Review: Corb Lund and The Hurtin' Albertans sooth Cowichan's country desires

Country-crooner Corb Lund and his Hurtin
Country-crooner Corb Lund and his Hurtin' Albertans punched out a bunch of country tunes for Wednesday's jammed Cowichan Theatre.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

Corb Lund hauled a ton of country-song styles to a packed Cowichan Theatre Wednesday, proving the rollicking genre is way more than twang.

The stage for Lund and his Hurtin' Albertans was well warmed by yarn-spinning cowboy Ridley Bent and fret phenom Chris Dunn.

Sporting a trademark black Stetson, Bent spent five tunes strumming stellar stories spanning his haunting Suicidewinder, and vengeful Who's The Devil Now?, to his ode to recently departed George Jones during Mama Take Me Home.

Dunn was the perfect sideman, laying back and letting Bent do the lyrical work — reminiscent of Pat Temple and Fred J. Eaglesmith — until called upon for lovely picking on his six-string.

Hootin' and hollerin' went full throttle as Lund and his cranked crew banged out a slew of songs coloured in country's various shades of pain and pleasure.

From the shuffle Family Reunion, comical Cows Around, rockabilly Brother Brigham, Brother Young, and southern rocker Getting Down On The Mountain, to western slicker Shine Up My Boots, pain-soaked September, Stompin Tom's Good Ol' Hockey Game, and encore singalong encore Cover of the Rolling Stone, Lund peddled his boisterous brand of farm-boy fun to an appreciative, well-oiled crowd.

Some folks danced front of stage as the set list-less singer gave them what they paid for.

Lund's trio boasted great talent from guitarist-pedal steel-mandolin man Grant (Demon) Siemens, stand-up bassist Kurt Ciesla, and drummer Brady Valgardson.

Yes, SunFest came to early to Cowichan last week through an intimate visit with Bent and Lund.

Now bring on Alan Jackson this summer at the CowEx grounds.

Country music double-bill rating: 9 spurs out of 10.

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