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John Wort Hannam plays engaging show

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Fort Macleod  singer songwriter  John Wort Hannam put on an impressive show for a capacity crowScott Duncan played some impressive fiddle lines. Photo By Richard Ameryd at the Slice, Thursday, Jan. 14.
 He played most ofJohn Wort Hannam entertained a capacity crowd. Photo by Richard Amery his new CD, ‘Queens Hotel and impressed the audience with his engaging and self deprecating stage presence and  underestimated guitar prowess. His performance proved  he chose wisely when he decided to  quit teaching to become a songwriter.

His  pretty acoustic fingerpicked guitar lines  were matched only by his gorgeous vocal  melodies and unparalleled story songs. The band, Tyler Bird  on stand-up bass and accordion, drummer Brad Brouwer and phenomenal fiddler Scott Duncan, were superb. 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 January 2010 00:20 ) Read more...

Billy the Kid not kidding around with her career

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Like the legendary outlaw, Vancouver based  singer/songwriter  Billy the Kid plays by her own rules.

She has “Lost’ and Give Back’ tattooed all over her, runs her own record label and tours  relentlessly.  She even just finished her  first acting gig where she played a bespectacled  mother minding a  daughter who looked just like her. Billy the Kid plays the Slice, Jan. 25. And she will be playing the Slice, Jan. 25, in the beginning of a new tour which will take her across  Canada to Toronto then down to Austin, Texas for South By Southwest, hitting a plethora of tiny towns along the way as well.

“A lot of people would consider me the definition of a lost cause. I quit two jobs to tour, then get another two jobs, then quit them to tour again. But this is my life and I’m completely happy with it,” she said. She has been performing and touring since she was 14 almost since she first learned piano.

 The stalwart indie musician finally hired a manager this year.

“There is just no time to effectively balance things. You don’t really need a manager  until there’s something to manage,”  said Billy Pettinger, aka Billy the Kid, whose next tour begins in Calgary, Jan. 21.

“It was getting to the point where I was getting burned out. I’d rather be playing than booking and there’s only so much you can do from the road,”  continued the bespectacled singer who has the words “Lost” and Give Back” among her many tattoos.

Through the magic of MyspaceShe not only connected with Our Lady Peace’s Raine Maida to produce her latest five song EP, “The Lost Cause,” which was released on her own record label “Lost Records,” but connected with the Band’s Garth Hudson to play piano on a  track ‘The Drugs.’

“Today it would be through Facebook,” she laughed.

“Raine  Maida (from Our Lady Peace)  heard my demos through Myspace and I guess he liked them, the next thing I knew I was on a plane to Los Angeles. I don’t think I could have asked for anything more incredible,” she continued.

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 January 2010 08:25 ) Read more...

Lots of fun this week

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There are a couple of really cool shows this week beginning tonight with an open mic at the SlicDave McCanne with Planet Telex.
The Slice is going jazz on Wednesday with the Karl Schwonik Jazz Quartet. The Calgary sextet is in the middle of a tour taking them all over  Alberta, B.C. Then the  East Coast of the United States.
 Local alt-country favourites Dave McCann and the Firehearts have a  Jan. 22 gig at the Slice. Tod Robinson is back in Lethbridge too with a  Saturday night show at the Slice
Also on Jan. 23, Dean Selena (aka the Richard Doerksen Band) officially releases their new CD  ‘What is unchanged’ at the Wooden Kilt.
 At Henotic on Jan. 22, Rum Runner with  Audio Rocketry and Chief Mountain will be performing. The next night features what is sure to be a cool show with the Necessities.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 January 2010 17:44 ) Read more...

Dean Selena excited about new CD

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The Richard Doerksen Band unveils their new CD and their new name — Dean Selena— at a  CD release party, Jan. 23.
Dean  Selena ( and  ) is named after the first names of Doerksen’s great grandma and great grandpa, Doerksen decided to change the band  name to something shorter and something that couldn’t be mis-pronounced. The new CD is called ‘ What is Unchanged.’ Dean Selena
“It’s all my music.  They (the band, bassist Daniel Ens and drummer  Daniel Puurveen) just helped me perform it,” Doerksen said adding the music isn’t quite as ambient and laid back as his previous CD.
“There’s definitely more of a rock feel to it, well more Pink Floyd style rock, except less ambient and less weird,” he said  adding he wrote some of the new during  work on the last CD, and have been performing several of the songs live ever since. Already  songs like ‘I’ve Been Accused’ is getting radio play on CKUA and local radio station CKXU has just added it to their playlist. Dean Selena will also be featured on CTV in the coming weeks.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 January 2010 08:21 ) Read more...

Blue Rodeo brings it all to their Lethbridge show

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On the Lethbridge stop on their “The Things We Left Behind” tour, Blue Rodeo left nothing behind and delivered their all.

This Canadian icons have decades of history and dozens of albums. Now with the latest release, they brought their fans a career of hits and have fine tuned their greatest two assets - lyrical genius and their perfected garage band qualities.

For everyone in the house at the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge last night, Jan. 14, the entire band delivered an unforgettable evening of entertainment while bringing a seemingly down home feeling of a casual experience to to the stage as if they were jamming in your parent’s basement.

Blue RodeoIt is an accomplishment in itself for originals Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor to successfully still light up the stage night after night on tour and make it unique and enjoyable to all in the house. But it is magical to watch them do it with their personal touch, camaraderie and sharing of musical minds while still looking like they are having a blast entertaining their fans.

These two musicians and friends are aging beautifully along with all their fans but to their credit they bring a youthful timeless energy with their performance which in turn brings them a venue full of fans new and old from every generation. Parents brought their children and grandparents brought their kids and grandkids. Multi generations of Canadians have grown up, fallen in and out of love, struggled, lived and laughed to Blue Rodeo music so this multi-identity for all ages and walks of life is what brought an enthusiastic energy to a family-full audience.

Last Updated ( Monday, 18 January 2010 17:40 ) Read more...
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