2016 Southern Alberta Music Festival Lineup
Kick back and relax while you listen to a variety of country, blues, folk and good old fashioned rock n’ roll. Take a peek at the 2016 artists:
Domino - This group was named Group of the Year and garnered the prestige title of Fan’s Choice. Rarely does one find four individuals, all coming from various backgrounds able to gel together creating a harmonious group. Together; Domino has mastered this by honing their harmonies to near perfection, which explains the melded cohesive sound projected on their new EP “Ghost”. Having redefined their brand and sound so unique; one might say it could be comparable to a Fleetwood Mac embellished with country music.
Domino has numerous ACMA (Association of Country Music in Alberta) nominations in their belt. All garnering top 5 placements in all categories: Group, Album, Song, and Fan’s Choice by their peers. For the 2015 ACMA awards this group was named Group of the Year and garnered the prestige title of Fan’s Choice. “We are extremely humbled and honoured to have been chosen to receive Group of the Year and the Fans Choice awards at the ACMAs this year! From our peers to our fans…We are eternally grateful!” stated Domino after receiving the wins.
Drew Gregory - From small town Standard, AB to Nashville; from main stage Big Valley Jamboree to being awarded the 2015 ACMA Male Artist of the Year.
Lyndsay Butler - Lyndsay Butler hails from the High River area of Southern Alberta. She has had recent success at the 2013 Nashville North Star competition at the Calgary Stampede. Earlier in 2013 she traveled to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee with Global Country Star Search and earned top honours in Adult Traditional Country Artist categories.
Larry Vannetta - Larry is a proven songwriter and was awarded songwriter of the year by the European Country Music Association (ECMA) in 2011. He is a two-time Canadian Juno nominee and is Three-time nominee for best male artist award by the Association of Country Music in Alberta in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Chet Defreeze - Chet DeFreese is one of those rare artists that captures a unique style of songwriting that defies any one style or category. His music encompasses a broad range of familiar formats that blend together into a truly unique style. Corb Lund, Hank III, Reverend Horton Heat, Waylon Jennings, Lynyrd Skynyrd
Likely Bob - Likely Bob has done MC duties since the first Southern Alberta Music Festival. He has recorded with a number of bands including Straight Clean and Simple, Vannatta and BB Jaru. and now with the tremendous ear and tech savvy of Thom Theroux, his “Window Shopping” CD songs are ready to share. Accounting Can Be Fun has just been released.
Shaela Miller Band - Recent career highlights include a TV placement on HBO’s “True Blood,” a songwriting/production session in Los Angeles with Tim Feehan (Park Drive Productions), winning the South Country Fair songwriting competition.
Spitzee Post Band - Some of the best things in life are formed from disaster. Such is the case with The Spitzee Post Band, formed in High River Alberta, in the year of the great flood of 2013, when the music was washed away. A bunch of town musicians found that the music was still there. So after drying off the music, the only place left to play was the Sptizee Post bar in town, and what a fitting name for the band "Spitzee" (native for Higher Ground). You may have already heard them play aboard the Aspen Crossing Railway during one of our excursions.
Steel & Timber - 2016 has brought continued success for Steel & Timber. They made headlines after being selected for the City of Calgary, Junos on the C-Train Busking Program. The band has a number of shows booked into the fall and is looking forward to the release of their second album.
Glen Brown – “Following a family tradition, a legacy he inherited from his dad Earl. The roots of Glen's raisin' lie within a good 4/4 shuffle. Inspired by such artists as Ray Price, Tony Booth, Johnny Bush, Glen is often referred to as " Mr. Shuffle ". Glen's soon to be released CD, was greatly influenced by West Texas country music. George Jones said the key to his success was staying true to his music.
High Steppin' Daddy - Whether they are touring with some of Canada’s premier country music artists or playing at your local dance hall, High Steppin’ Daddy always puts on a great show. Their music includes New and Classic Country as well as a mix of Rock, R&B, Oldies, and whatever is required to keep your toe tappin’.
Carolyn Harley - Take an exceptional songwriter who can write in a wide variety of styles: add in a beautiful voice that causes people to say “I could listen to you sing all night!!” and finally add in a sense of humour and engaging stage presence with solid guitar work and you end up with a recipe for an engaging, thoughtful and uplifting evening of original music.
Go ask Earl - 5 musicians with Bluegrass roots spanning several decades, these musicians can play “plethora of original bluegrass songs, bluegrass covers and class is and “grassified” hits from the Bee Gees and the Allman Brothers band.”
Tim Isberg - Originally from the province of Alberta, Canada, Tim is an accomplished singer-songwriter who is emerging in the performance scene after a lengthy hiatus from music to serve in the Canadian Army.
Terry Neubauer – dual drums, acoustic guitars Terry Neubauer and Kyle Noseworthy are a dual act out of Calgary playing original and classic rock.
Broken Smoke – Gleichen - A local Calgary Band they have participated with countless Charity’s raising funds with their showcase talents. They played the World of Wheels this last couple of years. They really do create their own style of Music check out the CD Family!
Nitelife - Everything from old and new rock to new country. This particular combination of four seasoned musicians is sure to please audiences of all ages and tastes. Crisp and precise harmonies, great arrangements, and a high level of energy.
Side note: Don Wilson also is a train engineer that operates the Aspen Crossing Railway when he is available!
Introducing... Richard Rapatel, Rick’s quiet intensity is tempered by a huge smile, winning over audiences everywhere. Rick has already “wowed” the crowds at the Calgary Stampede’s Prestigious Nashville north Saloon, Edmonton’s Klondike Days, Gold Rush Showcase and at the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, Alberta, The Merritt Mountain Music festival and Multiple Country bar Across the country and the US and so on. “It’s always been my dream to be on stage,” said this talented artist. Rick began following his dream when he performed on television at the tender Age of five. Growing up in rural Quebec, Richard comes from a musical family and admires George Straight and Garth Brooks Alan Jackson and George canyon.
Free Beer Band - the band loves to play quality stuff and the ever expanding repertoire features over 80 classic songs from the 50's to present day by artists such as Queen, Fleetwood Mac, The Police, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Elton John, The Feeling etc.
Cathy Graham -
The Retros High Steppin' Daddy Lyndsay Butler Drew Gregory Lewis Andrew Gergory Carolyn Harley Go ask Earl Tim Isberg Spitzee Post Cathy Graham Glen Brown Terry Neubauer Broken Smoke Alex Boisselle Shaela Miller Band Nitelife Free Beer Band Bill Thornhill Larry Vannatta Domino Chet Defreese Richard Rapatel Steel Timber Likely Bob