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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 )

Local musicians help out at fundraiser for Maggie Hall's sister

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 Maggie Hall held a successful fundraiser at KC’s pub in Coaldale, Saturday, Nov. 3. The place was already getting busy for one of several birthday parties happening  simultaneously with the event  which was The Mark Hall band playing a dfundriaer for Maggie Hall's sister. photo by Richard Ameryto raise money for Hall’s sister in Ontario, whose family lost their home in a fire.Andi Roberts singing at a funderaiser for Maggie hall;s siter, Nov. 3 at KCs Pub in Coaldale. photo by Richard Amery

I arrived in the middle of a set of classic rock and country from the Mark Hall Band, who were playing early for one of the parties.

The trio welcomed a special guest to sing a couple songs with them including Me and Bobby McGee.

 After that, local singer/ vocals teacher Andi Roberts sang a variety of pop and classic rock music accompanied by to backing tracks. She covered U2’s ‘Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, a  few ’90s moments and even tackled  “What A Wonderful World.”

A friend texted her during her set, a request for Heart’s “Alone,” which  brought her set to a fitting close.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:39 )

Bazaraba and Hypnopilot provide loud, detuned fun

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Things got loud, dark and detuned at the Slice for a big stoner rock show, Saturday, Nov. 3.

Hypnopilot playing a stoner rock show at the Slice, Nov. 3. Photo by Richard Amery
 While I missed Iron Tusk and Chief Mountain, I caught most of a blisteringly loud and massively detuned show from Calgary’s Bazaraba.

 The trio played an intens

Bazaraba at the Slice, Nov. 3. Photo by Richard Amery

e set of post grunge stoner rock which was equal parts  Black Flag and Soundgarden and Kyuss, with more modern influences like Black Thunder and Monster Truck. They shouted out three part gang vocals and the drummer sang lead on several songs.

Calgary/Lethbridge stoner rock band Hypnopilot played a great deal slower, laying down  a big, slow, ponderously heavy groove.

They had more of an Alice in Chains, grunge era feel.

They ended with a big jam on a Black Sabbath cover as an encore.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:22 )

F&M play chill set for chattering crowd

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Performers usually  are able to ignore people chattering during their set. That wasn’t the case for Edmonton indie folk/ pop duo F&M who played a pretty set of really chill, laid back originals music  featuring the guitar and vocals of  Ryan Anderson and his wife Rebecca playing singing, playing ‘chiming planetarium sounds’ on organ, sometimes guitar and even accordion, by rF&M’ Rebecca and Ryan Anderson playing the Owl last weekend. Photo by Richard Ameryequest.

Ryan Anderson quipped “Thanks to some of you for listening and others for not knowing there’s a band playing.”

The chattering crowd applauded each song nonetheless. More people trickled in from the Reuben and the Dark concert at Southminster United Church as F&M laid down a super laid back, mellow, melancholy  and ambient groove  as the two harmonized beautifully together.

Their song “Wish You Were here,” not the Pink Floyd classic, could have been called ‘wish you weren’t talking.”

 They played a lot of songs from their new CD “ Lessons From Losers ” including the title track.

 By request, Rebecca Anderson picked up her accordion  for a few songs, and stood next to her husband including ‘Darkness,’ one of several more exotic French cabaret jazz tinged tracks.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:10 )

George Canyon celebrates Canada with new tour

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Nova Scotia born, Calgary area based country star George Canyon celebrates Canada with his new tour “Made in Canada,” which stops by Average Joes, Nov. 16.George Canyon returns to Average Joes, Nov. 16. Photo by Richard Amery
“I love Canada, I was born in Canada, I met my wife and married her in Canada and had my kids in Canada,” said Canyon, boarding his tour bus en route to a concert in Edmonton.

“I don’t think Canadians toot their own horns enough. So this tour is about celebrating all of the wonderful things about Canada. I’ve been blessed to have a music career over the past 28 years mostly in Canada,” he continued.

 He has won two Juno Awards for  Country album of the year and over 30 CCMA nominations. Canyon has also been inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame.
“So we’re touching on a few Canadian icons like Gordon Lightfoot, Ian Tyson, Ron Hynes and Anne Murray. We’re also doing a tribute to The Tragically Hip and Gord Downie — we’re playing Blow at High Dough,” he said.

“ There’s so many Tragically Hip tunes we could do, but we want to be able to do them justice,” he said.
There is no dust on George Canyon, who released “I Got This,” last year, “Southside of Heaven” earlier this year and is already working on a third CD to be released early next year. He also has a new children’s record ready to go.

“It’s in the mixing process and we‘re just deciding the right way and time to release it,” he said.
The new CD has a strong Canada influence on the CD. It includes a cover of Stompin’ Tom’s  ‘The Hockey Song,’ as well as a cover  of fellow Nova Scotian musician Bruce Guthro‘s ‘Falling.’
“I’ve been friends with Bruce for a long time. I’ve always liked ‘Falling,’ so I called him up and asked him  if I could cut it for the album. Then I asked him if he’d like to sing on it,” he said.
 He said he is only playing a few of the new songs on this tour including “The Hockey Song,’ “Old Man’s Son“  and “Better Off In Love.”

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