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Mother Mother return to Shine On in Lethbridge

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Vancouver based indie rock/ pop band Mother Mother return to Lethbridge to play the Shine On music Festival, Sept. 2.Mother Mother’s Ryan Guldemond is excited to return to lethbridge for Shine On, Sept. 2. Photo by Richard Amery

Since playing Freshfest at  the University of Lethbridge two years, ago, the band has been busy touring in support of their latest CD “No Culture.”

“We‘ve been touring a lot. We got  our first Canadian number one hit  (“the Drugs”) and we‘ve made some headway in America, which is no small feat, but their is still a lot of work to do there,” said frontman Ryan Guldemond from Pearse Island off the coast of British Columbia.

 He noted the new album is a slight change in musical direction for the band.

“It’s our most vulnerable album and our most modern sounding album production-wise, which we weren’t sure if our  fans would be put off by it, but so far, they seem to like it,” continued Guldemond, who is joined by his sister Molly Guldemond on keyboards and vocals, Jasmin Parkin on keyboards and vocals and drummer Ali Siadat.
They always enjoy playing Lethbridge.
“It’s always a lot of fun and audiences always let it all out,” he continued.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 August 2017 11:33 ) Read more...

Corb Lund to play long awaited local show at Shine On

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Country roots musician Corb Lund is not only glad to be back home in Lethbridge, but  is excited to play a long awaited, rare local gig at the Shine On music festival, Sept. 2.
He keeps a low profile when gets back home to music row in Lethbridge, aka 7th ave where his neighbours include well known local musicians like Leeroy Stagger, John Wort Hannam, Trevor Panczak and Dave McCann.
 Lund keeps a low profile when he gets off the road.

 “I just like to tCorb Lund plays Shine On music festival on Saturday. Photo submittedake time to hang out with friends. And my parents still have a ranch near Taber and Cardston, so I like to visit them,” Lund said, fresh off the road from tour dates all over Canada and the U.S.  and up for a quick visit at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.

“ It has been two or three years since I played a local show,” he observed.

“When life is so crazy , it’s nice to just come home and relax and visit with friends, I don’t even think of playing local shows, I don’t know why. A few months ago, I sat around with Dave, John and Leeroy just trading songs, which was fun and I recorded some demos in Leeroy’s studio, which is amazing. And something you wouldn’t expect to see in Lethbridge,” he said.

He is starting work on new music.
“I think the last album came out two or three years ago, so I’ve been trying to carve out time  to write,” he said.

Playing the Shine On music festival is especially special, since he went to the University of Lethbridge and lived in residence before moving to Edmonton to study music at Grant MacEwan College to study music, where he formed popular alternative rock band the smalls, which toured all over Canada before disbanding, which lead to Lund embarking on a successful solo country and roots career.

 “I don’t know what I’ll be playing yet. I don’t use a set list. We‘ll wing it,” he said, noting he will be joined by long time band mates, bassist Kurt Ciesla, drummer Brady Valgardson and lead guitarist Grant Siemens, who  are also on his albums.

“They’ve been on my albums as long as I’ve been playing with them. We’ve been playing so long together we have ESP. They’re from Lethbridge, except Grant, who’s from Winnipeg, but they’re better than anyone else out there, so that’s cool,” Lund enthused.

 Lund has been lucky enough to work with one of his idols Ian Tyson.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 August 2017 11:20 ) Read more...

Washboard Union sing together and Shine On together

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Vancouver based roots trio Washboard Union saw a trio of friends jamming in the basement of an old Tudor house they were renting explode to unexpected levels of success since becoming n band in 2015.Washboard Union play the shine on Music Festival, Sept. 2. Photo submitted
 they play  the Shine On music Festival at the University of Lethbridge Stadium, Sept. 2.

“ Our new single is called ‘Shine,’ so when they booked is, we thought they named the festival after us,” chuckled Washboard Union multi-instrumentalist David Roberts, who plays the washboard in the band among several other instruments.

“Shine” has been a pleasant surprise for Washboard Union.
“We just released the single at the beginning of summer and people were already singing it back to us, which is an amazing feeling when people sing back one of our songs,” Roberts said, adding they are looking forward to playing “Shine On.”

“Anything with shine in it is all right with us,” he chuckled, adding he is excited to share a stage with luminaries like Dallas Smith and Corb Lund.
“I think there’s also a  DJ too,” he said.

 Things have moved quickly for the band,who have been nominated roots artist of the year  by the British Columbia country Music Association and signed with Warner Brothers record label and scored several rootsy, breezy, optimistic, harmony hits including “Shine,” “Head over Heels,” “Shot of Glory,“Can’t Complain” and “Maybe it’s the Moonshine” which reflects the sounds of the Emerson Drive and Blue Rodeo.”

“ I’ll take that compliment. Actually Warner Brothers is doing a 50 year celebration album with up and coming artists recording versions of their established artists’ songs, and we got asked to record Blue Rodeo’s “Hasn’t Hit Me yet,’ which is a really honour, but it also made me feel a little nervous,” Roberts said.

 Roberts met step-bothers Aaron Grain and Chris Ducombe while renting rooms in a 1920s Tudor house in Vancouver.
“Their parents met each other and married, so they’ve known each other since they were 13 and 14,” Roberts observed, adding they immediately started singing and playing together.
“It‘s great. We love what we do. We love making music together,” he continued.

“All of us are multi-instrumentalists and we all write songs, so there is never any trouble coming up with material for an album. There are a lot of creative possibilities,” he continued.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 August 2017 10:48 ) Read more...

Applefest features apples and lots of live music

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There are dozens of things you can do with apples, so Applefest took over Galt Gardens, Saturday, Aug. 12. The Sustainable Living Association presented a variety of booths  offering apples, apple juice, apple bread and a variety of other apple related paraphernalia, plus other environmentally friendly options and information. There was also a lot of live music performing throughout the day.

Jolene Draper performing at Applefest. Photo by Richard Amery
 I only caught the Jolene Draper band, featuring lead singer Jolene Draper, drummer Raz Bruce, bassist Steve Martin and lead guitarist/ vocalist Bruce Roome.

They played a set of primarily Jolene Draper originals which she sang with her delightful, powerful warble.  She sang songs about growing older and living in harmony with mother nature, plus a variety of covers of Fleetwood Mac, “Me and Bobby McGee,” a sweet version of Del Shannon’s “Runaway.”

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor

Pat Maloney sings about ride share adventure and makes covers his own

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Hamilton singer songwriter Pat Maloney returned to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Aug. 12 for a handful of people. I arrived in the middle of an extended  set break and an almost empty room, which quickly started to fill, as Maloney began his second set with country classic “King of the Road.”Pat Maloney playing the Owl Acoustric Lounge, Aug.19. Photo by Richard Amery

Most of the rest of the set was newer songs inspired by his adventures taking advantage of Kijiji ride shares.

 So  Maloney told stories and sang songs in his mellifluous baritone reminiscent of Tom Wilson of Junkhouse and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. about some of the eccentric individuals he met in his travels.

 An immediate highlight “Going to meet my baby” about a released convict driving to the Okanagan to meet his new daughter who was born while he was incarcerated.
Maloney accompanied himself on guitar and had a separate microphone set up for him to whistle beautiful whistle solos into.

 Just to be different, he turned the Cars’ 1978 pop hit “Just What I Needed,” into an impressive folk song, whilst whistling the catchy synth hook into his second microphone.
 He sang other, slightly more political songs  about “trying to just get along” as well.

 One of these called “I’m a unicorn” put a more trippy twist on that theme.
 He wound up his set by putting his own stamp in Vancouver based accordion wielding punk Geoff Berner’ “ Volcano God,” and noted he wasn’t sure how well it would go over in the “Bible belt.’
 He put his own mark on a couple covers including Joel Plaskett’s “Pine, Pine, Pine,” plus  “Dang Me,” for which he provided a pretty capable yodel and John Prine’s “In Spite of Ourselves” into his own songs.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 August 2017 10:25 )
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