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Misery Mountain Boys bring out the smiles and the swing dancers to Lethbridge Folk Club

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 The Lethbridge Folk Club  brings in great shows but deserves a much better turnout  for them.

 

 Granted  there was a lot of things going on, on Saturday, Nov. 18 like Terri Clark and Paul Brandt down the road at the Enmax Centre, but nevertheless approximately 60 people enjoyed an excellent evening of Western Swing music with the always affable Misery Mountain Boys.

 

The Misery Mountain Bus Playing thew Lethbridge Folk Club, Nov. 18. Photo by Richard Amery

 They had  members of Lethbridge Swing Bridge Dance  showing their best moves to the side of the tables

 Frontman Steven Gevenich, bassist Lindsey Bueckert, clarinetist/saxophonist Sam Toms and drummer Ethan Markwart were digging the jazz tinged country music  they were playing.

 

 Gevenich told stories and joked about  the North Country fair before leading the band into a song about northern girls. Vocally and musically, he reminded me of a mix of Steve Dawson and a touch of Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson.

 

 Markwart grinned as he rolled up his sleeves and hunched over his drum kit , giving it a good workout while upright bassist Lindsey Bueckert grinned and sat back, emerging to solo, which also got applause.

 

 Clarinetist/saxophonist Sam Toms was lost in concentration  and  got a lot of polite applause from the enraptured audience for his solos.

 They wound down their show with an animal theme.

 

Gevenich cut complex jazz chords, and crooned ”Sometimes I Feel Like a Dog,” and ended with a fun number “ Froggy Bottom Blues.”

 Gevenich thanked the Swing dancers for  dancing.

 They were called back for a spirited encore of  “ Blue Drag.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 November 2023 18:52 )  
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