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Matt Patershuk brings the good vibes and a variety of music

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Wednesday shows are always tough to get to even with the new time for my punk show on CKXU Disco Sucks punkin’ Old School, which now runs from 10 to midnigMatt Patershuk returned to the  Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 20. Photo by Richard Ameryht on Wednesdays. But I was hoping to catch at least a few songs  from Matt Patershuk and his hot band at the Owl acoustic lounge, Nov. 20.

 It was supposed to start early, but they were waiting for more people, who never showed up.   So it was just a lucky handful of people who caught an exceptional show from Grande Prairie areas country/ folk musician Matt Patershuk.

  he looked like he was going to play his new CD “If Wishes Were Horses,” in order, so that meant he started his set played my favourite song from the album “ The Blues Don’t Bother Me,” first.

 It was as bluesy as the name reflects, but he went more traditional country for  his tribute to Ernest Tubbs “ Ernest Tubbs Had Fuzzy Slippers,” which he prefaced by saying it was inspired by a podcast about The famous country musician.

 Patershuk sang in a good vibes filled, soothing baritone reminiscent of Edmonton folk musician Scott Cook.

 His band was tight and lead guitarist Ben Longman played some beautifully tasteful leads, which brought the Steve Dawson produced CD to life.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 November 2019 18:10 )

The blues rock with Driving While Blind

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 Local blues rock band  Driving While Blind had a full house at the Slice, Saturday, Nov. 16.Frank Gutjahr with Driving while Blind., Nov. 16 at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery
 They played a whole lot of traditional blues and  blues influenced rock.

 The band including Frank Gutjhar, Vic Brown, bassist Alex Thomson and Bud Peterson, delivered the blues in spades.
 As usual, Gutjahr sang impressively like Bon Scott on “Live Wire” and “Shot Down in Flames.”


Thomson also sang lead vocals for several songs including several ZZ Top hits like “Tush” and  “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers.”
 Gutjahr also  sang a moving version of “She Talks to Angels.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 November 2019 17:42 )

Breanne Urban joins Uncovered for casino shows

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Breanne Urban spread her pop wings with local ’90s  and modern rock and pop band Uncovered at Casino Lethbridge, Saturday, Nov. 16.

Breanne Urban singing with Uncovered at Casino Lethbridge, Nov. 16. Photo by Richard Amery
 She had to fill the big shoes and voice of Allison Hawkins, who moved back to her family in Manitoba.

 Urban, who  is usually singing country music with her band Southern Flyer, was more than up to the task, but just not the same.

 She added extra background vocals, but also belted out an excellent version of Cher’s “ If I Could Turn Back Time,” and  “Shut Up and Dance.”
Uncovered  had the Casino dance floor packed with Breanne Urban fans as well as uncovered fans as usual when they play.

 So though the match up my not be permanent, it  definitely worked.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 November 2019 17:49 )

Zachary Lucky reflects on parenthood at Windy City Opry

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It is always a pleasure to see Zachary Lucky back in Lethbridge. The Saskatchewan born, Orillia based songwriter returned to play the  Windy City Opry at the Slice, Wednesday, Nov. 13.Zachary Lucky at the Slice for the Windy City Opry, Nov. 13. Photo by Richard Amery
 I only caught the first couple of  his songs. But was glad to catch Shaela Miller’s opening set.

 She’s set herself a  challenge to write a song every month and played one of them. Then she played a new song Richard Inman wrote for her. After that she channelled her inner Dolly Parton to  play a couple of her hits including  “Coat of Many Colours,” which perfectly suited Shaela Miller‘s inimitable warble.

Shaela Miller opening the Windy City Opry at the Slice, Nov. 13. Photo by Richard Amery
 Zachary Lucky focused on music from his latest CD “Midwestern.” He sang in a soothing baritone that was reminiscent of Gordon Lightfoot. He told stories about moving to Orillia and meeting his wife at the Mariposa Folk festival and settling down to raise a family with her.

So a lot of the new songs were about the 2014 move and parenthood.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 November 2019 17:23 )

Old Man Luedecke tries to earn “Easy Money” on the road with with full band

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Halifax-area based folk musician Chris “Old Man” Luedecke returns to Lethbridge to play the Lethbridge College Cave for the Lethbridge Folk Club, Saturday, Nov. 23 with a full band in support of his new album “ Easy Money.”
“I  usually travel as a solo artist. But it‘s been really fun to  have a bigger sound. And most of the band are also on the album,” Luedecke said, en route to Sherwood Park.Old Man Luedecke returns to Lethbridge, Nov. 23. Photo by Richard Amery

Lead guitarist Michael O’ Brien, drummer Jamie Thompson, and bassist Charlotte Cornfield, who will also be opening the show, will be backing  Luedecke as he plays guitar and banjo.
 He had to cancel a few shows early in the tour, but is fighting fit now.

“I have a recurring shoulder injury that flared up, but I took a couple of weeks off and it’s better now,” he said, adding he has been enjoying the eastern leg of the tour which has taken him from Winnipeg to Saskatoon and then Sherwood Park and down to Medicine Hat before playing the Folk Club.

“ It‘s been a lot of fun so far. Morale is really high. For the past 15 years, whenever I wake up, I see myself as a solo act, but it’s always fun to try something different,” said the Juno Award winning musician, who just got nominated for Canadian Folk Music Awards for best traditional album of the year and best traditional singer.

The show is has always all been about storytelling. And it is still a lot of that but  there is also a band with me,” Luedecke, said, noting they are playing most of the new album.

“It’s only  35 minutes long, so we‘re playing most of it and my older songs,” he said.


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