There is a whole lot of country and folk this week.
Right out of the gate, on March 6, Southern California roots/folk musician the White Buffalo visits the Geomatic Attic, Tuesday, March 6.
The White Buffalo a.k.a. songwriter Jake Smith is touring in support of his new album “Darkest Darks, “Lightest Lights.”
He has also had songs appear in television shows “the Sons of Anarchy” and “This is Us.” Matthew Barber is also on the bill.
The next night,Wednesday, March 7, the Enmax Centre hosts California country star Dwight Yoakam, known for numerous hits like “Guitars and Cadillacs,” “Borrowed Love” and “ You’re the One.” Special guest Brandi Clark is also on the bill, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $63.95,$83.95, $115.45.
That same night, La Cité des Prairies presents Quebec folk traditional duo Les Tireux d’Roches and Coup Faux Monnayeurs.
There is no cover for the show, which begins at 6:45 p.m.
The Owl Acoustic lounge hosts the first jazz jam of the month, Wednesday, March 7 as well with hosts HBO3 and Josh Davies.
Winnipeg country musician Sean Burns returns to the Slice in support of his new CD “Lost Country: Music For Taverns, Bars, and Honky Tonks.”
He will be bringing his crack band of drummer Joanna b miller, bassist Bernie Thiessen and guitarist Grant Siemens, who plays with Corb Lund. Local steel guitar player Ryan “Skinny” Dyck will be adding steel guitar to the show.
The Wine Soaked Preachers join them on the Slice stage, March 9. There is a $10 cover for the show.
If you missed local country band the Mark Hall band at the Slice last week, they play Casino Lethbridge, March 9 and 10.
And, B.C. bluegrass/folk band Tiger Moon return to Lethbridge to play a special early show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 9 at 7 p.m. they are supporting their new CD “Cariboo and Whiskey.
If you want to play, the Lethbridge Folk club holds their regular open mic at Casa, at 7 p.m., Friday, March 9.
For more alternative folk minded music fans, The Ashley Hundred return to the Slice, March 10, with Crooked Spies and the Utilities.
Over at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 10, J Blissette release their new CD “Until I Go Blind.”
They will be joined by WITS, one man garage rock band Molan and Calgary feminist lo fi band S— Prophet. Admission is by donation.
And the monthly ukulele jam is Sunday afternoon from 2-3 p.m. at Casa, March 11.
Winnipeg country musician Sean Burns is excited to return to Lethbridge, March 9 at the Slice, in support of his hot new fourth album “Lost Country: Music For Taverns, Bars, and Honky Tonks.”
“I’ll be playing with the three core members who are on the album,” Burns said, noting Corb Lund’s guitarist Grant Siemens plus drummer Joanna Miller, who usually plays with Scott Nolan, and bassist Bernie Thiessen will be touring with him.
“It’s 15 dates in 16 days and ‘Skinny’ (Ryan Dyck) will be joining us for a few dates on steel guitar in Lethbridge, Nanton and Red Deer,” he enthused, noting Chris Scruggs, grandson of bluegrass/country legend Earl Scruggs, plays steel guitar on the album.
They connected with Scruggs through Siemens‘ contacts who knows Harry Stinson, who plays in Marty Stuart’s band with Scruggs. Both of them guest on the album.
“It was pretty cool to work with them,” Burns said.
They recorded most of the album live off the floor at the Hillside Hideout in Alexander, Manitoba north of Winnipeg. Burns was happy to be able to work at his own pace to record the album.
“We booked the studio for six days in November. We ate there, slept there and lived there so we could work at our own pace. So that was a cool experience,“ Burns said adding he wanted the album to sound as close to the live show as possible.
“I recorded a little bit of the vocals later and Grant added some extra guitar. But we did want to to sound as live as possible,” he said.
“Very happy with it. I enjoyed working in the studio,” he continued, noting lyrically the album is straight ahead classic country-themed.
“The songs all have classic country themes. So there are songs about trucking and heartbreak and driving on the highway and even a couple of love songs,” he said, adding the band road tested most of the songs before recording them.
“There are only two that we never played live before,“ he said.
“Seven or eight of them we played a lot and they changed the more we played them,” he said.
He noted the last time they played Lethbridge was last year at the Casino with a mostly Lethbridge band.
“Grant was there and Skinny and Tyler Bird and Paul holden. Casino gigs are cool. Usually there is a lot of pressure to sell beer when you play, but at the Casino they were there to listen to the music. And it was a mostly older crowd who wanted to dance,” he recalled. “I always enjoy playing Lethbridge. The last time I played there was at Shaela Miller’s Windy City Opry; it’s a cool place to play,” he said.
Sean Burns and Lost Country play the Slice with the Wine Soaked Preachers at 9 p.m., March 9, when the CD is officially released.
You might recognize the big, soulful voice and heart-tugging melodies and lyrics, which sound like a mix of Darius Rucker and Eddie Vedder, of the White Buffalo a.k.a. Jake Smith, from TV shows like This is Us and particularly Sons of Anarchy.
He plays Lethbridge for the first time on an extensive tour of Canada, Tuesday, March 6, when he and his band hit the Geomatic Attic in support of his new CD “Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights.”
“It’s been about three years since I played Canada. This is the most extensive one of Canada we’ve ever done,” Smith said, getting ready for the tour, which began in Victoria on March 2.
He got some pretty high profile cuts on Sons of Anarchy including some of the most moving moments, including a version of “House of the Rising Son,” which appeared in the Season 4 finale and “Come Join the Murder,” which appeared in the series finale.
He said he never actively sought out TV placement.
“Most of the songs I had placed, I had composed before. When I first got the Sons of Anarchy, I didn’t have a manager or anything. I just had a lawyer. So I played some songs for him and he pitched them to them, he said, adding he just tries to touch people’s hearts and emotions when he writes. “I write about people. The characters in Sons of Anarchy are really human. They are people who do really terrible things. But they’re still people,” he said, adding he never expected his career to take off like it has.
“It’s great getting songs placed because it exposes me to a bigger fan base who dig deeper, he said, adding he always tries to write very human stories which tug at the emotions.
“I always write about humans, which reflect emotions, which I hope will be relatable to them. It’s simple, well it’s not simple, but it’s a simple approach,” he said.
He is pleased with the new album, which has a more of a rock and roll influence.
“This was the first album where I didn’t have any songs written for before, but it was time to release a new album, so there is a sense of urgency,” he said.
He is glad to be back on the road.
“I’ve spent the past 10 years touring and building a fan base,” he continued.
He has gained a dedicated following of enthusiastic fans who started a “choose the set” list for his shows.
“I don’t know how that happened,” he said. “I’m glad people are into it, but a lot of the songs they choose are songs I’d be playing anyway,” he said.
“I just try to work my way into people’s hearts and make them feel something,” he said.
The White Buffalo and Matthew Barber play the Geomatic Attic, Tuesday, March 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $42.50 in advance, $45 at the door.
Geomatic Attic — The White Buffalo with Matthew Barber 8 p.m. $42.50, $45
Club Didi — open mic
Enmax Centre — Dwight Yoakam and Brandi Clark
Cite Des prairies — Les Tireux d’Roche with Coup Faux monnay Acoustic Lounge — Jazz jam HBO3 and Josh Davies
Owl Acoustic Lounge— AES Fundraiser 7 p.m.
Casino Lethbridge— Mark hall band
Honker‘s Pub— open mic
Slice —Sean burns and Lost Country $10
Owl Acoustic lounge— Tiger Moon
Casa—Lethbridge Folk Club Open mic $5 7 p.m.
Club Didi— Starship Gomorrah 9 p.m. cover$10
Casino Lethbridge— mark hall band
Honker‘s Pub— afternoon open mic
Slice— Ashley Hundred with Crooked Spies and the utilities
Owl Acoustic Lounge —J Blissette album release with S—- Prophets/WITS/ Molan
Casa— Lethbridge Ukulele jam
Onion— open mic
Owl Acoustic lounge—open mic
Owl Acoustic lounge- poetry open mic
Rocky Mountain Turf Club— the Real McKenzies with the Raygun Cowboys
Slice— open mic
Slice— Mr. Tuesday $5
Honker’s Pub— open mic
Casino Lethbridge— Maple sugar
Owl Acoustic lounge— Red Hot hayseeds
Firehall—CKXU Fundrive Launch with Melted mirror, Les Plaisir, Birch barks
SAAG— CKXU Takeover with Galactic space Punt and Boogie Houser