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Kat Danser coming back to Lethbridge with PHd and new CD

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It has been a long, long time since we’ve had new music from Kat Danser. She released her fifth CD “Goin’ Gone‘  three months ago and it has since gained excellent reviews, chart positions and airplay on CKUA.Kat Danser returns to Lethbridge , Thursday, Oct. 18, to play the Geomatic Attic. Photo by Richard Amery
“The album’s been sitting in my basement since 2017. I wanted to finish my PHd. I’ve been studying  folk and string band music from  the 1920-40 for the past six years. I’ve been spending a lot of time down south and I’ll be going back to Nashville and Memphis to deliver my dissertation,” Danser said  from Edmonton, where she teaches American Pop Music History at both the University of Alberta and Mount Royal University.
“ But I couldn’t do both— release an album and finish my PhD,” said Danser She brings her band The Tall Tales including guitarist Jimmy Guiboche, bassist Chris Brzezcki, drummer Kelly Kruse and special guest Steve Dawson to the Geomatic Attic, Thursday, Oct. 18.

Steve Dawson will also be performing an opening set.
Complicating matters was having to undergo surgery related to turning 50.

“I had to get an embolization and a hysterectomy, which brought on menopause early. I’ve lost 135 pounds deliberately since you last saw me,” Danser said.

 In the process she rediscovered her love for punk music.
“I went to go see Joan Jett. And she’s 70 and looks great and is still rocking. She had one foot on the amp and yelled ‘I don’t give a fuck about my bad reputation.’ She’s 70, she’s in great shape and still rocks and I asked myself ‘why can’t I do that,’” she said, adding that lead to taking a heavier bent on the new album.

“I’ve definitely moved away from solo blues.  For the first time I didn’t record one gospel song for the album,” she said.
She recorded the CD in Nashville with Steve Dawson for his record label Black Hen records.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 October 2018 11:34 ) Read more...

Turncoats haven’t lost their touch

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The Turncoats and Edmonton’s  Andrew Scott returned play a packed house at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Sept. 29.

Andrew Scott playing with the Turncoats at the Owl Acoustic Lounge,, Sept. 29. Photo by Richard Amery
 Turncoats’ upright bassist Paul Holden, drummer Kyle Harmon are familiar faces on local stage.

Lead guitarist Arlen Wutch is always a welcome sight, but it is always a pleasure to see Andrew Scott perform even when I could hardly breathe because of the crowd.

The audience was having a blast, dancing up a sweat to the Turncoats’ unique brand of  alt country and off kilter jazz jams.

Paul Holden had a busy night, coming to the Owl straight from closing night of New West Theatre’s Million Dollar Quartet and looked a little tired, deservedly so, but nonetheless nailed it on the bass.

Scott thrashed around and howled lyrics through a megaphone for a song. For a couple more jazzy numbers, they welcomed a saxophonist onto the stage.
 I missed an opening reunion set from the Necessities as well as an acoustic set by MTBC.

— by Richard Amery,L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 October 2018 10:39 )

Scottish musician Simon Kempston plays pretty folk music

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A chattering crowd petty much ignored an intimate show at the Slice from Scottish musician Simon Kempston, Saturday, Sept. 29.

Simon Kempston playing an intimate show at the Slice, Sept. 29. Photo by Richard Amery
 He told a few stories about the disappointing experience of moving to London at 19 with his friends after being signed to a record contract as a popular indie folk band  and having to move to London and sang a tune about that experience. All the while he played lilting, fingerpicked licks on acoustic guitar. Though he called his songs instrumentals, he  sang in a pleasant tenor reminiscent of  Johnny Reid.

Tyson Ray Borsboom playing an intimate show at the Slice, Sept. 29. Photo by Richard Amery
 He chatted engagingly about his beautiful new custom built acoustic guitar, caressing it gently as he made it sing as he played gorgeous melodies.

 He played  a bluesy number “Vulnerable Man” which he noted there was a video for which sounded like ’60s rockers Canned Heat’s version of “Going Up To The Country.”

I caught the last couple songs from local singer songwriter Tyson Borsboom, who sounded wonderful as usual with his big, booming heartfelt voice.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 October 2018 10:15 )

Darryl Düus shows off chops on harp

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Guitarist extraordinaire Darryl Düus always makes the most of his visits home. He played several shows with Papa King over the past couple weeks and returned to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Sept. 28 with his own band including Brady Valgardson on drums, bassist Alex Thomson and a guitarist I didn’t recognize. Darryl Düus and Evan Uschenko playat the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 28.Photo by Richard Amery

He also had Evan Uschenko playing lead guitar, leaving nothing for Düus to do but belt out the blues in his big, gravelly voice and play harp, though he donned the axe for his always fun cover of “Rolling and Tumbling” after which he took a long set break.

He’ll be back at the Owl Acoustic Lounge again on Oct. 13 with Papa King.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 October 2018 10:04 )

Lots of roots and blues in Southern Alberta this week

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There are all kinds of roots and blues shows happening this week. The Windy City Opry has an awesome line up on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Host Shaela Miller returns from tour and welcome Fosston, Saskatchewan songwriter Belle Plaine to the Slice in support of her brand new CD “Malice, Mercy, Grief and Wrath” which  is officially out Oct. 19. She has released the first single and video for “Golden Ring.”Rotary Park return to lethbridge this weekend to play the Lethbridge Folk Club, Oct. 13. Photo by Richard Amery
 Yukon blues/ roots musician Gordie Tentrees is also on the bill with the D-Rangers’ Jaxon Haldane. As always, the Opry begins promptly at 8 p.m. Admission is $10.

 That same night, Texas songwriter Sam Baker stops by the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28.

 The next night David James‘s Johnny Cash tribute Big River  performs at the Yates Theatre at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11. Tickets are $48.50.
 Dueling pianos with Cal Toth return to Average Joes on Friday, Oct. 12.

It is only one of many cool local shows happening on Friday. Local funk rock trio Adequate bring the funk and the noise to Casino Lethbridge, Oct. 12 and 13. Max Hopkins opens for Manitoban songwriter Heather Jordan on Friday.

 And The Slice welcomes Edmonton based alternative rock trio Moving Bodies that same night.
Winnipeg blues trio the Perpetrators stop by the Slice on Saturday to knock out some high energy blues rock. The show is scheduled to start at 8:30 and Tickets are $15.
 That is competing with a lot of other shows.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 October 2018 08:58 ) Read more...
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