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Sarah Burton back to “breathe fire” in Lethbridge

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Oakville, Ontario based singer songwriter Sarah Burton is back with a brand new CD Fire Breather.

 It is a more upbeat, country rock affair but it explores some familiar themes.
“It’s a series of stories about transition and travelling tied together with spaghetti western music,” Burton explained on the way to Red Deer.

She will be playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, June 23 with bassist Luke Stackhouse. She decided to combine three of her characters who kept cropping up in her songs — the outlaw, the laSarah Burton returns to Lethbridge, June 23. Photo by Richard Amerydy and the man who was too good all of who were inspired by friends of hers.

“ I found these three characters kept coming up in my songs, so I decided to put them together. A lot of my friends are at a turning point in their lives deciding between what they are doing, what they want to do and what they have to do. So I decided to combine them here. They’re deciding whether to start a family, get jobs or travel,” she said.

 The Cd includes a combination of twangy country, some blues, a lot of rock as well as the more laid back folk songs she is best known for.
“ It is definitely more up beat rock and roll,” she said adding it shows her continued musical evolution.
“It’s definitely showed my progression over a few years. It’s been a couple years since the last one came out (2010 when Mayflower was released),” she said.

She has been playing some of the songs live for quite awhile though.

“We’ve been playing our version of ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ for a while now,” she said adding most of the songs are newer.

 While the new CD isn’t officially going to be released until Aug. 12,  digital versions have been available for a month and they have CDs  for their tour.
 She is enjoying playing with Stackhouse.

“There is more variety  because he can fingerpick as well as the bow,” she said.

 While her Lethbridge show will focus on the new CD, some of the more up-tempo rockers may be left out.
“Some of them just don't sound right without the band,” she said adding they will be playing with the band for several dates including one in Calgary in July.
There is no cover for the show at the Owl, which begins, at approximately 9 p.m.,  June 23.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 17 June 2012 11:57 )  
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