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Zachary Lucky reflects on youth on Midwestern

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Saskatchewan born, Orillia, Ontario based musician Zachary Lucky is excited bring a new bluegrass sound to the  Windy City Opry at the Slice, Nov. 13 in support of his new CD “Midwestern.”

Zachary Lucky returns to Lethbridge, Nov. 13 for the Windy City Opry. Photo by Tom Wood
 He was last in Lethbridge in 2017 to play the Windy City Opry with Kent McAlister.

“ It’s been too long,” Lucky said, adding his last record “Everywhere A Man Can Be” was released in 2016.
 The new, independently CD has done well. Since it was released in Oct. 18, it has hit the top of the Canadian Folk and Roots Music charts.
“ It’s doing well. It‘s got some good response from people,” he said.

“ As I’m getting older, I’m beginning to see the world a little differently. There has been a lot of big changes in my life that have informed the music,” he said.

“ I’ve been thinking a lot about where I am in life. And what my parents” live was like when they were my age, in Saskatchewan,” he said.
Lucky moved to Toronto, then quickly to Orillia to be closer to his in-laws. Orillia, is north of Toronto and the home of the world famous Mariposa Folk Festival, which is also where he met his partner.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 November 2019 10:57 ) Read more...

The Wild! rock the Slice for Halloween

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Kelowna based rockers the Wild! made a long awaited returned to Lethbridge to tear up the Slice stage for Halloween,  with a wild set of loud rock and roll  which drew heavily from the well of AC DC.Dylan Villain playing with the Wild! for Halloween. Photo by Richard Amery
 The show was sold out past capacity, but it didn’t look like it.

There was plenty of room for elaborate costumes, masks and elbow bending room. There was a lot of all three.
I missed opening act 21st Avenue, but after a while, was in time for the Wild!.

 They began with the blistering bluesy riff of their first big hit “Roadhouse,”  from their debut EP “GxDxWxB” and took off from there.

There was a lot of big blues riffs, gang background vocals and the throat shredding vocals of frontman Dylan Villain, who kept wandering off stage for a different guitar in between songs and in between channelling the spirit of Bonn Scott with just a touch of Robert Plant and a smattering of Nazareth.

Dylan Villain jumps. Photo by Richard Amery
But AC DC are the Wild!’s spirit animal.
 They sang a lot about drinking and partying, raising hell and overall having a good time, which made them the perfect soundtrack for a Halloween party.

 They played a lot from their most recent  CD “ Wild At Heart,”
“Best of the West,” was up next, before they went back to their debut EP for “Banger.” They followed that up with “Helluva Ride,” one of their newest singles.

They sprinkled the hits throughout the set including “ Straight to Hell,” which followed their latest single “Playing with Fire.”

Another newer song “Attitude,” was pretty much a straight ahead punk song.
 They had a lot of energy, lots of  big riffs and bluesy solos.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 November 2019 13:03 )

Plenty of plays and roots music this week

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This week is all about the drama.
 Two big productions happen this week.
 First up, a massive collaboration between Lethbridge Musical Theatre and Chinook High School,” is a the big welcome back of Lethbridge Musical Theatre, Nov. 1-9.

Next up, the University of Lethbridge stages Shakespeare’s bloodiest play Titus Andronicus, Nov. 5-9 in university Theatre.Megan Brown playing with Junkman’s Quire for Halloween. She also hosts the Slice’s open mic, Nov. 7. Photo by Richard Amer
 There are some hot shows happening for early November.
Barney Bentall brings his Cariboo Express back to the Southminster United Church, Thursday, Nov. 7 for the Geomatic Attic. This year Barney and co-host Matt Masters will be joined by friends Wendy Bird, Leeroy Stagger, Ridley Bent, Dustin Bentall, Kirby Barber, Stephanie Cadman and the Gold Rush All Stars. This year the show is a fundraiser for Youth One.

 The show begins at 8 p.m.,Nov. 7 at the Southminster united Church.
 The roots music starts early, at the Slice, Wednesday, Nov. 6 with Taber folk/ musician Joshua Beebe, local roots musician Corduroy Brown  (James Swinney) and local indie folk songwriter and Wendy Cee.

Makiisma host the Slice’s weekly open mic at the Slice, Nov. 7. The Slice goes hard rock, Nov. 8 as they welcome back Regina stoner rock trio Black Thunder. They will be playing with Gepetto and local heavy rock band Chernoff. There is a $10 cover for the show which begins at 9 p.m.

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 November 2019 10:52 ) Read more...

Saskatoon songwriter Ellen Froese adds different styles to latest CD ‘Fightin’ Words’

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Saskatoon area musician Ellen Froese is excited to release her first solo full band album “Fightin’ Words,” Nov. 1.Ellen Froese plays the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 9. Photo submitted

Lethbridge gets a double dose of Froese when she brings her band the Hot Toddies (drummer /vocalist Dylan Cooper; bassist/vocalist Emmett Fortosky and electric guitarist Matt Joyal)  to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Nov. 9, in the middle of a month long tour taking her to Ottawa and back. She plays Lethbridge again,  playing a solo show with Kacy and Clayton at the Geomatic Attic, Dec. 8. She is also playing Twin Butte Store, Nov. 8.

She has released a couple of albums with her bluegrass band In with the Old, and a full length, more folk solo album.
The new album is a lot different.

“ There’s a lot of ’60s and ’70s style pop, and some traditional country, a couple of ballads. It’s a groovy, fun record,” said Froese, taking a quick break from helping out on her parents’  dairy farm.

 She recorded the album at Saskatoon studio Ghettobox Studio with Jill Mack.
 “She’s a good friend. I used her on the last album,” she said, adding Kacy Anderson from the duo Kacy and Clayton produced the album. 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 02 November 2019 10:05 ) Read more...

Barney Bentall and the Grand Cariboo Express returning to Lethbridge this week

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Barney Bentall is excited to bring back the Grand Cariboo Express show to Southminster United Church  for a special Geomatic Attic show, Thursday,  Nov. 7.
“ We’re thinking of alternating years between Fort Macleod (where they played the Empress Theatre last year) and Lethbridge, because the Fort Macleod show was so much fun. It’s a wonderful theatre,” observed Bentall from VancouvBarney Bentall and the Grand Cariboo Express return to Lethbridge this week. PHoto by Richard Amery er, getting ready to rehearse with a motley crew of talent in Calgary, before opening the tour there, Nov. 1.

“ I guess we’ll figure out what we’re doing during rehearsal. Everyone rehearses on their own,” said Bentall, Bentall has assembled a steady stable of talent mover the past 14 years, though the line up changes slightly every year and sometimes every show.
This year Barney and co-host Matt Masters will be joined by friends Wendy Bird, Leeroy Stagger, Ridley Bent, Dustin Bentall, Kirby Barber, Stephanie Cadman and the Gold Rush All Stars. Usually they show is a fundraiser for a local  charity. This year, Barney Bentall  and the Cariboo Express are lending a hand to Youth One.

“This year the shows are half and half. When we do a show for charity it means a lot more script writing for Matt (Masters, co-host) and I because it is set up like the Grand Ole Opry where each song is sponsored and we introduce each one,” he said, adding they have fun with that aspect of it.
“For example, If a law firm sponsors  a song, then we have fun with that and make a joke,” he said.

“Leeroy can ’t do the whole tour with us this time, but he will be playing the Lethbridge show. And my son, Dustin is coming with us on this tour. And Mariel Buckley will be with us for the Calgary show,” Bentall said, noting each artist gets to play their own song or the cover of their choice and can ask the other musicians to join in if they wish
“ Some songs, like Ridley Bent’s ‘Suicidewinder,’ we wouldn’t think of doing a show without playing it,” he said.

Last Updated ( Friday, 01 November 2019 21:46 ) Read more...
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