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Collen Brown band and Jeff Stuart showcase their music

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Jeff Stuart and the Hearts with the Colleen Brown band visited the Slice, Nov. 26 as part of a special CKUA sponsored Alberta music showcase.

But a special surprise was a solo set by Dave McCann, who was a latest addition to the bill and opened the set with sThe Colleen Brown Band played upbeat pop music. Photo by Richard Ameryome of his more popular songs including “Tuscaloosa Blues” and “Standing in the River,”  from his latest CD Dixie Bluebird which drew a lot of applause from an almost capacity crowd.

McCann, who looked a little and sounded a lot like Todd Snider also threw in some older songs like “Smells Like Rain” and “Tinseltown” plus several other crowd pleasers.

Jeff Stuart and the Hearts were next to add their own take on roots/ alt country music with some violin, a little steel guitar and excellent vocal harmonies. They alternated between barn-burning pop-rockers and slower fare, all of which the crowd was getting into, though the more uptempo material reached me the most.

Colleen Brown, who usually rocks out with the Secretaries closed the show with an immediately appealing  charming and affable stage presence.

She alternated between playing guitar and organ, as her drummer and bassist kept step behind her, while singing beautiful vocal melodies which sounded like a cross between Little Miss Higgins and  Hannah Georgas.Jeff Stuart and the Hearts. Photo by Richard Amery

 She told a touching story about a friend in the hospital who had to undergo an operation and dedicated a song to her. Some of the highlights were “Man, Woman and Child,” and  I can Make You Love Me,” which had a touch of jazz to it. For a complete contrast to her more pop influenced set,  she played the Secretaries’ “Fight,Fight, Fight,” with the help of one of  Jeff Stuart’s guitarists.
 She ended with “Man, Woman, and Child,” and was called back for a solo encore of “Ignorance Prayer.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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