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Billie Zizi shows impressive guitar chops

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It‘s been a few years since I saw Edmonton musician Billie Zizi, probably the last time I saw her was playing a mellow set at the South Country FBillie Zizi at the Slice, April 18. Photo by Richard Ameryair in 2016. It was a pretty mellow set on acoustic guitar with her dad Cam Neufeld on fiddle.

But she picked up an electric guitar, plugged in and turned up at the Slice, Thursday, April 18 with her band, bassist Ryan Funk and drummer Jesse Miller for a good sized Wednesday night crowd.


 They played an eclectic set of mostly original music ranging from smooth jazz to alternative rock and groovy experimental music, all of it featuring a lot of solid, tasteful guitar playing from Billie Zizi and her Telecaster.


Her high pitched, wavering vocals reminded me of fellow Edmontonian Colleen Brown and Major Love. Drummer Jesse Miller adding background harmonies on a couple of songs as Funk added a few too on other tunes.


In addition to upbeat originals, she also put her own stamp on covers of “Angel From Montgomery” and The Zutons/Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie.”


 Then bassist Ryan Funk announced “Let’s get weird” before launching into a funky, bass powered  jazz rock jam before turning over the stage for The Slice’s regular Thursday night jam.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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