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"I've got one foot in old-fashioned cowboy music, 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." -- Corb Lund
EDMONTON, June 12, 2012 -- Goth girls to survivalists, bovines to bibles, antique pistols to vintage motorcycles: Alberta-born honky-tonker Corb Lund's songcraft covers it all. Cabin Fever -- Corb Lund's enthralling sixth record -- has its worldwide release on New West Records on August 14, 2012. This follows on the boot heels of Corb's 2009 New West Records debut, the critically acclaimed Losin' Lately Gambler.
The JUNO Award-winner and seven-time Roots Artist of the Year winner at the Canadian Country Music Awards wrote most of the twelve track album whilst hunkered down in a remote cabin an hour outside Edmonton, inspired by crude life events -- a broken relationship and the death of his uncle. Backed by his longtime band, The Hurtin' Albertans (guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Grant Siemens, upright bassist Kurt Ciesla, and drummer Brady Valgardson), the band recorded loose and live, with almost no overdubs.
Cabin Fever offers a portrait of a survivalist preparing for the apocalypse ("Gettin' Down On The Mountain"); a tale of a rural man losing a woman to the allure of New York City life ("September"); an ode to his vintage BMW motorcycles ("Mein Deutsches Motorrad"); the broken-hearted anthem "(You Ain't A Cowboy) If You Ain't Been Bucked Off"; new drinking songs such as "Drink It Like You Mean It" and "Pour 'Em Kinda Strong"; the yodeling introduction and physicality of "Priceless Antique Pistol Shoots Startled Owner"; and another throwback to his punk days (when he claimed membership in the speed-metal band The Smalls), the desire to date "The Gothest Girl I Can."
Just like Corb's subjects run the gamut, so do the sonics on the long-player, ranging from rockabilly to Western swing, cowboy balladry to country-rock. And, of course, the occasional yodel... It's this sort of versatility that brings out a raft of audiences to his shows; from field and urban sidewalk, alike. He's currently confirmed to play a headline set at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival as well as being recently announced on the bill of the Ottawa Folk Festival with full tour dates being updated daily at CorbLund.com. Prior to these two stops, however, he warms up his acoustic with Order of Canada recipient Ian Tyson for 100 Years of Calgary Cowboys -- an evening of stories, songs and memories. Over five sold out evenings this July during the Calgary Stampede, the event puts a spotlight on two icons of Alberta culture, bridging the gap (and passing the torch) with talk and strumming.