johnson (of Big Sugar and Grady fame) lend his talents to the recording. As Marriner states, “He possesses an acute sensibility for melody and groove, a champion of ‘riff-rock’, while his role on our album is more supportive than feature, he brought all sorts of vibe to the session that I believe we effectively captured on tape that day.” Tony D adds, “Gordie and I both come out of the blues. We’ve known each other for over 25 years. It was serendipitous that he happened to be touring in the vicinity of the studio in Almonte, Ontario, and after all these years we finally got a chance to work together!”
Moon Turn Red is not only an outstanding addition to an already impressive body of work and a turning point for MonkeyJunk, it is an example of musical camaraderie and brotherhood; the trio of long-time friends and colleagues just seem to click in a way that is at once natural and otherworldly.  Their passion, conviction and dedication to their music are evident with every lick, every beat and every lyric. MonkeyJunk is a reminder to listeners that musicianship, ability and strong song writing will always triumph.
About MonkeyJunk
The 2008 birth of the Ottawa-based band MonkeyJunk came along just when music fans needed them the most. They brought an accessible and refreshing blend of swamp-rock roots and blues to the table and haven’t looked back. In the relatively short time they’ve been performing and recording together, the members of MonkeyJunk have won a collective 20 Maple Blues Awards, two Canadian Independent Music Awards, a Blues Music Award (USA), and have been nominated twice for a JUNO Award, taking home the coveted hardware in 2012.
Straight out of the gate, MonkeyJunk quickly became one of the most popular new bands on the scene, performing at festivals and packed venues across the country, amassing a large audience of devoted fans, affectionately called “MonkeyJunkies.” In fact, they hit the road for a tour before their debut album, Tiger in Your Tank, was even released. They are not a fluke, one-off collective or “ordinary Joes” who decided to start a band. These are three musicians who individually had established careers prior to forming MonkeyJunk. Steve Marriner, the trio’s vocalist, baritone guitarist, harmonica and organ player, was well known as the ‘go-to’ guy as a producer, sideman and session player. He’s also toured the world performing alongside Harry Manx.  Steve is also the consummate musical networker and stage guest, having been invited to join many artists in concert such as Randy Bachman, Colin James and Big Sugar. At the age of 19, lead guitarist Tony D performed for three nights in Buddy Guy’s band. In 1982, he opened for Stevie Ray Vaughan.  These events helped propel him into a long-standing career with his own popular project, The Tony D Band. He has also toured with some of this country’s greatest musicians, including the late Dutch Mason.  Before MonkeyJunk, drummer and percussionist Matt Sobb was a very busy session drummer around Ottawa and has backed up several regional, national and international artists live on stage, touring and in studio over the last 24 years such as Kim Wilson, Jeff Healey, Tom Wilson (Blackie & The Rodeo Kings), The Tony D Band and his brother’s band, Marty Sobb and The Mobb, among many others.
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recording and touring and recording and touring . . .


Greetings MonkeyJunkies,

Long time, no post on here.  We’ve been busy writing and recording new music for our new record.  The good news is that it is coming along very well and we are excited about what we are coming up with.  The not-as-good news is that we had intended to have it done and out in time for spring but that isn’t going to happen.  We take great pride in making the best music that we can and that takes time.  Sometimes, it comes easily.  Sometimes it takes more time to get it just right.  What we can assure you is that it will be the most diverse record we have ever made style-wise.  We can tell you that it will feature guest appearances from a few friends that we think very highly of – notably, David Wilcox and Gordie Johnson from Big Sugar!  It will be released in September 2015 once again on Stony Plain Records and distributed by Warner Music Canada.  For now, we are excited to show you a video that we shot in December 2014 with the fabulous Don Marcotte at one of our favorite venues of all time, The Neat Cafe.  Please enjoy and feel free to share it!!

We are headed to Florida this weekend and out west to Alberta/BC in April and east coast Canada in May – check out the tour page for the latest info on where we’ll be rockin!


see you out there . . .

Tony. Steve and Matt



Greetings from Sweden, MonkeyJunkies!

We are almost halfway through our tour here and are excited to tell you about a few things.  After a very hectic touring schedule for the past 6 months, we are going to be slowing down a bit to start work on new music!  We are in the process of planning and writing and we do have a recording session booked in Toronto for the first week of November that will coincide with a very special show that we have been asked to be a part of.  Canada’s longest running blues band, Downchild is celebrating 45 years together as a band and they have asked us to join them on stage at the legendary Massey Hall on November 8th to guest on a few of their songs.  This is a great honour for us and if you want to join us all, get your tickets HERE!

Looking forward, we are planning for the new record to be released in late March/early April 2015 – this will coincide with some US dates in March and a full Canadian tour in April/May.  This is the plan BUT there is much work to do between now and then so stay tuned for updates.

Have a look at the tour dates for upcoming shows as always and we’ll see you out there!  Also, remember that the fastest way to stay informed is through social media – Facebook and Twitter are where we’re at!  Don’t forget to follow THEO too!


Tony, Steve and Matt



Greetings MonkeyJunkies worldwide!

We are currently on tour in Poland and are having a great time playing a variety of cool new venues for brand new audiences.  The best way to follow our adventures is social media and we have a few outlets to keep you in the loop . . . our Facebook and Twitter pages are constantly being updated but a new opportunity to see where we are and what is happening is to follow our official tour executive Theo on Twitter – Where’s Theo’s Junk? is where all the action is!!!

As always, our tour dates are kept up to date and there are some new ones freshly added – have a look HERE

See you out there in that land . . .

Tony, Steve and Matt



Our 1st recording Tiger In Your Tank documented the starting point of our journey as MonkeyJunk. We started recording it only a few months after we formed the band – it was our first impression to the world and showed us that we had something pretty special on the go and that we should keep it going . . . we are pleased to announce that it has now been re-released on Stony Plain Records with distribution by Warner Music Canada It features the original recording as it was first released as well as 2 previously unreleased new songs – freshly written and recorded in May 2014 – check it out and get yours TODAY!
read about it here – http://www.stonyplainrecords.com/Web/downloads/1377-ReleaseSheet.pdf
BUY IT HERE – http://www.stonyplainrecords.com/Web/artist.asp?id=581



Greetings MonkeyJunkies!

We hope this finds you well; we have a few things to update you on.  Attending the Juno Awards was a real blast.  Despite not winning in the category we were nominated in, we truly had a great time taking in all of the festivities and value the experience greatly.  It was great to make new friends and see old ones and Matt and Steve had huge fun playing in the Juno Cup!  Congrats to our friends in Downchild for winning Blues Album of the Year.

We are nominated for Blues Artist of the Year at the Sirius/XM Indie Awards at Canadian Music Week this year.  Voting is done by the general public so we could use your help – vote now!  click HERE to register and vote!

The train keeps rolling for us – we’ve been busy playing shows and we had a chance to stop into the Galaxie Music offices to chat and shoot some video of us playing two songs live – check it out on the VIDEO PAGE.  More shows are being confirmed as we type – our  TOUR PAGE has been updated to include shows in May – the rest of the summer and fall will be added as we get confirmations and approval to announce them as many are part of festivals that have specific launch dates.  We are very excited to be going to some new and exciting places – many provinces/territories in Canada as well as The USA, Central and Eastern Europe and Scandinavia!

As always, we hope to see you all out there in that land . . . stay tuned for more!!

Tony, Steve and Matt



Greetings MonkeyJunkies!

We are in Winnipeg for The JUNO Awards – Matt and Steve are ready to play hockey once again in a great event called The Juno Cup! It takes place on Friday night at the MTS ICEPLEX in Winnipeg – it is a charity hockey game that pits musicians (many of whom are Juno nominees) against former NHLers in a friendly game to raise money for a great charity called MusiCounts – a great organization assiciated with CARAS and the Junos that works to keep music education alive and well in Canadian schools. The game features many other great musicians including team captain Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo, Devin Cuddy (Jim’s son who is also a very cool musician and first time Juno nominee), Colin MacDonald from The Trews as well as a few Ottawa-area musicians including our pal Amanda Rheaume, David Francey, Menno Versteeg from Hollerado and many more cool peeps on Team Rockers – and then there is the NHLers team that also features 2 members of the OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL winning Canadian women’s team – Natalie Spooner and Rebecca Johnston – all info can be found here – http://junoawards.ca/events/juno-week-events/juno-cup/
If you are in Winnipeg or have friends/family that are, please send them out to see the game and support a great cause!

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After the hockey game, we will be playing a set at our favorite Winnipeg haunt, The Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club at 11pm.  As previously mentioned, we are nominated for Blues Album of the Year and our category is awarded on Saturday night March 29th at the Juno Awards Gala and Dinner.  This is the event where 35 of the awards are given out and we are honoured to be considered with our fellow nominees (and friends) David Gogo, Harrison Kennedy, Downchild and James Buddy Rogers.  You can watch a live stream of the gala this year for the first time ever – visit junoawards.ca to tune in on Saturday night starting at 7:00pm EST

As always, we thank you all for your ongoing love and support!  We’ll let you know how it goes . . .

Tony, Steve and Matt