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Dodgy Mountain Men play a variety of music for Windy City Opry

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As I’m going back to school in September, I won’t be able to catch Windy City Opry  shows as I have a class during  it, so I made a point of checking out  the Dodgy Mountain Men and Joe Wilson, Wednesday, Aug. 14.Jed Nussbaum of the Dodgy Mountain Men playing the Windy City Opry, Aug. 14. Photo by Richard Amery
 I missed Joe Wilson, but the barefooted Missoula based quartet Dodgy Mountain Men blended bluegrass and folk music with a touch of funk  and rock solid drumming plus some experimental jazz stylings, once again due to bassist Josh Clinger. Luckily they were still playing by the time I arrived as they were expected to end at 10:30 p.m.

 I was in time to catch three part harmonies and some hot mandolin playing from Jed Nussbaum who also took turns singing lead vocals with Clinger and guitarist Eric Boss. I arrived at the start of a break up song and then another about coming home and I thought they were about to end but they seemed ready to play all night. Drummer Christian Gutierez held down the beat.

 As often happens, they didn’t have as good a crowd as They deserved, though the people there were really into  the music. But they were having a good time.

Nussbaum traded his mandolin for electric guitar as Boss asked the crowd if they wanted to hear some  Townes Van Zandt or something else. Slo James and her band play the next Windy City Opry, Sept. 11.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 August 2019 08:16 )

Jody Peck and Sarah Burton play beautiful show for intimate audience

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 I cut the Windy City Opry short as I didn’t want to miss the long awaited return of Miss Quincy’s Jody Peck and Sarah Burton at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Wednesday, Aug. 14. But I caught them on a set break.
 WJody Peck and Sarah Burton at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug 14. Photo by Richard Ameryhile I was delighted to see and hear them  for the first time in at least five years,  I was disappointed  by the lack of number out to see these two supremely talented ladies.

They had about a dozen people, half of whom left during the set break.

 But they had a hard core table of fans there to see Sarah Burton, who has been living in Texas for a few years and was finally able to make it back to Canada.

 Burton only had a guitar instead of the keyboards she usually plays, but was able to translate “old Sarah Burton” request like “Make Your Bed” onto guitar for her delighted fans. She also played a couple of tracks from her most recent album “Give Me what I Want” including “Desert Sky,” which she said was what she says when people ask her why she moved to Texas. Burton still has a beautiful voice that is reminiscent of Sheryl Crow and Kathleen Edwards.

 Peck was happy to let Burton satisfy her fans, so happily picked out perfect vocal harmonies whole Burton played guitar.
 But Peck played  a couple of tracks from her soon to be released solo album including a  cool song called ‘Play” and another impassioned highlight about being broken hearted while living in the north.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 August 2019 08:13 )

Laura Hickli and 36? play late laid back show

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I was looking forward to seeing Calgary’s  36? at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Aug.10, but couldn’t stick around for them. Opening act  Laura Hickli and 36? apparently had trouble  crossing the border and were late arriving.

Lauras Hickli and 36? at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug. 10. Photo by Richard Amery
Classical guitarist/keyboardist Laura Hickli, keyboardist Kerry Hickli and drummer / keyboardist Taylor Cochrane took a lot of time to set up all their instruments.
 When they finally started, they laid down layers of laid back, super-mellow ambient sounds and sang some appealing three part harmonies.

 The drummer was simultaneously playing keyboards.
 But the overall effect was  stultifying.

— by Richard Amery, L.A.Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 August 2019 08:01 )

Officer Trip revist ’70s rock

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 Dead Army rocked the Slice again, Saturday Aug. 10.
 But I arrived just in time to miss the Cayley, but be impressed by Vancouver power trio Officer Trip.
 They have been  following in the footsteps the ’70s rock revivalists like Monster Truck.

 So there were Officer Trip playing the Slice, Aug.10. Photo by Richard Ameryplenty of big riffs, grooves and blues flavoured solos like bands of the likes of Foghat, Mountain and Grand Funk Railroad made popular back in the day.

 There wasn’t as big a crowd as I expected, so the trio took the opportunity to try out a lot of new songs, which the audience seemed to enjoy.

In addition to big ’70s rock, they also showed more modern influences like the Foo Fighters on a couple of other songs.

Dead Army was next. Frontman Rob Morrison, who lost his voice for last week’s show and let new member Nick Bohle sing lead vocals,  was back on lead vocals for this show.

 As usual, they played their strong set of riff heavy ’90s inspired alternative rock along the lines of Our Lady Peace and I Mother Earth with a few ’80s style heavy metal riffs thrown in for good measure.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 August 2019 07:53 )

Folk punk fans pack Slice for Jesse Stewart and Mike Desj

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The Slice was packed  for a folk punk and pop night, Friday, Aug. 9.

Mike Desj and Jesse Stewart playing the Slice, Aug. 9 Photo By Richard Amery
 I arrived too late to catch Toronto pop duo Goodnight, Sunrise, but was surprised to see a crowd of local punks excited to see Montreal musician Mike Desj playing banjo, sitting in a rocking chair.

 He bellowed out roots punk music along the lines of Elliott Brood.

 He picked up the stand up bass to join Jesse Stewart, who was playing mandolin for his set.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 August 2019 07:34 )
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