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Shotgun Jimmie experiments for Lethbridge return

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You can never accuse Brandon based musician Shotgun Jimmie of being boring.Shotgun Jimmie wears bells for his Lethbridge show, June 3. Photo by Richard Amery

 He used to play in Lethbridge a lot but took a step back from music to concentrate on art school in Brandon.

But he made a lasting impression, because he had a good sized crowd when he returned to Lethbridge to bring his one man band to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, June 4. Local shoegaze/ alternative rock band Open Channels opened the show with a solid set of sludgy, fuzzy rock.

 Shotgun Jimmie played drums and guitar and sang, sometimes attaching bells to his head and arms for a couple of songs. He had a set list, but was so taken with the warm response that he completely threw that out the window after the first couple songs.

 He started on an upbeat note with “Suzy,” and carried on from there, introducing a lot of new songs which were very reminiscent of Joel Plaskett.
  He played a new song called “Riding My Bicycle, just accompanying himself on the drums and tackled a Guided By Voices  song a cappella, which had the audience singing along.

 He picked up his guitar and rocked out to a song inspired by Guided by Voices.
 Another new song explored trying to find parts of a DeLorean car. He completely gave up on one song about there being  too many flowers in the summer after confessing he was singing the verses in the wrong order, though the audience would have been happy for him to continue it.

 He cracked wry jokes noting “I know it’s my job to sing, not to pontificate, but you all need to move to Brandon, not that Open Channels play the Owl Acoustic Lounge. photo by Richard AmeryBrandon is worse, but that Lethbridge is better. There’s no place like Owl in Brandon,” he observed.
 He ended his set with a couple of more rocking numbers which had the crowd singing along.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 June 2015 11:37 )  
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