Bywater Call
Friday, 19. April 2024


“It is rare to find such good songwriting and such strong arrangements in a style that is known for its jams coming to life approach … Bywater Call is the best of both worlds. With – and I cannot emphasize this enough – fantastic vocals.”- Kevy Metal


Canadian Roots, Rock, and Soul band Bywater Call are excited to release their second single of 2024, “Roll”, an uplifting and quirky retro-soul number.


The single release accompanies the official announcement that the band will release their highly anticipated third studio album Shepherd on August 9th. The album is available to pre-order from May 15th via


Roll” was recorded and mixed by Bywater drummer Bruce McCarthy at his studio The BeatFarm in Toronto.  “This song, through the stories of three ordinary people, speaks to the curve balls thrown at us all in the game of life,” says Bywater Call’s singer, Meghan Parnell. “The lesson: you have to hold your head up and just keep moving forward.”


Featuring a signature bass line played by Mike Meusel and conceived by keyboard player John Kervin, who throws in his own tasteful organ lick, the original inspiration for “Roll” was an old James Carr R&B tune, “The Dark End of the Street.”  he song, however, quickly took on a life of its own. 





Throw in the classic soul of Otis Redding, the American rootsiness of the Wood Brothers, a little humour and quirk, mainly supplied by drummer Bruce McCarthy’s percussion, some twangy resonator and fiery slide guitar from Dave Barnes, sultry vocals from Meghan Parnell, and then top it all off with the unforgettable horn section of Julian Nalli (Sax) and Stephen Dyte (trumpet) and a gospel-inspired build that will have us all celebrating our resilience; out comes “Roll”.


The release of “Roll” follows the early March release of Hollerwhich saw extensive A-list radio play on UK’s Planet Rock Radio, and the 2023 releases of singles “Sweet Mariaand “For All We Know, which received rave reviews from UK, Europe, and North America. All three tunes will be included on the new album.


Set to be released 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.







Packed with ripping rock tunes, quirky off-beat numbers, and beautiful ballads, the upcoming album Shepherd is exuberant, rootsy, funky, joyful, and heartbreaking all at once. At its core, this album celebrates, and reflects the human experience with all its highs and lows: love, passion, regret, patience, resilience, reconciliation, anger, hardship.   This album will truly take the listener on a journey. 


Shepherd is the Bywater Call’s first fully self-produced and self-recorded album.


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


Brilliant songs performed by amazing musicians who left every ounce of energy and sweat on the stage tonight.”

- Jace Music Media


Bywater Call 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. 


The band 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 April and May 2024 the band will tour Europe and will return for a second 2024 European tour in October, including a run in the UK.  Dates and details at


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COLOURS (4:54)


HOLLER (3:57)


ROLL (4:33)



AS IF (3:45)




EVERYBODY KNOWS:  Classic southern rock that incorporates stories of poor decisions, leading to compromising character. We all have to “sleep in the bed we’ve made.” Powerful female vocals, soulful backups, piano and ripping rock guitar are featured in this banger.


COLOURS: A powerful ballad of unrequited love.  A love for a person you’ve dedicated everything to, known everything about, and still, it isn’t enough.


SWEET MARIA: An uplifting New Orleans romp based on the proverb, “If you love them set them free”.  It is also a celebration of loving those around you for who they are.  Featuring a full-gospel breakdown and a driving keyboard solo.

HOLLER: A vivacious, delta blues-based stomper, embracing uninhibited passion. Starting with haunting resonator and a low-fi serenade, it builds to a climactic, infectious blend of catchy melodies, pulsating beats, and powerful, soaring vocals.


FOR ALL WE KNOW: A rootsy hymn of redemption and self-recognition. This beautiful tune teaches that the tools you need to thrive are within.


ROLL: An uplifting and quirky retro-soul number about rolling with life’s challenges and forging ahead


TURN IT AROUND: An energetic, eclectic, roots soul song about taming one’s wild side to hold onto true love.


NOW AND NEVER:  A fun take on dysfunctional romantic relationships … those ones where you just keep running in circles and seem to exist “Always, Now and Never” all at the same time.  Featuring some top-notch horn moments.


AS IF: A strong funk n’ soul inspired number featuring the talents of Bruce McCarthy on drums and Mike Meusel on bass.


SIGN OF PEACE: Full on tribute to the band’s New Orleans influences. This one is a brass band, second line shout out to lend a hand to all those in need, and to call out for help when you need it.



Bywater Call:

Meghan Parnell – Lead Vocals

Dave Barnes – Guitars

Stephen Dyte – Trumpet and Valve Trombone

John Kervin – Keyboards, Background Vocals

Bruce McCarthy – Drums and Percussion

Mike Meusel – Bass Guitar, Background Vocals

Julian Nalli – Saxophones


Produced by: Bywater Call

Recorded and engineered by: Bruce McCarthy (The BeatFarm)

Additional recording & engineering (“For All We Know”, “Sweet Maria”) by: Kevin Howley (The Barn, PEC)

Additional keyboard/piano gear and studio space and capture by: Joel Visentin and Alan Zemaitis

Mixed by: Bruce McCarthy (The BeatFarm)

Mastered by: Kristian Montano (Montano Mastering)


Additional background vocals performed by:

Stacie Tabb (“Colours”, “Everybody Knows”, “Now and Never”, “Sign of Peace”)

Claire Davis and Joanna Mohammed (Aphrose) (“For All We Know”, “Sweet Maria”)


Trombone on “Sign of Peace” performed by: Christian Overton

Tuba on “Sign of Peace” performed by: N. Jay Burr


Cover illustration: Randy Nyhof

Graphic design: Graeme Maitland and Jordynn Mackenzie

Photos: Erin Cosentino


All songs written by Bywater Call

Joe Ernewein, co-write on “Sign of Peace”


©℗ 2024 Bywater Call Records

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


ON TOUR 2024



19-April                Piteå, Sweden                   Studio Acusticum
20-April                Luleå, Sweden                  Kulturens hus
22-April                Stockholm, Sweden        Melodybox
23-April                Näsby, Sweden                 Carla's Café
24-April                Malmö, Sweden                Folk å Rock
25-April                Kristianstad, Sweden     Kulturkvarteret
26-April                Falkenberg, Sweden       Tryckhallen
27-April                Joldelund, Germany        Gerd's Juke Joint
28-April                Joldelund, Germany        Gerd's Juke Joint / duo show
30-April                Norderstedt, Germany   Music Star
1-May                    Bremen, Germany            Meisenfrei
2-May                    Leiden, Netherlands       Qbus
3-May                    Ospel, Netherlands         Moulin Blues
4-May                    Dortmund, Germany       Musiktheater Piano
5-May                    Assen, Netherlands        Bevrijdings Festival
7-May                    Burglengenfeld, Germ    VAZ
8-May                    Zwickau, Germany           St Barbara
9-May                    Eppstein, Germany          Wunderbar
10-May                 Kufstein, Austria                              KuFa
11-May                 Ludwigshafen, Germany DasHaus
12-May                 Krefeld, Germany             Kulturrampe
14-May                 Madrid, Spain                    El Sol
15-May                 Jerez, Spain                        La Guarida Del Angel
16-May                 Castellon, Spain                              Sala Because
17-May                 Valencia, Spain                 Loco Club
18-May                 Peer, Belgium                    Blues Peer Festival
19-May                 Schöppingen, Germany  Grolsch Blues Festival
21-May                 Santander, Spain             Sala Niagara
22-May                 Bilbao, Spain                     Antzokia
23-May                 A Coruña, Spain                Sala Mardi Gras
24-May                 Aviles, Spain                      Niemeyer
25-May                 Vallés    Spain                    Bocanegra
26-May                 San Sebastian, Spain      Dabadaba


7-June                  Montrose, CO                    Montrose Summer Music Series
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
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


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
16-October         Manchester, UK                Academy 3
17-October         Cardiff, UK                          Globe
18-October         Leek, UK                              Foxlowe Arts
19-October         Leeds, UK                            Brudenell
20-October         Glasgow, UK                       Oran Mor
22-October         Newcastle, UK                   Cluny
23-October         Sheffield, UK                      Corporation
24-October         Norwich, UK                       Waterfront Studios
25-October         London, UK                         Dingwalls
26-October         Newbury, UK                      Arlington Arts
27-October         Sittingbourne, UK             Bourne Music Club



Meghan Parnell (vocals) and Dave Barnes (guitar) are the founding members of Bywater Call, a powerhouse seven-piece Southern soul, roots rock band from Toronto, Canada.  The band is completed by 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.


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