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Russell DeCarle with Paul Pigat and Steve Briggs

October 27, 2019 /7:30 pm 10:00 pm

Sunday, October 27, 2019 | 7:30pm

Russell deCarle with Paul Pigat and Steve Briggs
$30 Advance / $35 Door *

It’s late, and the bar is crowded. The music is loud, and people are dancing. The bartender needs a smoke, and you could use a smile, a conversation, a moment of recognition…

But you are alone in this crowd, along with the singer Russell DeCarle. Like him – and his music – you are holding it together with equal measures of heartbreak and hope.

So join Russell; sink into his third album of songs that touch the heart, celebrate the truth, and provide warmth and company in the noise of the crowd.

Alone in this Crowd is the title of Russell deCarle’s third album; it feels like the soundtrack of a movie in the days just before they invented Technicolor.

And, even more than his two previous albums, it may surprise those who remember deCarle as the lead vocalist and bassist of the iconic Canadian country roots band Prairie Oyster. He is no stranger to awards and accolades — his “Oyster years” were rewarded with six Juno Awards, more than a dozen Canadian Country Music Awards and enough gold and platinum records and #1 singles to fill a living room wall.

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.

True to form, Alone in this Crowd offers a fluent collection of songs that mix southern soul and restrained balladry, with obvious touches of jazz, blues, old-school country, and western swing.

For some artists, the urge to make solo records asserts itself almost as soon as they start to gain attention as part of a successful band. Not so for deCarle: “For decades people were asking for a solo record,” he says, “but I never thought I was ready and the band always satisfied the musical part of my life.”

But that was then and this is now.

This third record is a perfect example of what you get when you hear this artist live – in a club, in a concert hall, or at a festival.

“I want people to be emotionally invested in these songs, whether I wrote them or whether they were created by others,” he says. “If they touched audiences in some way – well, that would be the best thing that could happen.”

It’s his personal objective whenever he performs. “I’m a music lover first and foremost — a product of all the stuff I’ve ever listened to – and my tastes are very broad.”

“To me, this is a torchy, bluesy record more than anything else. And I know in my heart that it’s something that people who hear it will understand immediately….” – Richard Flohil

website: https://russelldecarle.com/
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsTCBRby834

Paul Pugat
“I think it is unlikely that I’ll review a better CD than “Jukin’” this year. It’s simply terrific and virtually every track is a highlight. Pigat is a ballsy, confident vocalist, at home equally with the forceful rockabilly that accounts for half of the CD, a trio of more laid back Western Swing tunes, a couple of unusual covers and the collection’s only slow ballad, “Louisa”. His lead guitar is stunning and the generous breaks bristle with invention and at times are lightning fast.” – Harry Dodds, Now Dig This magazine (UK)

“Cousin Harley plays a mean guitar” – Michael Kissinger, Pier magazine

“This collection could fit into any of Quentin Tarantino’s films… if you get a chance to hear Cousin Harley, you will dig it!” – Monte Nordstrom, Cosmic Debris

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October 27, 2019
7:30 pm 10:00 pm


Hughs Room
2261 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6R 1X6 Canada
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