Born in Barrie Ontario in 1941, I am the second oldest of 10 children, There was always music in the family...my mother played the piano & my father played the violin. I started playing the mouth organ when i was about 15 yrs old and then bought a guitar and taught myself to play. I've been playing music now for over 40 years...banjo and doghousee bass being favorite, played mandolin, dobro and a brief encounter with the violin.
Played bluegrass with 2 bands, "Southline" and "Hickory Wind". Was the bass plalyer for Smiley Bates for over 25 years, travelling Ontario and the Maritimes doing shows.
Had the pleasure of accompanying the late Canadian fiddle champion "Graham Townsend" many times.
Sang harmony with my good fiend Jeremy Smith in a band we called Southwind.
Now retired, I've finally been able to fulfull my life long dream, in May 2002 I completed my first two albums recorded in Oshawa, Ontario at Ambassador Studio. "Stories Of Life" and "Pure Country". Included on these albums are some songs done by the late Smiley Bates(which was in agreement could be recorded by myself after he passed away)
The summer months keep me busy doing fundraising benefits and festivals. The annual C.C.M.R (Trenton Ontario) re-unites me with a few of the many Canadian greats, Lorne Hachey, John Bourque, Harold McIntyre, Chuck Simms and Shell Dalton.
Projects in the works is a possible tour of Newfoundland in the summer of 2005.
You can hear some quips of my music at- www.ambrec.com or at cdbaby.com or at:
P.O.Box 375 Bridgenorth, Ontario K0L 1H0 (705) 292-9017
****Available this May****
'PURE COUNTRY TEARS'...this is my new album of 15 songs/music and lyrics for all songs written by myself.
Thanks to all the disc jockeys and radio stations my music is enjoyed and doing very well for me in NSW Australia, New Zealand & Canada.
My thanks to Ambassador Records, Paul Evan(steel), Tom Mark(guitar)& Frank Woodcock for his excellent backup vocals.
Dave Lockwood, dj @ CKOL radio in Campbellford says this is my best album yet.I have just compleated another new album that is called "keepin It Country" it just came out in Sept. 2004 and is doing good in Canada it will be on cdbaby in Oct 2004 --I wrote the first 11 songs on it some are true stories and some are idea's from friends i am happy to see my good friend Sonny Oden that played for my first two albums is now on cdbaby also keepin it country Big Al Traynor some of my friends wanted to know where i got the ideas for my albums so i'm going to try to tell you /// on my album Pure Country Tears the first song is Daddy Can we Talk this came to me because it did happen to me when i first got maried and the song is as i remember it ////The un told story of flight 93 is a true story out of Readers DIGEST SEPT. 2002 and some stories i heard ((((( the littles girls light)))this song came to me when i bought my wife a soller light and she pointed out how it would look so nice as a grave marker so i took this and a story from Opra that was true and i wrote the little girls light//the man in the picture i wrote for our men at war it was supose to be about the two presidents and a story in my head//an angel walks the highway ))) was half true and half fiction i had heard stories about so iwrote the songmy sisters grandson Talor Miller was the little boy in the song he is 7 yeras old and ((our Mother is the true story of my family just as the song says it is al true and all are alive today, thanks LYNDA SALISBURY for my Pictures ok Big Al Now has a new web page ((((altraynor.com)))check it out
Check out the artist's website:
1. 'Daddy Can We Talk
2. The Untold Story Of Flight 93
3. The Little Girl's Light
4. The Man In The Picture
5. An Angel Walks The Highway
6. Our Mother
7. He Died For You And Me
8. Mamma Sleeps with The Roses
9. A Little Boy's Eyes
10. Smiley As I Knew Him
11. Live For Today
12. Mommy Does God Really Know
13. Rose's Shadow
14. Yellow Roses Say Good-bye
15. Barnyard Boogie