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Nashville producer Michael Clute impressed by local talent, Trevor Panczak, and new studio

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After flooding in Nashville delayed the production of his up and coming CD,  “Another Day, Another Dollar,” local country musician Trevor Panczak decided to re-record the tracks at the University of Lethbridge’s new  studio with  renown Nashville Trevor Panczak and Rob Habelter playign the Rotary Dragon Boat Festival, June 27. Photo by Richard Ameryproducer/engineer Michael D Clute, best known for working with country stars like Diamond Rio and Blackhawk.
“We got to  be the  guinea pigs for it. It turned out great,” enthused Clute, adding instead of the Nashville A -list players who usually play on Panczak’s CDs, he used  Rough Stock, Panczak’s touring band.
“They’ve been playing these songs longer anyway,” Clute continued adding he was impressed with the university’s state of the art studio.


“I’m not used to working with things that are so new. It’s a gorgeous facility,” laughed Clute, who  was with Diamond Rio up in Grande Prairie last week and had some time off, so he came down to Lethbridge to record the six songs — “Your Kiss,“ “Borderline Crazy,” “Another Day Another Dollar,” “Home To You,” “She’s Lovely” and “Lonely.”
 Panczak premiered  “Another Day Another Dollar,” and  “Borderline Crazy,” during his set at  the Rotary Dragon Boat Festival,” June 27.


“We got the band and played the six songs, got  some good vocals and now all it needs is a little bit of editing,” Clute said  adding he got to know Panczak  through his friendship with Rough Stock keyboardist Rob Habetler when he was a member of Rock N’ Horse working with Duane Steele.

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Dragon Boats rock

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Marc Belisle of Double Jack brought the rock to the  Dragon Boat races, Sunday. Photo by Richard AmeryThe Rotary Dragon Boat Festival featured a solid three days of local entertainment and a lot of familiar faces to keep the people entertained in between races, June 25-27
 They also had a little something for all tastes.


 Some of the highlights this year included an acoustic pop set, Saturday afternoon with local pop singer Kelliane and her band. Also it was great to see Pow Navarro back on the stage playing his unique brand of funky  acoustic pop music.
 The Ben Brown trio blew away a few eardrums with thunderous bass playing which sounded off.
Sunday started off on a couple religious notes with a couple really good Christian rock bands — Michelle Treleaven followed by Shine, which also featured Ben Brown on guitar.

It was impressive, if you weren’t listening the lyrics, you would have probMatt Robinson played original folk and blues, Sunday afternoon. 
Photo by Richard Ameryably missed the fact that you were getting religion. You were just listening to upbeat, pop/rock music.
 Matt Robinson had an excellent solo set of upbeat folk and blues, tapping away on his suitcase for rhythm.

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Sleeping With Tuesday CD release party a success

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Variety was the spice of life at the Blarney Stone for  Sleeping With Tuesday’s CD release party, Friday, June 25 which attracted Dino Scavo of Sleeping with Tuesday. Photo by Richard Amerywell over 250 people.
Most of the Ghostwood Records lineup were on the bill, which was partially sponsored by L.A. Beat,  beginning with Jesse And the Dandelions, who played a brief but energetic set which ended with the audience singing along to their van song.


Local hard rock band  the Living Luca were on fire with a short, tight almost possessed set, featuring singer Bridgette Yarwood unleashing her inner beast on stage.
Mutant blues rock duo Smokestack Jacks also had a solid set with deadly slide guitar. They began with ‘Fat Ass,’ off their new self-titled CD.

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Ross Neilsen finger-picking rocks

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Ross Neilsen and the Sufferin’ bastards played wicked blues rock, June 23. Photo by Richard AmeryNew Brunswick blues rocker  Ross Neilsen showed he is not only a wicked guitarist, but a fine vocalist as well, during his  June 23 show at the Slice.
 Neilsen and his band , the Sufferin’ Bastards, started a little slow just after 10 p.m., but picked up the tempo almost immediately.


 Their first set included  mostly older rocking material, as well as a new slower song, called ‘For the Last Time,’  which was recorded for his latest  CD ‘Redemption’ but didn’t make the cut.


Neilsen’s playing is all the more impressive, once you realize all of the power is coming directly through his fingers, without a pick of any sort. He was using his thumb and forefinger mostly, adding a few extra up tempo textures with his other fingers.

He ended his first set with ‘Jelly Bean’ and  flipped up his guitar, which had ‘Thanks Eh’ painted on the back.


His second set was worth staying around for though as he donned a beautiful old Resophonic guitar and nailed some sweet slide leads with it beginning with with blues classic ‘Yonder Wall,’ then several tracks off of ‘Redemption,’ including  a couple of my favourites ‘Afflicted’ and ‘Hot Little  Pistol,’ and a slower song called ‘Devil Knows,’ but what blew me away, bearing in mind he is only finger-picking, was a scorching version of AC DC’s ‘Whole Lotta Rosie.’ Impressive.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Dalliance Elixer continues improving

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Jolene Draper  and Dalliance Elixer. Photo by Richard AmeryJolene  Draper and her band Dalliance  Elixer with bassist Bruce Roome, guitarist Murray Nelson and drummer Brad Brouwer played Beaches Pub and Grill, June 26, for approximately 25 people. Draper carried beautiful melodies with her  Macy Gray meets Norah Jones jazz/pop voices.

Though she was holding back. She did an excellent job of several covers including  the Beatles’ ‘Blackbird’ and Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rhiannon’ as well as showed a few country chops which definitely show potential though she does need to project more.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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