Bywater Call release “As If” single and music video from upcoming album “Shepherd”

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NEW SINGLE – “AS IF”
RELEASED FRIDAY 24TH MAY 2024
STREAM SINGLE | WATCH MUSIC VIDEO

NEW ALBUM – “SHEPHERD”
RELEASED 9TH AUGUST 2024
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER HERE

“An emerging force to be reckoned with.” – 3songsbonn

Canadian Roots, Rock, and Soul band Bywater Call release the super-charged “As If”, their third single of 2024, and the fifth song released from their upcoming studio album Shepherd. Stream the single HERE.

The new single follows the May 15th opening of pre-sales for the band’s highly anticipated third studio album Shepherd which is set to come out on August 9th. Pre-order links can be found via www.bywatercall.com.

Driven by Mike Meusel on bass and Bruce McCarthy on drums, “As If is a dynamic funk, rock n’ soul inspired number featuring soaring, emotion-filled vocals and ripping guitar, all expertly coloured in with an undeniable groove from the keys and horns.  The bursting energy in As If has made it an immediate hit with audiences from the moment it was first played in a live setting in mid-2023. Watch the music video for “As If” HERE.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=3-5Cb33M9E8%3Fautoplay%3D1

As If” was partially filmed and recorded at friend, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Howley’s beautiful barn studio in the country of Ontario, Canada where he acted as engineer.  Bass (Mike Meusel), drums (Bruce McCarthy), horns (Julian Nalli, sax and Stephen Dyte, trumpet) and keys (John Kervin) were captured live-off-the-floor.  Additional recording, including lead vocals (Meghan Parnell) and Guitars (Dave Barnes), was captured by Bywater drummer Bruce McCarthy (The BeatFarm in Toronto), who also acted as mixing engineer.

 “As If” follows the April release of Roll and the March release of Holler” – which saw extensive A-list radio play on UK’s Planet Rock Radio. It also follows the 2023 releases of singles “Sweet Maria” and “For All We Know, which received rave reviews from UK, Europe, and North America. All four tunes will be included on the new album.

Bywater Call cross and blend multiple genres into a sound that is distinctly their own. They are talented both individually and as a group, they have a chemistry that is palpable, and they play a blend of music and musical styles that is impossible to not connect with.
– Rick Witt, 
Denver Entertainment Hub

Set to come out August 9th, 2024, Shepherd features a captivating mix of 10 original songs, showcasing the bands continual exploration, experimentation, and reach beyond the boundaries of their genre, further developing their own unique voice. The new music shows their growth, while still paying tribute to their historical and contemporary influences.


Julian Nalli – Sax (L), Mike Meusel – Bass (Top L), John Kervin – Keys (Top R), Stephen Dyte – Trumpet (R),
Dave Barnes – Guitar (Bottom L), Meghan Parnell – Lead Vocal (Centre), Bruce McCarthy – Drums (Bottom R).
Photo Credit: © Erin Consentino

Often transcending genres, Bywater Call is known for their dynamic, emotional live shows, featuring powerful vocals and exciting interplay between all band members. 

The band was UK Blues Award nominated for the 2024 International Blues Artist of the Year. They have toured extensively in Europe where shows have been praised by Dutch, German and UK media, with references to Meghan as one of the best female voices in blues and roots today. 

Bywater has been busy. In 2023 alone, they played a total of 96 shows in 10 countries, 89 cities, 19 US states and 3 Canadian provinces, including Joe Bonamassa’s third Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean Cruise

In October 2024, they headline their second UK tour. Dates and details at www.bywatercall.com

Planet Rock & The Gig Cartel in association with Teenage Head Music Present

OCTOBER 2024 UK TOUR

TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM
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MANCHESTER, ACADEMY 3

WEDNESDAY 16 OCTOBER 2024

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OXFORD ROAD, MANCHESTER, M13 9PR
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CARDIFF, GLOBE

THURSDAY 17 OCTOBER 2024

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125 Albany Road, Cardiff, Wales, CF24 3NSA
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LEEK, FOXLOWE ARTS

FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER 2024

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University of Manchester Students Union
Market Place, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 6AD
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LEEDS, BRUDENELL

SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 2024

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33 Queen’s Road, Leeds, LS6 1NY
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GLASGOW, ORAN MOR

SUNDAY 20 OCTOBER 2024

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Top of Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX
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NEWCASTLE, THE CLUNY

TUESDAY 22 OCTOBER 2024

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36 Lim e Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 2PQ
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SHEFFIELD, CORPORATION

WEDNESDAY 23 OCTOBER 2024

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2 Milton St, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield, S1 4JU
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NORWICH, WATERFRONT STUDIOS

THURSDAY 24 OCTOBER 2024

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139-141 King Street, Norwich, NR1 1QH
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LONDON, DINGWALLS

FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER 2024

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Middle Yard, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB
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NEWBURY, ARLINGTON ARTS

SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER 2024

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Mary Hare, Snelsmore Common, Newbury, RG14 3BQ
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SITTINGBOURNE, BOURNE MUSIC CLUB

SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER 2024

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The Appleyard, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 4DE
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SPRING/ SUMMER USA/CANADA/ROMANIA TOUR 2024

6-June, Denver, CO, Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox
7-June, Montrose, CO, Montrose Summer Music Series
9-June, Colorado Springs, CO, Black Sheep
13-June  Syracuse, NY, New York State Blues Festival
14-June  Somers Point, NJ Somer’s Point Beach Concerts
16-June  Franklin, PA, Franklin Blues & BBQ
18-June  Lima, NY, Fanatics
19-June  Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theatre
20-June  Tuckerton, NJ, Lizzie Rose Music Room
21-June  Hagerstown, MD, HubCity Vinyl
22-June  Hughesville, PA, Billtown Blues Festival

5-July   Ottawa, Ontario,Ottawa Blues Fest
12-July  Omaha, NB, Playing with Fire
13-July  Kansas City, MO, Knuckleheads
19-July  Brezoi, Romania, Brezoi Open Air Festival
23-July  Syracuse, NY, Club 443
24-July  Syracuse, NY, Club 443
25-July  Athens, NY, Summer Music Series
26-July, Athens, NY, Summer Music Series
27-July, New Rochelle, NY, Summer Sizzle
28-July  Norwood, MA, Fallout Shelter

2-August Pomeroy, OH, Big Bend Blues Bash
3-August Nashville, TN, City Winery
4-August Knoxville, TN, Tennessee Riverboat
9-August Nanaimo, BC, Nanaimo Blues Festival
11-August Wheeling, WV, Heritage Music Blues Fest
16-August Norwich, NY, Chenango Blues Fest
17-August Thornton, NH, White Mountain Boogie N’ Blues Fest
24-August Ontonagon, MI, Porcupine Mountains Music Festival
29-August Pelham, ON, Fonhtill Bandshell Concerts
6-September Port Credit, ON, Southside Shuffle
7-September Drumheller, AB, Canada, Badlands Roots, Blues and BBQ

EUROPE FALL TOUR 2024

2-October Verviers, Belgium Spirit of 66
3-October Heilbronn, Germany Waldhaus
4-October Zaandam, Netherlands De Flux
5-October Enschede, Netherlands Mystiek Theatre
6-October Weert, Netherlands De Bosuil 8-October Fulda, Germany Kulturkeller
9-October Utrecht, Netherlands Tivoli (Cloud 9)
10-October Herent, Belgium GC De Wildeman
11-October Isernhagen, Germany Blues Garage
12-October Assen, Netherlands New Blues Festival
13-October Bonn, Germany Harmonie


Photo Credit: © Erin Consentino

About Bywater Call

Bywater Call, is a powerhouse seven-piece Southern soul, roots rock band from Toronto, Canada.  The band is completed by Meghan Parnell (vocals), Dave Barnes (guitar), Bruce McCarthy on drums, Mike Meusel on Bass, newest member, John Kervin on Keys, Stephen Dyte on trumpet and Julian Nalli on tenor sax.

Bywater is currently UK Blues Award nominated for International Blues Artist of the year.  They have toured extensively in Europe where shows have been praised by Dutch, German and UK media, with references to Meghan as one of the best female voices in blues and roots today. 

In August 2023, the band participated in Joe Bonamassa’s third Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean Cruise alongside headliners Blackberry Smoke and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram and were invited to perform at the All-Star Jam on the mainstage with Bonamassa himself. Guitarist Dave Barnes was also asked to join legendary blues artist Jimmy Vivino (Conan O’Brien’s Basic Cable Band) on stage.

Bywater Call have commanded festival stages in Canada and around the world, often referred to as the “find of the fest”. In May of 2023, they opened for Canadian award-winning band Whitehorse at the inaugural Smokestack Music Festival in Hamilton, Ontario.  In July, Meghan joined renowned pedal-steel guitarist Robert Randolph on stage at his request, at the Briggs Farm Festival in Nescopeck, PA. 

On October 24, 2023, Bywater performed a live stream performance for the famed German TV show and festival Rockpalast.

In 2023 alone, the band played a total of 96 shows in 10 countries, 89 Cities, 19 US States and three Canadian provinces.  This is not including a month-long duo tour in Europe and the UK where Meghan and Dave opened for Southern California rockers Robert Jon & The Wreck, who have recently partnered with Joe Bonamassa’s Journeyman Records.

The band’s music is an exploration of life’s highs and lows. From intimate ballads that lay bare the complexities of human emotion to electrifying anthems that demand to be played at full volume, their catalogue is a journey through the human experience, incorporating influences from the likes of The Band, The Wood Brothers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Otis Redding, Little Feat, Sly and the Family Stone, among others.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.bywatercall.com

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