Believe it or not, not all good music comes out of Texas. Or even Kentucky! The Canadian West puts out some great music of its own. I’m in Calgary for the Stampede, so now is a perfect time to feature four acts who hail from Alberta or Saskatchewan: Colter Wall, Corb Lund, Allen Christie, and The Dead South.
Corb Lund (Alberta) – September. Corb was very high on my music bucket list, so I jumped at a chance to see him play while I’m up here. He did not disappoint. (My brother-in-law, who had never heard Corb, described him as a “Canadian Pat Green,” for what it’s worth.) Lund’s album Cabin Fever is one of my favorite country albums of all-time. You could write a killer short story about every song on that album. Corb played four songs from that album last night, but he didn’t play my favorite one: September. I did my share of starving in the city too.
September is off Lund’s album Cabin Fever.
Colter Wall (Saskatchewan) – The Devil Wears a Suit and Tie. I have already featured Wall a couple times on these pages. Wall is a young guy who writes and sings like an old guy with a gullet full of gravel. You know I never pass on a good sold-your-soul-to-the-devil story around here.
The Devil Wears a Suit and Tie is off Wall’s EP Imaginary Appalachia.
The Dead South (Saskatchewan) – In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company. The Dead South were also playing while I was in Calgary, but it was a smaller show at a brewery and tickets were long gone by the time I discovered the show. With all the somber songs today I need to lighten things up with this jaunty number. It’s also a song about killing, but, hey, most of them are around here.
In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company is off The Dead South’s album Good Company.
Allen Christie (Alberta) – The Last Rodeo. Christie surely the lowest profile of the four, but he belongs in that good company. I learned about Christie randomly in college during the go-go days of music “sharing” in college. I probably owe Christie a few bucks, so if you want to pick up a copy of one of his albums . . . The Last Rodeo is appropriate selection for a trip that included tickets to the rodeo.
The Last Rodeo is off Christie’s album Banjos, Broncs & Buckaroos.
(If you’re wondering about my reference to mooseriders of the Canadian apocalypse, it is an allusion to this book.)
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