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Doc MacLean and Albert Frost play the blues for Lethbridge folk club

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It is always a treat when  Doc MacLean plays the blues in Lethbridge. His return to the Lethbridge Folk Club on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Lethbridge College Cave was no exception as approximately 50 people admired his work.

 He is always joined by other talented people. Albert Frost plays guitar with a bow for the Lethbridge Folk Club, Nov. 10 at the Lethbridge College Cave. photo by Richard Amery

This time is was the pride of South Africa, Albert Frost, who was in the middle of a hot solo set, while MacLean took a seat at the back of the room to watch.

 Frost   played some exotic acoustic guitar, looped a lick of it and switched to electric mid song, produced a violin bow and did his best Jimmy Page imDoc MacLean and Albert Frost plays for the Lethbridge Folk Club, Nov. 10 at the Lethbridge College Cave. photo by Richard Amerypression over the repeating riff.

 MacLean returned , donned his National steel and played a “spiritual song“ while Frost added a subtle solo.

 Frost played another song, with MacLean accompanying him.

  I was in time for  two of my Doc MacLean favourites as MacLean howled out “Angola Prison Rodeo.”

They were called back for an encore of “Jelly Roll Blues.”
 Maclean wandered into the audience for the last couple notes and the duo bowed good bye.

— by Richard Amery, L.A.Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 November 2018 11:28 )

Lots of blues, jazz and fundraisers this week

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There is all kinds of jazz and blues happening this week in Lethbridge.AC DC tribute Who Made Who return to Lethbridge this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
 Start off the week on Wednesday as Winnipeg’s Dirty Catfish Brass band return to the Slice for a big show of new Orleans jazz and pop infused tunes beginning at 8:30 p.m. Just down the block, the Owl Acoustic Lounge features their usual bi monthly Jazz jam with HBO3 and Josh Davies on Wednesday night as well.

 On Sunday Winnipeg’s Joey Landreth plays the Geomatic Attic, winding up their year. He was a hit at Whoop up Days this year opening for the Sheepdogs. Tickets are $32.50. As usual, Geomatic Attic shows begins at 8 p.m. sharp.
The Slice hosts a special fundraising concert for flood relief in the southern  India state of Kerala, Nov. 23., Jory Kohn hosts the evening, which will be full of performances by  Ajay Jameson, Fox Kit, Frankie and the Bridge Mix, rapper Latin Rev and blues band Zojo Black. Admission is a minimum $10 donation. Slightly different, local rock band Biloxi Parish return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 23 with Mark Andrew Spencer.
Ocver at the university of Lethbridge, local folk musician Tyson Ray Borsboom and Max Hopkins play the Zoo at the Student’s Union Building.

If you want to rock, AC DC tribute Who Made Who returns to Average Joes, Nov. 23 with local band Old School Admission is $20 on the day of the show,  or $50 including a prime rib buffet.
 If you are in a  ’90s mood, Uncovered play Casino Lethbridge, Friday and Saturday.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 November 2018 00:09 ) Read more...

Joey Landreth growing with the blues

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Winnipeg guitarist Joey Landreth comes by his blues honestly.

“ I grew up listening to my dad play the blues and my mom. There was always blues on the record player. So I come by it honestly,” said Landreth, from Los Angeles, one of several west coast U.S. shows he’s playing before returning to Lethbridge to play the Geomatic Attic, Nov. 25.Joey Landreth returns to Lethbridge, Sunday, Nov. 25, when he plays the Geomatic Attic. Photo by Richard Amery

“I’ve been to Lethbridge a lot, because I used to play guitar in a lot of country bands like Emerson Drive and Doc Walker,” said Landreth, who opened for the Sheepdogs at Whoop Up Days in the summer.
“ That was a great show. Any day you get to watch the Sheepdogs is a great day,” he said.

 He is also in a band with his brother Dave in  the Bros. Landreth, but this tour is with bassist  Meg Dolovich and drummer Roman Clarke.

“I’ve literally been playing with Meg since the eighth grade and Roman is this amazing producer and singer songwriter,” he said.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 November 2018 22:39 ) Read more...

Dirty Catfish Brass band celebrating New Orleans music

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The Dirty Catfish Brass Band out of Winnipeg  show their love for New Orleans, not to mention pop music.
 They return to the Slice, next Wednesday, Nov. 21.The Dirty Catfish Brass Band return to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 They were at the slice almost exactly a year ago and tenor saxophonist Kyle Wedlake is excited to return and share the band’s love for New Orleans jazz music.
“ We’ve got to headline a lot of great festivals this year including the Winnipeg Jazz Festival and Winnipeg Fringe Festival,” Wedlake enthused.

 The band formed back in 2011, inspired by a couple of the members’ visits to New Orleans, who brought back their enthusiasm for the raucous jazz down south.

“So it’s been seven super years,” he said.

“ Most of us  have degrees in jazz performance. There’s a core of us in the band but we play with a lot of different musicians. There will be seven of us in Lethbridge,” he said.
“We’re inspired by a lot of New Orleans bands, jazz bands and funeral bands. But unlike most New Orleans jazz bands, we have a frontman (Aaron Codiker), he said adding, like most New Orleans style jazz bands, they all have shout along with gang vocals.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 November 2018 17:10 ) Read more...

Gord Bamford plays the hits and sings with special guests

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I’ve interviewed Lacombe based country star Gord Bamford many times, but always seem to miss his shows.Gord Bamford admires a guitar solo at Average Joes, Nov. 6. photo by Richard Amery
 While he barely  cracked a smile  throughout his hit heavy set, Nov. 6 at Average Joes his band mates beamed as if they were in a blissful place especially bassist Lisa Dodd, who grinned, laid down some sick country bass licks, sang stunning  lead vocals on a couple of songs and even better, sported a T-shirt from one of my favourite bands Nashville Pussy, which I wasn’t expecting to see at a country show. 

Jo Jo Mason performing with Gord Bamford's band. Photo by Richard Amery His hot band dialed right in supplying hot guitar and an unstoppable groove.

As a pleasant surprise, instead of having special guests Jo Jo Mason and  young up and comer Jade Eagleson open the show like most bands would, Bamford himself opened at 7:30 sharp with a couple of his bigger hits “Heard it In a song” and “Stayed ’til Two.” He worked though catchy boot stompers and sad ballads,  peaking with “Red Dress,”  before making way for Jo Jo Mason to sing an all too brief four song set of some of his hits including “ It’s All Good,” “Good Kind of love and, and “Something to Wrap My heart around  as Bamford rejoined him to sing “Groovin’ with you” Mason was a breath of fresh air, as much as I hate pop country, because he looked as happy as a pig  in parliament just to be on stage, playing with Bamford’s band who never missed a beat. Mason even rapped a little bit, which i could have done without.

As Mason beamed and left the stage, Bamford resumed his hit filled set with “Drinkin’ Buddy.” to which he got the close to sold out Tuesday night crowd to sing along with.
He looked happier as he picked up an acoustic guitar and told a story about working with Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy on ‘Ain’t it Grand.” Lisa Dodd sang the duet with him.Jade Eagleson playing with Gord Bamford's band. photo by Richard Amery

 After playing his big hit “Ain’t It Friday yet,” he once again made way for Jade Eagleson,  calling him the future of country music and noting he liked him because he was country, groLisa Dodd playing bass with Gord Bamford. Photo by Richard Amerywing up on an Ontario farm.
“ He’s on his first tour and he’s trying to keep up,” Bamford said.

 Eagleson sang in a vibrant, youthful baritone. He sang his big hit “ Got Your Name On it,” and played a couple others before Bamford returned to sing Johnny Cash]s “Folsom prison Blues.”
Bamford returned for more hits, ending with “Where a Farm Used to be,” and was called back for an encore of “Breakfast Beer.”

 As a special treat, he ended the show, but unleashing the band for a blistering version of “the Devil Went Down To Georgia,” featuring and medley of a variety of classic rock hits including ‘Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 and “Eye of the Tiger,” featuring Lisa Dodd on vocals again and  the two guitarists tearing up the fiddle solos on guitar.

— By Richard Amery, L.A.. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:52 )
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