The MusicNerd Files Edition #25

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Dwight Yoakam plays Casino New Brunswick this Sunday night

This fall is going to be a busy one for music fans in Metro Moncton. With shows from the likes of Rich Aucoin (Sept. 5 at the Tide & Boar), Jenn Grant (Sept. 8 at the Tide & Boar), Billie Dre & The Poor Boys (Sept. 14 at the Tide & Boar) and Obey The Brave (Sept. 26 at the OC), September is getting the last four months of 2013 off to a very promising start.

Here are a few show highlights coming our way in September that will be worth checking out:

Dwight Yoakam performs a sold-out show at Casino New Brunswick this Sunday night. If you don’t already have your tickets, you are most likely out of luck!

Country music fans have waited a long time for the inimitable Dwight Yoakam to come back to Atlantic Canada. After a performance earlier this summer at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Yoakam returns to the Maritimes for a sold-out show at Casino New Brunswick this Sunday, his only performance in the region. His track record of success is a glowing one: Yoakam has 12 gold-selling albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums to his credit. Five of those records have topped the Billboard Country Albums charts while managing to chart more than 30 singles.

A star of the stage and the silver screen, Yoakam’s newest studio record, 3 Pears, was released last September. It marks his first album of original music in more than seven years.

Amanda Rheaume performs at Moncton’s Plan B Lounge, 212 St. George Street, Moncton on Friday September 13. Show time is 9:00 p.m.

When it came to looking for the inspiration to make a new record, award-winning roots-pop artist Amanda Rheaume had to look no farther than her family history. The seeds for her latest record, Keep A Fire, were planted in December 2011 when she traveled over the Northwest Passage via Hercules aircraft while headed to play for troops in Alert. Having the opportunity to see the passage from the sky had her reflect on her maternal grandfather, Thomas Arthur Irvine, a navigator on board the HMCS Labrador when it became the first vessel to circumnavigate North America in a single voyage. This inspiration, along with numerous others dot Keep A Fire and ultimately make it a compelling listen.

Keep a Fire is the follow-up to Rheaume’s 2011 album  Light of Another Day. Buoyed by a powerful and slightly gritty voice, expect to hear big things from Amanda Rheaume in the future.

Halifax indie-roots rockers Steady Hills perform at Plan B Lounge, 212 St. George Street, Moncton on Wednesday September 18. Show time is 9:00 p.m.

With a sound akin to a dust up between The Black Keys, Johnny Cash and The Decemberists, Halifax’s Steady Hills recently released a self-produced video for their song “Dark Room”. The track comes from the band’s 2012 EP Alone In The Marquee.

Consisting of Chad Harrington and Andrew Dahms, Harrington’s creative concept behind the duo’s new video was to capture the inner dialogue within one’s head while providing visuals representing the discomfort sometimes associated with confronting your inner self.

Steady Hills’ Alone In The Marquee has received good reviews from Guff Mag as well as the East Coast Kitchen Party site while their song “Today” was featured on the Raising Hope web series.

Expect nothing less than a raucous good time when the band visits Moncton next month.

Article published in the August 30, 2013 edition of The Times & Transcript