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The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Al­lie Ruck­man The Drumheller Mail

The Road Ham­mers sur­prised lo­cals with pop-up show at Last Chance Sa­loon while film­ing a doc­u­men­tary.

The Last Chance Sa­loon was boom­ing with en­thu­si­asm and mu­sic on the night of Thurs­day, June 9.

Cus­tomers of the unique sa­loon were sur­prised with the pres­ence of well known Cana­dian band, the Road Ham­mers.

The band was in the val­ley film­ing a doc­u­men­tary.

“It was a doc­u­men­tary of the area, they went across the eleven bridges to Wayne and high­lighted the past and present of the town. We even talked about a few ghost sto­ries,” says Paula Suther­land of the Last Chance Sa­loon.

“We got about a days notice be­fore the band showed up. We didn’t tell any­one that it was hap­pen­ing.”

Af­ter film­ing, the Road Ham­mers stuck around to play an im­promptu show for reg­u­lars of the Last Chance Sa­loon and the re­sponse was great.

“Ev­ery­one loved hav­ing them here, it was amaz­ing. No­body be­lieved it. Ev­ery­one was call­ing their friends to come out. We didn’t ad­ver­tise that they were play­ing be­cause we wanted to keep it as in­ti­mate a show as pos­si­ble. It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence,” says Suther­land.

Lead singer of the Road Ham­mers, Ja­son McCoy, ap­pre­ci­ates the beauty of the val­ley. “We shot our video for East Bound and Down in the bad­lands a few years back, but this was my first time vis­it­ing the Last Chance Sa­loon. As a mo­tor­bike guy, I’ve al­ways known this was beau­ti­ful coun­try to ride, and the sa­loon is the per­fect cap to a great day of soak­ing in the beauty. The bar­reness of the bad­lands has a stoic beauty that’s sub­tle but deep,” he said.

“The his­tory is rich, it’s a rugged­ness that can only be de­vel­oped by time. Although I was born in On­tario, I lived in the Cam­rose area age 2 to 7. My first mem­o­ries are of the prairies. The smell of the prairie al­ways brings me back in time.... that sage is some­thing you don’t for­get. Sim­ply beau­ti­ful.”

The bar­reness of the bad­lands has a stoic beauty that’s sub­tle but deep. The his­tory is rich, it’s a rugged­ness that can only be de­vel­oped by time.” Ja­son McCoy Lead singer of The Road Ham­mers

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Well-known Cana­dian band, the Road Ham­mers, sur­prised reg­u­lar guests of the Last Chance Sa­loon to a in­ti­mate per­for- mance on the night of Thurs­day, June 9. The band was in the val­ley film­ing a doc­u­men­tary of the area.

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