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Royal Tusk will rock Lethbridge this weekend

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Edmonton rock band Royal Tusk hope their first full length CD “Dealbreaker” will break them into the mainstream, so they have been touring hard  on it.
“We’re doing like 30 shows in 33 days, so it’s a long tour. We had a day off on Sunday, but we had to do a 14 hour drive from P.E.I to Southern Ontario and we had to drive through snow in New Brunswick,” related bassist  Sandy MacKinnon.Royal Tusk make their Lethbridge debut, May 27. Photo by Heather Rankin
The last stop on the tour is in Lethbridge, May 27 at Studio with Vancouver‘s Fake Shark and local rock band the Supervoid.

“It’s the last show on the tour, so we’ll be playing tighter than we ever have before. If we haven’t learned to play together by then, we‘re in trouble,” MacKinnon chuckled.

“ Even though home will still be six hours away, the Lethbridge show will be like a homecoming for us,” MacKinnon continued, adding they have never played Lethbridge as Royal Tusk.

 The CD, which was released May 6, has already spawned  two successful singles, “Fever“ and the most recent single “Curse the Weather.”

Royal Tusk includes frontman and guitarist Daniel Carriere and MacKinnon (bass), from JUNO-nominated Edmonton band, Ten Second Epic, along with Quinn Cyrankiewicz (guitar), Calen Stuckel (drums) and Mike James (keyboard/guitars).

 MacKinnon noted their debut EP “ Mountain” highlighted the band’s pop side, but the new CD  showcases not only their  heavier, guitar riff driven side, but they psychedelic jammy side as well.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 May 2016 10:30 ) Read more...

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.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 May 2016 10:33 ) Read more...

Emerson Drive back on the road to Lethbridge

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Emerson Drive  frontman Brad Mates is enjoying raising his young family in Portland, Maine. But he is even more looking forward to getting back on the road with his Nashville based bandmates (Danick Dupelle - Guitar. Mike Melancon - Drums. Dale Wallace - Keys) , who return to Lethbridge, May 28 to play Average Joes.

Emerson Drive frontman Brad Mates. Photo by Richard Amery
“ I moved away from Nashville quite a few years now. It’s great here. It reminds me of home. I lived in Nashville for 16 years and  don’t get me wrong I enjoyed it a lot in my 20’s  but I grew up snowmobiling and ice fishing and camping, so I’m excited that my kids can grow up the same way,” said Mates, who grew up in Grande Prairie, where he began the band and hit the road  right after high school.

“ Portland reminds me of that,” he said, noting his wife is from Portland, so moving there was an easy decision as a result.

“ I still get back to visit my parents every few months,” he added.
They released their most recent EP “ Tilt A Whirl,” late last year, which  spawned a couple of hit singles “ Who We Are, And Good Hurt.”

“That was strange to me. I’ve always been the guy  who was buying albums and cassettes when I was a kid. So I’m used to going in and recording 11,12 or 13 songs,” he said, adding he is pleased with the EP an the response it has received. He said it is a difficult to describe the rest of the EP.

“It’s a hard question. It really is a hard question. It’s a bouquet of flowers. ‘Who We Are’ is a top 10 hit. And there are others that would have been at home on our first album,” he said.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 May 2016 10:07 ) Read more...

Tallest to Shortest blend musical styles

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Edmonton power trio Tallest to Shortest are returning to Lethbridge to rock the Slice, May 28 with Toques and Beards.Mark Feduk and Tallest to Shortest come to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
They are familiar faces in Lethbridge as bassist Mark Feduk and guitarist have played Lethbridge a lot in their other band the Uncas.

They are backed by drummer Corey Motz in both bands lately, though Feduk and Brewer trade instruments when playing as Red Ram.

“We’re playing lots of shows and crowds are getting better and better ,” said Feduk as rain thunders down on his car, while driving to Filthy McNasty’s, a venue he books shows at, through a thick curtain of smoke drifting down from Fort McMurray.

“It will be nice to get out of here and play some shows,” he said.
 The trio have released a self-titled EP in Fall 2015 and are working an a new CD.

“We’ve been writing a lot and trying to raise money for it,” he said.
 He noted the band  combines a variety of influences into their songs ranging from surf to punk with a touch of funk and a lot of rock.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 May 2016 09:54 ) Read more...

Ryland Moranz releases new CD to packed house of friends and family

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It was standing room only at the Owl Acoustic Lounge , May 7 for Ryland Moranz’s  CD release party for his new CD “Hello Old New World.” I missed an opening set from his little sister Gillian Moranz.

Tyson Maiko, Kyle Harmon, Ryland Moranz and Matthew Robinson play Moranz’ CD release party. Photo by Richard Amery
 Moranz has been playing with Leeroy Stagger lately and has learned a few tricks. Not the least of which is picking some top notch players to back him including upright bassist Tyson Maiko, drummer Kyle Harmon, Matthew Robinson on guitar while he alternated between guitar and banjo.

I was running back and forth between three gigs, so only caught the first part of his short  and sweet set which mostly focused on the new CD.

 He earnestly delivered his songs and thanked the crowd for supporting him.

“This is the most special night of my life,” he said as he introduced the title track from the new CD.
 His music was tender, earnest folk and roots music, which was immediately appealing.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 May 2016 11:00 )
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