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“Good Time Charlie” Jacobson and Jolene Draper play the blues

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Tuesday was a great night for the blues, Aug. 16.

 Red Deer guitarist Charlie Jacobson  returned to Lethbridge to play the Slice with Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive Few. He was last in Lethbridge to play Harpdog Brown’s memorial concert  at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.

Charlie Jacobson playing the Slice, Aug. 16. Photo By Richard Amery

 Jolene Draper opened the set with a couple solo songs, before bringing in bassist Steve Martin to play stew fretless bass and a drummer.


“ Then we’ll really get into it,” she said, playing a couple originals and classics including “Me and Bobby McGee” and “ Angel From Montgomery,” and blues classic “ I Can’t Find my Way Home.”

 They wound up their part of the show with a more laid back, jazzy feel. 


 It was all about the blues for Charlie Jacobson, who started playing solo with an older original song, with just his electric guitar. 

Jolene Draper playing the Slice, Aug. 16. Photo By RichrdsxAmery


He set the mood with a load back solo version of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “ I Know A Little ,” then played  just a little bit of all the blues he knows.


 That got a few audience members, which included several prominent members of the local blues scene on their feet.

He played a Harpdog Brown song early in the set, which drew a lot of applause.


 He added a bit of funk to get people dancing and jumped into the audience to dance with them while soloing.


 Jolene Draper and  The Inquisitive Few later joined him on stage to add extra harmonies and backbeat plus plenty of bass groove to “Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues.”


 Papa King joined them later to play some drums on a couple blues classics, freeing Jacobson to play the guitar behind his head on “All Night Long.”

— By RichardAmery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 August 2022 10:49 )

Kentucky’s Grayson Jenkins brings laid back country songs to the Slice

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The Slice got a slice of Kentucky country with Grayson Jenkins, Saturday, Aug. 13. With everything going on I missed the Wicked Grins’ opening set, though their guitarist Willy Burghart was also playing with them.


And I missed Grayson Jenkins’ first set. 

 They played a solid mix of storytelling fuelled rock and roll inspired  country music.

Grayson Jenkins playing the Slice, Aug. 13. Photo by RichardAmery


 They had a lot of groove, some twang and well crafted songs.

 They had a touch of bluegrass including some sweet acoustic guitar solos.

 They referenced easygoing ’70s country rock with a lot of tastefull electric piano and organ solos.


 They had elements of modern acts like American Aquarium and Cross Canadian Ragweed and classic acts like the Band.


 They have several albums out, and played aA lot of songs from them, especially their 2017 album “Cityscapes and Countrysides.”


 They added a few choose covers and had the audience singing along with  Jon Prune’s “Paradise.”


“ Going Lone” was a highlight as was their set ender “Another Day.”

— by Richard Amery, LA. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 August 2022 16:55 )

CKXU celebrates independent country music at For the Record Festival

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University of Lethbridge based community radio station CKXU celebrated  Alberta]s country music underground with the For the Record Festival in the grove next to the Students Union building, Saturday, Aug. 13.

D’Orjay The Singing Shaman performing at CKXU’s  For The Record festival, Aug. 13. Phot by RichardAmery


I only caught a few acts. Approximately a hundred people lounged in front of the stage and in the beer gardens listening to an assortment of alternative country band. I missed Mariya Stokes and The Cody Hall band plus Robert Adam , who played earlier.


 Hut I was in time to catch D’Orjay the Singing Shaman. She was dressed in a pinstriped white suit and white skirt, crooning out  more gospel and pop inspired country music as a  keyboardist, fiddle player, drummer and bassist supplied the bedrock of the music and the more country leanings.


 The singing Shaman sang gorgeous, soulful melodies before making way for Amy Nelson.



Amy Nelson performing at CKXU’s  For The Record festival, Aug. 13. Phot by RichardAmery

 I always look forward to the Calgary based traditional country musician. She  observed “ it’s hard to play a 20 minute set when you’re used to  jamming on six minute songs.”

That’s exactly what she did, backed by a hot   lap steel guitarist and Lethbridge musician Clayton Smith on drums.


Amy Nelson, not Willy Nelson’s daughter Amy, had a vintage twang and played her usual entrancing set of her own take on classic country music.


She played her own music, but also covered an old spiritual originally covered by Johnny Cash.


Shaela Miller  wound up the festival.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 August 2022 16:19 )

Friends get loud to remember a friend through music

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 Things got loud at the Slice, Friday, Aug. 12 in honour of one of the loudest guys in the room— Brent Sorge, who passed away last April.


Geoff plays Brent  Sorge’s memorial , Aug. 12 bat the Slice. photo by RichardAmery

A lot of friends were attendance to remember Sorge through music. A big poster of him was pasted on the Slice speakers.


I missed Queen of the Worms’ opening set, but frontman Tyler Bird would be rocking with Public Execution a little later in the night.


 Calgary band Geoff played a massively detuned set of loud alternative rock, punk and dissonant metal music.


 The band was tight and wore their influences on their chests. The frontman, wearing a Melvins T-shirt, crouched over his mic, bellowed out vocals. The guitarist pounded out power chords on a detuned Telecaster.



Public Execution, featuring some familiar faces including Tyler Bird and Jon Vornbrock described Sorge as “ a rock star without a band, so this is his band,” as they launched into a high energy, solid set of unstoppable and brutally loud, dissonant punk and alternative rock which also had elements of the Misfits.


Jesse Hill sings Nomeansno with Public Execution, Aug. 12. photo by RichardAmery


Vornbrock broke a string in the first song, so the rest of the band improvised while he changed it.


They tore it up for the rest of the night as things got a little drunk out in a fitting tribute for a beloved member of  the Lethbridge music scene.


They brought Jesa Hill on stage to sing a sizzling version of Nomeansno’s “ Let’s Get Started Now.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 August 2022 16:06 )

Jesse Northey returns with piano powered pop

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Jesse Northey made his musical bones  in Lethbridge before moving on to bigger things in Edmonton and now Toronto, so it was great to see him back for a visit and a show.


 He  played a wonderful show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday , Aug 12.

Jesse Northey and Chloé Doucet at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug. 12. Photo by RichardAmery

 While I missed Chloë Doucet’s opening set but caught Starpainter They always put on a good show and will be playing Upside Downtown today from 5-7 p.m.


 Starpainter played their usual strong set of laid back, mid tempo country tinged rock music , playing music from their CD “Bury Me With my Family,” which they recorded with Northey.


Northey sat happily behind his keyboards playing enjoyable, groovy  ’70s style soft rock.

Starpainter at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug. 12. Photo by RichardAmery


“ I Am An Island,” from his new CD “Onion Knight” was a highlight as was “ Is This Real Love.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 August 2022 15:48 )
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