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Things settle down after crazy couple of weeks

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With the Windy City Tattoo Weekend and Love and Records, Freshfest and the Lethbridge Music Festival all happening Papa King and Scott Mezei play Sept. 20. Photo by Richard Ameryover the past couple weeks, are you as burned out as I am on live music and big events? Of course not. You can never have too much live music.

 Fortunately this week features a lot of really cool, laid back shows.
Blues lovers will not want to miss Edmonton born Vancouver based blues harpist Harpdog Brown. He comes to the Slice to sing the blues on Sept. 18. There is a $10 cover for the show.
 For something a little more intimate, Kingston songwriter Tom Savage makes a long awaited return to the Slice on Sept. 17.

It has been a couple of years since he rocked the house with his big, loud, dirty alt country/ rock trio, but this time he is playing a more intimate acoustic solo set in support of his new album “History of a Common Man.” The Nix Dicksons’ Tanner James also returns to Lethbridge this week, to play the Slice on Sept. 19.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 September 2014 10:53 ) Read more...

Young Running have wonderful summer touring for new CD

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Toronto based indie folk quartet Young Running are coming to Lethbridge to play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 19.
They have enjoyed a busy summer of shows and are excited to come to Alberta.Young Running play Lethbridge, Sept. 19. Photo submitted

“We’re on the shores of Lake Superior now and it’s gorgeous,” said Liam Kearney from Sault Ste Marie, where they spend some time visiting the family of band mate James Moss. Spencer Irvine and Kevin Braun complete the band's lineup.

He added the tour in support of their brand new CD “ Small Town City,”  has  gone well.

“We’ve had a wonderful reception,” he added.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 September 2014 10:43 ) Read more...

Glorious Sons working hard and making some noise with Airbourne

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 While Kingston, Ontario is widely known as  the home of a maximum security prison and a little band called the The Glorious Sons play with Airbourne and Flash Lightnin', Sept. 23. Photo SubmittedTragically Hip, it may also be known as the home of  the Glorious Sons, who skyrocketed to prominence with their hit singles  “Mama” ” and “ White Noise,” after winning the 2013 HTZ-FM Rocksearch competition.

“Everything happened really, really fast. We just decided to enter this contest and everything happened. We’ve had a lot of luck, but we’ve also worked really hard,” said lead singer Brett Emmons, just waking up and getting ready to do their fourth Cross Canada tour this time with Flash Lightnin’ and  Airbourne, which comes to Average Joes, Sept. 23.

They released their new album “Union” on Sept. 16, which features “Mama” and “White” Noise” and the new single “Heavy.”

“ We just wanted to put our 10 favourite songs on the album and people wanted hard copies of ‘White Noise’ and ‘Mama.’ So it wasn’t really a big deal to put them on it,” he said adding they didn’t change anything on those songs for the album versions.
“ And ‘Mama’  goes well with ‘Union,’” he said.

They are excited about playing with Airbourne.
“ We‘re just trying to keep rocking. We just like to play with anyone. We’re playing a lot of bigger rooms this time. But we all just love playing live. There is nothing better than getting in front of a hundred people and rocking and knowing we’re rewarded with their smiling faces and cheers,” he said.
He noted the band doesn’t have a set songwriting process.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 September 2014 10:10 ) Read more...

Tom Savage glad to be back on the road as a solo act

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Kingston's Tom Savage is excited to be back on the road after a year-long hiatus.

 He comes back to the Slice, Sept. 17 to play a solo show in support of his brand new, fresh off the press album “History of a Common Man.”

Tom Savage returns to Lethbridge, Sept. 17. photo by Richard Amery
“ I just got the shipment about two hours ago,” Savage enthused, adding it is just in time for his  tour, though the CD won’t officially be released until October.
 he said  the new CD marks a change of direction from gritty , loud alt country of previous albums like  “ The County Line.”

“ I haven’t released an acoustic album in a long time,” he said.

“The tour will be a bit different than what people have seen me do before. It is more singer/ songwriter. though there is  a full production,” he said.

 “ But it is really stripped down,” he continued.

Last Updated ( Monday, 15 September 2014 11:20 ) Read more...

Dory and the Weathermen release their version of Come Together to the world

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Allan Wilson, guitarist  of Dory and the  Weathermen is tickled by technology and the fact that their new single — a twangy cover of the Beatles’ hit “Come Together” can be heard all over the world.Dory and the Weathermen playing a local fundraiser. Photo by Richard Amery
 It is their first release with the new lineup for the band that used to be known as Moondancer.

“We chose it because you can hear all six of us. We like to create a different arrangement that is our own,” he continued adding they were performing it live  for a  year and a half before recording it.

“ We have three sets of material to choose from,” he said adding  they felt  “Come Together” best reflected the talents of the band members.

 The band added the new members after previous members Brad Gillespie  and Darrell Croft left the band due to family and work commitments. They always wanted a keyboardist, so substitute teacher Wilson found University of Lethbridge professor Bruce MacKay through fellow G.S. Lakie school band teacher Don Ponech.

 Shortly after they lost their lead guitarist so Wilson made some inquiries at Long And McQuade where Bill Weiler overheard him and followed him to King of Trade where Wilson was making further inquiries. Approximately two years ago, bassist Gerry Clewes joined the core of Allan Wilson, Dory Rossiter and Keith Duff.

 “ We wanted to change the name to  reflect our new members and Dory  finally let us use her name,” Wilson said.
Moondancer recorded an album “It’s A Marvellous Night” a couple years ago and a single and video  for “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” which got over 11,000 hits on Youtube from 49 different countries including Australia and all over Europe.

“It’s really, really enjoyable and fulfilling to see that,” he said he is always impressed with the compliments the band receives.

Last Updated ( Monday, 15 September 2014 09:32 ) Read more...
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