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Plenty of Petty with the Decadent Phase

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I caught the end of  a set from James Swinney’s hippy rock band the  Decadent Phase at the Slice, Saturday, Oct. 16.

The Decadent Phase at the Slice, Oct. 16. Photo by Richard Amery

 Their set  focussed on Tom Petty hits while featuring some fantastic guitar playing and lots of blues rock jams including the  Allman Brothers’“ Blue Sky.”


 Swinney sunck an original in to a set dominated by trippy covers Tom petty’s “Jamming me” and “ You Wreck Me Baby.”


 They added a  cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “ Somebody To Love” and  and went back to Tom Petty with “Running Down A Dream.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor


Alt country pioneers Jr. Gone Wild bring new music to Owl

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Edmonton/ Nanton Alt country pioneers Jr. Gone Wild graced the new  Owl Acoustic lounge Stage, Saturday, Oct. 16.

 Saturday nights are sacred because my blues show the Hotrock Blues Beat is  from 8-10 p.m. on CKXU 88.3 F.m. So anything else happening in that time is missed.


 But I sure hurried down to the Owl Acoustic Lounge afterwards to catch Jr. Gone Wild, who are always a guaranteed good time.


Mike McDonald of Jr. Gone Wild At the owl acoustic Lounge, Oct. 16. Photo by Richard Amery

 They were supposed to start at 9 p.m. so I missed most of their show.


 I caught  a great version of  “Downtime” from their 1995 album “Simple Little Wish,” but most of the second part of the show was songs from their excellent new album “ Still Got the Jacket.”


 Jr. Gone Wild are the perfect mix of country groove and punk rock energy.

But they showed some classic rock chops on their energetic version of  Chilliwack”s “Fly at Night,” which is the new single from the album.


New drummer Quinton Herbert, who was already shirtless by the time I arrive, sang the falsetto harmony melody of “Fly at Night,” while Steve Loree  played a lot of hot solos.


Frontman Mike McDonald traded a few lead licks with Loree.


 They played one of my favourites “Rhythm of the Rain,” which was a highlight of the show and brought out a couple of the quirky covers from the new CD including  the Beat Farmers‘ “Southern Cross” They wound down their set with Steve Loree belting out “ Barricades,” another highlight from the new CD, which featured Mike McDonald playing a

 Jr. Gone Wild at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 16. Photo by Richard Amery

 mournful harp solo.


 They ended their show with the apt original “The Last One” which is also the last song on the new CD.

 But they were called back for an encore, so they turned the Ramones “She‘s the One” into a two stepping country song.

 They followed it up with their upbeat catchy cover ofPaul Revere and the Raiders’,“Him or Me (What’ll it Be?).

— By Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 October 2021 11:37 )

Bridgette Yarwoood debuts new band at the Slice

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Like a lot of musicians, Bridgette Yarwood  has  been keeping a low profile because of  Covid.


She debuted a brand new band at the Slice, Friday, Oct. 15.


Bridgette Yarwood brought her new band to the Slice, Oct. 18. Photo by Richard Amery

She used to be in a couple really good original hard rock bands including Outrun the Arrow with her brothers, but Yarwood, along with bassist Ian Morrice, drummer Beau Sommerfeldt and lead guitarist Mel Gaydos are now focussing on crowd pleasing covers.


 Yarwood unleashed her massive voice while playing some keyboards  on a variety of hits spanning the ages including the Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” and Journey’s “Any Way You Want It.”


  Gaydos sang a solid version of Pagliaro’s 1975 hit “What the Hell I Got.” and showed off his guitar chops on Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Pride and Joy.”


She belted out well worn classics like CCR ’s “Born on the Bayou,” but really shone on more blues and soul influenced numbers including Sam Cooke’s “Bring it On Home to Me,” which she dedicated to her husband Elliott.


 Morrice also sang a few songs hidden in the shadows on the side of the stage.


 Chris Drew opened the show with heartfelt set of original acoustic folk/ country music.

 The Bridgette Yarwood band is playing  the Canadian Brewhouse on Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 including a drink.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 October 2021 11:26 )

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.

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