DeCarle kicks off 2019 for Mot­ley Kitchen

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The Mot­ley Kitchen has an­nounced that Rus­sell deCarle will be the first artist in 2019 to be pre­sented as part of its din­nerand-a-show se­ries. DeCarle per­forms Jan. 17. He is no stranger to awards and ac­co­lades – his years as the lead vo­cal­ist and bassist of the iconic Cana­dian coun­try roots band, Prairie Oys­ter, were re­warded with six Juno Awards, more than a dozen Cana­dian Coun­try Mu­sic Awards, and enough gold and plat­inum records and num­ber one sin­gles to fill a liv­ing room wall. The band was in­ducted into the Cana­dian Coun­try Mu­sic Hall of Fame in 2008.

“The truth is, though, that Prairie Oys­ter was al­ways more than a coun­try band, and deCarle’s warm, bur­nished and in­ti­mate voice has al­ways hon­oured an eclec­tic range of songs,” or­ga­niz­ers said in a re­lease. “Ex­pect to hear a flu­ent col­lec­tion of songs that mix south­ern soul and re­strained bal­ladry, with ob­vi­ous touches of jazz, blues, rol­lick­ing Tex-Mex, old-school coun­try clas­sics, and western swing.

‘Rus­sell deCarle’s song­writ­ing has ab­sorbed all those in­flu­ences, and he avidly lis­tens to smooth soul singers and the men and women who made early coun­try mu­sic so com­pelling. In his lat­est solo al­bum, Alone In This Crowd, there are eight orig­i­nal songs and three cov­ers.”

Ace gui­tarist Steve Briggs, who is al­ways sub­tle, taste­ful and un­der­stated, but cen­tral to deCarle’s sound, will join in, as well.

“Steve has per­formed, ar­ranged and recorded with a host of mu­si­cal stars in­clud­ing Sylvia Tyson, Quar­tette, Mur­ray McLauch­lan, Leon Red­bone and Car­roll Baker among many oth­ers,” the re­lease said. “He was also the leader of the Be­bop Cow­boys, prob­a­bly the best western swing band Canada ever pro­duced.”

Din­ner is sold out, but there are some show-only seats still avail­able for $25 each. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show be­gins at 7:30 p.m. Reser­va­tions can be made by call­ing The Mot­ley Kitchen at 705222-6685 or by drop­ping by dur­ing one of their brunches on Saturday and Sun­day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Rus­sell deCarle per­forms in Sud­bury on Jan. 17.

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