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Billie Zizi excited to share second CD

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Edmonton musician Billie Zizi brings her trio to Lethbridge in support of her brand new second CD “Moon of Honey” on Saturday.
 Zizi, the daughter of well known Edmonton fiddle player Cam Neufeld, was a hit at the South Country Fair in July.

Billi Zizi plays Lethbridge, Oct. 22. Photo submitted“ I’ve never played Lethbridge before, but I played the Fair. It was beautiful. It was really nice and relaxing,” she said.
 Neufeld won’t be joining her on stage for the Lethbridge show.

“Dad’s staying at home this time because we have family coming from out of town,” Zizi said, adding she will be accompanied by drummer Tom Bennett and bassist Josh McCann.

 She is pleased with the new soul and rock and roll direction the new CD has taken her.

“I’ve been working on it for about a year-and-a-half including writing and recording it with Harry Gregg. I’ve definitely been playing the songs at least a year before I recorded them. It let me see them take shape,” she continued.

“I wanted to play more guitar on this CD and have a more guitar driven sound on this CD,” she said.

 She  has been inspired a lot by her dad.


Eclectic week of laughter and alternative rock

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An interesting week of entertainment begins on Wednesday, Oct. 20 with a fascinating couple of shows.Outrun the arrow play an intimate unplugged show at Plum this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 If you like classic rock, singer songwriters and vocal harmonies, join Lunch at Allens at the Yates Theatre, Oct. 9. The quartet features the many hits of Murray McLauchlan, Ian Thomas, Marc Jordan and country siren Cindy Church. They play on each other’s songs and perform their own together.
Lunch at Allen’s performs at the Yates Centre, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets cost $45.

 A little later on the same night, Oct. 19, Ottawa based nerd-rock  trio Double Experience share their love for heavy metal and pop culture with Attainable Records where they will be playing with local stoner rock band Rainbow Patrol and Field Holler.
The show begins at 8 p.m.
 There is a $10 cover.

On Oct. 20, Lethbridge welcomes back Canadian songwriting legend Fred Eaglesmith playing an intimate show at the Geomatic Attic with frequent collaborator Tif Ginn. Eaglesmith has penned a number of hits covered by other artists like “Time To Get a Gun,” “49 Tons” and “ Freight Train.”
 His most recent CD is the ’60s rock inspired “Tambourine.”
 The show begins at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $32.50 plus fees.

Local hard rock band Outrun the Arrow plays an intimate unplugged show, Oct. 21 at Plum. There is an 8 p.m. start time.


Black Mastiff take a break from busy home life to hit the highway

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Edmonton heavy rock band Black Mastiff are glad to be coming back to Lethbridge to play the Owl acoustic Lounge withLondon, UK heavy rock quartet Bad Guys, Oct. 25.Black Mastiff bassist Clay Shea. Photo by Richard Amery
“ We’re sad to see the Slice go, but we‘re glad to Owl  decided to  have us,” said Black Mastiff bassist/vocalist  Clay Shea, who is joined by drummer Allan Harding and guitarist Bob Yiannakoulis.

“Our drummer moved  to Vancouver, so we’ve been working on that long distance relationship and still having him as a drummer,” Shea said.
 The trio are working on a new album, but it is still in the beginning stages.

 In the meantime Black mastiff are excited to take a break from a busy home life.
“ I’ve got  an 18 month old and a 3-and-a-half year old, so I’m busier than I ever thought I’d be. So I’ll be glad to get away on tour. My poor wife,” he chuckled.
 They are excited to shared the stage with Bad Guys.

“ Allan and Dave from their band grew up in Saskatchewan but he moved to the UK 17 years ago and they kept in touch or their paths crossed again. So we‘re doing a tour tradeoff. They‘re at the same level as we are. We’ll share our van and our gear here and at a later  date we’ll go over to Europe and tour with them and they’ll return the favour,” he said.


Zachary Lucky feeling fortunate with family and new CD

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Saskatoon born folk musician Zachary Lucky is feeling, well, lucky. In the three years since releasing his last cd “ the Ballad of Losing You,” Lucky got married , had a daughter and moved to the Toronto area to be  closer to his in-laws.
 His brand new CD “ Everywhere a Man Can Be,” released just a week ago reflects this period of transition.

Zachary Lucky plays Lethbridge, Monday, Oct. 24. Photo submitted
 Lucky, who frequently plays Southern Alberta, brings his band to the Twin Butte store on Oct. 21 and the Owl Acoustic Lounge for their Monday night open mic, Oct. 24.
“I love Southern Alberta, The Twin Butte Store, Lethbridge, Calgary. There are some cool places,” said Lucky from a rest stop along Highway 17 in northern Ontario, where he and bandmates bassist Mitch Thomson, keyboardist Dan Edmonds, pedal steel guitarist Kevin Neal and drummer Will Fisher are on their way to Winnipeg to begin the tour in support of the album.
“I’ve played Lethbridge a lot. I can’t wait to bring these songs and show this band on this tour,” he enthused.

He noted Edmonds’ keyboards are a big part of the new CD’s sound. Edmonds is the only band member who plays on the CD. Lucky has toured with  Mitch Thomson, who accompanied him at his last Lethbridge show at the Farm back in March.
He is pleased with the new CD, noting it marks a period of transition in his life.

“It reflects on the last part of my life. It looks back at  at a lot.  A lot has happened since then. I had my daughter, moved to outside of Toronto and there has been a lot of life lived- a lot of experiences,” he said.
“I wanted this CD to represent a really fresh  new start,” he said .
“ Living in the Toronto area is definitely  feel than Saskatchewan. But Saskatoon  is still a huge part of me. the Toronto area is just where I park my car,” he continued.
 The nine track CD also marks an expansion sonically.


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