But Ottawa’s rockabilly/ garage rock band Gunsmoke were second with a lot of fleet fingered Gretsch picking and machine gun fast drumming which sounded like Duane Eddy meeting the Cramps in a dark alley. The stand up bass player was totally digging in on his big white bass and the band played unbelievably tight. And before I knew it, their set was over.
The crowd stayed on for Alley Cat Blues, a local band who are neither a blues band nor have anything to do with alley cats. However they did prove themselves to be an adept garage/pop punk band with plenty of razor sharp power chords, some claw sharp guitar solos whoa whoa whoah shout along choruses and a dark sense of humour as they were singing about a variety of things like the Grim Reaper, goalies and a ghost at a party.
Downstairs, Four of Winnipeg’s Magnificent 7s were hosting an open mic, but they played a couple sets of bluegrass and folk music including a great version of bluegrass standard ‘Rolling in My Sweet Baby’s Arms.”
— by Richard Amery L.A. Beat Editor