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Shred Kelly stoked about fourth CD “Archipelago”

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Fernie based stoke-folk band Shred Kelly is stoked to present their fourth album “Archipelago ” at a special CD release party at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Tuesday, Feb. 20.

 The band including McBride, Tim Newton, banjo, ukulele player and guitarist, bassist Jordan Vlasschaert and guitarist Ty West plus touring drummer Eddie Arnett, have released videos for the first two singles, the title track back in October and  “Don’t Ever Look Back,” which was released Feb. 9.
Shred Kelly’s Sage McBride at Freshfest 2016. Photo by Richard AmeryThe new album is about our relationships,” observed lead singer/ keyboardist Sage McBride, from her home in Fernie, where she is watching the weather alternate between snow and rain.

 She is excited about the new videos for the first two singles.

“We used Calgary company “Light Factory” for ‘Archipelago’ the  and ‘Don’t Ever Look Back.’ They were really influenced by the play ‘Heterophopia.’ The ‘Don’t Ever Look Back’ video is about people’s relationship to the song, happy situations, sad situations, stressful situations while they’re listening to it,” she said.

 While some of the song titles might suggest the new album is all about space, McBride said it isn’t.
“It’s about relationships. Jupiter 9 was on the keyboard we used on it and we got so used to calling it Jupiter, we didn’t bother changing the name,” she said.

“Nova is one of the more space themed songs, though it is also about relationships. But then Tim (Newton, banjo player/lead singer) is a real space geek, he goes to sleep watching a space documentary every night, so it’s not surprising some of that element sneaks into his songwriting,” McBride laughed.

 Musically, the new CD is more upbeat and dance influenced.
“ We’re very much influenced by what we’re listening to at the time. And we love playing live and playing music you can dance to so that is definitely fuels what we play,” she said.

They recorded the CD with producer Howard Redekopp who has worked with Mother Mother and Tegan and Sara.

“We had 20 songs to pull from. And we definitely had more contribution for everyone. Everyone had to pass a song before we’d use it. Howard was great. He’d come up with a lyric or a hook that we hadn’t even thought of,” she enthused.

 They started working on the CD back in November 2016 and putting the final touches on it in Fall 2017.

“Our guitarist Ty shot the cover photo while we were driving through Ontario. We wanted a picture of an archipelago and that was the last one. He shot it through the window of the van. He asked if we should stop and we said no, we didn’t even think we’d use it. But it turned out great and he did some editing on it,” she continued.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 February 2018 11:34 ) Read more...

Whitney Rose not taking things so seriously on sophomore CD

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Austin based, P.E.I born and raised singer songwriter Whitney Rose is excited to play Lethbridge for the first time, Feb. 16 at the Geomatic Attic.

“I don’t think I’ve even been to Lethbridge, though a lot of my friends have played the GeoWhitney Rose plays the Geomatic Attic, Feb. 16. Photo submittedmatic Attic, so I’m excited to see it and maybe get some time to explore Lethbridge in between soundcheck and the show,” said Rose from her home in Austin, where she is getting ready to go to Memphis for a week to write and  attend the Ameripolitan awards where  she has been nominated for for best honky tonk  woman of the year.

“I’m going there for the Ameripolitan  awards. So I’m very excited about that,” she said.
While she grew up in P.E.I, she was not drawn to playing celtic music.
“There are a lot of really talented musicians there. I love to sit down and listen to a good Rankin Family album. I love that stuff, but it’s just not what I do,” said Rose, who has called Austin home since 2015.

“I love it here. It’s a very special  part of the country. There is a lot of great music and I’ve got to meet some of the people I grew up listening to on the radio,” she said, adding she has been fortunate  to be able to work with some of them as well, like Raul Malo of the Mavericks, who she has been collaborating with since her first album  in 2015. She noted a tour with the mavericks eventually lead to collaboration.

“It’s a great collaboration. He’s playing all over the new album Rule 62. Working with him was such a fantastic experience — so low pressure. He really respects the music,” she said.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 February 2018 11:01 ) Read more...

Colleen Brown excited to work with Scenic Route to Alaska in Major Love

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Edmonton/ Kingston singer songwriter Colleen Brown is excited to share the fruits of a new collaboration with Scenic Route To Alaska, Elijah Abrams and Jesse Northey, when she brings Major Love, to the Slice with the Utilities, Feb. 16.

Major Love:Jesse Northey, Trevor Mann, Colleen Brown, Shea Connor, Murray Wood, Elijah Abrams. Photo submitted
“Jesse won’t be playing the Lethbridge show. He and Elijah Abrams alternate when one can’t make a show,” said Brown from her home of Edmonton, looking at a foot of snow outside her window.

“I even wrote a song about the drive from Edmonton to Lethbridge, it can be quite a harrowing,” she observed. She hasn’t played Lethbridge since  2015, so she is excited to show off the new band for a handful of Alberta shows next week.

“Scenic Route From Alaska and I were both touring Europe at the same time and ended up playing together at a place called the Bedroom Bar in Shoreditch and we decided to work together,” she said, adding they decided to make a record together back home in Jesse Northey’s True North  studio in Edmonton.

“I’ve known Jesse for a long time, for at least six years when he was still promoting shows in Lethbridge,” she said, adding she first started working with him on a solo song called “Swallowed Whole and wanted to work with him again on the new project.
“It was magical,” she said.

“But that collaboration with Scenic Route to Alaska was a confluence of a lot of different elements,” she said.
Major Love will be releasing several singles before releasing their full length debut album on Aug. 18, 2018.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 February 2018 10:44 ) Read more...

Lots of country and CKXU Loves You this week

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There is a lot happening  this week for the middle of February.
 A big country show happens at the Enmax Centre right out of the gate with Old DomWashboard union return to lethbridge to open for Old Dominion this week. Photo by Richard Ameryinion’s Happy Endings tour on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. featuring Old Dominion, Cold Creek County and Washboard Union who made a great impression at Shine On music Festival last year at the U of L. Tickets are $54.65, $74.65 and $84.65.

 After that, Cape Breton Celtic trio Knotwerk play east coast music at the Slice. And for something completely different, there is a jazz jam with HBO 3 and Josh Davies at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Wednesday, Feb. 7 as well.

The Owl is hopping this week as the next night, Thursday, Feb. 8, local country/pop band Coyote Junction are playing the 100 people who Care  fundraiser for Senator Buchanan Elementary School helping students understand the importance of outdoor education, wellness in the classroom, culture and community and experimental learning.

As expected the weekend is pretty hot. Local country trio Hurtin’ play Casino Lethbridge Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9 and 10. Over at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, U of L radio station CKXU shows they love you with a lot of live music including Calgary indie folk band the Boreal Sons, fellow Calgary prog rock post rock band Time Boy and electronica band Stegosarahs. You will also get a first look at the swag for this year’s space themed fun drive, which takes place the week of March 24.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 February 2018 11:23 ) Read more...

F & M excited to do their own thing in Lethbridge

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Edmonton Baroque folk duo F & M aren’t afraid to do their own thing.

 F & M return to Lethbridge this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
 Their last album “At Sunset We Sing” was inspired by  husband and wife Rebecca and Ryan Anderson’s experiences in Portugal.

Their next album, to be released in late fall,  “Lessons From Losers” is about the joys of doing your own thing and not fitting in.

They return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb.10 to support  “At Sunset We Sing” as well as give the audience a preview of the new album.

“ We’re still trying to figure out what it‘s about,“ said Ryan Anderson, from the couple’s home in Edmonton.
“These days people race to ignorance. It’s all about winning. And in that race it’s not a bad thing to be a loser,” he continued.

“It’s a very humbling album,” he said.

 “ We spent a lot of time with the lyrics and really enjoying the creative process,” added Rebecca Anderson.
“It‘s okay not to be successful. We’re not going to get rich doing this, but we enjoy it and I get to be in a band with my wife and she‘s pretty cool,” added Ryan Anderson.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 February 2018 08:59 ) Read more...
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