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Dallas Smith excited about playing Florida Georgia Line tour

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While Dallas  Smith was once known as frontman for ’90s alt rockers Default, he has come into his own as a country star.
“ It is creeping up on us,” said Smith, getting ready to open a most sold out Canadian tour with Florida Georgia Line, Dallas Smith opens for the Florida Georgia Line, April 17. photo Submittedwhich stops by the Enmax Centre, April 17.

“ It’s gravy. Folks are starving for these guys (The Florida Georgia Line) to come up here. They’re hungry for it,” said Smith doing press for the tour in Vancouver.

 He toured with the Florida Georgia Line last year for 20 dates all over the United States. They begin the Canadian tour in Abbotsford, April 9.
“They are really great guys. I knew them before the tour. We did 20 dates all over the U.S. in New York and Texas. That tour was great. They have such young, energetic crowds. They love to have a lot of fun,” Smith enthused adding he knows them from sharing the same management team and producer.

“They heard what I was doing and liked it and were nice enough to ask me to join them on tour,” he said.
“ So I’m looking forward to being in the same building with them, and being part of it all,” he said.


Tribute shows and weird shows this week

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This is a great week for big names and tribute bands.
  There are a couple of excellent tribute acts ringing in the long weekend.

 Soundgarden starts things off Thursday, April 17  with Re/Opened: a tribute to the Doors playing at 9:30 p.m. there is only a three dollar cover for the show.
 Average Joes brings in three huge tribute acts, April 18 with the Monsters of Mock.
 The show featThe Raw Dogs’ Jesse Dixon. Photo by Richard Ameryures Bon Jovi tribute Blaze of Glory, Aerosmith tribute Aerosmith Rocks and  AC DC tribute Who Made Who winds things up.

 Tickets are $30. the shows begin at 9:30  p.m.

If you like modern pop influenced country music, Florida Georgia Line play the Enmax Centre, April 17 with Dallas Smith.
 On the other hand, if you like punk rock music or “puck rock music,” the Hanson Brothers ( not the ’90s pop stars who recorded MMM Bop) play Sidelines in Coaldale. They will be playing high octane hockey and beer inspired songs and will be sharing the stage with Calgary pop punk icons Chixdiggit. Tickets cost $20 in advance with a Pilsner and $25 at the door.

There is an excellent blues / rock show at the Slice this week with Miss Quincy returning with her brand new CD. Miss Quincy and the Showdown play the Slice, April 17. It will begin early at 8 p.m., so don’t miss it by showing up fashionably late.

There are a lot of unusual shows this week.
 Doug Hoyer, Christian Hansen and Mark Mills will be playing weird pop/ synth music at the Slice, April 16.
Saskatchewan band The Faps return to play the Slice, April 18 to add their own, weird twist on psych punk and noise rock  as well.
 And if you want to see a van’s gas tank used as a stand up bass, don't miss Shane Chisholm at Casino Lethbridge, April 18 and 19 where he will be playing his own blend of country, rockabilly and rock and roll music.


Florida Georgia Line ready to cruise and party all night on tour

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Mega popular country pop duo the Florida Georgia Line are taking life one day at a time.Florida Georgia Line come to Lethbridge to party this week. Photo by Ken Barlowe
 They seemed to explode out of nowhere with their 2012  CD “ Here’s To the Good Times,” which spawned numerous hits including “Cruise,” “ This is How We Roll,” “ Round Here” and “Here’s To The Good Times.”

The bring their “Here’s to the Good Times” tour to the Enmax Centre with Dallas Smith, April 17.
 They began their headlining  Here’s to The Good Times’ Tour in Abbotsford, April 9, and played Pentiction the next day.

“ It’s going good so far. The whole tour is bigger. We played to 7 to 8,000 people last night which is a lot bigger than the Commodore (in Vancouver) the last time we played ( in B.C.)” said Ormand Beach, Florida born Brian Kelley, who met Monroe Georgia born band mate Tyler Hubbard while attending Belmont University  in Nashville.

“It’s always  exciting and it’s always fun. The size of the venue doesn’t really matter,” he said.

“I’m very excited about the whole year,” he said.

“We definitely have a lot of influences from hip hop to christian rock to country. We just wanted to make a sound that was fresh and that you don’t hear anywhere else. It’s just really feel good music,”  he continued adding most of their songs are country, except for a couple which have rap influences.
 He didn’t know why  Florida Georgia Line’s music caught on with fans  so quickly.

“ I guess it was just the right time. I feel blessed to be part of something special and to be able to play and write songs,” he said.


Miss Quincy to introduce “Roadside Recovery” to Lethbridge

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Vancouver based blues woman Jody Peck, best known as Miss Quincy, is excited about bringing her brand new third CD “Roadside Recovery” to the Slice, April 17.
Peck and her band, the Showdown recorded it with Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer’s Matt Rogers.Miss Quincy returns to Lethbridge, April 17. Photo by Richard Amery

“ We’ve worked with them for many years. It just made a lot of sense because we’re on the same page musically, so there are a lot of dirty guitar sounds on it,” she described.

“ It is raw and stripped down. Every note played and every drum hit has a purpose,” she continued.
“ We wanted to strip all of the fat out of the music,” she added.

 Another important thing about the new CD is it properly reflects the live show.
“It was definitely important that  it accurately reflected and sounded like the live show. I wanted to make sure people wouldn’t be confused that it doesn’t sound like the live show and vice versa,” she said.

Working with Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer was like working with family.
 Matt Rogers played bass on two tracks when bassist Shari Rae couldn’t make the session.
 Joy Mullen plays drums on all of the tracks and there are extra keyboards on couple of tracks as well.
 When they come to Lethbridge they will feature Christie Rose on keyboards and harmony vocals.  She will also be playing a solo set.


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