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Stagger avoids Canadian Country Music hoopla

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Local musician Leeroy Stagger was playing  a gig in Vancouver for his booking agent Paquin during the Canadian Country Music Awards week activities in Vancouver over the weekend but completely avoided all of the hoopla associated with the event.Leeroy Stagger and the Wildflowers. Photo Submitted
“We just came and played and left. We didn’t get on until 1  a.m.. It’s not something I really wanted to do, but sometimes you have to play the game,” said Stagger from Banff, where he was enjoying his honeymoon.
“I don’t really see the point of it. It’s just a bunch of people kissing each other’s asses, and it’s not something I really wanted to be part of. There wasn’t anyone there I really wanted to see. Corb Lund didn’t go and the Divorcees didn’t and that says something,” Stagger continued.
“And it’s not like we’re a country band. I love a lot of country music. But as far as country music is today, it is just pop music with a pedal steel guitar,” said Stagger, whose band, the Wildflowers,  plays the Slice, Sept. 27.
 He is excited  about a track, “Snowing in Nashville” from his latest release “Everything is Real” being used in episode of the new hit TV show “Defying Gravity.”
“I’ve had a couple big placements, but it’s usually something like “Just In Case” (which has been used in Grey’s Anatomy as well as other shows) but it’s nice to have something off the new record because I’m very proud of it. It’s very nice when something like that happens,” he said adding his record label which handles distribution and publicity as  his latest record is on his own label, RebelTone, would have arranged the song placement.
“I’m just happy they do that. My job is to make music, so this gives me a chance to focus on that and not selling it all the time. Making art is a full time job,” said Stagger, who is also busy booking gigs and making travel and accommodation arrangements.
 He is also working on a December tour with the Highway 3 Roots Review (Stagger, John Wort Hannam, and Dave McCann) and a January tour with ESP (Tim Easton, Leeroy Stagger and Evan Phillips).
— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 September 2009 16:14 )  
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