Friday November 15 2019
7.30pm, doors 6.30pm
Opening act: Zachary Lucky
Venue: St. Basil's Cultural Centre, 10819 - 71 Avenue, Edmonton
$23 advance (plus service charges), $27 at the door, if available.
Southern Soul with deep Country roots
Famous internationally as lead singer and a founding member of multi-platinum, six-time Juno award winning country-roots group Prairie Oyster, Russell deCarle has spent the last decade focussed on his solo career.
Alone in this Crowd is his latest album. It’s a mix of southern soul and restrained balladry, with touches of jazz, blues, and old-school country. Russell’s songwriting has absorbed all those influences. Even more than his previous albums, it may surprise those who remember him from his country days with Prairie Oyster. The truth is, though, that Prairie Oyster was always more than a “country” band, and Russell’s warm, burnished and intimate voice has always honoured an eclectic range of songs.
That said; his love and appreciation for the roots of honky tonk and pure country music, as well as the classic country vocalists, the dramatic ballads of Roy Orbison, and the timeless sounds of the Everly Brothers, also remain evident in his songwriting and performance.
Opener Zachary Lucky, currently touring his latest album Midwestern, is unapologetically old-school country, armed with a husky, baritone voice, and compared to songwriters such as Gordon Lightfoot and Kris Kristofferson.
The road is no stranger to Zachary Lucky. He’s used to rolling through hundreds of tour dates a year, and playing his heart out in every town he moves through.
With the new album he went back to his roots with a more stripped-back, direct sound, recording most songs live off the floor and straight to tape.
He shares song writing credits on some of the songs with fellow prairie songwriters Del Barber and Richard Inman.