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Rocking is the Stone Cartel’s business

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Stone Cartel guitarist George Warren sings ‘Rocking is My Business.’ photo by Richard AmeryRespect has to go out to Calgary’s Stone Cartel, who also had a good crowd at the Slice, March  26. They played plenty of big Led Zeppelin influenced meaty guitar riffs and searing solos on a variety of covers and originals. But they get respect, in my books, for  doing a cover of an obscure song by southern rockers the Four Horsemen —  ‘Rocking is My Business and Business is Good.’ I’ll take an original band any day of the week. Covers are fun to hear but it’s better when they are more obscure or if the band puts their own stamp on them, so it is great to hear obscure southern rock being covered.
The Stone Cartel were definitely rocking with some  excellent covers of  ‘Gimmie All Your Loving’ and  something by Airborne as well as one of their called ‘Walking on Water’ which is being played on Rock 104.5  in Calgary.
— by Richard Amery L.A. Beat Editor
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Julian Austin sings the hits

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Julian Austin sings the hits at Average Joes. Photo by Richard AmeryNew Brunswick born, Calgary based country singer Julian Austin returned to Average Joes for the upteenth time, March 26. Austin, who had a huge hit by reworking Steve Miller’s ‘Take the Money and Run,’  has just released a CD consisting of mostly countrified classic rock hits including Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls,” which makes an interesting country-rock song as he was playing it when I entered.
He also played some of his originals including ‘Forever Loving You’ ‘Harbour Town’ and  ‘Forever Loving You’ and ‘If Houston Doesn’t Want You,’ for which he shot a video for in Lethbridge and a touching tribute to soldiers.
He gave his hot  sounding band a break as he launched into an acoustic medley included everything from ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ to Whitesnake’s ‘ Here I Go Again’ and a lot more.

— By Richard Amery, L.A  Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 31 March 2010 11:13 )
 

BC DC rocks like old school AC DC

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Most people were at a sold out AC DC tribute band called BC DC at Henotic, Friday, March 26.
It was impressive. While they weren’t making any effort to look like AC DC, they sure sounded like thBC DC lead guitarist Mad Cow jumps for rock. Photo by Richard Amerye Australian rockers in all their throat shredding, power chording glory.
They played a lot of familiar numbers like  ‘High Voltage,’ ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,’ ‘Whole Lot of Rosie, ’ ‘Jailbreak,‘ ‘Giving the Dog a Bone’ and a lot more.

The  lead guitarist, Mad Cow, leaped all over the stage like he was possessed. He did Pete Townshend windmills and leaped around like he had a hot poker caught in his baggy Holstein cow outfit.

All of the band members traded around a white cowboy hat with horns and were having as much fun on stage as the crowd was watching it.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 31 March 2010 11:21 )
 

Harp madness with Carlos Del Junco at Geomatic Attic

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Carlos Del Junco brought an almost sold out crowd  at the Geomatic  Attic into his world of genre spanning Carlos DelJunco knows his harp. Photo by Richard Ameryharmonica madness, March 28.
 I arrived at the beginning of his second set and watched the Cuban born , Toronto resident  Del Junco coil his wiry frame around and array of harps like a spring as he writhed and bent every last note out of each of them. The stage was lit in blue light making it look like a scene from an old black and white photos of a beatnik cabana.
 His crazy harp playing included a bit of jazz, a lot of blues, a touch of country and one song which he described as ska influenced polka and cartoon music but which ended up sounding like mindblowing circus music.
He had a full band behind him who played in the pocket especially on Del Junco’s tribute to Robert Johnson called ‘Heaven’s Where You Dwell,’ which ended in a huge improvisational jam.
 His guitarist  seamlessly switched between a variety of styles from jazz to blues to country  to a  really beautiful  classical influenced duet with DelJunco’s mean harp, then displayed some impressive country fried chicken picking on a cool jam of ‘Got My Mojo Working’  on which Del Junco added some alien delay effects to.
The entire band got to shine on a great version of ‘Key to the Highway’ during which they all took solos.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor

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Hillbilly humour with Washboard Hank

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Washboard Hank and Lance Loree had the croewd laughing, March 28. Photo by Richard AmerySunday (March 28)  was a great night to laugh at Henotic with Washboard Hank and guitarist Lance Loree along with Country Legs who had approximately 30 people alternately laughing and  furrowing their brows in  perplexity at Henotic.
Nanaimo’s  Country Legs’  charming disposition and self-deprecating humour made the crowd putty in her hands as she alternately played guitar, forgot lyrics and sang the happiest and funniest heartbreak  songs around, smiling as she sang sad pretty melodies with sad lyrics.
 While she has an old school country sound, when she played piano, she took on a more of a jazz influence. A couple of my favourites were ‘ Pink Shoes’,  and ‘You Bastard,’ she also sang Loretta Lynn’s ‘Loving that Country.’
Washboard Hank was at his hillbilly humourist best, cracking crude but hilarious jokes, getting the audience to sing along with something that sounded similar to cow shed.
He mugged for the crowd and sang some twisted children’s songs and several tracks from his new CD about characters as eccentric as he is like  ‘Chompy the Head Biter Offer,’ ‘Ferd and Lizer’  and the girl at the dump and Elvis living in Tweed. He also sang Stompin’ Tom Connors’ ‘Bud the Spud’ and played some impressive percussion on a variety of bells, whistles,  bike horns, duck calls,  license plates attached to his washboard and a hard hat on his head.
 He switched between guitar and banjo throughout, laughing all the way as Loree kept up with his energy, playing rockabilly and country licks.
He was an excellent energy boost for a lazy Sunday.

— By Richard Amery L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 31 March 2010 10:30 )
 
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