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Dave McCann psyched about new CD

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 Dave McCann and the Firehearts, formerly Dave McCann and the Ten Toed Frogs  are looking forward to the release of their new CD, “ Dixiebluebird,” much of which they premiered at the Slice, Aug 24.Dave McCann
At least 70 people were at the Slice for the event which raised approximately $1,500 for Woods Homes. The Skilletlikkers , with special guest Doran Hoge on mandolin, played an energetic set of originals and favoured covers. 
“ We just thought we we done doing with the folk sound and were starting to get more of an edge to our music. We felt it was a name that reflected that change,” said McCann, who along with his band, guitarist Dave Bauer, bassist Pete Loughlin, drummer Tim Williams and pedal steel guitarist Charlie Hayse, spent a few weeks in December in east Nashville recording the new CD with Will Kimbrough, who has worked with Todd Snider among others.
“These people in Nashville, they make records for a living, that’s what they do, so it was so incredible being there,” McCann said.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 August 2009 22:34 ) Read more...

Folk Club ready for upcoming season

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The Lethbridge Folk Club has some excellent shows lined up for 2009-2010.
 Their new season begins Sept. 19 with Kris Demeanor and his crack band at the Lethbridge Folk Club. The show will begin at 8 p.m. with Dusty Dee opening.
 The Folk club welcomes some big name Nashville musicians  to the Wolf’s Den, for Halloween night. Robin and Linda Williams will be performing with Common Ground.
And Canadian history based folk group Tanglefoot stops by Lethbridge, Friday, Nov. 27 on their farewell tour.
Then Highwater Jug Band will  open the new year on Jan. 9. The Lester Quitzau trio  will be playing the blues, Feb. 6.
And if you missed Katherine Wheatley and  Wendell Fergusson at the Round Street Cafe a few months ago, don’t miss their March 6 show at the Wolf’s Den.
If you like Celtic music, Calgary’s  Tir Na n’Og performs April 10.
 And Cree  musician Phyliss Sinclair stops by the Wolf’s Den  May 8.
 Open mics will continue on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at the Wolf’s Den. As always everyone is welcome to play.
— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 August 2009 12:00 )

Coaldale Kinsmen plan battle of the bands for September

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If your rock or country band wants to get a little bit more exposure and maybe win a few bucks, then check out a new battle of the bands which the Coaldale Kinsmen Club are organizing for Sept. 19 in conjunction with the Coaldale Foodbank Corn Roast.
“This is a rehearsal for next year’s Settler’s Days,” said organizer Monty Wells who had originally planned to hold the event during Settler Days in July.
“It’s just for country and rock bands because this is a family affair and we don’t want any vulgar language,” Wells continued adding four Lethbridge bands have already entered including Ernest and Rexx. There is no entrance fee and the winning band gets a cash prize to be determined depending on the number of bands who enter plus they get to play a show during the dance at the end of the night for all of their new fans. Each band must prepare between three and 15 songs.
A drum kit and amps will be supplied so all bands need to do is bring their  instruments, though Wells said keyboardists will have to bring their own keyboards and amps.
 Bands must register before Sept. 10 by calling Monty Wells at 403-315-1856
or e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor/publisher

Sonic bombing with the Hot Blood Bombers this week

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The Hot BLood Bombers  hit Henotic , Aug. 23. Photo Submitted
If you had your fill of country music after Whoop -Up Days, then get your rock on with the Hot Blood Bombers on Aug. 23.
The Regina based old school rock n’ roll trio  play Henotic with  Winnipeg’s Hot Live Guys and Lethbridge’s own Myelin Sheaths for a special Sunday night show.
“We’re going out to Vancouver and  back and playing 10-11 dates,” said Hot Blood Bombers’ guitarist/vocalist  David Schneider, promising the set will include mostly new material from their upcoming fourth CD. The band’s sounds combines a variety of old school rock sounds including  early ’70s punks like MC5 and the New York Dolls.
“Whenever we tour we usually play all new songs. We play whatever we want. Usually the newest material seems to be what we want to play,” he continued adding that made it easy to record the new CD in three days after coming off a winter-spring tour which included a stop at the Slice in February.
“It’s just getting mixed and mastered. It might be ready for our  September and October tour (which will take the band across Canada),” Schneider said of the CD, which was recorded over three days in May.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 August 2009 11:30 ) Read more...

Get ready to rock and roll with Social Code and Buckcherry

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The countdown is on for the third CD from Edmonton band Social Code, aptly entitled “Rock N’ Roll,” which will be released Sept. 1.
 But first they play Bully’s in Exhibition Park, Aug, 24 with Buckcherry, Default and Inward Eye, the beginning of a five date tour with Buckcherry.
Social Code is looking forward to opening for Buckcherry at Bully’s, Aug, 24. Photo Submitted
The band has gone back to their roots, playing a more of a raw classic rock musical style rather  than the pop punk which was their bread and butter a few short years ago.
“We changed it (their sound) up a little bit,” said vocalist Travis Nesbitt.
“We all grew up listening to  bands like Led Zeppelin and the Beatles. I think every guy in a band  did. So we made a  concentrated effort to take our music to t
he next level. It’s not that we stopped listening to it, its just we decided to see what would happen if we merged what we were doing  with that sound and see what came up,” Nesbitt continued adding they recorded their third CD in  bassist Logan Jacobs’ studio, with the help of Buckcherry producer John Travis, who has also produced Kid Rock.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 August 2009 10:49 ) Read more...
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