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Sean Burns returns to Lethbridge for several shows this week with new CD

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Winnipeg country musician Sean Burns is excited to return to Southern Alberta for a spate of shows including a couple of Calgary Stampede shows.Sean Burns returns to the Windy City Opry and Casino Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 He plays the Windy City Opry at the Slice with Carolyn Mark, Wednesday, July 17, and will be at Casino Lethbridge Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13.
“ I’m in Edmonton now and I’m playing Soulfest in Twin Butte (July 5-6),” Burns said on Friday.

 He will be joined by lead guitarist and Lethbridge’s Tyler Bird on drums, bassist Paul Holden and Skinny Dyck.
 He is touring in support of an innovative new CD “A Night of Country Music featuring Sean Burns and Lost Country, which he created as a pledge incentive for  the University of Winnipeg radio station CKUW’s annual fundrive.

“ I do a show called Boots and Saddle which is a lot like Skinny Dyck and T Bird’s Chin up Record Club ion CKXU. So I put on a show at (popular Winnipeg venue) Times Changed  High And Lonesome Club and invited all of these musicians like Del Barber and Andrew Neville to play with me and the host band. So it was different to have them playing with a different band. And all of the proceeds go back to the radio station,” he said.

The other guests include Skinny Dyck, Sol James, Frannie Klein, Gerry McIvor and Andrew Neville.
“It‘s getting a lot of play at the university and on community radio stations,“ he said.

He is bringing it on the road with him.
“ It‘s like being on a record label, I go on tour, sell the CD, and bring the money back to the radio station. But it’s for a good cause,” he said.

One of his highlights on the CD is a cover of Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen’s “Hot Rod Lincoln.”
“ I’ve been playing that song for years. My dad used to play it for me,” he said.

 He is looking forward to playing two really different shows in Lethbridge.

“I don’t know who’s going on first at the Slice, Carolyn Mark or me.  She’ll have two or three people with her. I’ve got the bigger band. So I’ll be playing one long set.  And it will also be most of my own music. At the Casino, I have to dig a little deeper.  It’s an older crowd, so I’ll be playing a lot more traditional country and people are there to dance, so I’m aware of that fact,” he said.

 He recently started playing  Lethbridge regularly.
“I played  for 10 years without ever playing Lethbridge. But audiences there are always out to have a good time,” he said.
He is working on two new musical projects — A tribute to Bakersfield country he plans to release in February and  an original project he plans to release in the fall.
“I’m staggering my releases. Young folks like to pepper people with singles, but I like  albums,” he said.
“I’ll dig deep for the Bakersfield project  for songs by people like Webb Pierce and Buck Owens.

 The Windy City Opry begins at 8 p.m. sharp, Wednesday, July 10. There is a $10 cover for that show as usual.
 Sean Burns plays Casino Lethbridge at 8 p.m. , Friday and Saturday. There is no cover for that show.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Monday, 08 July 2019 07:49 )  
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