Kelly Prescott excited to bring new music on Alan Doyle’s Rough Side Out tour


Ottawa based country musician Kelly Prescott is excited to play Lethbridge with Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle, Feb. 25 at the Yates Sterndale Bennett Theatre.Kelly Prescott opens Alan Doyle‘s Rough Side Out Tour. photo submitted
“I’ve never actually played a venue in Lethbridge,” said Prescott, from her home in Ottawa, noting she has played the Holiday Train  when it has stopped in Lethbridge.

She will be playing her 30 minute opening set for Alan Doyle as a duo.
“The tour is being split. Usually I play with my guitarist and my partner (Chad Murphy). He’s one of my wonderful Newfoundlanders. My whole band is  from Newfoundland,” she said.

 “But he’s also Meghan Patrick‘s band leader and lead guitarist, so he’s on tour with her. So I’ll be playing the first half of the tour with a phenomenal guitarist  from Calgary, Mitch Jay. Chad will be joining me in March,” she said, adding she is excited about her new EP “Love Wins,” which will be released, Feb. 21. The first single “Church” was released on Feb. 14.

 Doyle is touring in support of his new CD Rough Side Out.

“I’m really excited about it. I love old country music. I grew up listening to classic country,” she said, adding she likes Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton and  Roger Miller.
“I love listening to  ’60s and ’70s country music. Though This CD isn’t  quite like Dolly,” she said.


“Over the past four years, I went through a divorce and fell in love  again. So the album is about that. This EP has six songs. It’s a lot slower,” she said.
“The other songs are a little more upbeat, but they didn’t fit in with the album,” she said, adding the EP is a lot different than her last CD “ “Leavin’ Her”which was released in 2018.


“I’m still an independent artist. I funded this CD myself,” she said.

“My set will be mostly the EP, though I’ll play a few of my older songs. But I have a pretty good sense  of humour so people don’t cry for the whole 30 minutes,” she laughed, adding she is looking forward to sharing a stage with Alan Doyle.

“I’m really excited and blessed to have been asked to open the tour with him. I’ve never played with him before,” she said adding she has shared the Holiday Train with him before.

Prescott is a regular performer on the CP Rail Holiday Train.
“My family helps organizes it, so I’m usually involved in some capacity as a tour manager and sometimes a performer,” she said, adding she was on the U.S stretch of the holiday train tour.

“I was on the American leg of the tour this year with Meghan Patrick. It was so cold. It was -38 in North Dakota and Minnesota.
“I was playing a half hour set with bare fingers freezing on strings and I couldn't feel my fingers. But it is so amazing to support a great cause on the Holiday Train,” she said.
 Tickets are $69 for the show, Feb. 25. The music begins at 8 p.m.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Monday, 17 February 2020 13:37 )