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Western Frontline and the Moröns show off Alberta punk

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The Owl was all about punk music, Friday, Nov. 8.

Western Frontline at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 8. Photo by Richard Amery
I only caught Whitecourt’s Western Frontline and Calgary’s the Moröns and missed local band Sessions and Edmonton's Grizzly Trail.

 Western Frontline, played an intense set of punk rock music with plenty of energy and gang vocals.

The bassist/ vocalist sported a shirt from Calgary hardcore band Citizen Rage, who they sounded similar to.n He noted they hall worked in the oil patch. So they had a couple heavier songs about that relating a blue collar aesthetic.

 The Moröns (pronounced Moroons) played  a more pop punk style of music with fast, catchy songs about police, hotel sex at the Marriott and  social media.
They played an entertaining set.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 November 2019 14:17 )

Ellen Froese and the Hot Toddies all smiles for Fightin' Words CD release

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Saskatoon area musician Ellen Froese’s new Cd is called “ Fightin’ Words,” but her show was all smiles and happiness at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 9.

Ellen Froese at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 9. Photo by Richard Amery
 I caught the end of Red Deer songwriter Tyler Allen, who played a handful of classic country covers from the likes of   Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys and Roger Miller, then showed some skills on guitar with a  Merle Travis instrumental.

He ended with one of his own songs  “ Play One We Know,“ Which   he wrote about some of the  most annoying audience feedback he and his musician friends have heard during their sets.

After a quick break, Froese and her band, the Hot Toddies drummer /vocalist Dylan Cooper; bassist/vocalist Emmett Fortosky and electric guitarist Matt Joyal took the stage with a tight set of indie pop/ folk music along the lines of  Neko Casa and Sheryl Crow, with a touch of Caroline Mark’s wit.

 She smiled sweetly from behind her microphone.

“ Laying in the Sun,” was a  beautiful moment taking the audience away from all the snow falling outside. It was more reminiscent of Joni Mitchell. To add to the more folk singer portion of the show, she strapped on a harmonica and blew a few solos.

 She asked if anybody else grew up on a dairy farm, then sung about that experience.

Another highlight was “Charlie,” her song about a horse which died in the Frank Slide.

 They were just gaining steam by then end of their set as guitarist  Matt Joyall sang an upbeat ’60s pop number.
 They were called back for an encore, so Ellen Froese   stepped up to belt out some Elvis Presley.

— by Richard Amery,L.A. Beat editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 November 2019 14:07 )

Hawksley Workman reflects on growing up in the ’80s and theatre

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After 20 some years in the business, two Juno awards, a couple theatre soundtracks and 17 albums including his latest –“Median Age Wasteland” and another on the way, you’d think  Hawksley Workman might have come down with a case of writers block somewhere  along the way.Hawksley Workman plays Lethbridge , Nov. 23. Photo by Dustin Rabin
 It s not the case, now that  he has resigned himself to never becoming rich and famous.

“Bob Dylan has a quote like being rich is having the freedom to do whatever you want. And I’ve been lucky enough to carve out a living doing just that, which is difficult in Canada. And Im really grateful for that,” said Workman, looking a at a grey, dreary London day, looking forward to a sold out show  in London Ontario, one of several shows which are already sold out on this tour.
 He brings his long time band the Wolves including keyboardist Todd Lumley aka Mr. Lonely, bassist Derrick Brady and  drummer Brad Kilpatrick, to the University Theatre to play  a special show for  the Geomatic Attic, Nov. 23.

“There was a time, when I was in Sweden, spending time in studios where the sound of American radio was born, when I still thought I could get rich. I thought I could write hits for other people, but that’s not how I work. My creativity dried up because I wasn’t giving it the respect it deserved,” he said.

“I was never meant for mass consumption I guess, I was meant for a small, select group of people. I think I’m playing stuff people like,” he observed.
 he has had a “banger of a Year” full of touring, recording his own music, recording music with folks like Sarah Slean, and theatre.
He composed a soundtrack for a musical version of ’80s movie “Never-Ending Story.”

“I spent three and a half months working on the soundtrack. It was an important part of my youth. it was the only VHS tape my small rural school had, so I must have seen it hundreds of times.. One time in the early ’80s, there was a solar eclipse, so they put as all in the gym and  showed us that movie,” he recalled.
 “For the soundtrack, we didn’t have access to original elements of the movie, so I went for a nostalgic feel to celebrate the movie,” he said, adding he enjoyed working with a director.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 November 2019 15:26 ) Read more...

A lot of blues going down in this town this week

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There is a whole lot of blues happening during a relatively slow Remembrance Day week. The Week opens on Tuesday with Keith  Catfish Woodrow’s Slice of blues jam, Nov. 12.Papa King plays a couple of shows this week in support of his new CD. Photo by Richard Amery
But things begin on a country note as Saskatchewan born Orillia, Ontario based folk/ roots musician returns to Lethbridge to play the Windy City Opry, Nov. 13.
 The Slice also brings back Kirkland Lake born, Montreal based pop punk tinged rock band Dany Laj and the Looks, Nov. 14. They will be playing with local blues rock band Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset and local rap duo Bomb Hugg.

 Things cook on the weekend.
 The Lethbridge Folk Club’s monthly open mic is at Casa, on Friday at 7 p.m.
 The Slice welcomes back Edmonton folk/ pop duo,  The Orchard, Friday, Nov. 15. The Orchard aka Kasha Anne and Mitchell Smith also cite  the Chris Robinson brotherhood, Grateful Dead and Tedeschi Trucks band as influences. They will be joined by local  alternative  rock trio Mombod plus Calgary Celtic punks the River Jacks and the Hockey moms. Admission is $10.

Papa King and the Boogiemen have a couple “Bootleg” CD release shows coming up. Calgary’s Eric Braun and bassist Doug Freeman will be joining him at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Friday, Nov. 15. Steve Keenan will be joining them at the Slice, Nov. 23.

 Keenan and Papa King play a stripped down show at the Mocha Cabana , Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.

 Steve Keenan and his band will also be hosting the open mic at Honker’s Pub on Friday, Nov. 15.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 November 2019 09:59 ) Read more...

Barney Bentall and Grang Cariboo Express play magical show for Youth One

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Barney Bentall and the Cariboo Express delivered one of the most  beautiful musical experience of the year at Southminster United Church, Thursday, Nov. 7. As a bonus tBarney Bentall hosting the Grand Cariboo Express at Southmoinster United Church, Nov. 7. Photo by Richard Ameryhe Geomatic Attic event raised at least $15,000 for Youth One, with more to be counted as Mike Spencer they passed a couple of natty hats around for extra donations from close to 400 people in attendance.

Stephanie Cadman, Dustin Bentall, Matt Masters, NBarney Bentall and Leeroy Stagger play with the Grand Cariboo Express, Nov. 7. Photo by Richard Amery
 As he has over the past 14 years, Bentall rounded up an all star line up of Canadian roots and country talent for the show, including Leeroy Stagger for just the Lethbridge show, which kicked off this year‘s tour.’ They brought a lot of joy and love to the Southminster Church in an extensive show that ended around 11 p.m.

Most of the donations came from local businesses who sponsored individual shows, so Bentall and co-host and organizer Matt Masters had a riot cracking jokes at each other’s expense and cracking each other up in the process while mentioning the sponsors to introduce each song.
 Each musician got to shine on their own  song, sometimes including the other guests and sometimes with just the host band The Gold Rush All Star Band. For the most part, the other key musicians took a seat off stage to watch  the others performing.

Barney Bentall was in a nostalgic mood, concentrating on his hits and deep cuts from the ’90s, though he began  the show with “ The Miner,” from his latest Cd “the Drifter and the Preacher, which included everyone. But for the most part, Bentall concentrated on music from his 1995 album Gin Palace with a couple highlights including “Atikokan Annie” and “Oh Shelly,” which he noted  was inspired by Sheldon Kennedy after partying with the Detroit Red Wings all night before a big game against the Flames.


Last Updated ( Saturday, 09 November 2019 14:24 ) Read more...
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