GrassRoots Regina presents award winning singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith in concert.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
The Exchange, 2431 8th Avenue, Regina
Opening set by Norm Walker
Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets $15 advance or $20 at the door.
Tickets available at Bach & Beyond, X-Ray Records and Cobb Swanson Music.
Fred inspires comparisons to icons like Woody Guthrie and Bruce Springsteen, tops the roots music charts, and boasts devoted fans that include a slew of his fellow songwriters. He will be performing with his band.
Fred Eaglesmith has been performing since 1980 and has just released his 17th album, Tinderbox, to critical acclaim. Since leaving the Ontario family farm at age fifteen, guitar in hand, Eaglesmith has honed his craft as a wandering troubadour, capturing the lives, emotions and the travails of the seemingly common people with uncommon sensitivity, humanity and dignity. For the past thirty years, he has worn a zig-zag trail around the world performing over 200 shows a year singing songs about working people, farming and hard living. His dynamic live shows have been described by reviewers as a “blend of aching country and barroom rock” and a “mixture of hard-edged honky-tonk balanced between rock 'n' roll and early ’60s country.” Along the way he has amassed a fervent coterie of fans, or Fredheads as they have become known, who travel hundreds and even thousands of miles to catch his vibrant live performances. His previous 16 releases have won him comparisons to such major talents as Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, John Prine and Steve Earle.
His 1995 release, Drive-In Movie, won the Juno Award for Best Solo Roots and Traditional Album. He won a Canadian Independent Music Award and received honourable mention in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition for his song “Alcohol and Pills”. Three tribute albums featuring covers of Eaglesmith’s work have been recorded and he holds the distinction of being the only Canadian composer to hold the number one spot on the American bluegrass charts for his song “Thirty Years of Farming”. His songs have joined the canon of academic curriculum at two universities. Eaglesmith has also acted in a number of movies and is a painter who regularly shows in galleries. He makes his home in southern Ontario.
“Eaglesmith delivers passion like few singers since Woody Guthrie.” - New York Press
“... is what Bruce Springsteen aspires to be, the voice of the small-town common man.” - Berwick Register
"Thirty Years of Farming" clip:
"Shoulder to the Plow" clip: