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Country /roots songwriter Bobby Dove gaining accolades with “Thunderchild”

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Montreal based roots/ country musician Bobby Dove is looking forward to being back in Southern Alberta for a tour which includes a stop at the Owl Acoustic Lounge with Joey Only, Friday, July 28.Bobby Dove returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo submitted
She played the Owl Acoustic Lounge last November with Lance Loree.

“ There’s a bunch of great people there and we had a great steel guitar player, Bob Blair,” said Dove from a tour stop in Thunder Bay, after a long drive across the endless rocks and trees of Northern Ontario. Since then she has been touring in support of her first full length CD “Thunderchild.”

 The Lethbridge gig is included in a spate of Southern Alberta gigs including Twin Butte and Nanton.

 She recorded the new CD in Peterborough with some talented guests including Sam Weber of the Weber Brothers.
“I wanted  to get his brother (Ryan) to play bass too, but I got a rhythm section which came together,” Dove continued, noting she got Weber Brothers organ player Shai Peer to play on the CD as well.

She  also got Anna Ruddick (who has played with a variety of other musicians including Randy Bachman, Ben Caplan and Paul Reddick) to play additional bass on the CD.
 Her music has drawn praise from esteemed artists like Mary Gauthier, who observed:

“Bobby Dove is a gifted artist, and a brilliant new light on the songwriting scene. Her songs speak to my heart. Her work is a link in the chain that binds the future to the past. A time traveler, Bobby’s songs meld genres with the touch of a master. I am a fan.”
Dove said Gauthier has been a great mentor.

 “That was a really great feeling,” she said.


 When I was in Nashville, she convinced me to play one of my songs at a songwriting workshop and took me under her wing. So I feel like I’m the right track,” she continued, adding Gauthier made her a fan of Americana music.

“She has got some great songs. I love ‘Mercy Now.’ I love her song “I Drink.’  People laugh when they hear it, but when they listen to it, it is really a sad song,” she said.

“I’ve been learning how to play some of her songs.”

Another inspiration was Twin Butte born pedal steel player Bobby Hill, who passed away in 2015.

Dove said her Lethbridge show will feature music from the new CD as well as her her 2013 EP “Dovetails.”

“ I’ll also be playing some Hank Williams and George Jones,” she said.
 She enjoys being part of the Montreal roots music scene.”
“There’s some really great musicians. But the English speaking  scene is really isolated,” Dove observed, adding she is a relatively latecomer to music.
“ I played when I was 18 then stopped playing for four or five years, then a relationship ended and I started playing again for fun when I was 24 or 25,” she said, adding she started attending bluegrass jams in Montreal and then discovered blues jams, which lead her to folk and roots jams.
Bobby Dove and Joey Only play the owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, July 28 at 9 p.m. Admission is by donation.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 July 2017 09:24 )  
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