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Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra regroup and return to the road

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Victoria based roots/ rock/ gypsy folk band Tequila Mockingbird  have regrouped with a new line up and are working on a new CD after taking a well deserved year long break.

 They stop by the Slice, May 28.The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra return to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
With band members scattered all over Canada from Victoria to Halifax,  they don’t see each other very often.
“We only get together record and rehearse and tour,” said frontman Kurt Loewen.

“ But  that’s how it’s always been, we’ve been making it work for us for six plus years,,” he continued.

“ It feels like we are a band based out of Victoria, but really we come from across Canada
 They are getting ready to release a long awaited new album which they recorded last year on Quadra island.

 Their time off was well deserved.
“ From January 2012 to February 2013, we were on the road for 11 of the months,” he said.
“And our fiddle player left the band because he got a job as a park ranger and our bass player Peter Mynett left the band to so we had to take some time to regroup,” Loewen continued.

They are excited about having new music.

“It’s really exciting. It is good to be back recording. It should be out in fall 2015,” he enthused.
 He and his wife Emily decided to gather the band and packed up all of their home recording  equipment from their home in Edmonton for the session on Quadra Island.

“ We completely self produced and self recorded this album. So it was really exciting. It’s gentler and a more lyrical album,” he described.
“And they are all new songs,” he added,noting the band hadn’t played most of them live before recording them.

 In the meantime, they have also been working with two new members, fiddler Mack Shields and Calgary based bassist Keith Rodger.

“Keith is a really good bass player and he plays some guitar too. And Mack is really talented singer and a great guitarist,” he continued.

 They haven’t played Lethbridge for a couple of years.
“ We were to play in Fall 2012, but we couldn’t get the schedule to work. Though we played the Twin Butte Store,” he said.

 The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra also plays the Waterton Lakes Opera House on May 29 on this tour as well.
“This time we have new music and new people in the band and new merch,” he enthused.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Monday, 26 May 2014 08:17 )  
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