It all began in late 1999, when lead vocalist & frontman, Cory M. Coons had just completed work in the recording studio in Ottawa, Ontario. The album was produced by Peter Gilroy at Distortion Studios, and was Cory's initial recording project. Recruited to help record the album was high school buddy and former "Fleshpaint" Drummer Kevin Eamon, and (Ex) "Heads Or Tales" Guitarist & bandmate Marc Muir. With a nod to the past, and a sound that would remind us of such great rock legends like Bon Jovi, Styx, Goo Goo Dolls, April Wine & REO Speedwagon the album was complete. Then in late 1999, opening for David Wilcox at a club in Ottawa called "Straits", Cory and an early version of his band had struck a chord, and "Tycoons" was born. Cory & the Tycoons band would then rock to crowds throughout the St. Lawrence Seaway Valley circuit from 2000' through 2004', and split it's live performances between "session" drummer Kevin Eamon, and part-time "live" touring drummer Barry Billingham, as well as with the addition of Bass Player Francis Thibodeau in 2003', and former guitarist John Locey. The band had fast become very popular, and in high demand for the local club and festival circuit with it's highly energetic "party rock" setlist of Classic Top 40 Rock and original tunes. Among many of Cory and his band's accomplishments include having an alternate version of the song "Round' the World" used for world leading Canadian technology company "Ross Video", on a promo video for their new Synergy and Multi-Definition digital production switchers at the "NAB 04" Electronic Media Show in Las Vegas. And a deal was also announced for the 2007' line of Philips Electronics products for three Tycoons band tracks, and one of Cory's solo tracks to be uploaded onto mp3 players and other forms of media products from Philips. In mid-2004, Cory went off on his own and took a short hiatus from the Tycoons Band to pursue a Country/Rock solo project of his own that landed him great local response, as well as some good radio exposure. Cory's first solo album "From the Ground Up", was recorded at Little Chicago Studios (Formerly in Smiths Falls, ON) and was co-produced by Tim Greencorn. Lead Guitarist and friend, Mike Kelly also worked with Cory recording this album. In and around late 2006', Cory & the Tycoons band re-grouped to record some new studio tracks for a 6 song Indie Rock E.p. The disc included a couple of new tracks, as well as some re-released and remixed versions of songs that had been previously recorded. The band has headlined and sold out live events including Clubs, Fairs and Festivals across Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec and Northern New York State in the past, and has also opened & performed with some National touring acts in Canada, (David Wilcox, April Wine, Glass Tiger & Prairie Oyster). And this past August of 2008', Cory & the band were on the bill with Canadian Rock Icon "Kim Mitchell at Winchester Dairyfest. Cory's current Tycoons' band features Barry Billingham on Drums, and long time Bassist Francis Thibodeau at the helm of the Rhythm Section. Billingham has worked with the band in the past on a part-time basis, but is now occupying the drummer slot full-time. Also added in 2008' is 'Live" stage guitarist Sean Page who also performs with the band for showcase events. The present lineup is looking forward to some great new collaborations together as they have started work on brand new material for another new release in 2009' with renowned New York and Toronto Record and Producer "Gary LaBarr".
Cory M. Coons- Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keys
Francis Thibodeau- Bass, Vocals
Barry Billingham- Drums, Vocals
Sean Page- Guitar
1999'- "Tycoons" (Independent Release)
2003'- "Unanswered" (Demo Single)
2004'- "From the Ground Up" (CMC Solo Release)
2007'- "Acoustified" (CMC Acoustic Compilation)
2007'- "Tycoons II" (Independent E.P)
2009'- *New Material in the works!
Canadian Musician Magazine- "Showcase" article, July/Aug 08'
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There is more than a hint of nostalgia in the music of four-piece rock act TYCOONS. Fronted by le...There is more than a hint of nostalgia in the music of four-piece rock act TYCOONS.
Fronted by lead vocalist/guitarist Cory M. Coons, TYCOONS has existed in one form or another since 1999 when Coons cut his first record.
Coons’ current bandmates include bass player Francis Thibodeau and drummer Barry Billingham, both of whom have played with him for a number of years, and guitarist/songwriter Sean Page, who’s a relatively recent addition.
Together they crank out a brand of gritty guitar rock that owes a great deal to the inspiration of classic rock stalwarts like Bon Jovi, Rush, and April Wine and draws as well on proponents of southern rock like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Grinderswitch.
The sound is big and full with soaring vocals, tight harmonies, and plenty of slick licks.
Coons and company have the kind of honest, straight-ahead rock sound that a large chunk of the population over 30 is still looking for.
TYCOONS has been regular at venues throughout the St. Lawrence Seaway Valley circuit since 2000, but could likely hunker down in most parts of the country and find an audience with tracks like “Crumbs,” “Rhythm Train,” and “Too Many Nights.”
Although touring has been limited to Ontario, western Quebec, and northern New York state, bits and pieces of the music has found its way elsewhere. A number of songs have been used in corporate advertising campaigns – electronics giant Philips has utilized three of songs to promote its consumer media products. The band has also opened for a score of artists like David Wilcox, April Wine, Prairie Oyster, and Glass Tiger.
TYCOONS is gearing up for another CD due for release later this year or early in 2009. On deck is noted producer Gary LaBarr.
St. Lawrence Parks Community Pavilion Press Release
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MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR OPG COMMUNITY PAVILION Tycoons to kick-off line-up of...MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR OPG COMMUNITY PAVILION
Tycoons to kick-off line-up of entertainment on August 9
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, August 1, 2008
With a successful run of the play A Seaway Story ending on Sunday, August 3, the St. Lawrence Parks Commission announced on Friday a full line-up of musical entertainment that will start playing at the new Ontario Power Generation Community Pavilion on Saturday, August 9 through September 27.
“We are really committed to introducing new entertainment options for our boaters, campers and other visitors to the region as well as for local residents to enjoy,” said Pat Macdonald, General Manager & CEO of the Commission. “Providing a mix of musical entertainers – everything from Rock to Folk to Broadway music – that will have a broad audience appeal is an approach we are taking this year to see what people like. Also, we are really focused on showcasing local talent. There are some really talented performers locally and we are proud to have a great new venue in which to showcase them to our visitors.”
The rock group “Tycoons” will launch the music line-up for the balance of the summer on Saturday, August 9. Led by lead vocalist & frontman, Cory Coons, the Tycoons play a highly energetic, "party rock" setlist of Classic and Southern Rock and will perform new original material from a new CD planned for this fall/winter. Lead vocalist Cory Coons said “We are excited to be the opening musical act at the Pavilion. It looks like a great venue and we look forward to playing to our existing fans as well as to a new audience.”
Bringing their high energy, acoustic show to the Pavilion on Friday, August 15 will be Brockville based duo Healy and Orr. An exciting line-up is planned for Labour Day weekend starting with Graham Greer performing on Friday, August 29. Greer will be performing with his trio and will showcase new material from his brand new CD. Closing out the holiday weekend will be two performances by the Seaway Valley Theatre Company’s “A Tour of Broadway” at 8 pm on August 30 and a matinee at 2 pm on August 31.
Performance highlights in September include Trench Town Oddities on Friday, September 15. The Trench Town Oddities are a 5-piece band playing an eclectic blend of pop, funk, rock, blues and reggae – often called Caribbean pop or rock reggae and are a crowd pleaser for every age group. Easy Pickins takes the stage on September 19 and the St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage Company closes out the season on Saturday, September 27 with their annual showcase of performers.
The Ontario Power Generation Community Pavilion is located across from Crysler Park Marina on County Road 2 just west of Upper Canada Village, approximately 11 km (7 miles) east of Morrisburg and 29 km (18 miles) west of Cornwall. Most performance times are at 8:00 pm but times may vary so visitors should check the website for updates. The Pavilion and the Marina’s new Marker 72 Dockside Patio recently received a Liquor Licence and alcoholic beverages will be available for service starting Saturday, August 2, 2008 at both the Pavilion and the Patio.
The St. Lawrence Parks Commission, an agency of the Government of Ontario, has facilities and attractions stretching from the Ontario-Quebec border (Glengarry Campground) in the east to Kingston (Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada) in the west, as well as Upper Canada Village, two parkways, a migratory bird sanctuary, golf course and marina. The new OPG Community Pavilion, adjacent to Crysler Park Marina and Marker 72 Dockside Patio, is located off County Road 2, in Morrisburg, close to Upper Canada Village (award-winning 1860s village featuring over 100 costumed interpreters and over 40 heritage buildings) and the highly rated (3 star Golf Digest) Upper Canada Golf Course. To access all of these attractions and the marina, take Exit 758 off Highway 401, and head 1 km south to Country Road 2; go east about 2 km. All of these attractions are just 60 minutes southeast of Ottawa and 90 minutes west of Montreal. The Marina is 75 minutes east of Kingston and a short drive from the U.S. border (Massena, New York).
For a full line-up of performers and dates, visit the website at www.parks.on.ca or call the Commission’s Customer Service Unit at 613-543-4328 or 1-800-437-2233.
Great White Noise Review
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Self Titled LP by Tycoons Independent In this day and age many people would argue that there is...Self Titled LP by Tycoons
In this day and age many people would argue that there is no place in the fractured and divided world of music for simplicity. Gone are the days of rock and roll as an apt description for someone’s music. If it can not be further categorized, and subsequently further categorized, then it isn’t worth listening to. Quite frankly, that’s bullshit.
Enter Tycoons, playing a sound that can only be called “rock and roll”. The type of music we grew up on. This is the stuff we all cut our teeth on musically. It doesn’t have deep hidden messages. It doesn’t have computers, or super layered studio tracks, or glowing skulls or spewing blood. What is does have is something more important. It has heart. It has the soul of rock still alive within it. It has the ability to be familiar without being old.
Cory M. Coons, front man and founding member, has witnessed some line up changes from the band's original inception in 1999. As with any band that has played the role of indie band for years, members tend to come and go, but as long as the core of the belief prevails, as long as the desire to get your music to the public continues to burn, the basics of the band will live on. This is how Tycoons has managed to survive the years.
With a sound that distinctly reminds me of Styx in it’s prime, Tycoons makes me tap along to their catchy tunes every time I play it. The youth of today may feel that this sound has faded into the past, that Tycoons neither looks or feels “cool” enough to draw their attention, but if this is true they are missing out on some fantastic music. It may be viewed as a simplistic, nostalgic or old fashioned sound, but I prefer to think of it as the pure sound of rock and roll.
There is nothing wrong with many of the fractured sub-genres that exist today. I enjoy most of them immensely. Never forget, however, that before there could be sub-genres, there had to be the main genres. In the main genre of “rock”, a new band playing good old rock and roll the way Tycoons do will always win out over a gimmick.
As I believe someone was once quoted as singing, “it’s only rock and roll, but I like it”.
Northeast In-Tune Magazine
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Every singer songwriter goes through phases of wondering whether the struggle and the sacrifice nece...Every singer songwriter goes through phases of wondering whether the struggle and the sacrifice necessary to make a career out of music are worth the rewards of the work. For true singers, the struggle is insistent but not quite as insistent as the persistent internal need to make music. There is something within the heart of those singers which compels the music to keep coming despite any challenges the singer may face. Cory Mervin Coons is a shining example of a true singer.
Coons began his singing life in his small Canadian hometown, branching out as he grew musically. His singing career spans fifteen years, during which time he has had numerous musical successes, but he has never strayed far from the simplicity of his roots. His lyrics exemplify this, as he sings with a simple nostalgia commemorating a time gone by, a time when simple ideals were enough to satisfy the desires of individual men.
For example, in Crumbs, Coons sings about a father who works all day and into the night and a mother who puts the kids to bed in a town where there's a morning dew out in the fields and you can smell the pancakes on the grill in a time when you won't find a lock on my front door. This possibly idealized vision of life is matched with a similar idealized appreciation of love, which is exhibited in "Unanswered". This love song is a blend of country and rock melodies which says that Love's the silent laughter that rings in your head And true love is still the answer, in your unanswered prayer.
Though he sings about such simple country ideals, Coons does not come across as naive. In fact, he uses the strength of his ideals to support actual change in the world. His most recent success in this venture was to have Crumbs used to help market the Alesse birth control pill, showing that he is not going to shy away from harsh truths despite his hopeful ideals. Similarly, he speaks simply in Faded Glory about the uneasy truth that With war and hate among us / There's a cry for love and peace. This Canadian may be singing about modern American political issues, but it is almost as if he is speaking simple truths about the state of any society at any rough time in their history. It is almost as though he is timeless.
This sense of timelessness extends to the sound of the music as well. Coons says that his musical influences include the older songs of Elvis Presley and the newer songs of bands like Bon Jovi. In Crumbs, there is a hint of old Aerosmith in the sound of his voice. What rings through all of this music is the sense that these are merely influences affecting his style and not bands that he actually sounds like or makes any attempt to imitate. It seems that he is a singer who knows the solid core of his own sound but isn't afraid to experiment a little bit here and there to see if another style might augment his own.
Smalltown Rocker Cory Mervin Coons Going for Big Dreams with Latest CD Release that is
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South Mountain, Ontario's Cory M. Coons is releasing his newest CD to Radio and the Music Industry c...South Mountain, Ontario's Cory M. Coons is releasing his newest CD to Radio and the Music Industry called "From the Ground Up." The CD contains 11 new original songs written by Coons. Previously with the band named "Tycoons", Coons is breaking out on a solo career to further showcase his music.
Coons, who has opened for both April Wine and David Wilcox, has been writing, recording and performing music for over 15 years. His influences include many of the traditional rock pioneers such as John Mellancamp, Bon Jovi the Beatles, and Bryan Adams to name but a few. Coons has developed a style and sound that is all his own. Coons's songs tell a story drawing on past experiences and building on them. What sets Coons apart from the rest though, is his down to earth honesty and realness that is mixed with soulful melodies and meaningful lyrics.
Besides the release of the CD, Coons is planning several CD release parties to help promote the project. He will follow that with an Ontario wide tour. The tour will include many different types of venues including fairs, festivals, colleges and universities.
Anyone wishing a copy of the CD for review is asked to contact Spectrum Entertainment Productions.
Anyone requiring more information on Cory Mervin Coons or his music should visit his web site at www.corymervincoons.com or contact Spectrum Entertainment Productions at (905)424-0155. You can also e-mail Spectrum at email@example.com.
Local musician and singer/songwriter introduces new CD
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Cory Mervin Coons (CMC) has for some years been associated with the Tycoons, a group of local lads f...Cory Mervin Coons (CMC) has for some years been associated with the Tycoons, a group of local lads from the South Mountain area who enjoy playing music. In fact this young man has been the driving force behind the cover band. Now he has taken the big step to a solo career. "I am very excited to be releasing my first solo CD" smiles CMC as we begin our interview. Although not a stranger to studio work, he released the CD titled, "Tycoons" in late 1999, but a renewed excitement and enthusiasm are evident for this solo effort. "The Tycoons sort of moulded themselves into more of a cover outfit (playing other people's songs) playing all the local clubs with your classic rock standards. With the new CD I am certainly more excited because it will be the majority of original material for each show." He goes on to explain that recording began on the new solo CD in January of this year at Little Chicago Studios in Smith's Falls. Produced by Tim Greencorn, Cory hopes to have it ready for release independently in July of this year.
Titled, "From the Ground Up," the official CD release party will be hosted later this summer at a venue in the local area. Keep your ears and eyes open for this announcement and be a part of it...
Members of the CMC band include: Mike Kelly on lead guitar and vocals, Bryan Deruchie on drums and percussion and Francis Thibodeau on bass and vocals. Mike helped with the solo CD, and Cory adamently pays tribute to his song writing skills.
As we speak about the music on the CD, Cory explains that a lot of the songs on disc get back to his roots as he was growing up near South Mountain listening to all kinds of music. He feels there is a bit of accoustic rock and a bit of folk as well as a little blues tossed into the mix. "My style is very melodic, but with an edge that Mike and I like to describe as a "Southern Ontario Sound"...I like to keep things as simple as I can. Sometimes though, I tend to experiment a little," says Cory with a hint of enthusiasm in his tone.
He talks about his relationship with Mike, "I am very proud to have worked with Mike, an Iroquois native who did all the lead guitar work on the CD. He brings a wonderful dynamic to my sound. He did an awesome job helping create the CMC sound. "I hope we can collaborate more in the future, he is a great song writer in his own right and he plays a mean guitar to boot."
The other band members are also featured on the tracks. An added bonus for Iroquois fans is the fact that Mike Anderson of Strings and Things in the Plaza is also featured as part of one of the songs as he plays banjo, a unique addition to the music. Cory tells us his sister-in-law, Michelle Arthurs from Johnstown does some great backup vocals on another song.
Listening to the CD at Cory and his new wife's home on a hot summer evening, it is clear this one is good. The sound drifts across the lawn and it is evident this one could just be what Cory Mervin Coons needs to kick start a solo career in the music business. Writing all the songs for the CD except the one Mike Kelly provided, Cory had ideas he wanted to turn into songs and if "Crumbs," the first song on the CD is an indication of his ability, there is little doubt, about his talent.
Most of his songs tell a story, usually drawing on previous experience and building on them, his work develops over time into what he wants to share. References to "A Strong Pair of Hands" would point to his dad whom he admires. "Faded Glory" has a line, "If you teach your children well, maybe we can live to tell.." gets quite philosophical, be he hastens to say "I am not preaching, just telling tales."
Hints of Southern USA can be detected in lines of songs as can the influences of those he admired as he was growing up: Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp, Johnny Cash, etc.
A song is included that is dedicated to his mother ("Violet") whom he lost to cancer two and a half years ago and "Unanswered" is dedicated to his wife Leighann, since she inspired him to finish this tune. He categorizes the choruses of some of the songs as melodic folksy and sees his music as hopeful. "I write with hope, not too depressing, trying to remain upbeat in my outlook." Keeping his music flavoured with Canada sounds, he works in bits and pieces from the local area and if you listen carefully you will recognize places and people familiar to you. CDs will be available on Canada Day at the Point as well as at Strings and Things in the Iroquois Plaza.
His enthusiasm is contageous and I can hardly wait for Canada Day when Cory and the Tycoons will be on stage at the Point. Part of the celebration, CMC will debut the solo CD between 2 and 3pm and then later in the evening from 7:30 through 9pm, CMC and the Tycoons will entertain the expected crowd. Upcoming shows this year include the South Mountain Fair Show, on August 20 and the Chesterville fair on August 27. We wish this young man all the luck possible as he embarks on a solo music career.
"Tycoons" Band Playlist - 2008'
1- TRAIL OF THE CHOSEN ONE- TYCOONS
2- THE BIG LIFE (Nothin' At All)- TYCOONS
3- TOO MANY NIGHTS- TYCOONS
4- UNANSWERED- TYCOONS
5- WOULD YOU STAY- TYCOONS
6- ANOTHER LIE- TYCOONS
7- STILL- TYCOONS
8- DEAD MAN'S DREAM- TYCOONS
9- CHAMELEON INSIDE- TYCOONS
10- EVERY TIME I THINK ABOUT U- CMC/TYCOONS
11- EMPTY GRACE- TYCOONS
12- ROUND' THE WORLD- TYCOONS
13- RHYTHM TRAIN- TYCOONS
14- CRUMBS- CMC/TYCOONS
15- MOUNTAIN STATION BLUES- CMC/TYCOONS
(TOP 40 & CLASSIC ROCK COVERS)
1- ROADHOUSE BLUES- THE DOORS
2- SWEET HOME ALABAMA- LYNYRD SKYNYRD
3- SUMMER OF 69'- BRYAN ADAMS
4- JENNY (867-5309)- TOMMY TUTONE
5- MONY, MONY- BILLY IDOL
6- I LOVE ROCK & ROLL- JOAN JETT
7- FISHIN' IN THE DARK- NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND
8- COPPERHEAD ROAD- STEVE EARLE
9- PINK HOUSES- JOHN MELLENCAMP
10- NEW ORLEANS IS SINKING- TRAGICALLY HIP
11- KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR- BOB DYLAN/G N' R
12- MAMA LET HIM PLAY- DOUCETTE
13- WHEN I COME AROUND- GREEN DAY
14- PUSH- MATCHBOX TWENTY
15- BORN TO BE WILD- STEPPENWOLF
16- EVERY ROSE HAS ITS THORN- POISON
17- WE'RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT- TWISTED SISTER
18- THE WALL (PT. II)- PINK FLOYD
19- COME TOGETHER- AEROSMITH/BEATLES
20- SWEET EMOTION- AEROSMITH
21- WALK THIS WAY- AEROSMITH
22- PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC- WILD CHERRY
23- DETROIT ROCK CITY- KISS
24- ROCK & ROLL ALL NITE- KISS
25- AIN'T TALKIN' BOUT LOVE- VAN HALEN
26- YOU REALLY GOT ME/- VAN HALEN
27- PRETTY WOMAN/- VAN HALEN/ R. ORBISON
28- SATISFACTION- ROLLING STONES
29- LA GRANGE/- ZZ TOP
30- GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN/- ZZ TOP
31- SHARP DRESSED MAN/- ZZ TOP
32- TUSH/- ZZ TOP
33- MOVE IT ON OVER- GEORGE THOROGOOD
34- WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T GO HOME- BON JOVI
35- IT'S MY LIFE- BON JOVI
36- SMOKE ON THE WATER- DEEP PURPLE
37- LONG COOL WOMAN- THE HOLLIES
38- BAD MOON RISING- C.C.R.
39- HARD TO HANDLE- BLACK CROWES
40- TIE YOUR MOTHER DOWN- QUEEN
41- SHINE- COLLECTIVE SOUL
42- COULD HAVE BEEN A LADY- APRIL WINE
43- YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG- AC/DC
There are no upcoming dates at this time.