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Concert at Trinity United Chuch in Fort Macleod salutes country music legends

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Country Blend will perform Monday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity United Church. Front: Evelyn Ramage and Dianne Lodge. Back: Gordy Lindquist, Henry Martens and Cyn Lodge.

The music of the legends of country music comes to Fort Macleod on Monday, Nov. 16.
Trinity United Church is hosting a concert featuring Country Blend, a band from southern Manitoba that specializes in traditional country music and gospel songs.
“We have had them in the past and people really enjoyed them,” Rev. Eras Van Zyl said.
Proceeds from the concert go to Trinity United Church projects and the Fort Macleod Handibus Society.
The 7:30 p.m. concert at the church has the theme “A Tribute to the Legends of Country Music.”
Country Blend started touring in November 2004, presenting two-hour concerts of traditional country music and country gospel
Each member of the band comes from a farming community background and has years of experience in music.
Dianne Lodge, who farms south of Belmont, Man., sings lead and harmony and plays bass guitar.
Evelyn Ramage, who farms south of Manitou, Man., sings lead and harmony.
Gordy (Crazy Fingers) Lindquist lives in the Turtle Mountains north of Bottineau, North Dakota and plays piano.
Henry Martens, who lives in Baldur, Man., sings lead and plays bass and rhythm guitar.
Cyn Lodge farms south of Belmont, Man. and plays drums and is also the group’s manager.
Country Blend also has concerts this month at Lethbridge, High Prairie and Falun, Alta, as well as Livelong, Sask.
Country Blend has recorded eight albums, including “You’re The Reason,” “Christmas With Country Blend,” “Gospel Favourites,” “Loving You,” “Remembering Country Women,” “A Tribute to Hank Williams Jr.,” “Remind Me, Dear Lord” and “Someone Like You.”
Lindquist has also released the albums “Green Green Grass of Home” and “Somewhere My Love” with Martens and Ken Lodge.
Since Country Blend was new and not well-known when it was formed, the band decided on a unique approach to marketing.
They play for a percentage of the gate and leave the rest to the host organization as a fund-raiser.
Tickets are available at Mereski Jewelers, the church office and at the door.

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