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Montgomery Gentry gives a taste of the south

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Montgomery Gentry and the Road Hammers add Southern rock to the windy city.

New country, which has been dominating the airwaves for almost 20 years now, isn’t really country at all. It’s really southern rock played with big, loud Gibson Les Pauls and Explorers (rather than the twangy Telecasters which usually mark country music), turned to the max and drop D tuned. But it does appeal to even the most base city slicker’s inner redneck. Because they sing about real people, real problems, drinking, carousing, hot rods and hillbillys. That, and the fact I surprisingly didn’t see any amps at all, was what I noticed the most about the Montgomery Gentry and Road Hammers concert at the Enmax Centre, which had a dismal turn out, May 12.
It’s too bad. And it’s a good thing all of the Road Hammers and Montgomery Gentry hits ( and there were plenty of hits to be had) have easily recognizable riffs and easily identifiable choruses, because the sound mix was wretched.
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Last Updated ( Sunday, 28 June 2009 20:57 ) Read more...
 

Coming up

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If you like old school Canadian punk and endless energy with a lot of humour. SNFU is coming to Lethbridge for a June 21 performance at Bully's Entertainment Centre.

Having seen them several times including a mind melting show at the University of Lethbridge’s Zoo many moons ago, I can tell you they are not to be missed. Get your tickets by calling Amp All productions at 403-327-7362 for $15. Also in June, Amp All is bringing Incura back to Lethbridge to play the Moose Hall, June 26.

This week though there are a couple impressive shows. On May 1, Kory Istace and the Time Pirates return to the Slice to play with blues band  Smoke Stack Jacks and the Co-Accused. On the other hand, if you like the rap music, Classified plays the Blarney Stone, May 1 as well. 

The Lethbridge Folk Club

And for big name country acts, check out The Road Hammers and Montgomery Gentry, who will be tearing up the Enmax, May 5.

Further down the road, on May 28, violin afficionados will love a show featuring Ed Dietrich and Murray Nelson who will be performing guitar and fiddle tunes many in the style of the "Hot Club of France".

As well Shaela Miller will be performing tunes both her own and covers with Brad Brouwer (drums) Tyler Bird (bass) along with Murray, Ed and Andrew Dexter. Andrew Dexter and Ed have done some two violin shows in Southern Alberta. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door to hear some top calibre violin playing. 

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 May 2009 21:30 )
 

Luther Wright and the Wrongs have the Right Stuff

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It isn’t often you get to see a legend up close. While Neil Young was the big legend of the week, mandolinist and multi-instrumentalist Dan Whiteley snuck into the Slice, April 24 as part of Luther Wright and the Wrongs, who played  their own style of country and bluegrass music to a decent crowd of about 30.

“I come from a real punk tradition, but Dan brings a real traditional sound on banjo and mandolin. Dan's a great guy. He's one of the best mandolin players in Canada” said Wright after their first set which included original material from all three Luther Wright and the Wrong’s CDs including the latest “Man of Your Dreams,” a cover of Dan’s Juno award winning sister Jenny Whiteley’s “Hallelujah Haircut” as well as several Stompin’ Tom Connors classics sung by special guest  Mitch Anderson. Jason Mercer was also on board on banjo and guitar.

Apparently they payed a couple numbers off  of “Rebuilding the Wall” — a country/bluegrass  reworking of Pink Floyd's the Wall, but I missed it.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 May 2009 21:30 )
 

Endangered Ape on the Road Again

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Local band Endangered Ape have been literally making a lot of noise around Lethbridge lately. Known for the craziest 20 minute shows in the city, they are frequently playing the GCBC Lounge in Henotic  they are also constantly on tour. Their latest with bass and drums duo Amelia Earhart, begins today. It will go to Halifax and back.

“It's three weeks long and we're playing every day. We lucked out,” said Endangered Ape bassist and songwriter Paul Lawton, waiting for people to arrive for an April 24 show in the GCBC Lounge, adding they will hook up with numerous bands along the way including the The Hot Blood Bombers in Regina, the O’Voids in Montreal and the Stolen Minks in Halifax.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 May 2009 21:41 ) Read more...
 

South Country Fair Songwriting Competition

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Shaela Miller is enthused about winning the South Country Fair Songwriting Competition finals newcomers category at the Slice, April 25.

“It was pretty exciting to learn I won,” Miller said adding she got great feedback from the judges and the other competitors for her song “Loving Me.”

“Everyone did a really good job. So I was really happy,” she continued adding it won't be on the next CD which is still being completed, but it will be on the next.

“So I get $300 and tickets to the fair and get to play my song on the main stage, Friday or Saturday. But just to say I won and can put it on my résumé , that's what it’s all about,” she enthused.

Karen Romanchuk won honourable mention for her song, Tired and True (An Ode to Alberta)

“It was really good,” Romanchuk said adding the Slice had a decent crowd by the time the April 25 event started at 8 p.m.

Pow Navarro placed second in the category for his song “Going to L.A.”

In the old pros category, Brandi Sidoryk won first for her song “Mortimer,” as well, Scott Cook took second for “The Ramblin’ Kind” and Cort Delano won honourable mention for “Maski-pitoon Broken Arm”

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 May 2009 21:39 )
 
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