Grasstowne in Red Deer, March 20

Grasstowne made their way to Alberta on Thursday for a series of shows this weekend, and kicked things off on Friday night with a terrific concert in Red Deer.  While the vast majority of the bands we present are well received by our audience, Grasstowne was most definitely a highlight of our season and- at least according… Continue reading Grasstowne in Red Deer, March 20

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Crystal Plamondon- On A Song and A Prayer

Crystal Plamondon On A Song and A Prayer Self-released  If you’re looking for a country album with a Cajun beat, look no further than Alberta’s favourite Acadian daughter Crystal Plamondon and her brand-new long player, On a Song and A Prayer.  The veteran performer and songwriter out-does herself on this collection of love songs, remembrances,… Continue reading Crystal Plamondon- On A Song and A Prayer

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Steve Coffey & the Lokels- Twirlin’ Girl Boogie

Steve Coffey & the Lokels Twirling’ Girl Boogie steve-coffey.com   I don’t know how known Steve Coffey is outside of Alberta, but I’m certain it isn’t well enough!   Steve Coffey remains a well-kept secret deserving of greater acclaim. Coffey has the voice and the words required in the roots world; he is every bit… Continue reading Steve Coffey & the Lokels- Twirlin’ Girl Boogie

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David Baxter- Day & Age

David Baxter Day & Age http://www.DavidBaxter.ca   The best part of doing what I do is discovering unfamiliar artists. When I received David Baxter’s album in the mail, I had never heard of him. Upon investigation, I learned of his work as an instrumentalist and producer on records by Sherry Kean, Lori Yates, Justin Rutledge,… Continue reading David Baxter- Day & Age

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The Great Outdoors- Winter

The Great Outdoors Winter DDG Records   The vision of Adam Nation, and the final in a series recognizing the seasons, Winter is the most successful of the ones I have heard; somehow, I missed Summer.   This 5-song EP provides a crisp summary of winter imagery and moods. Similar in sound to Great Lake… Continue reading The Great Outdoors- Winter

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Lluís Gómez Quartet- Lluís Gómez Quartet

Lluís Gómez Quartet Self-released web.mac.com/lluisgomez International bluegrass is no more consistent in sound and influence than the familiar North American variety. No surprise then that Spaniard Lluís Gómez’s Quartet recording is an eclectic album that will either challenge listeners- again- as to ‘What is bluegrass, anyway?” or be embraced by those who celebrate acoustic instrumental… Continue reading Lluís Gómez Quartet- Lluís Gómez Quartet

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