Old Man Luedecke tries to earn “Easy Money” on the road with with full band


Halifax-area based folk musician Chris “Old Man” Luedecke returns to Lethbridge to play the Lethbridge College Cave for the Lethbridge Folk Club, Saturday, Nov. 23 with a full band in support of his new album “ Easy Money.”
“I  usually travel as a solo artist. But it‘s been really fun to  have a bigger sound. And most of the band are also on the album,” Luedecke said, en route to Sherwood Park.Old Man Luedecke returns to Lethbridge, Nov. 23. Photo by Richard Amery

Lead guitarist Michael O’ Brien, drummer Jamie Thompson, and bassist Charlotte Cornfield, who will also be opening the show, will be backing  Luedecke as he plays guitar and banjo.
 He had to cancel a few shows early in the tour, but is fighting fit now.

“I have a recurring shoulder injury that flared up, but I took a couple of weeks off and it’s better now,” he said, adding he has been enjoying the eastern leg of the tour which has taken him from Winnipeg to Saskatoon and then Sherwood Park and down to Medicine Hat before playing the Folk Club.

“ It‘s been a lot of fun so far. Morale is really high. For the past 15 years, whenever I wake up, I see myself as a solo act, but it’s always fun to try something different,” said the Juno Award winning musician, who just got nominated for Canadian Folk Music Awards for best traditional album of the year and best traditional singer.

The show is has always all been about storytelling. And it is still a lot of that but  there is also a band with me,” Luedecke, said, noting they are playing most of the new album.

“It’s only  35 minutes long, so we‘re playing most of it and my older songs,” he said.


 “ Easy Money” has a lot of songs  about  living in the Maritimes, a lot about family,” said Luedecke, who lives in Chester Nova Scotia, an hour from Halifax.

“ I’m singing a lot about family, because I have a young family and it can be tense making a living. But I also have one song about politics— The Death of Truth, which is about how my dad used to get all bent out of shape about politics.  He passed a way a couple of years ago. So I’m also singing about him. We made a video using found footage,” he said, adding he filmed the video for the title track and first single “Easy Money,” in Los Angeles.

“The album has a Calypso feel to it, so I wanted a location with palm trees, which are also on the album cover. So we filmed it at several different locations with palm trees and me singing the song,” he said. The album is getting great responses from albums.


“It’s been really interesting watching ‘I Skipped A Stone ’ on Spotify. That’s the song people are really connecting to. I’m singing about family on it again and there’s a lot of the Maritimes in it. And it’s a beautiful chord progression” he continued, adding that song is also his favourite song to play live.

 Even though he is competing with a couple of several great shows including Hawksley Workman on the same night, Luedecke is confident.
“Hawksley Workman is playing Sherwood Park on the same night too. But I’m feeling really good about it,” he said.
 Old Man Luedecke’s show begins at 8 p.m. sharp at the Lethbridge  College Cave. Tickets are $25 for members, $30 for non members and invited guests, $15 for students.

 L.A. Beat has two tickets to give  away to the show. Just be the first to e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Just name one song off the new CD.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 November 2019 11:26 )