Liking Country Music
When asking someone about their musical preferences I am often faced with a response akin to, "I like everything; except country music." So often have I heard this refrain that it has become rather troublesome. Every genre has its merits, and to every rule there are exceptions, it is my belief that as far as country music in Toronto is concerned, Live Country Music is one of these exceptions.
Despite their name, Live Country Music is more than just cheesy honky tonk twang and low down charm; think Ryan Adams as opposed to Alan Jackson. They describe their sound as "neo-soul" but also "rooted in traditional country music". Building on this foundation LCM blends folk, blues and rock elements throughout their songs to create sheer entertainment. The music is honest and easy with simple melodies and complex, interwoven harmonies; the perfect backdrop for sharing a few beers with friends.
Live Country Music is Chuck Erlichman (keyboards), Matt Barber (drums), Doug Paisley (guitar) and Paul Mathew (bass), the guys are occasionally joined by another friend on a steel guitar. All four original members are given vocal credits, however, Paisley, with his tailor-made drawl, and Erlichman hold down the majority of the singing.
Should you need extra incentive to spend a relaxed evening enjoying Live Country Music's heartfelt and soulful sound, it should be noted that the band seems to have a rather large following of cute frizzy-haired girls with a penchant for skinny jeans, vintage pumps and sweaters. In such a casual, comfortable and low-lit atmosphere such as the Magpie it would be a pity to pass up an opportunity to give country music a chance. You may well find that you like it.
Live Country Music @ The Magpie, 831 Dundas West, Wednesday, October 24 2007.
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