Breanne Urban brings new band Detour to her 23d Taber Cornfest


 I haven’t been to Taber Cornfest in several years as there’s usually numerous events in Lethbridge that take priority.

 But I haven’t seen Breanne Urban’s new band, so made the trek. Breanne Urban and Detour were part of a Lethbridge heavy line up performing the three day annual festival, Aug. 27 and 28.


Breanne Urban and Detour playing Taber Cornfest, Aug. 27. Photo by Richard Amery

 It’s nice to see town fairs back in force.


 A good sized crowd partied like they’d never heard of Covid. There booths were bustling, motorcyclists performed aerial stunts and the music blasted off the stage.

 Breanne Urban and Detour, as expected played a set heavy on ’90s country, where she is most in her element.


 She’s been a mainstay of the festival for 23 years.

 This was the first gig for the new band including Urban on vocals and percussion, bassist/vocalist Duane Kiever, keyboardist/singer Gary Drayton, lead guitarist Jack Steven and drummer Bob Gammon.


 They opened with Carlene Carter’s “Every Little Thing,” with Urban belting out the lyrics while Drayton danced behind his keyboards.

Children danced and bubbles filled the air as they played a song about Mississippi  that I didn’t recognize. I enjoyed their version of Shania Twain’s “Still the One.” and “Poor Me.”


 Drayton belted out Sawyer Brown’s “ Some Girls Do.”

 They stepped away form ’90s country for a bit with a laid back  jazz tinged version of Kris Kristofferson’s “Me and Bobby McGee.” Urban belted out a couple of common cover band standards with “Don’t Stop Believing ” and “Summer of ’69.


 Urban dedicated Elle King’s  “Exes and O’s to Bev.

Then they were back to ’”90s country with “Heads Carolina, Tails California.”


 They dabbled  a little more in classic rock as  Kiever sang Harlequin’s “Did It For Love.”

 And Urban took centre stage for more classic country on Gretchen Wilson’s “All Jacked Up.”


 She then belted out Pat Benetar’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” and slowed things down with some Reba McEntire and Heart’s’80s  power ballad “All I Wanna Do is Make Love to You.”


 They wound their set down with some upbeat pop including Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance With Me” and  “Let it Rain,” which thankfully it didn’t.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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