Fourth-generation Albertan rancher, former punk / metal bandleader, award winning Canadian roots star Corb Lund will return to Australia this August to perform at the Optus Gympie Muster and launch his new album Cabin Fever.
Corb will launch the record with a special Album Release Party at the intimate Notes Live venue in Sydney’s Newtown on Wednesday
22 August, with his long time backing band the Hurtin’ Albertans.
The tight, dynamic four-piece have wowed Australian audiences for close to ten years, with Corb’s quirky lyrics and rhythmic vocals and
the band’s undeniable high energy and on-stage chemistry.
The charismatic Canadian has built his local fan base through many visits down under over the past decade, including performances at East Coast Blues and Roots, CMC Rocks the Snowys, CMC Rocks North Queensland, Deni Ute Muster and tours across Australia.
Mixing wry observations with imagery from cowboy life and elsewhere, Cabin Fever places Lund in the company of songwriters like Hayes Carll, James McMurtry, and Dave Alvin. He cites his time in the punk/metal band The Smalls in his writing. Lund says, “Chaos and irreverence informs the way I write”.
Written in his cabin in Alberta, New York City, Austin, and Las Vegas, 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, the laugh-out-loud desire to date “The Gothiest Girl I Can.”
Cabin Fever is released on New West, available through Warner Music Australia.
Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans will perform at Notes Live, Newtown on Wednesday 22 August, followed by the Optus Gympie Muster on Main Stage Thursday 23 August and in the Crow Bar Friday 24.
Special guest for the album launch show will be Harry Hookey, the young Melbourne-based singer-songwriter whose rootsy style and witty lyrics make him an easy fit with Corb.
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