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Tim Isberg coming home with new album for concert at Fort Macleod Arts Building

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Singer-songwriter Tim Isberg returns to his home town Sept. 10 to perform at the Fort Macleod Arts Building.

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Tim Isberg is releasing his new album ‘Tears Along the Road.’

Tim Isberg comes home to Fort Macleod on the next leg of his transition from soldier to singer-songwriter.
Isberg will perform songs from his new album Tears Along the Road during a concert at the Fort Macleod Arts Building at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10.
Isberg is coming back to Fort Macleod for the high school reunion Sept. 11-13, and arranged the house concert as part of the trip.
A graduate of F.P. Walshe school — and former student council president — Isberg left Fort Macleod years ago to pursue a career in the Canadian Armed Forces.
That career took Isberg to many of the world’s trouble spots, and when he wasn’t on duty Isberg was a regular performer in coffee houses and other venues.
Now Isberg is moving into the next phase of his life and pursuing a life-long dream of being a full-time musician.
“I’m interested in making good music,” Isberg said. “This is a huge transition for me. I’m trying to leave the army into a new lifestyle that I want to do. It’s a lifestyle that will not afford me a living necessarily, but for me this is something I’ve been waiting a long time to actually go do.”
“I love entertaining. As long as I’m having fun and I break even in some way, I hope to do it for a long time.”
Isberg decided that releasing an album of his own songs was a key step in the transition.
Tears Along the Road was produced by Juno award-winning producer and engineer Miles Wilkinson with contributions from award-winning musicians such as Stewart MacDougall, Mike Lent, Gord Matthews, Sandro Dominelli, Thom Moon, Kristin Wilkinson and Jeff Bradshaw.
“I am very happy with the product,” Isberg said. “It’s really good, and I’m really happy. I did the best that I could at the time that I did it. We all did, as musicians, which made it fun and good as well. These are people who wanted to be part of this project, wanted to be a part of my project. They like me, they like the songs, they like the music, and that meant a lot to me.”
“That feeling of camaraderie and excitement in a way is in that album. You can hear it through the performances and the back-up vocals. It’s exciting.”
Isberg wrote all the songs for Tears Along the Road, getting help on a couple from Stewart MacDougall, who has written for artists such as Randy Travis and k.d. lang.
“I wrote some in a short period of time, specific for this album, and others I’ve had for a while,” Isberg said. “One song in particular (Dreams) I’ve had for a long time. I just never finished it, I never really played it. It’s been decades I’ve had that song sitting in the dust and I dug it out and finished it up and it turned out to be a pretty good song.”
Dreams, along with another ballad titled Closer Back to Me feature violins, cello and viola arranged by Kristen Wilkinson, who lives in Nashville, writes movie scores and has been on the Grammy awards.
“That was important because it spoke to the fact the songs seemed worthy,” Isberg said of Wilkinson agreeing to work on Tears Along the Road. “She made those songs go to a different level.”
Devil On Your Back is a song about wrongs committed on a Blackfoot maiden being avenged, and speaks to Isberg’s roots in Fort Macleod and his interest in local history.
“That song was inspired one night sitting around a campfire at Writing On Stone Provincial Park. It just got me thinking what life might have been like 150 years ago, before the arrival of the North West Mounted Police.”
Devil On Your Back was a finalist for Best Song of Alberta at the Calgary Folk Music Festival.
Tears Along the Road is a nod to the close to three decades Isberg spent in the Canadian Forces in war-torn countries.
“When you’re on patrol in a place like Afghanistan you put on a brave face and go out but when you’re in that body armour you’re a little more vulnerable than what it might appear to be,” Isberg said. “The song is written from the perspective that it’s a bit nerve-wracking and stressful to walk on patrol, not knowing what’s on the road and waiting for you.”
“We’ve all lost a lot of people along those roads and the thought struck me there’s been a lot of tears along those road. The next logical step is that’s all that’s left of you is the tears you leave along the road.”
Isberg will officially release Tears Along the Road on Oct. 4 at The Yardbird Suite in Edmonton.
The title track from Tears Along the Road will be released across Canada later this fall.
Isberg did a short tour in B.C. this summer in advance of the album, and plans to tour southern Alberta extensively following the record’s release.
Isberg hopes to make the Empress Theatre one of his stops on that tour.
Tears Along the Road will be on sale Sept. 10 during the concert at the Fort Macleod Arts Building.
Isberg is looking forward to performing in the intimate confines of the Fort Macleod Arts Building.
“I’m a bit of a story-teller in my music,” Isberg said. “That part of the show is important to me.”
Doors open at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10. Admission is by donation.