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Whitney Rose not taking things so seriously on sophomore CD

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Austin based, P.E.I born and raised singer songwriter Whitney Rose is excited to play Lethbridge for the first time, Feb. 16 at the Geomatic Attic.

“I don’t think I’ve even been to Lethbridge, though a lot of my friends have played the GeoWhitney Rose plays the Geomatic Attic, Feb. 16. Photo submittedmatic Attic, so I’m excited to see it and maybe get some time to explore Lethbridge in between soundcheck and the show,” said Rose from her home in Austin, where she is getting ready to go to Memphis for a week to write and  attend the Ameripolitan awards where  she has been nominated for for best honky tonk  woman of the year.

“I’m going there for the Ameripolitan  awards. So I’m very excited about that,” she said.
While she grew up in P.E.I, she was not drawn to playing celtic music.
“There are a lot of really talented musicians there. I love to sit down and listen to a good Rankin Family album. I love that stuff, but it’s just not what I do,” said Rose, who has called Austin home since 2015.

“I love it here. It’s a very special  part of the country. There is a lot of great music and I’ve got to meet some of the people I grew up listening to on the radio,” she said, adding she has been fortunate  to be able to work with some of them as well, like Raul Malo of the Mavericks, who she has been collaborating with since her first album  in 2015. She noted a tour with the mavericks eventually lead to collaboration.

“It’s a great collaboration. He’s playing all over the new album Rule 62. Working with him was such a fantastic experience — so low pressure. He really respects the music,” she said.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 February 2018 11:01 ) Read more...

Colleen Brown excited to work with Scenic Route to Alaska in Major Love

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Edmonton/ Kingston singer songwriter Colleen Brown is excited to share the fruits of a new collaboration with Scenic Route To Alaska, Elijah Abrams and Jesse Northey, when she brings Major Love, to the Slice with the Utilities, Feb. 16.

Major Love:Jesse Northey, Trevor Mann, Colleen Brown, Shea Connor, Murray Wood, Elijah Abrams. Photo submitted
“Jesse won’t be playing the Lethbridge show. He and Elijah Abrams alternate when one can’t make a show,” said Brown from her home of Edmonton, looking at a foot of snow outside her window.

“I even wrote a song about the drive from Edmonton to Lethbridge, it can be quite a harrowing,” she observed. She hasn’t played Lethbridge since  2015, so she is excited to show off the new band for a handful of Alberta shows next week.

“Scenic Route From Alaska and I were both touring Europe at the same time and ended up playing together at a place called the Bedroom Bar in Shoreditch and we decided to work together,” she said, adding they decided to make a record together back home in Jesse Northey’s True North  studio in Edmonton.

“I’ve known Jesse for a long time, for at least six years when he was still promoting shows in Lethbridge,” she said, adding she first started working with him on a solo song called “Swallowed Whole and wanted to work with him again on the new project.
“It was magical,” she said.

“But that collaboration with Scenic Route to Alaska was a confluence of a lot of different elements,” she said.
Major Love will be releasing several singles before releasing their full length debut album on Aug. 18, 2018.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 February 2018 10:44 ) Read more...

Lots of country and CKXU Loves You this week

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There is a lot happening  this week for the middle of February.
 A big country show happens at the Enmax Centre right out of the gate with Old DomWashboard union return to lethbridge to open for Old Dominion this week. Photo by Richard Ameryinion’s Happy Endings tour on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. featuring Old Dominion, Cold Creek County and Washboard Union who made a great impression at Shine On music Festival last year at the U of L. Tickets are $54.65, $74.65 and $84.65.

 After that, Cape Breton Celtic trio Knotwerk play east coast music at the Slice. And for something completely different, there is a jazz jam with HBO 3 and Josh Davies at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Wednesday, Feb. 7 as well.

The Owl is hopping this week as the next night, Thursday, Feb. 8, local country/pop band Coyote Junction are playing the 100 people who Care  fundraiser for Senator Buchanan Elementary School helping students understand the importance of outdoor education, wellness in the classroom, culture and community and experimental learning.

As expected the weekend is pretty hot. Local country trio Hurtin’ play Casino Lethbridge Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9 and 10. Over at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, U of L radio station CKXU shows they love you with a lot of live music including Calgary indie folk band the Boreal Sons, fellow Calgary prog rock post rock band Time Boy and electronica band Stegosarahs. You will also get a first look at the swag for this year’s space themed fun drive, which takes place the week of March 24.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 February 2018 11:23 ) Read more...

F & M excited to do their own thing in Lethbridge

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Edmonton Baroque folk duo F & M aren’t afraid to do their own thing.

 F & M return to Lethbridge this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
 Their last album “At Sunset We Sing” was inspired by  husband and wife Rebecca and Ryan Anderson’s experiences in Portugal.

Their next album, to be released in late fall,  “Lessons From Losers” is about the joys of doing your own thing and not fitting in.

They return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb.10 to support  “At Sunset We Sing” as well as give the audience a preview of the new album.

“ We’re still trying to figure out what it‘s about,“ said Ryan Anderson, from the couple’s home in Edmonton.
“These days people race to ignorance. It’s all about winning. And in that race it’s not a bad thing to be a loser,” he continued.

“It’s a very humbling album,” he said.

 “ We spent a lot of time with the lyrics and really enjoying the creative process,” added Rebecca Anderson.
“It‘s okay not to be successful. We’re not going to get rich doing this, but we enjoy it and I get to be in a band with my wife and she‘s pretty cool,” added Ryan Anderson.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 February 2018 08:59 ) Read more...

Bix Mix Boys spread the word about bluegrass in Alberta

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The Lethbridge Folk club hosts the long awaited return of Edmonton based bluegrass band The Bix Mix Boys, to the Lethbridge College Cave, Feb. 13.

The Bix Mix Boys return to play The Lethbridge Folk Club this weekend. Photo Submitted
“It has been a long time. I think they’ve changed venues,” observed Bix Mix boys banjo player Darcy Whiteside,who is joined by guitarist Logan Sarchfield, mandolinist Terry Nadasdi and upright bassist Jim Storey, who were last in Lethbridge for a Lethbridge Folk club show at the Wolf’s Den back in 2012.
 Since then they’ve released one album and have been playing a lot.
“We’ve been playing a lot. We‘ve been doing the Alberta and B.C circuit,” Whiteside said.

“ But a highlight of last year was Cirque du Soleil hired us to play  their after party. They were leaving and wanted to do a western theme,” he said.

“ They were great to us. they gave us  tickets and we got to meet the performers and the crew. And our mandolinist is a linguistics professor at the University of Alberta and he speaks French, so he was a hero to them,” he said.
In addition to playing  bluegrass live, you can also hear Whiteside playing bluegrass on the radio.

“Jim and I have a bluegrass show on CJSR, the University of Alberta radio station and recently I’ve been doing  on CKUA on Sunday afternoons. I replaced Peter North in November. I’m really enjoying being with CKUA,” he said, adding there is a tight knit bluegrass scene in Calgary and Edmonton, who the band members often play with.
“ There‘s Back Porch Swing and the Misery Mountain Boys who have played there before. And there’s Nomad Jones.


Last Updated ( Friday, 16 February 2018 18:27 ) Read more...
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