Tuesday, November 13, 2007

New Release:
Corb Lund - Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!

Raised on his family’s 100 year old farm and ranch near Taber, Alberta, Corb Lund’s roots are deep in the fertile Canadian Prairies. The son of a bronco bustin’ father and a barrel racing mother, Corb Lund grew up with horses and their influence on his life is evident on nearly every song on this, his fifth release.

Youtube video: Corb Lund - "I Wanna Be In The Cavalry"

Corb Lund was one of the founding members of the The Smalls, a punk/metal band with jazz and country influences. Lund had studied jazz guitar and bass while in college in Edmonton and when The Smalls disbanded in 2001, after twelve years of extensive touring, Lund took a break and moved to Austin, Texas. The audiences in Austin were very receptive to Lund’s unique blend of cowboy/country/folk/jazz/rock and his second band was formed.

Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans’ first four CDs have received critical acclaim, winning ‘Album of The Year’ (2006) and ‘Roots Artist or Group of the Year’ (2006 & 2007) at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards.

On Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier! Corb Lund’s songsmithing skills are turned to warfare, but these songs are not ripped from today’s headlines. Lund leads the listener on a worldwide over the battlefields history. Not all of the songs are of military conflict though. Lund portrays the traditions and culture of his native Alberta on several songs. “The Horse I Rode In On” is a wonderful country lament of lost love and horses, as well as a tidy play on words. “Family Reunion” is an amusing poke at life in rural Alberta complete with mandolin and banjo. “Especially A Paint” is Lund’s personal lament for the ranching life he left behind for the bright lights of the stage.

Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier! is a very solid work and thoroughly satisfying release by the latest of Canada’s great regional songwriters. Corb Lund’s musical storytelling, tales of life on the Canadian prairies join the maritime songs of Stan Rogers, the small town Canada songs of Stompin' Tom Connors, and John K. Samson's Winnipeg, to paint a melodic picture of rural Canada.

Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier! is on record store shelves throughout Canada as of yesterday (Nov. 13th.) In the States, the CD can be found at CD Baby. Don’t forget to check out Corb Lund’s four previous releases while you are there.

Corb Lund – Horse Soldier, Horse Soldier.mp3

Corb Lund - Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!
Label: Stony Plain Records
Available from:
CD Baby


Anonymous Dan said...

Thanks, Ed, for nosing the Bus north to Canada (again). The coolest thing about Corb, and other Canadian Country stars, is that they still play small venues for low prices. Corb and his band have recently played a series of 500-seat bars in my local area of southern Ontario for 20 bucks per. When you put Corb and a bar together, you'd think there would be trouble, but it ain't so. He's great, and the crowds are great. He's come to hold a high level of respect here in the Great White North.

November 15, 2007 8:03 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

And south of the border as well, Dan.

Corb Lund i scurrently touring throughout Canada. His US tour schedule will be announce in the spring.

November 15, 2007 9:05 PM  

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