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Emily Triggs plays superb show for Windy City Opry

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The Windy City Opry returned to the Slice, Wednesday, Oct. 9.Emily Triggs playing the Windy City Opry, Oct. 9. Photo by Richard Amery
 I arrived at the end of Quebec born, Calgary based singer -songwriter Emily Triggs’s set.
She played an intimate set with just a lead guitarist. She sang heartfelt, captivating folk and country music while her guitarist Ben played tasteful guitar solos. She ended her set with an original, more traditional folk/roots song, which she sung in French, and which she  translated as “Leave Those Little Girls Alone.”

 She had a who’s who of the Lethbridge roots and folk scene in the audience who sat enraptured by her.

I wanted to hear an encore, but it wasn’t meant to be as she made way for Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset.
 I hadn’t heard them for a while and couldn’t stick around, but  I could tell from the first big blast of electrified blues, that it was going to be a great set.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 11 October 2019 20:22 )

Chron Goblin and Black Mastiff lay down heavy grooves

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The Owl Acoustic Lounge was sold out for an outstanding, wall shaking night of stoner rock and alternative rock courtesy of Calgary’s Chron Goblin and Edmonton/ Vancouver trio Black Mastiff, Oct. 10.

 It is great to see sold out shows in the middle of the week, especially, when  they are ticketed events. The Owl doesn’t usually do ticketed shows, so it was an especially pleasant surprise. 

Black mastiff returned to rock the Owl, Oct. 10. Photo by Richard Amery
 Both band have new albums out and played lots of music from them for an enthusiastic audience clustered in front of the stage.
 I missed opening act FaceCut, but arrived in time to catch about half of Chron Goblin’s set.

 They played a tight set of heavy, punk tinged set of rock that came right out of the mid ’70s. They had plenty of huge guitar riffs and a massive bass groove.

 They sounded like a mix of Teenage Bottle Rocket, Budgie and Mountain.
 They ended their set with a heavier, more psychedelic number, which featured lots of groove and a hot guitar solo.Chron Goblin performing at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 10. Photo by Richard Amery

 Black mastiff channelled Mountain even more than Chron Goblin, but also referenced more modern influences like Queens of the Stone Age, and ’90s alternative rock  like Finger Eleven.

 They had wah wah pedal drenched riffs and delay soaked solos, plenty of groove and played another phenomenal show.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 11 October 2019 18:33 )

Jimmy Rankin leads sold out audience down memory lane

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Jimmy Rankin of the Rankin Family renown played two sold out shows at the Geomatic Attic, Oct. 9 and 10 in the middle of their Route 19 tour.

Jimmy Rankin playing the Geomatic Attic, Oct. 10 Photo by Richard Amery
 I only caught part of the Oct. 10 show in the sweltering Attic. I missed Mariel Buckley‘s opening set. But I enjoyed Jimmy Rankin and multi-instrumentalist Jamie Robinson, who took an enthusiastic audience on a journey down  memory lane. Rankin explained most of his songs were inspired by small towns on Route 19, the primary road across Cape Breton.

The duo began their set on acoustic guitars and started slowly with a pair of tenderly beautiful songs about snow and the north country painting vivid word pictures.

 He played several tracks of his latest CD “Movin’ East,” including one of my favourites, the upbeat country foot stomper “Been Away.”
 He had the audience singing along, clapping and interacting from the first note of his set.

 He chatted about growing up with his siblings in Mabou, Nova Scotia, forming the Rankin family and borrowing from his eldest sister in L.A. to fund their first cassette in 1989 , putting their mom’s address as the contact info, getting her to field phone calls, and then selling it to gas stations and grocery stores all over  Nova Scotia before they caught on with the rest of Canada, then played one of their earliest hits “Orangedale Whistle,” which Rankin noted lead to a lot of people traveling to Orangedale to see the train station in the song.
 Jamie Robinson switched to electric guitar to play a couple tasteful, Northern Pikes sounding solos and  picked up an electric mandolin for the more Celtic numbers.
 Rankin played a couple beautiful harmonica solos.

 He told the story behind a new song “Thin Ice,” prefacing it with the story  a time when people used to visit each other and  have tea, then of the  the main character John Dee, who always wore a black suit and  drowned   while walking in thin ice to get his hat which the wind blew onto the river.

 Rankin delved back into his solo catalogue and played an upbeat country song “Back Road Paradise.”

He prefaced that by talking about living in Nashville and deciding to move back home once his kids started talking with a southern accent and actually making the move after Donald Trump won the 2016 election, which drew cheers.

That song showed off Rankin’s lovely lilting tenor voice and allowed Jamie Robinson to lay down another face melting mandolin solo.
 He recorded the new album with Joel Plaskett and talked a little about that experience before playing another new song.

 I left during the rousing “Moving On,” as I didn’t want to miss Chron Goblin and Black Mastiff at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 11 October 2019 18:35 )

Whole lot of rock leading up to Thanksgiving weekend

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There is a whole lot of rock happening this week.Carter Felker returns to the Slice for the Windy City Opry this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 Open things up with Keith Woodrow’s A Slice of blues jam at the Slice, Oct. 8. Come out and play the blues.

But first, the Geomatic Attic features two big shows with Nova Scotia musician Jimmy Rankin. Rankin is “moving west” on his Songs From Route 19 tour in support of his most recent album “Moving East.” Rankin plays the Geomatic Attic, Oct. 9 and 10. Jimmy Rankin plays the Geomatic Attic, Oct. 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets are $42.50 for members and $47.50 for non -members.
 In a similar vein, the Windy City Opry  features Quebec born, Calgary based folk musician Emily Triggs and Calgary country folk musician Carter Felker. The Opry begins at 8 p.m. sharp. Admission is $10.

 For the complete opposite to that, The Owl Acoustic Lounge features a big stoner rock night on Oct. 10 with Calgary’s Chron Goblin and Edmonton/Vancouver trio Black Mastiff who both have brand new albums out. Local band Facecut is also on the bill. They play the Owl Acoustic Lounge at 9 p.m. for a special ticketed event. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

 The Slice rocks on Friday, Oct. 11, with the Northern Pirate Radio Metal music bash featuring Calgary metal band Syryn, local Celtic metal band Nyghtblead, Local rock band Quick Draw and Eons of Earth. Admission is $10.

 For something a little more low key, Cal Toth and Katie LaRoque’s Dueling Pianos returns to Average Joes , Oct 11 as well.
Go country at Casino Lethbridge with Ryan Lindsay, who is performing there, Oct. 10 and 11.


Frankie and the Bridge Mix bring back the spirit of the ’50s

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Frankie and the Bridge Mix have found a niche among Lethbridge cover bands—1950s pop music.Frankie and the Bridge Mix at the Slice, Sept.27. Photo by Richard Amery
 There are lots of cover bands that focus on the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, but none that just focus exclusively on the ’50s. Enter Frankie and The Bridge Mix, who packed the Slice for their first official gig, Sept. 27.

 There is definitely a need for people to just cut loose and dance and have a good time, so it was great to see the Slice packed with people doing all of the above. I didn’t get to many gigs last week due to school, snow and sickness, but was glad I caught that one.

 They feature three of Lethbridge’s best singers, Erica Hunt, Ashley Thomson and Victoria Officinalis, who each took turns singing the  hits of the 50s. Erica Hunt and Ashley Thomson also added duelling kazoos, taking the place of  horn sections which were a prominent feature of ’50s pop.

 They were a lot of fun as they blasted through two minute gems of sugary sweet pop, nonsense music, doo wop, rock and roll and surf music, encouraging the audience to pull out their best swing dance and ’50s moves.

Some of the highlights were “Sea Cruise,” Rockin Robin’,” Lollypop, Lollypop, and “Rama Lama Ding Dong,” which let everyone show off their vocal range and harmonizing abilities.
 I’ve heard Erica Hunt and Victoria Officinalis sing before, but seldom get to hear the very animated Ashley Thomson, who was not only hilarious, but showed an impressive vocal range throughout the set
 Guitarist Frank Daigle ended their first set with a sinister version of Link Wray’s instrumental hit “Rumble.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Saturday, 05 October 2019 16:53 )
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