DeCarle kicks off 2019 for Motley Kitchen
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.