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Post review after opening for Tanya Tucker 

Its been 17 years since Tanya Tucker has released a new album and it’s been 4 years since I started performing in front of a live crowd and yet both of us were excited as if it was our first time on stage. As we started our afternoon setting up gear and testing all of equipment we can feel the tension of the on coming night as if it were like the strings we were tightening to tune our guitars. We got word from River Cree and the Venue that it was going to be a sold out show and they were busy adding more rows to the already crowded Venue. We were asked to leave as Tanya did her sound check and we knew that we wouldn’t have much time to do our sound check which added a little more anxiety to our growing excitement. The need to sound as tight as possible for the show came with a price that we would have to pay by playing our set and ironing out small changes in our songs during our soundcheck. As the lights started to dim and the crowd started to roll in I began to notice friends and family fighting to get as close to the stage during our performance for the best possible chance to take pictures and videos of us on this epic stage. We got word from the stage manager to take our positions and the on stage sound engineer would give us the thumbs up when all of equipment and mic’s were hot and then the show began. 

I introduced my brother Alex and we started off with a fiddle tune called Boil the Cabage to which the crowd started to dance, holler and cheer us on. Growing up in Alberta this was my backyard so to speak this was my time and this stage was ours for 30 minutes, so ever since River Cree opened the Venue I was hoping to play on this huge stage since it opened up. It was nothing but an adrenaline rush as we heard the roar of the crowd after our first song and I introduced the band of brothers which are all seasoned veterans in their field of expertise soon there after. One song after another and we can hear the crowd settle into their seats and we knew it was a full house, to the left of us were a row of people standing in line getting pictures with Tanya in a back room that had a photographer and backdrop of River Cree on it. I began to get emotional knowing that there were too many people to thank for my success over the years like my wife, friends and family but what hurt the most were the people that were not with us in life anymore and those were the ones I wanted to be there and I wanted to thank the most. 

We got to take a group picture with Tanya however our drummer Jonas was busy packing up to get his kit off the way for Tanya and he wasnt present for group picture. I gave her a hug and thanked her for choosing me to open up the show for her and then we made small talk about the cold Alberta weather to which she made a joke about being there to throw out some heat on stage during her performance. A dream come true, yes it was opening up a show for a legend in country music and for a lady that has inspired so many other artists to be the best they can be. We talked with her band and found some mutual friends in common then came the invite to head to Nashville and get to know the city with our new found friends. Nashville will be on my mind until I make it there in May and with your love and support we can make it there ... even if it’s just for a visit.

 

Jarrid Lee

Opening up for Tanya Tucker 

We played a wedding for an amazing couple in Edmonton over the summer and in attendance were some political figures which included the current chief of Enoch Cree Nation along with 2 past chiefs. We always do our best on stage but sometimes people aren’t around to hear what kind of magic we come up with so I like to send out sample CDs with a smile and a handshake. I gave my current single “Small Town” to Harry Sharphead and it somehow found it’s way into the ears of a manager at River Cree Casino. One thing lead to another and without hesitation I received a phone call and an email that I would be opening for Tanya Tucker on Nov 7th and if it wasn’t for that small interaction we wouldn’t be on our way to meet such a huge icon in country music. For tickets to the show please follow this link.

https://www.ticketmaster.ca/tanya-tucker-tickets/artist/772429 

Finally catching a break  

Growing up in St.Paul the nearest casino to us is situated on the Cold Lake First Nation Reserve proudly  called Casino Dene. I have been trying to get my foot in the door to play the casino circuit and to my surprise there was a band cancellation that lead up to myself being asked to play a weekend on Sept 19th-21st. I called the b 

oys up (my band “chief & council”) and told them that “we are in” and “we need to pack the casino with all of our family and friends so that my debut goes well so we will at least get a call back.” 

I have watched some of the best bands, and artists in Canada come through Casino Dene,  and I felt like once I reach that stage I know that in my music career.... I have made it. People like my mentor Duane Steele have played there, Sweet Tequila, Cadillac Black,Just the Boys, Country Fyre, Endless Drive, Last Minute, just to name a few ..... are some of the bands that I look up to and admire for their musical abilities and talents. I knew that one day I would be able to play, and even if it was just one night or for one weekend I would be happy knowing I at least got to play one of my favourite stages for entertainment in the Lakeland.  

Well guess what? I’m excited to announce that we will be back on Oct 26th for a night of heart pounding country, along with some toe tapping fiddle, 90s heartfelt country along with some original music and blues that you won’t want to miss. We have one of Canada’s top fiddle players joining us and you may have heard of Alex Kusturok brings a unique old metis style, mixed with his own flavour that makes songs like Big John McNeil and the Red River Jig impossible to sit down to. Be sure to keep an eye out for a battle during Orange Blossom Special where Donny Anaquod lead guitar player for “Chief & Council” takes on Alex Kusturok in a head to head duel over who can play lead to that song the best. This makes 1 night of music a night you won’t forget. Here is a link for the event so set yourself a reminder. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/667361337118668/?ti=icl 

Finally catching a break 

Jarrid Lee 

 

Paying it forward 

In all my years of being around music I have never heard anything quite like the sound that this homeless man makes, I was featured on CBC news recently with a story that will quite make your heart flutter, eyes water, and will be sure to leave a nice lump in your throat. Get ready to meet my new friend Mr. Myles Haley.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/act-of-kindness-gets-saskatoon-homeless-man-back-in-tune-1.5226768?fbclid=IwAR2hJgiTyagDNoiwekMbf9ge5rxEuvTyzIMAX5TMwK3oCMe7diRIBN8mHwY

Jarrid Lee opens up for Tom Cochrane on Canada Day 

The third annual Nakota Strong Music Festival was held July 1 at the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation. It featured headliner Tom Cochrane and the Red Rider, Jarrid Lee, DJ Kookum, Antoine Edwards and an AC/DC Tribute Band. 

There was a barbecue and Karaoke contest, bouncy house, cotton candy, popcorn and T-shirts for all the kids.

Check out the story credit going to Windspeaker.

https://windspeaker.com/gallery/nakota-strong-music-festival?fbclid=IwAR1BYGKiYzWz8OPeh1Dq3cOGC5DZrbOMMdXIM2Lw870yu6B8V4faFgXvMeQ

Small town official release 

Hey membership:

In June of 2018, country radio station from Regina 620 CKRM held a contest where contestants submitted a song and would then play live at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in hopes of making it to the main stage at Craven's Country Thunder Music Festival.

There was 12 contestants and the top 3 would be opening up for Root & Boots ( Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin, Colin Raye) Jess Moskaluke, Midland, and Luke Bryan during the final day July 15th of Craven's music festival.

The top 3 acts were Tayler Tauchuk, Jarrid Lee, and The Emerald Greene Duo, however it was there that the 620 CKRM radio station awarded Jarrid with an award that best captured life in Saskatchewan called the "Spirit of Saskatchewan" songwriters award for the hit song "Small Town."

The song "Small Town" was inspired by how life was growing up for Jarrid, and the song will officially be released on MAY 5TH 2019 to Canadian Radio, Indigenous Radio, Canadian Country Radio Stations, and will be available for sale on HERE as well as other avenues of distribution in the very near future. 

Stay tuned for the very highly anticipated EP Album to be released in the summer of 2019.

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  • shelley

    shelley kehewin

    Hi Jarrid, we are coming to watch you at dene this weekend

    Hi Jarrid, we are coming to watch you at dene this weekend

  • Vag

    Vag Saskatchewan

    Keep that aim set high, brutha, proud of ya!

    Keep that aim set high, brutha, proud of ya!