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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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Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 August 2011 11:00 )
 

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 )
 

Brothers bond as Captain Keenan

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Winnipeg actor and musician Tom Keenan is looking forward to a quick tour of the west this week with his brother Patrick as part of the “Bros Before Hosers” tour which stops by the Slice on Thursday (April 1).
“It’s because when we were young, we used to  go on these long road trips with our dad and we used to call them hoser tours,” Tom Keenan chuckled over the phone from his Winnipeg home.Tom and Patrick Keenan play the slice on Thursday.
They both have new CDs out and are looking forward to introducing them to Lethbridge.
“We have a couple songs we wrote together, but because we both have new CDs out, we’ll be backing each other up with a rhythm section, playing our solo material and supporting each other,” Keenan continued.

He started playing music with his brother when he was 15.
“I’ve learned a lot about songwriting from him because he’s been writing songs when he was really young, I started pretty late,” he said
“I just enjoy singing with him. We just play off each other,” Keenan continued.
“I like the sound of us together and the fact we can always surprise each other but at the same almost always know what the other one is going to do,” he said adding the duo toured out east a couple years ago, however this tour will be the first time out west together.
“I’ve been busy acting,” said Keenan,” who is taking advantage of Easter break to tour as a musician.

He also tours schools as part of a traveling production called ‘Beneath the Banyan Tree’ which played in Calgary and Banff during the Fall, but has a week off from it because of Easter.

He has been in several plays and films including starring in a controversial Sean Garrity independent film called ‘Zooey and Adam’ which played film festivals across  Western Canada last year.
“It was a pretty powerful movie,” he said.
“ I was a musician first. I never knew I was going to be an actor. It just happened. I like performing. I like being able to explore what’s beneath the surface and decoding the expressions of one’s soul,” he said.

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