Old Reliable

Old Reliable

 North Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN


A fixture on the independent music scene for ten years, Old Reliable has earned a name making gritty honest roots music combined with the fire of rock and roll and the howl of bluegrass. Centered on the songwriting of Shuyler Jansen and Mark Davis, Old Reliables unique style is combined with lyrics that are unafraid to explore the darker themes of traditional country music. Multi-instrumentalist Shawn Jonasson and bass player Tom Murray round out the band. Recently the band replaced longtime drummer Scott Lingley with original Old Reliable drummer Mike Silverman. The key to the groups success is their ability to sound utterly natural; nothing appears forced or artificial, and no one raises an eyebrow at the bubbling synthesizers lurking behind the fiddle or the fuzz guitar solo.

Old Reliables first three albums, including their debut Gone Are the Days, were recorded by Scott Franchuk at Riverdale Recorders of Edmonton and were mastered by Peter J. Moore at the E Room in Toronto. Their fourth album, The Burning Truth, was recorded by Scott Franchuk, Al Irving at Sundae Sound Studios in Calgary, and was mastered by Jim Wilson of Yes Mastering in Austin, TX. Featuring songwriting by both Jansen and Davis, The Burning Truth was released in the spring of 2005, following their first-ever appearance at the renowned South By Southwest festival in Austin. 2005 also saw Old Reliable performing at the Alberta Scene showcase in Ottawa, as well as tours of Canada and the USA.

Old Reliables third recording, Pulse of Light Dark Landscape, showcased the songs of Shuyler Jansen. Tinged with violin, cello and pedal steel guitar the record moves effortlessly from winsome ballads to galloping rock songs. Pulse of Light Dark Landscape features the work of famed rock photographer Elliott Landy (Van Morrison/Moondance), The Band/The Band, Bob Dylan/Nashville Skyline) and guest vocalists Mike Caldwell (The Smalls) and Corby Lund (Corb Lund Band). Pulse of Light Dark Landscape charted across Canada, reaching the top ten in several college, co-op and country radio markets (CKUA, CJSR, CKER, CBC Radio Sonic).

The Gradual Moment, Old Reliables sophomore effort, features appearances by the members of Calexico and Giant Sand as well as the multi- instrumentalist Bob Egan (Blue Rodeo, Freakwater, Wilco, Billy Bragg). The Gradual Moment was composed by Mark Davis and chronicles his girlfriends battle with breast cancer from her initial diagnosis to her tragic death at age 31. The Gradual Moment drew widespread acclaim for its atmospheric sound and reached number one at CKUA and CJSR. The album has also been featured on CBCs Radio Sonic, In the Key of A, and Definitely Not the Opera.

Old Reliables mesmerizing live shows have made them a number of notable friends over the years. The band has shared the stage with Guy Clark, Gord Downie, Alejandro Escovedo, Oh Susanna, Ray Condo, Giant Sand, Richard Buckner, the Corb Lund Band and many others. The members also maintain active careers outside of Old Reliable; these have produced Jansens electronic country solo album Hobotron (released November 2004) and Jonassons old-school country project The Swiftys (whose self-titled debut came out in 2003).


Full Lengths

The Burning Truth (April 2005)
Pulse Of Light Dark Landscape (May 2002)
The Gradual Moment (February 2000)
Gone Are The Days (June 1999)


Hair Of The Dog
Hold Your Ground Volume 3
New Music West 2002
Hit The Hay Volume 7
NXNE Sampler 2005
Edmonton Re-Produce
CJSR Compilation 2003
Frank Slide 100 Years

Other Projects

Shuyler Jansen's Hobotron www.shuylerjansen.com
Shawn Jonasson's The Swiftys www.theswiftys.net

Coming Soon

Mark Davis's Debut Solo Record (Autumn 2005)

Set List

Set List 1 (45min-1hour)

The Burning Truth
Face The Day
No Spoken Word
Must've Been The Devil
Broke Down Poor
No More In Your Hands
Dying 4 Love
Fool 4 Her
Trembling Hand
Autumn Leaf
Before U See Me Explode

Set 2 (45min-1hour)

Out On The Line
4 The Unforgiven
Catch That River
Tiny Rivers
In The Clover
Tight Knit Seams
Bottle O Wine