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Thomas Rhett adapting to completely altered life of kids and new music

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Valdosta, Georgia based country/ pop star Thomas Rhett is excited to bering his first solo headlining tour to the Enmax Centre, May 7.
 He his busily working on his third CD due out in September, has adopted a child from Africa and is expecting his first child with his wife Lauren. In the meantime he has been touring a lot and picked up numerous awards including a Grammy nomination for his CD “Tangled Up.”

“I really don’t think I could put anymore on my plate. So I’ve been learning how to change diapers and just be the best dad I can be while still maintaining that balance of being creative and making music,” Rhett said from Palm Springs, where he is enjoying a couple of days off before beginning the Canadian tour.

Thomas Rhett plays the Enmax Centre, May 7. Photo submitted
“t’s been a real roller coaster of a year. My life has been completely altered over the past year with adopting a kid and we’re pregnant,” he said, adding he always enjoys playing in Canada.
“I’ve never played Lethbridge before, but I’ve played from coast to coast from Vancouver, to I think the farthest east I’ve been is Halifax,” Rhett said.

“There are a lot of firsts on this tour. It’s my first headlining tour and first time headlining tour, which is scary enough doing  it in a country you are from compared to  a country you don’t know,” he continued.

You can hear a new single “Craving You” which he recorded with Grammy Award winner Maren Morris.

“I cut like 22 songs for the new record. That song is a lot more edgier than I usually do, but as soon as she added her voice to that one, I knew it would be a great way to start the album,” he said, noting that should be released in September.

Rhett has played a few shows with Morris, but hasn’t done a full  tour with her.
“I’d like to. I’ve taken her boyfriend Ryan Hurd on tour with me and she’ll come with him sometimes. I’d like to do a tour with her,” he said.
 He is excited about the songs on the new CD.
“There are a lot more story songs on the album. My life has been completely altered over the past year, so it is going to be a lot more personal record,“ he said.
 Rhett is the son of country star Rhett Akins, who had a lot of success in the ’90s with numerous hits including “ “She Said Yes,” “ That Ain’t My Truck,” “ Love Me Back,” “ If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” and a cover of Eddie Rabbit’s “Driving My Life Away.”
 So Rhett grew up in a very musical household. He noted there wasn’t any pressure as a result.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 May 2017 10:52 ) Read more...

Elliott Brood growing new music out of Ghost Gardens

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Hamilton based roots rock trio Elliott Brood ( Casey Laforet - Guitar / vocals / bass pedals; Stephen Pitkin - suitcases / percussion / vocals; Mark Sasso - guitar / banjo / ukulele / lead vocals) are excited to give Lethbridge a taste of their upcoming Elliott Brood’s Mark Sasso is excited to try out some new music on this tour. Photo by Richard Ameryalbum Ghost Gardens, May 4 at Average Joes with local duo Burning Bridge.

“We just finished recording the album in January and are mixing it,  and we hope to release it in August or September,” said Elliott Brood banjo player/ vocalist Mark Sasso on the road  near Regina en route to a gig in Canmore.

“ We wrote the songs in 2005, but we lost the drive they were on,” said Sasso, adding they were so impressed with the songs when they did find the drive that they decided to re-record them for the new album.

They recorded the CD on their own and are doing some of the mixing while on the road.
“It’s very sparse, but we liked the performances,” he said.

The new album will have 11 songs on it.
““It’s been about three years since our last one. We usually do three year album cycles with writing it, recording it and touring on it,” he said.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 April 2017 09:16 ) Read more...

Expanded Children’s festival set for May

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 A bigger and better Children’s festival takes over the Exhibition Park, May 5-6.Twistin’ Tex aka Rainbow the Clown will be one of several wandering entertainers at this year’s festival. Photo by Richard Amery

 The annual New Year’s Family Festival and the annual Children’s Festival have been combined into one big event featuring a variety of entertainment for kids and young adults of all ages.

“This event is child and family friendly. It’s for two days this year,” said Jackie French, who is responsible for booking entertainment for the event.
“There is something here for everyonA cake illustrates some of the highlights of this year’s Children’s Festival, May 5-6 in Exhibition Park. Photo by Richard Amerye such as  Bob the Builder, who has a show on the Kid’s Channel,” she said.

 The event will also include Bike Trials Stunt Show on both days, VKRADE virtual reality games and Escape From LA mini games of logic and puzzle solving. There will be plenty of critters with a petting zoo, Petland Pets plus Purrfect ending Cat Rescue Education and giveaways.

“There are events for teens like the BMX  stunt show and the virtual reality games.

 There will also be a variety of active entertainment including the Orbitron Twist and Spin, bouncy inflatable jumps, Monster Mural Table colouring
There will be special guests including Twistin’ Tex, creating balloon animals.

 Spiderman and Iron man will be making appearances in the Main Pavilion on Friday only. Bob the Builder will be on hand in the South Pavilion both days. Bike Trials are at 3, 5 and 7 p.m. on Friday and 10:30 a.m 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., on Saturday.
“There will be different entertainment on Friday and Saturday,” French said.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 April 2017 09:58 ) Read more...

Locomotive Ghost chug through set of new music

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Calgary based indie rock/ folk quartet Locomotive Ghost made a long awaited return to Lethbridge to play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, April 21 with Victoria rock band Peach Pyramid and the first gig of Megan Brown’s nLocomotive Ghost’s Ben Nixon plays a kallinda at the owl Acoustic Lounge, April 21. Photo by Richard Ameryew band Makiisma.
 While I Missed Peach Pyramid, I was pleasantly surprised by Megan Brown’s new  project Makiisma which included Dil Jopp on bass, drummer Keenan Pezderic and keyboardist JJ Waltho.

Instead of featuring Brown’s fiddle playing, which she is known for playing with numerous bands, this project focused on her original songs, guitar playing and pretty singing.
 They had  a keyboard driven, jazz tinged ’70s sound reminiscent of Steely Dan and  Supertramp , mixed with fingerpicking guitar and vocals which reminded me of Moose jaw songwriter Megan Nash.

 I couldn’t quite make out her stage patter due to the crowd’s chatter, but one of the songs was her submission to this years South Country Fair songwriting competition which made the finals.

It has been a few years since Locomotive Ghost coasted into town.

 They played a strong set of material, mostly from their brand new CD “Into the Glow which highlighted keyboardist Laura Schonenberg’s haunting vocals and frontman Mike Buckley’s guitar and voice.  Bassist Ben Nixon introduced the songs from the back of the stage and grooved, though, instead of the ukulele he often uses, he played an African Kalimba (African thumb piano) for a song.
James Bundy held down the rhythm.

 Nixon and Bundy left the stage to let Schoenberg and Buckley sing a duet together and rejoined them mid song.
They ended their show around midnight with the first single off the new record “Fool.”

Makiisma’s Megan Brown and Dil Jopp. Photo by Richard Amery—By Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:38 )

No Devil Lived On tap into their inner Tool

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It is always fun to see local rock band No Devil Lived On. They returned to the Slice, Friday, April 21.No Devil Lived On at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery

 I only caught the end of their very heavily Tool inspired set. So there were plenty of big riffs, a heavy, thundering groove and impressive vocals.

They ended their set with a Tool cover which had people singing along.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:32 )
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