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Sheepdogs open Whoop Up Days with southern rock style music

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Whoop Up Days opened with the blues and a throwback to southern rock courtesy of Winnipeg’s Joey Landreth and the Sheepdogs. he show drew a sizeable crowd, but not as many as I expected.The Sheepdogs’ Ewan Currie at whoop Up days. Photo by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Saskatoon’s Sheepdogs sounded like the bastard children of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Black Crowes.
 Their set featuredJim Bowskilllits nto a guitar solo withthe Sheepdogs., Aug. 21. Photo by Richard Amery Photp most of their excellent new CD “Changing Colours.”

They opened with their best known hit “Who Do You Belong To?” and followed it up with “I’ve Got A Hole Where My Heart Should be” from the new CD.
 They played a laid back, but super  tight set showcasing impressive vocal harmonies, which were just as impressive double and sometimes triple guitar harmonies.

 They have since welcomed aboard guitar prodigy Jimmy Bowskill who was unrecognizable in a pale blue suit, cowboy hat and moustache, but played impressively restrained blues solos and even steel guitar for a couple of songs during  a live a version of the medley if songs on the new CD including  ‘the Bailieboro Turnaround. They let him loose on a couple of songs , but for the most part, he played beautifully succinct solos.
“Another earlier song ““ The Way It Is” was a highlight, as was the slower blues of “Bad Lieutenant.”

 They slowly built up the momentum which culminated on a big, long jam on “Cool Down,”  and “Kiss the Brass Ring” from the new CD which sounded like a long lost Supertramp song.
The multi-talented Shamus Currie stepped out from behind the keyboards to play trombone on a couple of songs and added a third guitar on another new song “Let it roll.”
 His brother Ewan sang lead vocals and added plenty of catchy, ’70s style guitar riffs.

 they wound down a hot set with “Nobody” from the new Cd and another well known hit “ I Don“t Know.” They were called back for an encore of  the Allman Brothers Band’s “Rambling Man.”
 The Joey Landreth trio opened the show by playing a hot set of original blues rock music focusing on some gorgeous slide guitar and an amazing guitar tone which really sounded like blues icon Sonny Landreth, who is not related to the Winnipeg Landreths. Joey Landreth usually plays with big brother David in the Bros. Landreth, but comes into his own with his trio with a sound that sounded like it should come from the deep south instead of the depths of Winnipeg. Vocally he was reminiscent of Delbert mcClinton and  Lyle Lovett. The mix of the two is to die for.

Trevor Panczak playing Whoop up Days in the Saloon. Photo by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat EditorJoey Landreth opening for the Sheepdogs. Photo by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editior
 Whoop Up-Days featured a saloon on site this year. While The Sheepdogs were rocking out, Trevor Panczak was playing a sedate acoustic set of some of his new songs including his latest single “Cheap Shades,” and some of his favourite country classics.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 August 2018 14:12 )

Ribald fun with Carolyn Mark and Shirley Gnome and friends

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There were lots of laughs and music at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Tuesday, Aug. 21 as Carolyn Mark and the Ragtag Misfits competed against the Sheepdogs at Whoop up Days, but still managed to draw a respectable crowd for a Tuesday night.

I missed solo sets by “Misfits”—  Old Seed and Kris Demeanor, but was just in time for the last couple songs and the delightfully dirty and sexually charged humour of Victoria songwriter Shirley Gnome.Carolyn Mark and Kris Demeanor. photo by Richard AmeryShirley Gnome at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. photo by Richard Amery

 She sang well crafted, hilarious songs about being better off without an ex, sex pillows and killing a yappy dog, punctuated by uncannily realistic yaps of her own.
 She was joined for the rest of the Misfits, who harmonized with the last song of her set.

The always delightful Carolyn Mark played an all too brief set of music, unsuccessfully trying to out filth Shirley Gnome, but coming close. Mark included the misfits for most of her set.

“ The Cereal’s the Prize,” was another highlight, which she introduced with a story abut her unsuccessful career as a motivational speaker.

Crowd favourite “You’re not a Whore, if no-one’s paying,” was a highlight.”

Mark vocalized a horn solo for another song, while Kris Demeanor added tasteful electric guitar solos and even a kazoo solo on You’re Not a Whore” while Shirley Gnome andKris Demeanor, Carolyn Mark, Shirley Gnome and Old Seed. photo by Richard Amery Old Seed sang vocal harmonies.

They ended by covering Geoff Berner‘s “It’s all just a matter of ( Where You Draw the line,)” featuring everyone singing a verse.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 August 2018 13:40 )

Megan Brown says so long — for now

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Lethbridge’s music community said happy trails to  the multi-talented Megan Brown at the Slice, Friday, Aug. 17, who is going to explore Eastern Europe and Asia.

While it is weird to not see Brown playing fiddle as she does with several Southern Alberta bands including the Junkman’s Quire, she brought her solo alternative rock band Makiisma to the Slice to play one more time for all of her friends.Megan Brown with Makiisma at the Slice, Aug. 17. Photo by Richard Amery
 She was backed by bassist Steve Martin, drummer Keenan Pezderic and keyboardist TJ Waltho.

They played a variety of music from sultry jazz showing off Browns’s voice to more alternative rock along the lines of Alanis Morissette. As usual Brown had a captivating on-stage presence which was a joy to see and hear.

 Tyson Ray Borsboom opened the show with a solid set of folk songs sung in his big, resonant voice.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 August 2018 13:25 )

Birch Barks return to Owl

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 Local indie rock band Birch Barks returned to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug. 17 for a decent sized crowd.

I missed Ghost Woman and Brenna Lowrie, but was in time to catch Birch Barks again.Birch Barks at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug. 17. Photo by Richard Amery

They played their usual tight set of multi-layered, delay drenched ambient  indie rock.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 August 2018 13:17 )

John Wort Hannam inspired to write Acres of Elbow Room at the Banff Centre

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 John Wort Hannam is releasing his long awaited seventh album just in time to open the new season for the Geomatic Attic, Sept. 9.John Wort hannam celebrates the release of his new CD by opening  the Geomatic attic's new season, Sept. 9. Photo by Richard Amery
“I love the Geomatic Attic and I wanted to do a home town show in the city where I live,” said Hannam. He officially releases his new CD “Acres of Elbow Room,” Sept. 7.
He took a different approach to recording the new CD, recording it over eight days  at the Banff Centre in December with band mates upright bassist Jason Valleau, keyboardist Steve Fletcher and drummer Jon  May.

“It was definitely a more collaborative process. We were able to spend a lot more  time working on arrangements for the songs and tempos , removing verses. That’s why all four of us are listed as producers. Before the band would  record arrangements I’d already written,” he said.

“We looked at it as a job. We’d get up in the morning and have breakfast, go into the studio and work until noon and break for lunch then go back to the studio,” he said, noting the y have been playing together long enough to make that kind of collaboration work.

“We’ve been playing together long enough to accept constructive criticism so nobody gets their knickers in a knot when we say  this part should be removed or changed,” he said.
“It was important to get everyone away from daily life and distractions. You don’t have to cook or pick up the kids because all of that is taken care of and you and focus on creating,” Hannam said, adding he had played a few of the songs  before  including the title track and the one cover “the Quiet Life,” written by Kasey  Chambers and  Shane Nicholson.

 “ I just love that song. Usually I’d write the songs  and tour on them, but I didn’t have the luxury of doing that this time, though it still felt like a luxury to do it this way,” he continued, adding he decided to record  at the Banff Centre after falling in love with the place after doing a songwriting retreat there in March 2017.

“ It was definitely a break from what we usually do,” he said.
 For something  different again, he also got the Fleetwood Bawden Grade 5 Choir to sing on “ Only Love.”

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