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Petunia tries out more new songs with Nathan M Godfrey

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 Petunia shows are always strange, surreal  kind of events, especially when he is trying out new material with long time collaborator Nathan M Godfrey, who he was playing with at the Slice, Jan 25.

Nathan M Godfrey and Petunia playing the Slice, Jan. 25. Photo by Richard Amery
The duo played a gripping set of unusual jazz tinged classic country sounding like Hank Williams busking for dimes on Tin Pan Alley.

 They didn’t have a big an audience as they usually have but it was a respectful size and they sat enraptured throughout the set.
 Petunia showed off his unique warble, often breaking out into yodelling .

 For extra quirkiness, he broke out his kazoo for a solo. Meanwhile Godfrey sat and played tasteful slide guitar solos straight out of the delta.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 26 January 2020 18:17 )

Hyperia and Illyrian deliver hot slabs of metal

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 It was a headbanging good time in the back room of Average Joes for a big, well attended night of face melting Calgary metal, Jan. 25.

Hyperia’s Marlee Rylee at Average Joes, Jan. 25. Photo bY Richard Amery
 Due to being on the air as usual on Saturdays, I missed local band Gepetto’s opening set and just caught the end of late addition Illyrian’s set.
 Illyrian played a relative laid back set of big riffs and hot solos featuring some sweet dual guitar leads.

 I was hoping to make it back for  Balrogath’s Lethbridge debut, but wasn’t able to .Illyrian at Average Joes, Jan 25. photo bY Richard Amery
 I caught an ear bleeding set from  Calgary’s Hyperia. featuring the ear bleeding vocals of Marlee Ryley who formed the band with Colin Rylee in 2018.

 She looked completely possessed, yelling and howling and growling over the  fast riffs and hot solos of thundering drummer Jordan Maguire and bassist Scott DeGruyter and  lead guitarists Colin Ryley and David Kupisz who also played some hot twin leads.

 That all come together on a blistering cover of Iron Maiden’s “Two Minutes to Midnight.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 26 January 2020 18:08 )

Sean Burns brings the twang to Casino Lethbridge again

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Sean Burns always puts on a good show when he comes to Lethbridge, which happens every few months.

 He played a successful weekend at Casino Lethbridge, Jan. 24 and 25. So I made a point of catching his last set on Friday, Jan 24.

 He was Sean Burns returned to Casino Lethbridge, Jan. 24 and 25. Photo by Richard Amerybacked by a crack team of hired guns, Skinny Dyck on pedal steel guitar, drummer Tyler Bird and upright bassist Paul Holden.

 He has a solid catalogue of original music, but was sticking to popular country classics by folks like Porter Wagoner to get the two steppers out on the floor.

He was also digging deep as I didn’t recognize a couple of them. But there was a lot of twang, and Skinny Dyck played plenty of twangy leads on steel guitar.

 Burns wound things down  by breaking out the harp for an impassioned version of Bob Dylan”s “You Ain’t Going Nowhere.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 26 January 2020 17:39 )

Dark Wrangler band and Danica Sommer play country tinged rock

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There are always new talented local musicians performing in Lethbridge.
 Danica Sommer  performs with several different bands, but played a quick solo set at the Owl Acoustic lounge, opening for the Dark Wrangler Band, Friday, Jan. 24.

 She sDon Cassell of The Dark Wrangler Band at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan 24. Photo by Richard Ameryat seated in front of a microphone and mic stand, belting out a variety of covers  including some Amy Winehouse and Shovels and Rope. She has a big, beautiful, folk singer voice along the lines of Joan Baez or Joni Mitchell and a charismatic  and captivating stage demeanour.
She had the audience clapping along to one song, which she started off a capella.

 And ended her set with a rousing version of  Counting Crows’ ’90s chestnut “Mr. Jones.”

Danica Sommer at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan 24. Photo by Richard Amery
 she returned to the stage to add background vocals for Don Cassell’s new project  the Dark Wrangler band featuring  Dil Jopp on bass, Megan Brown on fiddle and vocals and lead guitarist Mel, who Cassell chuckled he had been playing with longer than most of the audience were alive.

 As usual he  had a ragged , raspy voice similar to John Fogerty, to the set had a strong CCR feel.
 He belted through a strong set of original material, then stood up to blow some hot harp while his lead guitarist sang lead on a song.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 26 January 2020 17:24 )

Plenty of country for February

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There is a whole lot of country music coming up in the beginning of February.
 To start things off, local country/ folk musician Chris Drew hosts the Slice’s open mic, Thursday, Feb. 6. And for Canadian country music, it doesn’t get much better than Ian Tyson, so some of his former band mates, collaborators and biggest fans present the“ The Gift; A tribute to Ian Tyson at the Empress Theatre in  Fort Macleod, Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Performers include Trevor Panczak plays the Lethbridge Symphony Love Notes Fundraiser, Feb. 8. Photo by Richard Amerymembers of Tyson’s former band, led by Stewart MacDougall, an Edmonton singer-songwriter who has written, toured and recorded with Tyson, along with Thom Moon (percussion), Myran Szott (fiddle, vocals) and Gord Matthews (guitar, vocals) will be joined by Julian Kerr (bass, vocals), Ian Oscar (acoustic guitar, vocals), Tracy Millar (guitar, vocals) and John Wort Hannam (guitar, vocals).
 Tickets are $40.

 There is a lot of country music on Feb. 7 with Makiisma returning to the Slice,  The Cody Hall band and High River singer songwriter Craig Carswell coming to the Owl Acoustic Lounge and the Karen Romanchuk band revisiting Casino Lethbridge for the weekend.

Last Updated ( Monday, 03 February 2020 10:28 ) Read more...
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