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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Canadian music sensation to come to McPherson

  • “I’ve got one foot in old-fashioned cowboy music,” country musician Corb Lund said, “but I treat it with some abandon and irreverence. The reality is, we don’t live in that world anymore, yet the cowboys were kind of punk rockers in their day.”
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  • “I’ve got one foot in old-fashioned cowboy music,” country musician Corb Lund said, “but I treat it with some abandon and irreverence. The reality is, we don’t live in that world anymore, yet the cowboys were kind of punk rockers in their day.”
    Lund would be one to know. Raised in the western Canadian frontier, the one-time punk and metal frontman comes from a long line of cowboys.
    “My family were cowboys that came up from Utah and Nevada,” Lund said. “There’s a lot of country roots out there.”
    The culmination of those country roots will be on display at 8 p.m. Friday when Lund and his band The Hurtin’ Albertans kick off their latest American tour at the McPherson Opera House.
    While Lund may not be a huge name in the states yet, his success in his native Canada would indicate that time is definitely on his side.
    His 2012 album “Cabin Fever” hit number one on the Canadian Billboard Charts in its first week of release, and peaked at number four during a 13 week stint in the Americana Chart’s top ten.
    Lund’s music was introduced to plenty of new eyes and ears as he and his band were a support act on the Miranda Lambert/Dierks Bentley “Locked and Reloaded” tour.
    Lund said that, while his American audience grows, many don’t know how long he and the Hurtin’ Albertans have actually been around.
    “Our record got a lot of press,” Lund said, “but a lot of people think it’s our first album when it’s actually our seventh. I’ve been doing this for 15 years, and the current band’s been together for 10 years.”
    Lund said that being lesser-known in American did provide opportunities he didn’t have in his native Canada, though, as there’s less pressure on what songs to play.
    “It’s refreshing to come down here,” Lund said, “Because there aren’t so many expectations on what we should play, we get to play our newer music.”
    Lund said his music draws on his cultural upbringing and inspirations from his childhood such as balladeer Marty Robbins. When asked about current country radio, Lund said he doesn’t listen to it.
    “The thing for me,” Lund said, “is the popular stuff is generic. Every year it gets more and more corporate, trying to please the most people. My favorite artists are underground and independent. My goal is to express my ancestry and my cultural heritage in music.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Lund said his previous appearance in Kansas was at The Cotillion Ballroom in Wichita with the Turnpike Troubadours, and he’s looking forward to playing in the region once more.
    “I’m looking forward to the venue,” Lund said, “and playing this first show on this tour there.”
    Corb Lund and The Hurtin’ Albertans will take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday at the McPherson Opera House. Tickets are $22 each, plus a $3 preservation fee for the Opera House, or a flat $10 for students and for balcony seating.
    Contact Jeremy Webster by email at jwebster@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @WebsterSentinel.
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