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Cousin Harley amped about Rockabilly Riot

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Cousin Harley aka Paul Pigat is looking forward to being back in Alberta to be part of the Rockabilly Riot in the Geomatic Attic parking lot, July 4.
“I’m looking forward to being back in Alberta, because visiting Alberta once a year isn’t enough,” said Pigat, who has played theCousin Harley aka Paul Pigat is looking forward to returning to Lethbridge, July 4. Photo submitted Geomatic Attic with several acts but made his first visit with Cousin Harley (including drummer Jesse Cahill and bassist Keith Picot, who also plays with Hurricane Felix)  last year.

The show will open with local rockabilly trio Bent 8 at 4 p.m. followed by Eve Hell and the Razors at 5 p.m., Hurricane  Felix and the Southern Twisters at 6 p.m. followed by  Cousin Harley at 7 p.m.
“It’s going to be  a 90 minute set, so I’ll start with a full rockabilly set, then maybe a western set than go completely insane after that,” Pigat chuckled adding the show will showcase everything he does from rock, rockabilly, country and even a little jazz.

“It’s like gumbo, man, there’s a little bit of everything,” he said.
“We’re a very improvisational based band. No matter where I’m going, Jesse and Keith know exactly where I’m going and can follow it,” he continued adding they are just beginning the tour in support of  their new CD ’It’s A Sin’ which was released in late May.

“We don’t know how stage sales are yet, but sales from CDbaby and iTunes are going well. It took way too long to get it out there,” he said adding they had it in the can back in January, but didn’t want to release it  in the post -Christmas lull, then didn’t want to compete with the Olympics and Paraolympics.

“Cousin Harley records are  usually recorded, mixed and mastered within two weeks because that keeps it fresh. It’s supposed to be real spontaneous rock and roll which doesn’t work if you start overthinking guitar parts,” said Pigat, who is endorsed by Gretsch guitars and plays with a  variety of diverse musicians.

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Lots of live music for Canada Day celebrations

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The Desert Wind  Belly Dancers perform Canada Day. Photo by Richard AmeryCelebrate Canada Day this long weekend by taking in  some classic Canadian music,  especially local music.
 There is a day long bash at Galt Gardens beginning at 10:15 with Vercitile , they will be followed by Christian rockers, Shine at 11 a.m. followed by Treeline (11:50) , Alyssa McQuaid (12:45), the Ben Brown Trio at 1 p.m.  Carol Arber (1:45) Suite 33 ( 2 p.m.) Matt Robinson (2:45) Doublejack (3 p.m) , Stan Ashbee ( 3:50) and the Living Luca will bring things crashing to a close at 4:05. The 
Living Luca closes Canada Day celebrations at the Galt 

There are also a couple Canada Day shows at the Mocha Cabana. Brad James plays from 12:30- 1:30 p.m. with the Herb Hicks Jazz Quartet following at  2-5 p.m.

There is also a show at Henderson Lake beginning at 10 a.m. with a 5 km Red Dress run. The schedule is 10 a.m.: Red Dress 5 K
Noon: U of L Steel Drums; 1 p.m.: Who’s Yer Daddy;2 p.m.: Eyes of Isis; 2:45 p.m.: Glencoulee; 3:30 p.m.: Desert Winds Belly dancers; 4 p.m.: opening ceremonies; 4:20 p.m.: Rocky Mountain Cloggers; 4:45: J.J First Chargers; 5 p.m.: Matthew Power hypnotist; 5:45 p.m. : Ammena dancers; 6 p.m.: Chinook Community Orchestra; 6:40: Ammena Dancers; 7 p.m. Community Golden  Band; 7:40: Ammena Dancers; 8 p.m.: Southern Flyer; 8:40 p.m.: Fire spinners; 9 p.m. Düus Blues band; 9:40 p.m.: fire spinners; 10 p.m.: Fast Times; 11 p.m.: fireworks.

Mahoney plays Canada Day at the Blarney Stone. A new open mic  begins this Thursday (July 1) The Owl Acoustic Lounge will be  holding an early Thursday night open mic. The sign up begins at 7:30. It competes with existing open mics at the Good Earth Coffee House and Beaches on Thursdays.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 June 2010 09:46 ) Read more...

Roger Marin bringing real country to Lethbridge

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Anybody who has toured and survived Fred Eaglesmith’s relentless touring schedule, will end up a better performer and Roger Marin plays the Slice, Sunday. Photo submittedsongwriter for the experience.
 Such is the case of ‘country’  singer Roger Marin, who spent years touring with Eaglesmith and Willie P Bennet, but has just begun touring on his third solo Cd ‘Silvertown.’
“This is more of a band CD,” said Marin who is is bringing his band, drummer Matt Keighan, bassist Phil Bosley and lead guitarist Mike Tuyp to the Slice, June 27. While he wrote or co-wrote most of the songs on the new CD, the band members also contributed a couple of the tracks.
While  the first couple tracks off the new CD sound a little  more mainstream country, Marin said that wasn’t his intention.
“When people  call me a country musician, they’re thinking Tim McGraw. To me that’s not really country, to me country is Buck Owens. I’m influenced by more outlaw country. I think we just wanted to to play what  we play as a band plays on stage,” he said.
“ But if people think it’s more radio friendly, maybe that will help as far as getting radio airplay,” he continued adding it is more important to write an honest song than think about radio airplay.
“The subject matter really reflects my experiences. I’ve never really been political, I usually write about everyday experiences, ” he said adding very few of the songs had been performed live before this tour.
“Silvertown is about a town outside of Niagara Falls where we live, that had a factory that was pretty toxic. A lot of people died and it got shut down by a lawsuit. People don’t even call it Silvertown anymore because of it,” he said, adding the band took some time off , trimming their touring schedule down from 250 dates to 150.


Deep Dark Woods return with organ powered country fun

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Another full house danced the night away with  Saskatoon roots/country group the Deep Dark Woods at the Slice, June 19.The Deep Dark Woods set down a hypnotic country groove. Photo by Richard Amery
While they had a lot of great country roots hooks, the organ and piano made this show for me. 

Throughout they set down a cool country groove which immediately appealed to the audience

They played a few tender, slower country ballads but also showed they could rock the place and then some.

They were enjoying themselves on stage, whether playing tender ballads, extended jams or rocking it on stage, their enthusiasm and energy  rubbed off on the audience.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Lethbridge shows native talent at Eagles Hall

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It was an ‘Indian Summer’ at a big show at the Eagles’ Hall on the north side, Saturday, June 19.
 A decent sized crowd sat placidly and watched some  energetic native talent as a variety of duos, trios and full bands played a variety of different music.
 Geoff Stuckey of Sevenday Sin at the Eagle’s Hall. Photo by Richard AmeryA new band, Kenzie Kill was a highlight as they started their long set with a respectable version of the Ramones’ ‘Pet Semetary.’

The two-month old  group played numerous popular ’90s grunge and rock hits as well as some interesting  originals which showed off lead singer Amanda’s impressively loud vocals.
 Calgary horror punk trio Frightenstein put on the best performance of the nighFrightenstein were a sight at the Eagles Hall, June 19. Photo by 
Richard Ameryt, playing Misfits/Ramones/White Zombie influenced music  which could be best described as the soundtrack to a zombie  attack.

The three were dressed as pale-faced, blood stained zombies and the singer, clad in top hat and bloody smock howled into a microphone decorated by skulls. The drummer pounded  the life out of a massive drum kit which dwarfed him as he pounded away with thunderous rage. They got the audience out of their seats and on the feet , banging their heads.

A lot of them eventually wandered out into the streets where the police showed up at about 10:30 p.m., to send them to trickling back inside for the rest of the energetic set.

An interesting father-son duo, the Johnny Rains band were next with something slightly softer. They played some decent reggae/ska/ profanity laden rap music for the audience who seemed to be enjoying it.

The bassist bounced all over the stage, while programming drums on a keyboard at the front of the stage.
To finish the night, local grunge, detuned nü metal band SevenDay Sin took the stage amongst a blanket of smoke and lasers.
 This was the first gig with new guitarist Geoff Stuckey and bassist Shane Love who both locked right in for a set of upbeat modern rock. They put on an excellent show and sounded tight, displaying a lot of energy.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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