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Fantastic fiddler tears it up with friends in high places

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Carrie Rodriguez a monster talent with friends in high placesCarrie Rodriguez is not only a monster talent on fiddle, four-string mandobird and tenor guitar, as anybody at her July 8 show at the Geomatic Attic will attest, but also has  some pretty high profile  names  pulling for her. The Austin born, Brooklyn based classically trained violinist found she had a calling for folk and country music and was discovered playing at the South by Southwest in 2001 by Chip Taylor, a renown songwriter best known for writing “Wild Thing” and “Angel of the Morning.”
 They subsequently recorded four albums together.
“He’s the reason I’m a singer,” Rodriguez said before her show, adding he pushed her into singing harmonies, then eventually singing solo.
“I just played fiddle for other artists, I never entertained the idea of singing,” she said adding she learned a lot just by watching Taylor perform and write.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 July 2009 16:26 ) Read more...

Former Turncoat releases second solo CD

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Andrew Scott, who is known for playing in, and releasing two CDs with, country rock band  the Turncoats, returned from two years teaching English and music in Japan, to release his second CD “13 Birds of Prey.”  
“It tends to be a little bit of folk, a little bit of country, a little bit of blues and a little bit of rock,” Scott said of the CD  before his show at the Slice, July 12.
“In my opinion it’s a folk album, but I don’t like to call it that. Louis Armstrong said all music is folk music because ‘folk’ just means about people,” continued Scott who is getting married this weekend. He recorded much of the material while in Japan, and the rest in James Oldenburg’s studio in Lethbridge. Being in Japan also influenced Scott’s music to an extent.
“Music is very different in Japan because the Japanese  have very different musical tastes. What they consider to be cool isn’t necessarily what we consider to be cool. It’s very different  from Canada. I don’t really know how, ” he continued adding there is a strong musical community in Japan. The recording experience in Japan was also very different in an ineffable way.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 July 2009 15:48 ) Read more...

Sweatshop Union can’t wait to play Lethbridge

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Vancouver-based rapper Kyprios got hit by a car last time he was in Lethbridge, but that isn’t deterring him from looking
Kyprios is looking forward to returning to Lethbridge with Sweatshop Union.
forward to returning to the Blarney Stone to perform with Sweatshop Union, July 16.
“We were out on a beautiful jog near Henderson Lake and  I got hit by a car. I jumped on the hood of the car. He wasn’t looking. The guy almost killed me,” Kyprios said over the phone from Vancouver, where he was celebrating his 28th birthday. He was due to start a tour of B.C, Alberta and the Northwestern U.S with Sweatshop Union, July 10.
“But seriously, I am looking forward to getting back to Lethbridge. We have a day off the day before, So I’m hoping we can get in a day early. I was hoping to see a baseball game,” Kyprios continued, who was just in Lethbridge in May with Mobadass.
“There are a couple of differences. With Mobaddass, there is a band who are playing to support each other. If the bass player or guitarist screws up  and misses a note, you may have to improvise. With Sweatshop, we’re playing with a DJ so the music is all canned and the only person who can screw up is you. And it’s a lot more fun when you have all MCs on stage,” he said adding he enjoys working with Mobadass, Sweatshop Union as much as he enjoys working solo. In fact he has a new solo CD due out Oct. 5 called “Midnight Sun.”
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 July 2009 14:25 ) Read more...

South Country Fair and Julian Austin video among highlights this week

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A couple of really cool events are happening this week. First off, this is the weekend where hippies, yippies, folkies and basically anybody who loves music and want to relax in the sun in a laid back atmosphere for a weekend congregate in Fort Macleod for the South Country Fair.

 The fun officially begins Friday night with an outstanding line up including Lethbridge talent like Shaela Miller, The Darby and Joan Club and Treeline. Shaela Miller plays the song she wrote to win the South Country Fair songwriting contest this year , “Loving You” during her set at 10 p.m. Saturday night on the South Stage, while the Darby and Joan Club are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Sunday on the east stage and Treeline is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on the East Stage, Saturday afternoon.

 Other highlights include Juno Award winner Jenny Whiteley who is playing Saturday night at 7:40 p.m. and Twilight Hotel who will be a Friday evening highlight along with Cumako who played at the lineup announcement party , May 30 at the Slice.

 The United Steelworkers of Montreal are going to be another popular act Saturday night as will Woodpigeon on Saturday afternoon.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 July 2009 20:01 ) Read more...

James Murdoch’s new CD is more organic

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Lethbridge born and raised folk-pop musician James Murdoch returned to home to debut his hot off the press CD, “Wondering Where the Rush Has Gone,” July 4 to an appreciative crowd at the Slice. 
“I own a studio now, so I produced the CD,” Murdoch said between sets, adding he left a record label and decided to go the indie route for the new CD whihc was released  just a week ago.
“It has given me the freedom to make the record sound like I wanted it to with no limitations,” he said adding the first track “Building a Bridge,” is getting lots of airplay on CKUA and CBC radio.
Having the freedom of his own studio, the band was allowed to experiment with Murdoch’s music.
“I allowed the band to  develop their own sound. We recorded it pretty much live,” he said.
“This CD is a little less poppy and more organic sounding. We allowed the songs to breathe more,” he observed, adding the Lethbridge  show was the third of a  23 date cross-Canadian tour in support of the CD.
— Richard Amery, L. A. Beat Editor
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