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Lee Harvey Osmond bringing the groove

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As you can tell from a  band naming themselves Lee Harvey Osmond, they have a pretty wicked sense of humour, but the music is one thing they take really seriously. You can hear it for yourself, Oct. 18 at the Geomatic Attic.Lee Harvey Osmond
The band is composed of members of the Cowboy Junkies (who they are currently touring with in the eastern United States), Junkhouse, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings the Cowboy Junkies, the Skydiggers, the Sadies and numerous others.
“People can sense the honesty. We play acid folk which is real folk music about real folk themes but with a lot of space. We’re in no rush to get to the first word of the song. It’s about feeling the groove and putting folk on top of it,” observed vocalist/guitarist Tom Wilson from a small  Maryland town which he can’t name. He also plays in Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and used to play in popular Canadian rock band Junkhouse in the early ’90s.
“When I was in Junkhouse, we used to dress in work boots and shirts. We got them from a  men’s wear store outside of Galt Gardens. People asked us where we got them and we said “we got  them in L.A.” They’d say Los Angeles? We’d say, no, Lethbridge. We were the only band who looked like we were late for a shift with a  jackhammer,” Wilson laughed adding the line up changes depending on the country. On the current tour, Lee Harvey Osmond is Wilson backed by the Cowboy Junkies, whose record label  the band shares.  In Canada he’ll have three members of the band  from the new record, “A Quiet Evil” including Junkhouse drummer Ray Farrugia, Aaron Goldstein, Brent Titcomb  plus Cam Malcolm.
In Europe, Lee Harvey Osmond is Tom Wilson solo.
“I wrote the songs as if I were sitting in the kitchen playing them for you over a cup of coffee or two so they would still translate in different forms,” Wilson continued  adding he had always wanted to work with Cowboy Junkies’ Michael Timmins, so this “artists’ collective” was the perfect opportunity to work together.

Meester Lethbridge helps sick kids

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Meester Lethbridge and Tyson Weibe. pHoto By Richard AmeryAt Henotic, Oct. 3, Meester Lethbridge’s Birthday benefit drew approximate 66 people who  enjoyed several bands, including a cool piano powered Brit pop band called Elias, who tapped into the well of Radiohead and other modern British pop music. There was a lot of energy and enthusiasm happening on stage. Later that night Pilot Speed carried that torch and had the crowd clustered in front of the stage dancing away.
 Elias. Photo By Richard AmeryUpstairs in GCBC Lounge there were several bands as well, including The New Weather Machine who, as always, had a lot of energy and a early ’70s David Bowie/Mott the Hoople sound down.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 October 2009 15:13 )

Zombie hordes invade the Slice

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An almost full house of Lethbridge zombies were out in force to see the Phantom Creeps, the Grave Mistakes and the Brains for the final wrap up party for the third annual ZombieMiss Billie Kitten of the Grave Mistakes. Photo by Richard Amery Walk at the Slice, Oct. 2.

The Phantom Creeps had the crowd well warmed up by  the time I arrived with a mostly original set of music which bore slight resemblance to Nashville Pussy.  It was a late show, so I only caught the Phantom Creeps and an energetic and bloodthirsty set of high energy psychobilly by the Grave Mistakes which had the crowd of zombies moshing and dancing on tables. They also had the hordes singing on a few of the tracks. Thropughout, Miss Billie Kitten was a marvel on stand up bass playing some impressive slap bass licks. There weren’t as many dressed up as zombies at the show as last year, but organizer Dino Scavo said the walk itself had a great turnout including families and children.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 October 2009 15:19 )

Little Miss Higgins monstrously talented

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Little Mis Higgins at the Geomatic Attic. Photo by Richard AmeryThe Geomatic Attic featured a sold out performance by Nokomis blues/jazz woman Little Miss Higgins and the Deep Dark Woods, Oct. 4.
 Jolene (Little Miss) Higgins was charming, telling stories behind her songs and about her musical mentor Memphis Minnie and about interesting gigs in Saskatchewan.

I enjoyed her story about their first gig in Radville where she said “Foy almost got into a fight over his hat and I got told I had a nice dumper.”

But the music was the key. She played some intricate fingerpicked patterns in her own songs as well as  Mempis Minnie’s “Bake My Biscuits” during which she had the crowd singing along.

She introduced a lot of new songs and played some crowd favourites like “Liar, Liar.” She played some impressive guitar and her partner Foy Taylor held down the rhythm on guitar and tapped out a beat on a  microphoned box and took an occasional tasteful solo. Because I had a play rehearsal, I wasn’t able to hear the Deep Dark Woods’ set.

 On Oct. 18, The Geomatic Attic is bringing in Lee Harvey Osmond, featuring Blackie and the Rodeo Kings’ Tom Wilson. Tickets for that show cost $30 in advance, $35 after Oct. 5.

— By Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 October 2009 14:32 )

Country in the city

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A couple budding Canadian country flavoured bands played Lethbridge, Oct. 2.Ridley Bent. photo By Richard Amery
 First of all, Halifax born Ridley Bent twanged the roof off a sold out Henotic. The charismatic Kelowna based songwriter is on the cusp of breaking into the big time. His band played crisply, tightly and without fail and Bent has an innate charisma which makes it impossible to take your eyes off him. He combined old school Waylon Jennings style country with some sizzling pedal steel guitar playing and the odd contemporary hip hop influence added carefully into songs like my favourite Ridley Bent song “Suicidewinder” as well as a wicked sense of humour like on “She’s Still Living With her Ex.”

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