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Cuff the Duke show reminiscent of Blue Rodeo

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Cuff the Duke frontman Wayne petti. Photo by Richard AmeryI was expecting Toronto indie-rock/ folk band Cuff the Duke’s show at the Geomatic Attic, Oct. 10 to be sold out, but it wasn’t even close. It is a shame, because even though I only caught half the set and missed opening act Jenn Grant, I was very impressed.

They should have had people hanging off the rafters because the will be the next Blue Rodeo, which makes sense as Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor has produced their last three albums.

Cuff the Duke have been playing together for many years and their show showed it. They were completely at home of the stage as frontman Wayne Petti chatted affable with the crowd, told a few stories about other Lethbridge shows and introduced songs.

 They  have really nailed  Blue Rodeo’s country-rock sound, complete with vocal harmonies.

 They played about half of their new records “Union” and had a good portion of the audience singing along with them. There was some fantastic fiddle playing to end the show.

Petti conducted them as they sang one of the band’s older songs “ If I Live, and If I Die.”

By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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