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TRACK LISTING
1. Make A Change


2. What I Like Best


3. Fallin' Down


4. Wheeler Dealer


5. Roll Over Rover


6. Quiet Man


7. Forty Acres


8. The One


9. Down In The Bottom


10. It Doesn't Matter


11. Fine Time


12. Shake It
All songs written by Tycholis/McMahon/Sample/Demchuk/Byrne except for "Fine Time" written by Tycholis/McMahon/Sample/Demchuk/Brzezicki
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THE ROCKIN' HIGHLINERS
SPUTNIK CAFÉ
SEVERN CD 0018
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With a delivery so hot it's been described as "…rock and roll like nobody has since the Blasters called it quits in the 80's," - Chart Magazine

This highly anticipated release finds The Rockin' Highliners stretching beyond the jump/swing influences found on earlier CDs to deliver 12 hard driving numbers that are rooted in tradition but firmly planted in the 21st century.

Held together by the tight rhythm unit of Ken McMahon on drums and Chris Byrne on bass, Sputnik Café stands above the rest of today's blues releases with its fresh approach to blues-infused rock & roll. "Blues used to be about life experiences," says Robert, "but somewhere down the line it's changed to be mostly about girls in tight jeans and the like. We have more to say than that. And that's what we were going for with this record. It's really who we are."

Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The Rockin' Highliners got their start in 1996. "When we first started the band," recounts front man Robert Tycholis, "we had one other guitar player who only wanted to do a few gigs just to make some money." But it took no time at all for Tycholis, guitarist Clayton Sample and drummer Ken McMahon to decide this was something they really wanted. So they adopted the name The Rockin' Highliners, adapted from Tiny Grimes' "Rockin' Highlanders," and quickly took Canada by storm with the Edmonton Journal proclaiming them "the nation's hottest blues band."

They released their debut CD Chicks, Suits & Cadillac's in 1996 to rave reviews (Real Blues Magazine's Top Ten Independent Releases) and followed up with What Were You Thinking? (Square Dog Records), the critically acclaimed recording that earned a Best Blues Album nomination in 1997 for the Juno Awards, Canada's equivalent of the Grammy's.

In 2000, the band teamed up with Stony Plain Records where label mate Duke Robillard produced their third CD, Oh My!, which won several awards including the Prairie Music Award for Outstanding Rock Recording in addition to Canada's Blues Band of the Year in 2000 by Jazz Report Magazine (UK).

Through the years the band has played many festivals, including the King Biscuit Blues Festival where The Highliners were the first Canadian band in the history of the festival to play the event. They've also opened for some of the best in the business including The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Double Trouble and Blue Rodeo, plus they played a 13-city Canadian tour opening for George Thorogood.

Drummer Chris Byrne and guitarist Greg "Junior" Demchuk round out the new and improved Highliners and the band is sounding better than ever. According to Robert, everything is coming together – "The band's tougher, the music's tougher.''
LINER NOTES:
There have been so many people in our short career who have been somehow responsible for our success. It is not possible to thank or, for that matter, remember you all. If we have forgotten, we are truly sorry. The band wants to thank all of our fans wherever you are. We want to thank our friends and families for support and love. The Margis family and Barry and Kim Tycholis for being more than family. Lee Sample for keeping an eye on us. Michele, Rhonda, and Heather for love and patience. Bill McMahon and his wrenches. Chris Brzezicki and his bass. "Diamond" Jay Sheffield, for this record and more, thank you. Steve Gomes for telling us the way it is. "Gomes says!!!" Marc Pearce at Hok Nik for being a great friend and a great webmaster. David Earl, The Agency Group/Canada (Ralph James), Melanie Cheek at Spirit River, Kevin Peden. For Sally and all she has done past, present, and future, we thank you. A special thank you to "Irving's" in Dauphin, for always feeding us. In memory of all those great souls that crossed over on 9/11/01. And for Scott Carl Conquergood, 9/14/01.

MUSICIANS:
Clayton Sample: Guitar
Ken McMahon: Drums, percussion
Robert Tycholis: Vocals
Greg Demchuk: Guitar, harmonica
Chris Byrne: Bass

Honorary members:
Benjie Porecki: Organ
Steve Cyphers: Percussion
David Earl: Lap steel
CREDITS:
Produced by David Earl and Steve Gomes
Recorded and mixed at Severn Studios, Crownsville, MD. Engineered by David Earl
Mastered by Charlie Pilzer at Airshow Mastering, Springfield, VA
Additional engineering and technical assistance by John Monforte
CD design by Steve Potter. Photography by Randy Santos
Photos taken on location at the Sputnik Cafe, Crownsville, MD
Severn Records and the Rockin' Highliners would like to thank the management and staff of the Sputnik Cafe
Ken McMahon plays Ayotte drums and drumsticks and Sabian cymbals
Thank you to Ayotte Drums (Randy and Mark) and Sabian Cymbals (Ann MacNally).
All songs written by Tycholis/McMahon/Sample/Demchuk/Byrne except for "Fine Time" written by Tycholis/McMahon/Sample/Demchuk/Brzezicki
Publishers - The Rockin' Highliners - SOCAN/DE Music - BMI