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George Canyon celebrates Canada by playing the hits

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Country star George Canyon made his annual visit to Lethbridge for a close to sold out show at Average Joes, Friday, Nov. 16.

George Canyon celebrates being Made in Canada, Nov. 16 at Average Joes. Photo by Richard Amery
 You know George Canyon is going to be a good time, and a solid bet for entertainment because he plays his hits and other popular hits in spades and gets you up on your feet. He’s big and affable and you just want to party to his music.

 He had a solid band behind him, all sporting Team Canada hockey jerseys, including a guitarist, bassist and drummer plus keyboardist Mike Little, who brought out the accordion for a couple of songs including “Good Day To Ride” and a little later, Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.”

  I missed his show opening version of “ The Hockey Song,” which was an  apt way to  open his  Made In Canada tour stop, not to mention a great way to present his latest album “Southside of Heaven,” which features the Stompin’ Tom Connors ’ classic.

 His hit heavy set was interspersed with jokes and stories and  little tidbits of Canadian history.

Mike Little adds accordion to George Canyon's music. photo by Richard Amery
So all the familiar mid tempo rockers and heartfelt ballads  were there including  “Slow Dance,” which had a good sized crowd doing just that, “ I Believe in Angels” and “Never Do Better Than You.”

 Another highlight from the new CD was “Your Old Man’s Son,” but the show was all about his multitude of hits, interspersed with Canadian trivia.

Because the show was Made in Canada, he dedicated the middle of the show to a tight acoustic medley of Canadian artists including Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray and Ian Tyson.

 He was supposed to play a version of The Tragically Hip’s “Blow at High Dough,” but I missed it as there were other to shows I wanted to see.

 He did play one of his early hits- a countrified cover of Crowded House’s “Better Be Home Soon.” and the always popular version of “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
 I ducked out after one of Canyon’s newer hits “I Got This.”

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 30 November 2018 00:42 )

Matt Patershuk runs the gamut of blues, country and roots music

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It is always a pleasure to see La Glace based folk/ country singer Matt Patershuk, so I was glad to arrive just in time for his second set at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Nov. 16.

Matt Patershuk returned to Lethbridge last week. Photo by Richard Amery
 He was in the mood to share some music and  relax a decent sized crowd with his big, soothing, rumbling baritone voice, which reminded me of Edmonton folk singer Scott Cook.

 He was joined by a drummer, lead guitarist and upright bassist to add a big, rockabilly style bottom end.

 He rode the edge of traditional ’50s style country music and  gut shaking slide blues, switching between a battered acoustic guitar and a old white Telecaster for the more country songs.

 He  played a variety of new originals plus a few choice covers of songs by bluesman Sonny Boy Williamson and Hank Williams.
His originals were heartfelt and though provoking, especially one based on the Greek myth of Atlas.

 But he was equally adept at playing old blues tunes including an excellent cover of “Jump , Jive and Wail,” which worked even without a horn section.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 30 November 2018 11:09 )

Queen of the Worms help celebrate birthday with a masquerade

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Local alternative rock band Queen of the Worms celebrated popular Slice server and local musician Megan Rourke’s masquerade birthday party with  a whole lot of alt country tinged rock music at the Slice, Friday, Nov. 16.

Tyler Bird of Queen of the Worms dressed for a masquerade. Photo by Richard Amery
A small, but enthusiastic  audience danced in the dark, sporting a variety of fancy masks.

Frontman Tyler Bird was joined by bassist Paul Holden and  drummer Clayton Smith for the show.

 They played a variety of original  material ranging from roots rock to blues with a touch of country and a lot of alternative rock.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 30 November 2018 00:29 )

Chris Snelgrove and Craig Baceda meld their musical minds on Mind Merge

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Local singer Chris (Giph) Snelgrove’s mind merged with his singing teacher, multi-instrumentalist and guitar whiz Craig Baceda for a new CD Mind Merge.

Mind Merge combines the talents of Chris Snelgrove and Craig Baceda.
“I’ve actually  been doing vocal lessons with Craig and we ended up working on these songs together, which is pretty cool,” said Snelgrove, who was formerly the lead singer for local metal band To The Mountains.

“ This CD more is more classic  rock, which is different for both of us as Craig usually does  a lot of Yngwie Malmsteen shredding. When To The Mountains fizzled, I started collaborating with Craig,” he said.

Baceda plays, drums, guitar and bass on the CD while Snelgrove provides his lyrics, voice and some keyboards.
 He had a lot to get off his chest lyrically, so the CD explores his feelings after his divorce as well as his love for the mountains.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 November 2018 00:19 ) Read more...

Plenty of country to start December

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Welcome in December with live music. The biggest show of the week is rising country star Brett Kissel who returns to Lethbridge to play the Enmax Centre, Thursday, Nov. 29 as part of his  “We Were This Song tour. Tickets are $58. The show begins at 8 p.m. Dan Davidson is shares the bill.

In Cahoots release their new Cd at the Owl acoustic Lounge, Friday, Nov. 30. Photo by Richard Amery
But before that, get your fix of blues, folk, exotic music and heartfelt stories from Vancouver musician Bocephus King, who returns to Lethbridge to play a special show at the Slice on Wednesday, Nov. 28 with the Lethbridge Belly dancers beginning at 9 p.m.

The Lethbridge Jazz Ensembles perform at  the University of Lethbridge Recital hall on Wednesday, Nov. 28 as well at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 regular, $15 for seniors, and alumni and $12 for students.

Or end November with lots of laughs at the Owl Acoustic Lounge’s monthly stand-up comedy open mic on Wednesday, Nov. 28.
There’s a whole lot of country going on this week. In addition to the Brett Kissel concert, Nov. 29, Suzanne Scott and the Dusty Rose band return to Casino Lethbridge on the weekend.

 On the more Canadiana side, Grande Prairie’s Brad Lynch band play the Slice, Friday, Nov. 30 with Winkler , Manitoba’s  Joe Wilson who considers Waylon Jennings, Townes Van Zandt, Colter Wall and Whitey Morgan to be among his many influences.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 November 2018 21:24 ) Read more...
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