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Hyperia and Illyrian deliver hot slabs of metal

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 It was a headbanging good time in the back room of Average Joes for a big, well attended night of face melting Calgary metal, Jan. 25.

Hyperia’s Marlee Rylee at Average Joes, Jan. 25. Photo bY Richard Amery
 Due to being on the air as usual on Saturdays, I missed local band Gepetto’s opening set and just caught the end of late addition Illyrian’s set.
 Illyrian played a relative laid back set of big riffs and hot solos featuring some sweet dual guitar leads.

 I was hoping to make it back for  Balrogath’s Lethbridge debut, but wasn’t able to .Illyrian at Average Joes, Jan 25. photo bY Richard Amery
 I caught an ear bleeding set from  Calgary’s Hyperia. featuring the ear bleeding vocals of Marlee Ryley who formed the band with Colin Rylee in 2018.

 She looked completely possessed, yelling and howling and growling over the  fast riffs and hot solos of thundering drummer Jordan Maguire and bassist Scott DeGruyter and  lead guitarists Colin Ryley and David Kupisz who also played some hot twin leads.

 That all come together on a blistering cover of Iron Maiden’s “Two Minutes to Midnight.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 26 January 2020 18:08 )

Sean Burns brings the twang to Casino Lethbridge again

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Sean Burns always puts on a good show when he comes to Lethbridge, which happens every few months.

 He played a successful weekend at Casino Lethbridge, Jan. 24 and 25. So I made a point of catching his last set on Friday, Jan 24.

 He was Sean Burns returned to Casino Lethbridge, Jan. 24 and 25. Photo by Richard Amerybacked by a crack team of hired guns, Skinny Dyck on pedal steel guitar, drummer Tyler Bird and upright bassist Paul Holden.

 He has a solid catalogue of original music, but was sticking to popular country classics by folks like Porter Wagoner to get the two steppers out on the floor.

He was also digging deep as I didn’t recognize a couple of them. But there was a lot of twang, and Skinny Dyck played plenty of twangy leads on steel guitar.

 Burns wound things down  by breaking out the harp for an impassioned version of Bob Dylan”s “You Ain’t Going Nowhere.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 26 January 2020 17:39 )

Dark Wrangler band and Danica Sommer play country tinged rock

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There are always new talented local musicians performing in Lethbridge.
 Danica Sommer  performs with several different bands, but played a quick solo set at the Owl Acoustic lounge, opening for the Dark Wrangler Band, Friday, Jan. 24.

 She sDon Cassell of The Dark Wrangler Band at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan 24. Photo by Richard Ameryat seated in front of a microphone and mic stand, belting out a variety of covers  including some Amy Winehouse and Shovels and Rope. She has a big, beautiful, folk singer voice along the lines of Joan Baez or Joni Mitchell and a charismatic  and captivating stage demeanour.
She had the audience clapping along to one song, which she started off a capella.

 And ended her set with a rousing version of  Counting Crows’ ’90s chestnut “Mr. Jones.”

Danica Sommer at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan 24. Photo by Richard Amery
 she returned to the stage to add background vocals for Don Cassell’s new project  the Dark Wrangler band featuring  Dil Jopp on bass, Megan Brown on fiddle and vocals and lead guitarist Mel, who Cassell chuckled he had been playing with longer than most of the audience were alive.

 As usual he  had a ragged , raspy voice similar to John Fogerty, to the set had a strong CCR feel.
 He belted through a strong set of original material, then stood up to blow some hot harp while his lead guitarist sang lead on a song.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 26 January 2020 17:24 )

Plenty of country for February

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There is a whole lot of country music coming up in the beginning of February.
 To start things off, local country/ folk musician Chris Drew hosts the Slice’s open mic, Thursday, Feb. 6. And for Canadian country music, it doesn’t get much better than Ian Tyson, so some of his former band mates, collaborators and biggest fans present the“ The Gift; A tribute to Ian Tyson at the Empress Theatre in  Fort Macleod, Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Performers include Trevor Panczak plays the Lethbridge Symphony Love Notes Fundraiser, Feb. 8. Photo by Richard Amerymembers of Tyson’s former band, led by Stewart MacDougall, an Edmonton singer-songwriter who has written, toured and recorded with Tyson, along with Thom Moon (percussion), Myran Szott (fiddle, vocals) and Gord Matthews (guitar, vocals) will be joined by Julian Kerr (bass, vocals), Ian Oscar (acoustic guitar, vocals), Tracy Millar (guitar, vocals) and John Wort Hannam (guitar, vocals).
 Tickets are $40.

 There is a lot of country music on Feb. 7 with Makiisma returning to the Slice,  The Cody Hall band and High River singer songwriter Craig Carswell coming to the Owl Acoustic Lounge and the Karen Romanchuk band revisiting Casino Lethbridge for the weekend.

Last Updated ( Monday, 03 February 2020 10:28 ) Read more...

Dungarees get more serious on new CD

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Edmonton country band the Dungarees bring their new EP Twenty -Something to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 14.The Dungarees play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 14. Photo submitted

Anybody who has elderly parents or grand parents will identify with their latest single “ Don’t Make Em Like They Used To,” the second single off the EP, which was released six months ago on Road Angel Records with Warner and Sony distributing it, though it was just released digitally on Jan. 18.

“I think a lot of people  identify with that song,” said bassist / vocalist James Murdoch, who is joined by guitarist/vocalist Robb Angus, guitarist/vocalist Kiron Jhass, steel player Darrek Anderson and drummer Ben Shillabeer.
 “The three of us in the band all had different ideas about the song. We started thinking about things like a sweater or guitar that are like an anchor in our lives. It could be a car, a guitar or an old sweater or a person. For me , I was thinking about my grandfather who passed away a year ago, who always said ‘do it right the first time and it will last a lifetime. Which means don’t start changing yourself. Have pride in yourself and your work,” Murdoch continued, adding this Cd is a little more  serious than their previous work.

“ We’ve been playing for 10 years. And it was all about having a good time. We wanted to write about more serious things,” he said.
 The band has done things right the first time They had a top 50 single in Canada in 2014 with “I Ain’t Through Being Happy yet,” and followed it up with “ “I’m Down,” which broke the Top 40.
 In 2017, they had another hit with ‘Anywhere With You,” which earned them three ACMA awards for Group of the Year, Video of the Year and the Rising Star Award.

This  year, they are nominated for six Alberta Country Music Association awards and played the ceremonies in Red Deer, Jan 24 and 25.
“ We’ve been nominated for best album of the year, best single of the year for ‘Twenty-Something, group of the year and community spirit award which is really special, because  we played the 24 hour gig challenge, where we played for 24 hours to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society,” he said adding he has also been nominated for ‘Just Drive,’ a song he co-wrote with Justin Hogg,  plus video of the year for ‘Twenty Something.’ They release the video  for “ Don’t Make Em Like They Used to” on Feb. 4.

Last Updated ( Friday, 14 February 2020 08:21 ) Read more...
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