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Karen Romanchuk looking forward to releasing “Dance” , May 7

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Karen Romanchuk and her band. Photo by Richard AmeryKaren Romanchuk just wants to “Dance,” after completing her second CD and doing everything her way from the cover art to the songwriting.

“ I recorded the last CD in 2009. I think my songwriting has advanced since then. I learn more everytime,” Romanchuk said. She is having a CD release party at the Geomatic Attic, May 7 with special guests Shaela Miller, dobro player Jack Loree and stand-up bassist Norm Rook, who all appear on the CD as well as her lead guitarist Pete Watson, who usually accompanies her during live shows. He is also her son Dylan’s guitar teacher.

Her husband Darwin plays drums on the CD and David Popovich plays bass on the Cd who usually accompany her as well.

 She also has guitar virtuoso Wendell Ferguson on the CD, chicken picking on a couple tracks including “Blue, Blue Heart,” on which Miller sings harmonies.
“I opened for Wendell at one of his shows here and asked him if he wanted to play  on the CD. He promised he’d play on it, so we recorded the whole thing over e-mail,” Romanchuk said.

“I really wanted to record the sounds I heard in my head. It’s definitely a country CD. I wanted a lot of dobro on the CD and stand-up bass,” she continued.


Jenny Allen and Leslie Alexander bring new music to Lethbridge

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Leslie Alexander and Jenny Allen are looking forward to introducing their new music to Lethbridge, when they play theJenny Allen and Leslie Alexander return to Lethbridge, May 7. Photo by Richard Amery Tongue N Groove, May 7.

The duo have been pretty much joined at the hip since deciding to work together a year ago after a Lethbridge show. They share producer John Ellis as well as add vocal harmonies on each others’ albums.
“We both have new CDs out, so it made sense to tour together,” said Allen en route to a show in Quesnel, B.C.

“We also had been singing the harmonies in the live show anyway,” she said, ducking the first wasp of the season.

They began the tour, April 14 in Kamloops and have been pleased with how well it is going.
“We played Leslie’s home town last night, so we had a full house. We had a couple ‘you guys are great,’ but it was late so we forgave him,” she laughed.


Who Made Who bring AC DC to Lethbridge

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 It was AC DC night at Average Joes, April 22 as AC DC tribute Who Made Who returned to Lethbridge with a tweaked Who Made Who at Average Joes. Photo by Richard Ameryline-up.
I’d seen them play better sets before, but they looked and definitely sounded the part.

They had the enthusiastic audience on the dance floor , dancing up a storm and singing along.

They drew from throughout the well of AC DC‘s extensive catalogue including big hits like “Money Talks,” and “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution,” obscurities like “Shot Down in Flames” and crowd favourites like “Whole Lotta Rosie” and “TNT” which ended the first set.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Saturday, 30 April 2011 11:56 )

Rob Ursel a highlight of Roger Marin and Mark Jungers show

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Fred Eaglesmith alum Roger Marin returned to the Slice, April 22 to play for a much deserved enthusiastic audience — finally.Roger Marin, Rob Ursel, Paul Holden and Mark Jungers play “Surfin’ on Heroin.” Photo by Richard Amery
Marin is a talented and charismatic songwriters, who tells great stories and is just a blast to watch,  but usually plays local shows for  all of five people. So it is about time he had a decent sized crowd in Lethbridge.

 As a special bonus, he brought Austin based singer/ songwriter  Mark Jungers for his first visit to Lethbridge.
 All  three (including Marin’s lead guitarist Mike Tuyps) took turns singing lead and trading solos on each others’ songs.

 Jungers won everybody over pretty much immediately with his Bob Dylan meets Fred Eaglesmith voice. His lyrics were gritty, a little dark and raw, telling stories of  farmers, religion, progress and marriage. He started with “Show Me A Sign,” the first track off his latest CD “More Like a Good Dog Than a Bad Cat.”
Marin and Tuyp listened intently then improvised tasteful solos.
Marin  song the title track of his latest CD “Silvertown,” as Jungers returned the favour by adding a mournful harmonica solo.


Musical friends give Leigh Doerksen a tour boost

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Another big show, April 21 was a late starting send-off for local singer/ songwriter Leigh Doerksen at the Tongue N Leigh Doerksen. Photo by Richard AmeryGroove.
 An array of talent gathered on stage to help him raise money for an upcoming summer tour.


Papa King at the Tongue N Groove. Photo by Richard Amery
 I only caught a few of them including a strong set by the Necessities an all too brief set by local bluesman Papa King and a solid, ambient set of rock from Doerksen.

King, who also played at the Tongue n Groove, April 23 was backed by a pretty killer band including Doerksen on lead guitar and bassist Daniel Enns as well as a drummer, whose name I missed.

King started with a Dr. Johnish gravel voiced version of his own song “Busy Boy Blues,” as well as a hot version of “Baby Please Don’t Go.”

Brenna Lowrie was a highlight as well, though I only heard her sing background on an excellent version of Neil Young’s “Ohio.”
Jesse Northey and rapper Mase One were also on the bill among others.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 April 2011 15:39 )
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