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Richard Inman debuts new band for set of outlaw country

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New Lethbian Richard Inman doesn’t really need a band. He can hold a stage and enrapture  a crowd with just his tender fingerpicked guitar and big resonant, velvety baritone voice. And usually does.

Richard Inman brought his new band to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 18. Photo by Richard Amery

 But having a hot band behind him at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Oct. 15 took him to another level.


Lethbridge’s best rhythm section Paul Holden and Brad Brouwer anchored the tunes letting Inman, a steel guitarist, guitarist and lead guitarist paint  beautiful music on the pages of another great night out.


 I arrived in the middle  of a cover of Chris Knight’s “It Ain’t Easy Being Me,” made famous by John Anderson and Tyler Childers.


Megan Brown joined Richard Inman’s new band at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 18. Photo by Richard Amery

 They worked their way through a solid set of outlaw country including covers of Waylon Jennings ’s Waymore’s Blues” and Billy Joe Shaver’s “ Georgia on a Fast Train.”


 He snuck one of his gorgeous originals, powered by that fantastic finger picking. I would have liked to hear a lot more of his originals backed by his band.


He invited Megan Brown on stage to add some fiddle to the last couple tracks of the set including a Turnpike Troubadours’ song.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 October 2021 11:18 )

Comedy and pop punk on deck this week

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It’s time to get loud this week.

 There is plenty of  rock and roll and laughter happening this week beginning tonight with  the Owl Acoustic Lounge’s open mic tonight, as in every Tuesday.


 Good Times has their usual comedy open mic  tonight as well, as they do every Tuesday.


Bridgette Yarwood plays the Canadian Brewhouse with Eric Braun, Oct. 22 Photo by Richard Amery

 And the Owl Acoustic lounge steps into the comedy ring on on Wednesday with the return of “So You Think You Can Comedy.”  Cole Howg hosts an night of comedy with Juan Chris Wipf, Dono Howell, Victor Lyilade Jr., Nico Maximiliano and Niall Larney

Show starts at 9 PM . Admission is by donation.


 Part 2 of Impromptu’s  improvised soap opera, the Good, the bad and the Gomorrah returns to Theatre Outré on Oct. 23.

Cole Howg is also hosting the roast of Faris Hytiaa at Good Times on Oct. 22 with roasters Cole Howg, Connor Christmas, Brian Dawydiuk, Alex Carr, Oseremen Irete and Amol Suri. Tickets cost $20.


 Danger Cats comedy comes to Good Times on Saturday, Oct. 23 . Brett Forte, Sam Walker and Uncle Hack will be entertaining beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.

 And The Canadian Brewhouse has their weekly comedy Club night on Thursday, Oct. 21.


There is lots to rock to too this week.


 Local Tragically Hip tribute the Hip Trip featuring the Mark Hall band and Gabe Thaine get warmed up for their upcoming Nov. 19 show at the Slice, with a show on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at the Slice.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 October 2021 13:23 ) Read more...

Queen of the Worms make long awaited return to Slice

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It was like an early Christmas, Saturday, Oct. 9 or maybe a late Christmas as Queen of the Worms’ December show last year was cancelled due to Covid.

Queen of the Worms’ Tyler Bird, Oct. 9 at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery

Usually we have to wait until December for Queen of the Worms to emerge from  the numerous other projects the band members are involved with. 


 A Queen of the Worms show is a unicorn show, they are so rare, people always appreciate seeing



 So as expected they had a packed house at the Slice for a show of mostly original music and mostly new music  from their brand new CD.


I was in time for their second set, which featured special guest Don Cassell adding harp and  vocals for the first co

uple of songs.


They played  an energetic set of modern alternative rock, featuring multiple vocals.

 One of their songs sounded like Sloan.


 Don Cassel added harp and extra vocals for the first couple of songs in the set.


 The audience was already asking for their favourites, including “Pussy on Wheels,” which Tyler Bird and company including bassist Paul Holden and drummer Taylor Ackerman delivered after playing a couple other songs.


Don Cassell playing with Queen of the Worms, Oct. 9 at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery

They delved back in their back catalogue for a more  alternative rock sound later on in their set.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 15 October 2021 12:04 )

Tin and the Toad play new music and old favourites at Owl

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Nanton country/ roots band Tin and the Toad made a long awaited return to Lethbridge Saturday, Oct.  9.


I missed Badlands, but got to the Owl just in time for Tin and the Toad.


Justin Smith and Pete Loughlin playing with Tin ant the Towad at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 9. Photo by Richard Amery

As always Justin “Tin” Smith, Cody “Toad” Shearer, steel Guitarist / Lead Guitarist Steve Loree  and bassist Pete Loughlin  had stunning multi-part vocal harmonies, and a lot of twang. Everybody got to sing lead on one song except the drummer.


 I was excited to hear bassist Pete Loughlin sing my favourite “Keeping this Bar Alive.”

 They also played a lot  of new songs.

 Justin  (Tin) Smith switched between guitar and mandolin while belting out lyrics in  a big resonant baritone.

Justin Smith with Tin ant the Towad at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 9. Photo by Richard Amery

Steve Loree was amazing, singing lead, harmony and playing  steel guitar, sometimes doing all of them in the same song, while changing guitar strings.


 When Smith broke a string  on his Gretsch, he switched to mandolin, and left it to Loree to  change the string.

Loree didn’t miss a harmony or a note on his Telecaster or steel guitar and passed the Gretsch back to Smith  in time for the next song.


 They sang a lot of uptempo, catchy songs about living in Southern Alberta, farming and rural issues which had a few people  two stepping.


 A couple of the highlights were “Beautiful Girl” and “Don’t Borrow Trouble,” which had more of a vintage country feel. and featured Tin on harp.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 15 October 2021 11:17 )

Steve Keenan Band plays new CD in order at “In My Hands” release party

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Local musicians are finally  catching up on their CD release parties.


The Steve Keenan Band held their long awaited  CD release party at the Slice for their excellent new CD “ In My Hands.” Friday, Oct. 8.


 I missed Karen Romanchuk’s opening set, but was just in time to catch Keenan and company blast through the CD  in order.


Steve Keenan playing the Slice, Oct. 8. Photo by Richard Amery

 Keenan was joined by Paul Kype on guitar, bassist David Popovitch, drummer Darwin Romanchuk and Keyboardist  TJ Waltho hidden in the shadows on the side

of the stage.


 Everybody got to solo including Waltho, whose understated piano played enhanced the band’s blues and country  with a touch of honky tonk vibe.


Kype and Keenan seamlessly traded guitar solos.


 The audience made up for lack of numbers with lots of enthusiasm, applause and appreciation, right from  the country tinged “Country Buzz” and carrying on through the set.


“Country Buzz” was one of several songs featuring a hot TJ Waltho piano solo.


 They showed more of their blues side on “ Drowning Sorrows” and “Gamblers Hand.”

“ Doin’ Fine,” was a highlight as always.


They slowed down  things a bit for “In My Hands,” which Keenan said was about his daughter.


 They ended the set with the last few songs  on the CD , the always popular “Something New,” and The last track on the Cd , a crowd favourite “Whiskey Drinking Blues.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat  Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 15 October 2021 11:12 )
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