Corb Lund kicks off Wilderness Entertainment Series with a twang
BY CHRISTINE PENNER POLLE – The Northern Sun News
Popular Alberta alternative-country singer-songwriter Corb Lund rocked the Red Lake High School’s gymnasium last Friday as he performed to a packed house. The crowd, in which the younger generation of Red Lakers was well represented, was enthusiastic and appreciative.
Although he was fighting a chest cold, Lund and his bare-bones but impressive back-up band the Hurtin’ Albertans delivered a distinctive blend of country and roots, with a dash of Celtic influence now and then. The audience responded to his efforts, offering their song requests and letting him know they’d be happy to meet him and his band at The Balmer for drinks after the concert.
Lund has racked up an impressive list of music awards and nominations over his career, which includes 10 years of performing with the indie rock band The Smalls. When that group disbanded in 2001, Lund began performing full-time with his own alt-country band, which became the Hurtin’ Albertans in 2005.
Lund has called his musical style “western music with some hair on it.” His performance last Friday ranged from country twang to melancholic ballads to yodelling. He paid homage to Canadian music greats Fred Eaglesmith, Washboard Hank and fellow Albertan and good friend Ian Tyson.
Lund is the first of seven performers that the Red Lake Wilderness Entertainment Series (WES) is bringing to the Red Lake District High School this year. The WES is now in its third year of bringing diverse music to this region. The next show in the 2014/2015 schedule will happen on October 23 when Juno-award winning musician John Mann will perform.