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Plenty of country to start December

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Welcome in December with live music. The biggest show of the week is rising country star Brett Kissel who returns to Lethbridge to play the Enmax Centre, Thursday, Nov. 29 as part of his  “We Were This Song tour. Tickets are $58. The show begins at 8 p.m. Dan Davidson is shares the bill.

In Cahoots release their new Cd at the Owl acoustic Lounge, Friday, Nov. 30. Photo by Richard Amery
But before that, get your fix of blues, folk, exotic music and heartfelt stories from Vancouver musician Bocephus King, who returns to Lethbridge to play a special show at the Slice on Wednesday, Nov. 28 with the Lethbridge Belly dancers beginning at 9 p.m.

The Lethbridge Jazz Ensembles perform at  the University of Lethbridge Recital hall on Wednesday, Nov. 28 as well at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 regular, $15 for seniors, and alumni and $12 for students.

Or end November with lots of laughs at the Owl Acoustic Lounge’s monthly stand-up comedy open mic on Wednesday, Nov. 28.
There’s a whole lot of country going on this week. In addition to the Brett Kissel concert, Nov. 29, Suzanne Scott and the Dusty Rose band return to Casino Lethbridge on the weekend.

 On the more Canadiana side, Grande Prairie’s Brad Lynch band play the Slice, Friday, Nov. 30 with Winkler , Manitoba’s  Joe Wilson who considers Waylon Jennings, Townes Van Zandt, Colter Wall and Whitey Morgan to be among his many influences.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 November 2018 21:24 ) Read more...

Trevor Panczak in the running for ACMA awards

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Local country musician Trevor Panczak is up  for several ACMA music awards including male artist of the year, rising star, video of the year for Cheap Shades, album of the year for “Where I Go To Come back” and fans choice.

Trevor Panczak is up for several ACMA awards. Photo by Richard Amery
“And my bassist Ray Banman has been nominated for musician of the year,” Panczak said, noting he made the top 10 finals, and expects to hear if he made the Top 5 in mid December.

“I’ve been nominated for awards before. They just show what I’m doing is on the right track,” Panczak said.
 The top five perform at the  ACMA awards weekend in Red Deer, Jan. 26-27.
THat’s a great excuse for artists to socialize , because running in the same circuit, we don’t often get to see each other,” Panczak said.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 November 2018 23:45 ) Read more...

Brett Kissel celebrates life on the road with family

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Country star Brett Kissel has a lot of great memories — winning a Juno, touring with Garth Brooks and having Garth give him his autographed guitar, touring the world, but  the one thing  that stands out  is being able to spending time with his wife and daughters.

Brett Kissel played the Enmax Centre, Nov. 29. Photo by Richard Amery
“Over the past 10 months we’ve done 100 shows in 10 provinces and territories and we’re doing the last five in Alberta,” enthused Kissel, pulling into Terrace, B.C for “another sold out show.”

He brings his “We Were that Song” tour  to the Enmax Centre, Nov. 29.
“I feel so thankful people have got behind my music and the live show,” he said.

“ It’s been three years since I’ve been to Lethbridge. So I’m excited to come back with this tour and album,” he said.

He is touring in support of his new single “Cecila,” the fourth single from his CD  “We Were that Song” is about his wife.
“When you’re writing a song called ‘Cecilia,’ like Paul Simon has done, it would be easy to  write something soft and romantic. But I wanted to write something that is strong and upbeat, like my wife is,” he said, adding he wrote it with High Valley’s Brad Rempel.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 November 2018 23:47 ) Read more...

Wine Soaked Preachers play real country for Windy City Opry

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Brooks based roots band The Wine Soaked Preachers make an impression. So I was glad to see them back for the windy City Opry at the Slice, Wednesday, Nov. 14. The Windy City Opry usually draws a decent crowd and they had one,  this night. But, as usual, I missed most of  the show including and opening set from Edmonton’s Vissia.

The Wine Soaked Preachers at the Slice for the Windy City Opry, Nov. 14. photo by Richard Amery
 The  Wine Soaked Preachers, dressed in matching red cowboy shirts and black pants,   were in the middle of a solid cover of cowboy classic “Big Iron,” but soon added a few of their own songs.

 There was plenty of shuddering upright bass and sighing steel guitar and  a voice reminiscent of the D Rangers’ Jaxon Haldane.

 Frontman Jay B switched to electric guitar as he noted it was tough to get friends out on a weeknight and played a song they wrote about it called another night at the Bottom of the Bottle.”

“Lethbridge Provincial Jail Blues,” inspired by a conversation with a man in Brooks who worked there, was a highlight of the set.
They were called back for an encore of Corb Lund’s “Time To Switch To Whiskey.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 November 2018 12:07 )

A La Mode channel their inner ABBA for FLIPfest

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A FlipFest fundraiser was winding down at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 14 by the time I arrived in the middle of a set break.

 After a long few mA La Mode played for FLIPfest, Nov. 14. Photo by Richard Ameryinutes setting up, Winnipeg’s A La Mode took the stage at about 11:20 p.m. for a quickly dwindling crowd of approximately 20 people.

They played a bright, cheery set of keyboard powered pop music.

The Winnipeg quartet, including keyboardist /vocalist Dominique  LeMoine and electric guitarist  Ava Glendinning, plus bassist Gage Salknikowski and drummer Kerrigan Salknikowski, embraced their two female and two male configuration so you couldn’t avoid a comparison to ABBA especially due to the bright vocal harmonies between the guitarist and  the keyboardist, while the guys kept time on bass and drums.

They played addictively catchy pop with a melancholy edge.

Some of their songs included “Bummer Summer” and “Just Go Home” about a a man in his 50s who was out at shows every night to remember his recently deceased son.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 November 2018 11:57 )
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