VICKI ARNDT – GAZETTE CONTRIBUTOR
Tim Hus and His Travelin’ Band open the 2013-’14 Centre Stage Concert Series on Sept. 20-21 at the Empress Theatre.
Hus, whose music has been aptly dubbed “Canadiana Cowboy Music,” is a Canadian country-folk singer and songwriter based out of Calgary and originally from Nelson, B.C.
Hus’s music has taken him coast-to-coast and beyond performing at 200 plus shows a year with his band.
Bull fiddler Riley Tubbs and lead guitar and fiddle player Billy MacInnis will perform alongside Hus at the Empress shows.
Hus’s fresh, foot stompin’, two-steppin’ style music tells of the tales of the Wild West culture and the rough and tough characters who created it.
From gunslingers, rum runners, farmers and oil riggers to ranchers, loggers and gamblers, this artist sings about it all in a uniquely Canadian and Tim Hus way.
Hus is set to release his sixth album titled Western Star with Stony Plains Records/Warner Music on Sept. 10.
The album is produced by Grammy Award-winning Harry Stinson of Marty Stuart’s Fabulous Superlatives.
The Empress Theatre presents Hus as part of his CD release tour.
All 12 songs, with titles like Halifax Blues, Wild Rose Waltz and Gravel Pit Song on the new album were written and composed by Hus.
Once again, the artist who is said to have “a song list as long as a Saskatchewan fence line” puts all his energy and star quality talent into songs about Canada.
The CD cover photo features Hus at the Empress Theatre, making it a must have album of the year for Fort Macleod and southern Alberta residents. Hus did a photo shoot in 2012 at the Empress Theatre for the CD.
Hus is a Canadian through and through and caught the attention of the late country-folk singer-songwriter Stompin’ Tom Connors.
Hus and His Travelin’ Band were the last to tour with Connors during extensive tour dates back in 2009-’10.
Connors made his appreciation for Hus’s song writing well-known during their time together and expressed openly to his fans and friends that he was passing on his musical torch to Hus.
Hus has also worked closely with his good pal and country artist Corb Lund and the legendary Ian Tyson, who were both featured on Hus’s fifth album Hockeytown.
Tickets are available at www.empresstheatre.ab.ca or by calling 1-800-540-9229.
Centre Stage Concert Series subscriptions are on sale until Sept. 15.
Subscriptions include six concerts featuring great artists including three-time Juno Award-winning folk singer-songwriter Connie Kaldor and the fast-paced music of award-winning P.E.I. bluegrass group Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys. Subscriptions are available by calling 1-800-540-9229.