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Gordie Tentrees and Roger Marin play authentic roots and blues

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It’s a crying shame that only 14 people were on hand to hear Gordie Tentrees and Roger Marin at the Slice on Sunday, Aug. 5 when several hundred spread out on a big open field to hear mainstream country acts at the Canadian Country Weekend.

They missed an amazing show. Tentrees and Marin counted Lethbridge as their sixth show in a 128 date tour which takes them all over Canada and Europe.

Gordie Tentrees playing music from his new CD “North Country Heart.” Photo by Richard Amery
 Marin, who played in Fred Eaglesmith’s band for many years and still plays the odd gig with him, played a brief solo set with drummer Pat Phillips of familiar material, mostly from his last CD. He played “Rosie,” and ended his set with “You Hate Yourself.” on which Tentrees joined him on stage to add some bluesy harp.

 Tentrees wasn‘t perturbed by the poor turnout.

“You’re the finest 14 people we’ve ever had the pleasure of playing for,” he grinned as he crashed into one of many exuberant honky tonking number “Same Old Chords.”

“You’re doing what we want you to, you’re playing attention.”

 Marin alternated between pedal steel guitar and  some deadly lead guitar, playing country music like it should be played all the way through. These was some hurting pedal steel, some chicken picking guitar from Marin, a  little twang and a lot of blues. Fantastic.

Tentrees played several from his latest CD “North Country Heart,” as well as older songs. He cracked jokes, chuckling about  wring songs  for women to help them forget there was no running water in his cabin north of Whitehorse. He blew some cool harp and alternated between intricate fingerpicking and a little slide.

He dedicated a Happy Birthday” song to his son, who he connected with in Edmonton before coming to Lethbridge and sang a lot of songs inspired by living in the Yukon. His nephew Aiden Tentrees sang back-up vocals. I was sorry to leave early, but was glad to catch some of the late starting show.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 August 2012 10:47 )  
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