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Leeroy Stagger bares his soul on latest CD

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Lethbridge musician Leeroy Stagger is a busy man. In addition to raising his new son, running his own furniture company and recording other musicians’ projects in his Rebeltone Studios, he has released his tenth CD “Dream it All Away.”

Leeroy Stagger plays the Geomatic Attic, May 30. Photo by Richard Amery
He recorded some of it in his own studio and other parts of it with producer/ guitarist Russell Broom in the Broom Closet Studio in Calgary as well as in the Station in Calgary.

“It’s probably my most personal CD,” said Stagger who plays the Geomatic Attic, May 30.

“ I have a child now and my own childhood came out in the writing of the record,” he continued adding despite some cheerful titles like “Something Beautiful” and Happy Too” the lyrics explore some darker themes and stories.

“ On Something Beautiful, I wanted to write about something a little more deep. “Happy Too” is about suffering from depression and character dealing with depression and is getting treatment who just wants to be happy too,” he said.“Living In America” was inspired a by a trip to Chicago last year to play a couple of  shows with Steve Earle. He walked around the city and saw  the poverty on the streets and observed each of the people he met had a story to tell. He also submitted the song to the Calgary Folk Fest songwriting competition.

Stagger is planning a big Canadian tour in May and June to support the album, which was released May 12.


Tough choices for the end of May

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May ends on a high note and a lot of tough choices for roots music lovers.Trevor Alguire returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 There are three top notch roots/ indie rock shows happening on May 30.
Lethbridge alt country singer songwriter Leeroy Stagger and his band stop by the Geomatic Attic in support of their new CD “Dream It All Away.” Their show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $27.50. Ryland Moranz opens the show.

If you want to move with folk rock groove, Fernie based stoke folk band Shred Kelly return to Lethbridge to play Studio 54 with the Silkstones. They are touring in support of their latest CD “Sing To the Night.” The show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $20.

 The other folk influenced show comes courtesy of Calgary's Locomotive Ghost, who return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, May 30 with new members and new music. There is no cover for the show.

If you want to bang your head, be at the Slice, May 30 where there will be a night of local metal featuring Killage, Caste of Shadows and Trismegistus.


Bats Out bringing back the spirit of working class street punk

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Regina street punks  Bats Out have been around the block. But an instant connection developed when a couple of old punks, a skin and a greaser got together at a house party in Regina and realized they enjoyed listening to the same sorts of bands like working class UK punk pioneers Cock Sparrer, not to mention they didn’t identify with a lot of the punk going on.Bats Out visit Lethbridge for the first time this week. Photo submitted

 So they formed their own band in 2013, Bats Out, which comes from a  song by Cock Sparrer, who comes to Inferno, May 29 for a show with  Citizen Rage, the Reckless Heros and guests.

 They have just released  a couple of songs on a new street punk compilation called This is Streetpunk Volume five.
“ We didn’t want to sing about how to live life, we wanted to sing about how life is,” said rhythm guitarist Shane Kachur, a physiotherapist by day.

“A lot of newer bands  are pretty preachy ,” he said, observing a lot of modern punk lyrics tell people what to do, who to vote for and what to do.

“ We don’t. We come at it from a working class perspective. We write about having to get up, go to work and not fitting in with what the world wants us to do,” he said.

He was born in Pittsburgh, went to school in Winnipeg and wound up in Regina, chasing the best paying job as a physiotherapist.
 He met bassist  (the greaser) Brian Templeton, vocalist Scott Free  drummer Pieman and lead guitarist Mark at a house party and instantly connected.

“We got talking about  bands, then do you play an instrument, so we started the band,” he said.

The Lethbridge show will only be the second time they’ve toured outside of Regina.
“We went to Red Deer and Edmonton and we had a great time,” he said.


Shred Kelly get ready for festival season with Lethbridge show

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Fernie stoke folk band are getting stoked for summer and lots of festivals. But for now they are enjoying some nice downtime.

“ The Lethbridge show is actually the start to the summer festival season,” said Shred Kelly vocalist and keyboardist, who is excited to come back to Lethbridge to play Studio 54 with the Silkstones, May 30.Shred Kelly’s Tim Newton. Photo by Richard Amery

 They have had a pretty eventful year since releasing their most recent CD “Sing To The Night ” In January, and have been enjoying a much deserved month off since finishing the initial tour.

 They have since been nominated for several Kootenay Music Awards including Artist of the Year, Best Live Act and Album of the Year as well as a Western Canadian Music Award for the video for the title track “ Sing To The Night.”

“ We should know by May 30 how we did at the Kootenay Music awards but we won‘t know until September about the Western Canadian Music awards. There’s definitely a lot of great music in the west, so it really is an honour to be nominated,” McBride said.

 They are taking advantage of downtime to begin writing new music.
 “Kind of always. We’re always writing new material, We’re not at crunch time yet, so it is more about just playing with each other and throwing new ideas out there,” she said.


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