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Cousin Harley twangs a tribute to Merle Travis to close Geomatic Attic season

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Vancouver rockabilly trio Cousin Harley knows how to alternately bring the party and humble any guitar players in the audience. Both happened at the Geomatic Attic, Friday, June 15. The red hot rockabilly rockers featuring  loquacious upright bassist Keith Picot, the rock solid rhythm of drummer Jesse Cahill and the blazing fingers of frontman Paul Pigat, all of whom were dressed 1950s style.

Paul Pigat and Jesse Cahill of Cousin Harley at the Geomatic Attic, June 15.Photo by Richard Amery
Pigat can pretty much play any  style of music, but as he’s touring in support of his new country fried CD “Blue: Smoke: The Music of Merle Travis,” was in a country kind of mood as he picked a tricked out Telecaster style guitar. So there was plenty of twang, Merle Travis songs and lots of  finger bleeding guitar picking.
 They began their set with three songs from the new CD including the instrumental “ Blue Smoke,”  and “Deep South.”

A full throttle rockabilly number brought applause from the  almost sold out crowd after one of many of Pigat’s hot solos.
 He dove back into the well of Merle Travis for “Fat Gal” which Pigat introduced by saying Travis wrote a lot of songs in the same vein “because he had a type.”
 He went back to rockabilly for  another fast paced, toe tapping rockabilly numbers, which had  the audience cheering and a few dancing in the atrium.

  Having warmed up  by playing a whole lot of notes, he proceeded to humble the guitarists in the room with greasy, blazing surf tinged instrumental “El Swartho.” Picot  joked  all the lyrics had been changed to protect the identity of the bad man it was written about. Pigat joked it was about Picot.
 They ended  the first set with a fast paced rockabilly number and took a well deserved break.

 During the break, Geomatic Attic owner Mike Spencer made the draw for two guitars autographed by all of this season’s performers and talked about the Wide Skies music Festival coming up at the end of July featuring Shovels and Rope, Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, The Weber Brothers band and Little Miss Higgins to name just a few.

Cousin Harley was just warmed up and supplied more of the same, hot, sweaty rock and roll , country and rockabilly music for the second set.

He played a new instrumental and channeled his inner Brian Setzer then returned to the new CD for “So Round , So Firm, So Fully Packed.”
They slowed down slightly for a tough of jazz music and Pigat crooned a great version of “ Ain’t No Sunshine.”
They wound down the set by turning  things up again for a solid  number with a Bo Diddley beat.
 They were called back  for an encore, which they began with a few bars of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man,” before sending people on their way with “Happy Trails.”

—by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 June 2018 10:43 )

B.C. Read and band play the blues for Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival

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Saskatoon bluesman B.C. Read played the Slice, Friday, June 15 as part of the Lethbridge jazz and Blues Festival.

I arrived just in time for a solid, set of soulful blues music which began with a solid rendition of blues classic “I’m Ready.”  B.C. Read entertaining at the Slice for the Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival,  June 15. Photo by Richard Amery

The band, also including bassist George Tennent, saxophonist/keyboardist Sheldon Corbett and drummer Laurie Currie sounded  as tight as they could, as well they should having played together for 30 years.

Corbett kept busy, bouncing from piano to soulful saxophone and even accordion, which drew plenty of applause from a respectable sized audience.

 Sheldon Corbett from B.C. Read’s band entertaining at the Slice for the Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival,  June 15. Photo by Richard Amery Read sang super in a clear tenor voice, blew harp solos and played tasteful guitar solos which also drew smatterings of applause.

“Why Girl” was a highlight as was a beautiful version of “Stormy Monday” He also played a peppy version of Delbert McClinton’s “My Sweet Baby.”

Read switched guitars to a National steel for a brief set of Robert Johnson classics.
 The band got to show their chops on a jam on “Rambling All The Time.”

He wound things up with another blues classic– “Crosscut Saw.”

 — By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 June 2018 10:35 )

Gabriel Thaine releases new CD

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Local singer songwriter Gabriel Thaine released his new Cd “Alone In the is World” at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Friday, June 15. Gabriel Thaine at his Cd release party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Junat the Owl Acoustic Lounge, June 15. Photo  by Richard Amerye 22. Photo  by Richard Amery

Most of the people had left by the time I arrived near the end of the show. 

I arrived in time to hear Aya adding extra ukulele and then bodhran while Thaine sang his original country and roots music.

He  whistled a solo during “Curiosity.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 June 2018 10:17 )

Honeymoon Suite and Canada celebrations for Canada Day weekend

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Another, weekend, another big festival in Henderson lake Park .Alyssa McQuaid and Coyote Junction, who played the Dragon boat festival last weekend, play the party on the patio opening for Honeymoon Suite this weekend. photo by Richard Amery
While it was all about Dragon boats last weekend, this weekend is about celebrating Canada Day. So there will be plenty of local multi-cultural musicians performing for Canada Day in both Henderson Lake Park as well as Galt Gardens, Sunday, July 1.

Entertainment begins at 11 a.m. with the Lethbridge community band, who will be followed by a young rock band Beyond Crimson at noon. Corazon Salvadano perform after them. Also on the bill are local ’90s band Uncovered, belly Dance Fusion, singer/songwriter Paul Elser, Beautiful Royal Birthdays, local country/roots band Cody Hall band and the Ecuadorian Social Club.

 The opening ceremonies are at 4 p.m followed by  Metis Red River Jigging, local band the Statistics, Mi Colombia  Dance, Calgary bluesman Eric Braun, highland Dance, local country band Hurtin’ who have a busy weekend as they are also playing Casino Lethbridge Friday and Saturday. The evening features the Canadian Martial Arts Centre, local funk trio Adequate and Gymfinity Gymnastics and Aerials. Dory and The Weatherman bring Canada Day to a close at 10 p.m. before the fireworks at 11 p.m.

Canada Day activities happen all day long in Galt Gardens as well with a pancake breakfast hosted by the interfaith Food bank running from 9 a.m. to noon for $3 for adults, $2 for kids under 10 Le Baron’s car club hosts a show and shine, Registration for that is $10 There will also be concessions running in the afternoon and attractions. There will also be live entertainment including local blues rock band Coda performing at 11:45.
But things keep hopping well before that, especially for country fans.

Last Updated ( Monday, 25 June 2018 22:28 ) Read more...

The Real Ponchos return to Lethbridge with new music to play Shaela Miller's “Bad Ideas” party

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B.C laid back indie rock/ roots band the Real Ponchos return to Lethbridge to play the Slice, June 30.The Real Ponchos return to Lethbridge this week. photo by Richard Amery
 A lot has happened since 2015 when they last played Lethbridge. drummer Emlyn Scherk moved to Scotland with his wife, singer/ guitarist  Emile Scott moved to an island off the coast of Vancouver. and other band members focused on their careers outside of music.

“ Yet we still managed to record two albums,” observed Scott, observing their most recent “ To The Dusty World” was released in 2017 and they have another album called “Sunshine” to be released in the Fall.

“We recorded that album in my living room. We brought in a lot of people and equipment. With the last one we felt we accomplished we were set out to do with the sound and music to do. On the album, the songs are shorter. It’s not quite as laid back as the last one. There aren’t as many jams,” he said.

 It was a lot of fun. We didn’t have to worry as much about the sound. Though we still do,” he said.
“ This one reflects  the feeling of summer,” he said.
 He said after their drummer moved to Scotland, they weren’t sure what they were going to do.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 June 2018 21:57 ) Read more...
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