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Del Barber back with empathetic “Easy Keeper”

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Winnipeg area musician Del Barber returns to the Geomatic Attic, Tuesday, Oct. 22 in support of his new CD “Easy Keeper,” a record he never thoughDel Barber returns to the Geomatic Attic, Oct. 22. Photo by Richard Ameryt he’s ever get to make.
“I’ve been busy being a dad and trying to reconcile that with touring and not being there,” said Barber, who has a busy tour schedule booked into 2021.
Barber underwent a period of soul searching when he parted ways with True North Records and his manager, around the same time he settled down on his wife’s parents’ farm in southern Manitoba.


“I didn’t think I would get to make music again, so a lot of songs come from that point in time. I’m always writing. But people still want to hear from me,” Barber continued, adding Rolling Stone magazine just published an interview with him abut the new album.
“That’s the first time they have ever paid any attention to me so that’s like the Holy Grail,” he said.


 No Depression magazine, the go to source for alt country and roots magazine, also interviewed him.
 “I’ve been doing this for almost 10 years and people are starting to listen,” he said.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 October 2019 09:17 ) Read more...
 

Lots of rock, pop and country this week

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This week rocks and pops.The Bridgette Yarwood duo plays twice this week. Photo by Richard Amery
Things get started with Gabe Thaine’s High Level Variety, Show onOct. 15 at 8 p.m.  Michael Bartz is the host.
Classic rock fans will be in hippie Heaven as Creedence Clearwater Revival’s  John Fogerty returns to the Enmax Centre, Wednesday, Oct. 16 with his “My 50 Year Trip Tour.”
 Expect to hear CCR classics and Fogerty’s solo hits.

 Tickets are $29.95, $49.50, $79.50, $99.95 (Incl. GST) + s/c . The show begins at 7:30 p.m.


 For a little bit of a contrast to that, Sherwood Park alt-pop band The Royal Foundry return to the Slice, Oct. 16 as well. Winnipeg based songwriter Roman Clarke is also on the bill plus local singer songwriter Tyson Ray Borsboom.
 Expect a plethora of wild and wonderful musical instruments and manic ’80s pop energy from Royal Foundry.
For something a little more mellow, Northern Albertan country musician Maddie Storvold, who was on CTV’s the launch and recently released her hit single ’Don’t Say you Love Me’, plays the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 16 as well.


If you love acoustic guitar pyrotechnics and percussion, Australian born, Nashville based virtuoso, Daniel Champagne returns to the Slice, Oct. 17.
Admission is $20. He sold out the Slice almost exactly a year ago.
The weekend is all about pop music.
 Average Joes features welcomes Tyler Shaw’s “Wanted” tour to the stage, Friday, Oct. 18.
 Shaw was nominated a for the 2019 pop album of the year for his sophomore CD  “Intuition,” which spawned the hit singles ”With you” and  “To the Man Who Let Her Go.”
 He will be joined by Craig Strickland on guitar.
 Strickland, who has toured with Alessia Cara and Matt Good, will also be opening the show, which begins at 10:15 p.m.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.


 Jon Martin returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge with Edmonton musician St. Arnaud, Oct. 18.


 It’s great to see Bridgette Yarwood on stage again. She brings her jazz/ pop duo to Good Times, Oct. 18 at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5 in advance $10 at the door. If you miss that show, she is also playing a big afternoon  fundraising concert at the Gate Church, Saturday, Oct. 18. Also on that bill are local blues band Coda, Deacon Harley and thew Spark and Behold.  Tickets are $10. The show runs from 1-5 p.m.

Average Joes presents the a eleventh annual Scotchtoberfest, Oct. 19 from 8-11 p.m. with local rock bands DNR, the Nova Scotiables and the Lethbridge Firefighters Pipes and Drums.The event is a fundraiser for A New Dawn. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

This week’s folk fix comes courtesy of Winnipeg musician Vince Andrushko who plays the Slice, Oct. 19 with George Arsene. Prairie Huckster play folk  and roots music music at Plum on Oct. 19 as well.
 Hanna born, Lethbridge based Trevor Christensen and El Mule  will be be playing country and rock at Casino Lethbridge all weekend.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 October 2019 10:21 ) Read more...
 

Hollerado wind up a dozen years of irreverent fun with best album yet

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Ottawa area based indie rock/ pop band Hollerado are calling  it a day after about a dozen years on the road. They return to the Slice one last time, Tuesday, Oct. 22.
 They just released one last album “ Retaliation Vacation,” but all people want to talk about is their retirement.Hollerado returns to Lethbridge, Oct. 22. Photo by Ryan Faist


“We think it’s our best one yet, but all everyone wants to ask us about is our retirement,” observed frontman Menno Versteeg.
 To go along with the new album, they released a weird video for “Time on Earth, featuring a break dancing battle between an old man and an alien.


“We’ve always been irreverent so it just suits us. Besides it’s our last tour, so we didn’t really care if anyone likes it,” Versteeg continued, adding people ended up really liking it.
Guitarist Nixon Boyd, drummer Jake Boyd and bassist Dean Baxter complete the quartet.

“We’ve always marched to the beat of our own drum,” quipped drummer Jake Boyd.
“Oh, a drummer joke,” Versteeg chuckled.


“It’s just time to retire. How many of your favourite bands’ sixth album is your favourite,” Boyd added.


“We‘re still best friends, so there’s no juicy gossip,” Versteeg emphasized.

“ We’ll probably miss it during festival season. But now we’ll all just be going to the festivals to watch and without having to lug any gear. And we’ve got enough friends that we can go back stage and hang out with them and drink their beer and eat their food and play their instruments and maybe play a Hollerado set,” Versteeg laughed.


 They are pleased with the new CD.
“We did it all ourselves. We recorded it in Nick’s studio down the street. It was a really fun process,” Versteeg said, adding they didn’t  have to cull any songs from the collection.

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Last Updated ( Monday, 14 October 2019 09:50 ) Read more...
 

Craig Strickland multi-tasks in between tours

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L.A./Toronto musician Craig Strickland has a lot on the go from acting, modelling, running a studio furniture business and  touring with everybody from Alessia Cara to Matthew Good.
 Strickland  will not only be opening for up and coming pop singer Tyler Shaw on his “Warning” tour, but will also be playing  guitar in his band at Average Joes, Oct. 18.
“And the funny thing his Tyler’s drummer (Colin Kingsmore) volunteered to play drums with me so we’ll be doing a stripped down, White Stripes kind of set,” said Strickland, just finishing his first rehearsal with Kingsmore.

Craig Strickland joins Tyler Shaw at Average Joes, Oct. 18. Photo submitted
 Strickland has been releasing singles since the beginning of the year including the latest, “Burn it Down,”and the focus single “Break Every Rule.”


“ I like to blend blues, soul and R and B,” Strickland said.
 The record label has two more focus singles ‘Golden Child’ and  ‘Starlit Afternoon,’ which will be the title of the album,” Strickland enthused.


 He released his debut  EP “Leave Me To The Wild” in 2016.


“My manager is a visionary,” said Strickland, adding he convinced him to get into modelling and acting, to allow a flexible schedule to work on his music.

“ I just woodshedded on guitar from 2013-2014,” he said, adding the same manager started representing Alessia Cara and suggested Strickland as a guitarist.

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 13 October 2019 13:57 ) Read more...
 

Tyson Ray Borsboom and Kevin Giron add exotic flair

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I love seeing local talent improve. Tyson Ray Borsboom gets better every time I see him. He had a more exotic flair with the addition of lead guitarist Kevin Giron at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Oct. 5, where they entertained a close to full house.

Tyson Ray Borsboom and Kevin Giron at the owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 5. Photo by Richard Amery
 I was sad to have missed  Calgary musician Kate Stevens, but caught the end of Borsboom’s set of up tempo folk and country.
 Giron  added exotic solos on his Stratocaster.


 Borsboom played some new songs which appealed to the enthusiastic audience. He was called back for an encore- an acoustic version of the Glorious Sons’ “Josie.”


 Borsboom will be opening for the Royal Foundry and Roman Clarke, Oct. 16 at the Slice.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Friday, 11 October 2019 20:55 )
 
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