“Cheryl Fisher who is our producer has done this before where she has heard certain bands and acts and says ‘we got to get these guys before they get famous’,” said Jazz at the Lake organizer Eric Allison regarding the BrothersLandreth – who will be performing for Jazz at the Lakes final show Autumn Leaves, which is part of the Festival of All Seasons.
The Bros. Landreth, after being booked by Fisher for the September 23 show at the Sylvan Lake Alliance Church, would go on to win a Juno award for roots music for their first album Let it Lie.
“The Brothers Landreth are not a jazz act, but they are such a great band that we really wanted to represent them,” Allison said, adding that the bands sound is eclectic and that multiple styles are incorporated.
“They are a bit bluesy, they are a bit rocky, they are a bit folky,” he said. “It’s hard to fully describe them. The band consists of two guitars, a bass and drums. The vocal harmonies are great and they are going to do a partialacoustic set where they turn the mics off.
“It’s hard to describe them – you just really have to hear them for yourself.”
Jazz at the Lake organizers are hoping to attract a brand new audience with this showing and stretch out the scope of the festival to younger generations.
“Some of the people who don’t normally go to a Jazz on the Lake event, we think might we might be able to attract,” Allison said. “Our demographic covers a large spectrum and it is family friendly, but probably the bulk of ouraudience is middle-aged and older.
“So we would like to bring some of the younger folks into the fold and we think this concert will help do that,” he added.
Allison describes the music of the Brothers Landreth being more akin to the sound you would hear on CBC radio or CKUA radio, rather then the more niche market of jazz music.
“I think they [young people] would be hearing more regularly this type of music,” Allison added.
Autumn Leaves concludes the four part Festival of All Seasons concert series. According to Allison, the year has been a great success – but people already have their eyes on 2017.
“We were very happy with the way it turned out but we are also looking forward to bringing the whole festival back for 2017,” he said, adding that the dates will be in the third week of August 2017.
Tickets for the Brothers Landreth are $35 and are available at Trilliant Real Estate Office or online at jazzatthelake.com. For more information about the concert, you can contact Allision at (403) 887-8579.
If you would like more information about the Brothers Landreth or would like to hear some samples of their music, you can go online to thebroslandreth.com.
“We are excited to present them here,” Allison added.
Q and A with Joey Landreth
Do you want to explain the story of your band?
The band was a project put together by my brother and I out of the desire to spend a little more time together. We were both on the road a lot with other artists and we got a little tired of working for other people so we thoughtwe would put this project together to enjoy each others company. We were looking to take a break from working for higher profile artists like we were at that time. The project grew legs of its own very quickly and it went form itbeing our on the side gig to be being our priority. Fast-forward a couple years from that ‘a-ha’ moment and we now have a Juno under our belts. Our record did so much better then we thought it ever would. It’s really exciting.
Do you want to describe emotions of winning the Juno?
We were floored. When the nomination came, we were really excited. We were looking at the other artists in the category and we pretty much knew we wouldn’t win. Some of our favorite bands were in the category. So themorning of the Junos, my brother says “hey man, do you think we should put together something just in case” and I said “You know what, no. Lets not get our hopes up. Lets go get dressed up with our wives, have a nice dinnerand have a nice night.” So we were so unprepared, so when they called our name we were like “oh, crap” and had no idea what to say. It was a total shock and was one of the top five nights of my life.
What avenues has that award opened for you?
You know, it’s kind of hard to say. It definitely improves your street cred a bit. It’s getting to that point where you are getting the acknowledgement of your peers and in that way, it helps legitimize what you are doing. People takeyou a little more seriously. You aren’t just kids playing music from your parents record collection. You are a little more legitimate and it definitely helps us in that regard. It helped us realize that we aren’t going anywhere and thatwe are going to keep doing what we are doing.
The festival here brings in an older demographic. The idea is that you would bring in a younger crowd. Why is that?
We actually have a fair amount of older people coming to our shows so we may bring in quite a few older people. We are a bunch of younger guys, but we mix old music with new music. More modern song-writing mixed with thestyles that our parents listened to. We definitely like listening to our parents record collection like every kid does. My dad was a musician and my mom listened to a lot of music, so we definitely had a lot of influences – especiallyfrom older pop music like Boss Scaggs, Steely Dan, the Allman Brothers, but we come at it from a younger folk sort of way. We like seeing anyone come through the doors.
What would you want someone from Sylvan Lake to say about your show?
I would hope they don’t want their money back. Honestly, I just hope they enjoy their selves. Beyond that all I can hope for is that the folks are entertained.
What is the bands aspirations for the future?
That’s a funny question. We never had really lofty goals. The main purpose of the band has always been to play music, so as long as we keep playing music – we will be happy guys. Another record and touring new markets wouldbe really fun. We have toured through the US, Europe and Australia and there is a lot of places in the world we would like to go but we just hope