Release Date: Jul 1, 2014
Record label: New West
Genre(s): Country, Rockabilly, Americana, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Country, Neo-Traditionalist Country, Honky Tonk, Country Blues, Truck Driving Country, Country Boogie
In his native Canada, Southern Alberta songwriter Corb Lund has a pair of Gold records and has won 12 Juno awards. On Counterfeit Blues, his eighth studio offering -- and third for New West -- Lund and his Hurtin' Albertans dig through their early Canadian catalog to offer a twist on the greatest-hits record. They re-recorded well-known cuts from 2002's Five Dollar Bill and 2006's Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer over two nights, absolutely live from the floor without overdubs at Memphis' Sun Studios.
Corb Lund might just be Alberta's best export since k.d. Lang. Lund's unpretentious country music has been topping charts and stealing hearts for over a decade now, and while there's no shortage of musical prowess in his band (Kurt Ceisla on bass, Brady Valgardson on drums, and Grant Siemens on guitar and lap steel), it's Lund's perfectly crafted story songs that make this music stand out.
Corb Lund, the former Canadian punk rocker turned roots country singer, is back with his eighth record and has settled into a comfortable, stripped down grove with a little lap steel thrown in for good measure. On his latest, he’s boasting a rockabilly vibe here and there, (most prominent on the song “Big Butch Bass Bull Fiddle”), and that’s probably a result of Lund and team taking up temporary residency in Sun Studios to make this one. It was recorded live off the floor, a style cribbed from Sun vets like Elvis and Johnny Cash, which gives Counterfeit Blues a more immediate feel.