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Corb Lund entertains home town Whoop Up Days crowd

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 Corb Lund keeps a pretty low profile when he is home in Lethbridge, but he really knows how to make an impression when he does play Corb Lund playing Whoop Up Days, Aug. 20 at Exhibition Park. Photo  by Richard Amerya rare local show. But first, I caught about half of Aaron Goodvin’s opening set and missed Alee completely. Goodvin played a couple of covers including a cool version of “Walking in Memphis,” and talked about growing up in a house full of women, which lead him to countrify a couple of pop songs from Britney Spears (Baby Hit Me One more Time) and the Backstreet Boys (Back Street’s Back). But he also played his hits.

 He told the audience a story about being newly married, laughing as he called himself a “Timbit man,” and introduced “You Are”  with an humourous anecdote about waiting for his wife to get ready to go to a movie. The flow of the story was interrupted by an over-exuberant fan in the premium  seats, but Goodvin carried on.Aaron Goodvin playing Whoop Up Days, Aug. 20 at Exhibition Park. Photo  by Richard Amery His drawl and trucker hat pulled low over his eyes, reminded me a lot of Eric Church with a touch of Chris Knight.

 There was no pop in Corb Lund’s set, there was a plenty of real , authentic country sprinkled with Lund’s quirky humour.

He dug deep to begin his set, playing “Hair in my Eyes like A Highland Steer,” “Good Copenhagen” and  the more sombre “ The Truth Comes Out.” in quick succession before.

Lund, who showed his punk roots with an SNFU sticker pasted on his black Gretsch guitar, introduced his pretty much all local band  the Hurtin Albertans including bassist Kurt Ciesla and Winnipeg guitarist / mandolinist/steel guitarist Grant Siemens and drummer Brady Valgardson, who had his own fan club chanting his name from right in front of the stage.

Stilt Walkers  at Whoop Up Days, Aug. 20 at Exhibition Park. Photo  by Richard Amery
 Lund later borrowed an old Fred Eaglesmith joke to introduce Valgardson at the end of the show “ If a woman is particularly old and unattractive, he’s me.”
 In addition to his humour on songs like “Cows Around” and “ Bible on the Dash,” he also showed a knack for singing a beautiful, almost jazzy vocal melody on “ My Little Foothills Heaven.”

Horses got their say on a new song “ Horse Woman,” for which he sang with his cousin Fallon. It was a beautiful moment together and will be a highight of his next album, following the theme of spending all your money on cows.

 A couple of old favourites “ The Truck Got Stuck” came in mid set as did his new cover of “Cover of the Rolling Stone,” which he introduced by saying one line isn’t politically correct, so we changed it  to “blue eyed 40-year -old groupies.”

 Whoop Up Days midway, Aug. 20 at Exhibition Park. Photo  by Richard Amery It was one of just a few covers in the set. He also sang a beautiful version of “7 Spanish Angels.”

He noted all of his songs were dedicated to his family, dedicating “ Roughest Neck Around,” to an uncle who works in the oil patch.

He showed his love for history on “ I Wanna Be in the Calvary and for Southern Alberta’s whiskey trading history on my absolute favourite “Five Dollar Bill.” which came as the encore after he dug deep again for another favourite “Time To Switch to Whiskey, I’ve been Drinking Beer All Night.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 August 2019 08:55 )

Walk off the Earth bring the pop and a lot of fun to Whoop Up Days

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I arrived back late, Thursday, Aug. 22, from my Mulegrimmage to Billings,  just in time to miss the Julian Taylor band at Whoop Up DaWalk off The Earths Sara Blackwell at Whoop up Days, Aug. 22. Photo  by Richard Ameryys in Exhibition Park, who I really wanted to see and Scenic Route to Alaska, who play here a lot, but I was glad I caught Walk Off The Earth who I was intrigued by after interviewing them.
 They are all about showmanship, though they are all stellar musicians and multi-instrumentalists and singers. They opened with a video  clip, one of many, this one with the story that half the band  thought the night’s gig was in Drumheller instead of Lethbridge.

 So they had visuals of police cars chasing them as they tried to get down here in time. There was also another clip  following the misadventures of one of the band members, who got into a plate of “special” brownies supplied by an excited fan.
 Musically, they were way too much on the pop side for my tastes, and laid heavy on WOTEified cover songs, ranging from  ’60s pop to more modern hits. Sarah Blackwell sat on the stage  to begin a great cover of Outkast’s “Hey Ya.” on ukulele before being joined by her bandmates. They also played a cool folky version of Wheatus’ pop punk hit Teenage Dirtbag.

Walk off The Earth play a GuitHarpUlele at Whoop up Days, Aug. 22. Photo  by Richard AmeryThey sang gorgeous multi-part vocal harmonies.

 Fortunately their covers had their own unique twist.
 They played a medley of pop hits including their career making cover of Gotye’s “Somebody I Used To Know,” which they played on a set of colourful  PVC pipes instead of the band members playing one guitar like in the viral video. That also featured the five main members playing a set of kazoos attached to a pipe.  That medley also showed their breadth of influences, including “Stand By Me,” and Come On Eileen.” to name a few.

 There was a plethora of weird instruments, kazoos, percWalk off The Earth play a medley of hits on PVC pipes at Whoop up Days, Aug. 22. Photo  by Richard Ameryussion and a lot of  ukuleles, most of which they tossed to the hardest working roadies in show business, who easily caught them as they scurried on and off stage with new instruments, usually in the dark during video clips , or  while the band moved  to different parts of the stage.

 The key members got together over their custom built GuitHarpUlele. One original highlight was their own “ Red Hands,” which had the  audience singing along.”

 After a set of hits, both  others and their own, they played a video tribute to Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor, who passed away in December.

The band left the stage as the video of Taylor playing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody on piano” as well as some of their other favourite moments with him. Though a couple members stood at the side of the stage in the shadows playing the guitar solo to the song.
They were still called back for an encore.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 August 2019 08:43 )

Hayes Carll shows “What it Is” since last Lethbridge visit

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Texas Troubadour Hayes Carll has had an eventful couple years since his last performance at the Geomatic Attic in 2013. He returns to the Geomatic Attic for a sold out show, Sept. 7.Hayes Carll returns to the Geomatic Attic, Sept. 7. Photo By Richard Amery
He has a new wife, has released two new albums including his most recent “What It Is” and has relocated to Nashville.
“ It’s been a while since I’ve been there. I got married and released a couple of albums and I’ve moved to Nashville,” Carll said.
 He is pleased with the new CD “What It is,” which, as  usual spans several different genres.

“Most of my albums are different. But this one is the most fun record I’ve released,” he said.
“ The last one was more country. On this one I felt freed up to create and do it all again,” he said.
“ There‘s a couple of ballads and honky tonk foot stompers. Lyrically it is more about live changes and experiences. It is about me and my relationship to the world,” he said.

He takes his time to make albums.
“It is such a struggle. Life has a way of getting in the way. I wish I was a more prolific songwriter, but I wanted to take the time to do it right,” he continued.
 He is good friend with Lethbridge country musician Corb Lund and even sings on  Lunds “cover of π“ Cover of the Rolling Stone.”

“We‘ve been friends for years since 29013 . In 2013 we did a song called ‘Bible on the Dash.’  with John Evans and filmed a video for it,” he recalled, adding he hasn’t toured with Lund.
“I’d love to tour with Corb though,” he said adding record release and tour schedules havne’t worked out.
He is excited to play the new CD in Lethbridge.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 August 2019 09:42 ) Read more...

Open mics and more wind up August

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There is a lot happening to wind down August this week in Lethbridge including a few of my favourite Canadian acts.B.C. Read returns to the Slice, Sept. 3. Photo by Richard Amery
 It being the end of the month, that means the Owl is hopping with a couple of special open mics.
 Teri Petz hosts their monthly comedy open mic, Thursday Jan, 29. While if you think you’re funny, prove it at the Owl’s comedy open mic the night before, Wednesday, Aug. 28.
 The Owl brings back guitarist/ songwriter Richard Inman, Aug. 30 and the next night they feature folk trio the Fates, featuring Jenny Allen, Lin Elder and Lori Reid, harmonizing and strumming beautiful music.

 Down the block, the Slice bring back eclectic country/jazz ensemble Petunia and the Vipers, Aug. 30.

The next night at the Slice is all about punk, metal and emo music ad Edmonton punk/emo/hardcore/screamo band  Sun Up Sun Down join Calgary math rock band Still There and local shoegaze/post rock band Morrii and  emo band Picture Postcard. Admission is 9 p.m.

If you are a rap fan, on Aug. 30, Boss Pub and Pizza next to boss Hoggs’ features Loyal and T Blaze plus Lil smokey, Christian Archibald, E.Val, Kid City, BBEE, Tendilyfe, K.O. and Vixxen, Kropp Hopper and Darian King.
 Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 August 2019 09:11 ) Read more...

Dodgy Mountain Men play a variety of music for Windy City Opry

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As I’m going back to school in September, I won’t be able to catch Windy City Opry  shows as I have a class during  it, so I made a point of checking out  the Dodgy Mountain Men and Joe Wilson, Wednesday, Aug. 14.Jed Nussbaum of the Dodgy Mountain Men playing the Windy City Opry, Aug. 14. Photo by Richard Amery
 I missed Joe Wilson, but the barefooted Missoula based quartet Dodgy Mountain Men blended bluegrass and folk music with a touch of funk  and rock solid drumming plus some experimental jazz stylings, once again due to bassist Josh Clinger. Luckily they were still playing by the time I arrived as they were expected to end at 10:30 p.m.

 I was in time to catch three part harmonies and some hot mandolin playing from Jed Nussbaum who also took turns singing lead vocals with Clinger and guitarist Eric Boss. I arrived at the start of a break up song and then another about coming home and I thought they were about to end but they seemed ready to play all night. Drummer Christian Gutierez held down the beat.

 As often happens, they didn’t have as good a crowd as They deserved, though the people there were really into  the music. But they were having a good time.

Nussbaum traded his mandolin for electric guitar as Boss asked the crowd if they wanted to hear some  Townes Van Zandt or something else. Slo James and her band play the next Windy City Opry, Sept. 11.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 August 2019 08:16 )
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