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Joey Only makes his own way as an outlaw country punk

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B.C outlaw country musician  Joey Only returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 15 with tour mate Adam Farnsworth.
He has been busy dealing with a variety of life events including  divorce and getting attacked in the midst of the new tour.

Joey Onley returns to Lethbridge, Dec. 15. Photo by Richard Amery
“I got the frickin snot beat out of me last week by three criminals in Barriere BC, two of which are still in jail,” Only described in an e-mail from a tour stop in Kelowna.
“ I took it pretty bad too.  My face looks like WW3 hit it still (my) eyeball is full of blood, black eye, swollen face.  I have played 2000 shows in Canada, that's only the second time something like this has gone down, so I take it with stride.  You spend 20 years entertaining drunk hillbillies, you just have to expect that eventually something was gonna happen. I don't like it, but I am tough enough. The show must go on,” he continued.


It’s kind of true to the outlaw life though. He is pleased to be able to make his own niche, refusing to identify with mainstream country.
“I started playing punk rock country before many people were doing it.  For a long time it didn't make sense to people and I wondered if I could ever make my name doing this. I hate the pop country. It's made by millionaires in a city somewhere.  I live in the mountains, I have been an underground miner, a cowboy and any other things. So for me country music is about the land and it's people. I write about what I know. I think my whole goal was to destroy Nashville. Let's be honest, I don't fit in with that industry. I wouldn't even enjoy talking to those people much, we don't have much in common. I have never been on a label until now, never wrote a grant, never wrote an application, never kissed a corporate ass. I have made my name slogging it out in the small towns. I try to remember peoples names and stories. I am a northern folk singer and that's who my audience is. It seems that there a resurgence in country music.  More and more people are coming back to it and more and more of them are liking the more traditional idea of what country music should be. It should be COUNTRY music, we don't need session players who used to be in Poison on my records,” he noted.


 Careerwise, things have been relatively quiet since his last visit to Lethbridge with Bobby Dove in July.
“Things have been quiet since the summer for me because of personal life problems related to divorce and children.  It's just now that I am getting back out and getting to work. And I am really glad, I enjoyed the show at the Owl so much last time with Bobby Dove. But the best part meeting the staff and hanging with George Arsene and Shaela Miller and company afterward.  Sometimes that's the best part of the job,” he wrote from a tour stop in Kelowna, where he is supporting the new vinyl reissue of his 2016 record “No More Trouble in Peace.”

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 17 December 2017 12:06 ) Read more...
 

Local musicians play for AES (Audio Engineers Society)

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The University of Lethbridge Audio Engineers Society had a full house on a Thursday night at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 30.

Fei Fei Du playing  the AES (Audio engineering Society)  fundraiser at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 30.  Photo by Richard Amery
 I caught a couple of the acts performing including transplanted  Medicine Hat folk/ rock duo, Sydeshow, who played an array of pop punk covers utilizing vocalist Nate Thomas on acoustic guitar and a cajon box drum played by Carter Potts who also played keyboards on a cover of Linkin Park’s “Numb.”


 The duo had an enthusiastic audience applauding each song and singing along with popular covers from the likes of Simple Plan.
 they also played a few originals, showcasing Thomas’s plaintive vocals including “Puzzle Pieces” and a brand new original called “Skydiving” which drew great response.
“She’s a Volcano” was a highlight and a crowd favourite.


 The other act I caught was Fei Fei Du, who I haven’t seen play in a long time.

Sydeshow playing  the AES (Audio engineering Society)  fundraiser at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 30.  Photo by Richard Amery
 As usual he played a beautiful set of intricately picked acoustic guitar drawing on influences as diverse as classical music and  Chet Atkins style finger picking. He played a bass line with one finger, added percussion by slapping his guitar‘s body and played pretty melodies with his other fingers.


 The crowd chattered over a quick set of acoustic Christmas Carols included “Jingle Bells” and “ Santa Claus in Coming To Town,” but they applauded for each song he played.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 December 2017 10:22 )
 

Three Finger Shot play whimsical Celtic music

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Approximately 20 people gathered at the Slice for whimsical Celtic music courtesy of Calgary trio  Three Finger Shot, Saturday, Nov. 25.

Three Finger Shot playing the Slice, Nov. 25. Photo by Richard Amery
 their three big voices melded together beautifully throughout their set  including Celtic standards, some Stan Rogers and even a Celtic version of Kiss’ I “I was Made For Loving you ,” which frontman Tony Ronalds joked his great grandfather wrote before “an American band” stole it.


 They were a combination of a stripped down Great Big Sea and the Arrogant Worms.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 December 2017 11:35 )
 

Clayton and Joelle sing more lovely harmonies

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Cranbrook, B.C. folk duo Clayton Parsons and Joelle Winkel brought their beautiful vocal harmonies and laid back folky vibe back to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Nov. 25.


 They playClayton and joelle at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 25. Photo by Richard Ameryed excellent originals, like their wedding song “Hallelujah” and  “Little Things” which ended their set in addition to folk and even a Flatt and Scruggs bluegrass tune.


 They were called back for an encore of a waltz.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 December 2017 11:26 )
 

Junkman's Quire play for attentive Lethbridge Folk Club audience

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 Local folk/ jazz/ world music band The Junkman’s Quire showed off their many musical stripes for an attentive Lethbridge Folk Club audience, Nov. 25 at the Lethbridge College Cave.The Junkman’s Quire playing for the Lethbridge Folk Club, Nov. 25. Photo by Richard Amery


 I only caught part of their upbeat set  but I arrived in time for a couple of songs sung in French and a couple of fiddle player/ guitarist/ vocalist Megan Brown’s own original songs on which frontman George Fowler took a chair to  play cello on . 

One of hers was about the dark side of Sleeping Beauty.They only had the one fiddle for this show. 

Ross Samuel alternated between saxophone and guitar while upright bassist and drummer Isaac Neufeld held down the rhythm end of things. Fowler sang a gypsy / eastern European flavoured original called “Corvid” about the role of the Trickster and the imagery of the raven in the mythologies of different countries.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 December 2017 11:17 )
 
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