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Denim Daddys with The Garrys
Sat, May 27


Time: 8 p.m.

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The Denim Daddies

When a lifestyle creates a musical style, that music is authentic. So when we say that The Denim Daddies are creating their own form of authentic country music, you might feel a little bit confused. Do Shooter Mac & Bo Winchester actually use firearms? No. Does Merv Campbell actually drive a skid-steer? No. Is Rick Visser from Luckenbach, Texas? No, he’s actually originally from Manitoba. Rudiger Metsin traded in his cigarettes for a vape long ago, so how, you ask, can he write songs that sound like they stumbled out of a smoky barroom? Steady work on the craft, beer drinking, and breaking hearts, that’s how. These five good ol’ boys who now reside in Edmonton, Alberta, are finding ways to satisfy the tastes of both purists and newbies of the country genre, burning up every stage they grace with outlaw-inspired alt-country that parties as hard as they do. With tunes about hoedowns gone right, hootenannies gone wrong, and the pain in your heart after hearing a Luke Bryan song, they’re doing it on their own terms. Several old guys once told them that their sound was reminiscent of The Flying Burrito Brothers. A man with a mullet said they sounded like Steve Earle. Rick’s mom says they sound like Sweet Revenge era John Prine. Thanks, mom. Catch The Denim Daddies riding off into a sunset near you. They’ll be in their van of course. None of them can ride a horse. 

In 2018 The Denim Daddies released their debut single, Road Runner, as well as two EPs: Drinkin’ and Thinkin’. All three received radio attention and charted on CKUA and college radio, as well as several online destinations. Since their inception, The Denim Daddies have won Edmonton's Select Songwriting Contest, been invited to Alberta Music Songwriting Camp and been added to the inaugural Capital City Records (Edmonton Public Library) vinyl release. After several Western Canadian tours, appearing at festivals like Big Valley Jamboree, Dauphin's Countryfest and UP+DT, and sharing the stage with the likes of Cheap Trick, The Dead South, The Sadies and Gord Bamford, they are gaining ground in the Canadian scene.

 The Garrys

The Garrys are a trio of sisters from the coldest part of the landlocked Canadian prairies, and they make surf music.

Formed in the spring of 2015, The Garrys use layered 3-part blood harmonies, hazy sun-bleached melodies, classic lo-fi guitar tones, and syncopated surf beats to create a unique “doom-wop” sound, dripping with dark nostalgia and touched by psychedelic dread. Their music is likely to leave you with an urge to do the Watusi, bittersweet thoughts about slow-dancing with your middle school crush, or a nagging feeling that it’s not quite safe to go back into the water.

New Release: Get Thee To A Nunnery

The Garrys released their fourth LP and third studio album, entitled Get Thee To A Nunnery, on September 24, 2021 via Grey Records. This album was recorded at Rec Hall Studios in Saskatoon, Treaty 6 Territory, and allowed the band to work for the first time with Canadian music icon Dallas Good (of The Sadies) as producer. 

Like previous releases, Get Thee to a Nunnery pays homage to The Garrys’ familial roots, telling stories and cultivating moods inspired by their windswept prairie surroundings, the isolation and decay of rural life, generational shifts in worldview and faith, the soft-spoken beauty of small moments and oft-ignored locales, and making sense of nostalgia for times and places that they never really knew.

Most notably, Get Thee to a Nunnery was inspired in part by stories of their mother’s high school years at an all-girls Catholic boarding school and convent in small-town 1960’s Saskatchewan. On several tracks, The Garrys explore the push-pull of rebellion and redemption that comes within a religious upbringing, and the seeding of persistent guilt that all former Catholic school kids know well. Even for artists as reverentially nostalgic as The Garrys, it’s impossible to avoid grappling with the tensions that arise from their sources of aesthetic inspiration. On one hand, they look upon this era and environment as timelessly cool, and coloured with a sepia-toned innocence; on the other, they know the truth of it was inescapably oppressive to young women and various Others. As these cold realizations surface, much of the album is united by a mourning of the various things that can erode, wither, and die while time marches on and as we get older — including the communities, traditions, and relationships we once held near and dear.Musically, Get Thee to a Nunnery draws upon influences from a diverse array of sounds, including the classic surf riffs of The Ventures, the drama of Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti westerns, the dreamy psychedelia of Kurt Vile, France Gall’s brand of mod-pop cheek, and the lo-fi garage noir of Los Saicos.


Owl Acoustic Lounge
411 3rd Ave South
T1J 0H2
Country: ca


Lethbridge, AB

Owl is Lethbridge’s newest Lounge in the same building which had Mood, Squeaky’s Pub before and O Riley’s before that. They feature live acoustic music and excellent food. 

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