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Ginger. St. James spreads her wings on new CD

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Hamilton, Ontario based rockabilly musician Ginger St. James is excited to be back in Western Canada touring extensively in support of her new CD “One For The Money.”

Ginger St. james returns to Lethbridge this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
 It is a slight departure from her rockabilly roots.
“It’s been really well received. It’s even starting to chart which is nice,” enthused St. James on the road to a gig at the RumRunner in Coleman.
 Her three piece band including drummer Andre Tellier and lead guitarist Snowheel Slim will be playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, May 28 and the Twin Butte Store on May 27.


“ Our bass player had an emergency and couldn’t come, but the three of us are the core of the band,” she said.


 She is enjoying being out west again and the response to the CD.
“People like ‘Hair of the Blackdog’ which is great because it was inspired by the last time we were out here. It’s a more rock and roll song,” she said.


“It’s definitely not the same as ‘Diesel and Peas’. On this one we wanted to switch things up a little,” she said.


“But it’s still true to ourselves. Whatever we play, the band will make it a cohesive sound no matter what we do, she said, adding she delves more into old country music as well as old rock and roll and blues on this CD.
While people like ‘Hair Off the Blackdog,” “ You were Mine,” is also getting positive response.

“People say they can hear a Patsy Cline influence and  right about that,” she said.
The CD also includes some cool instrumental called  Snowheel  Slim called  “Slim”s Jig.”

“He revisited it on Diesel and Peas. We wanted to show how well the band can play,” she said, adding most of the songs are shorter.
“I barely ever write songs longer than two minutes. They’re short and sweet, just like me, unless I’m enraged,” she laughed.
“But ‘Honeymoon Stage’ is longer. It’s a co-write,” she continued.
The tour has been a lot of fun.

 

“It’s going good. We’re on a beautiful back road now.  We’re all together in our chariot named Sheryl. It’s nice to be a passenger when there’s these beautiful mountains and prairies. The tour has been a lot of fun. It’s a 21 day tour,” she said.


“The last time we played the Slice and the Owl’s owner was in the audience, she recalled.
“We’re really just bopping along playing our music for as many people  as we can,” she said.
 There is no cover charge for the show which begins at 9 p.m at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, May 28.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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