Front Porch Roots Revue (photo submitted).

Front Porch Roots Revue draws inspiration from four decades of music

Edmonton group performs on May 13 in Red Deer

Fans will be treated to some “powerful” music with meaning when Front Porch Roots Revue performs next week in Red Deer.

The Edmonton-based group — made up of Gord Matthews, Ron Rault, Thom Moon and David “Crawdad” Cantera — has performed a variety of shows across Western Canada — with many centring on the seminal music of the 1950s-1970s.

Although the group has many original tunes in its repertoire — including from the group’s latest album, Sugar Cube — the musicians have also toured Alberta performing the music of Levon Helm and The Band, including songs from The Last Waltz.

Front Porch Roots Revue musicians have done other ‘theme’ shows, as well, focusing on influential songs from the early country-rock era — including tunes by Waylon Jennings, The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Buffalo Springfield.

This time around, the four musicians will perform a sampling from all of the above when they play on Saturday, May 13, at the Elk’s Lodge.

“We’ll be incorporating music… encompassing four decades, said the group’s bassist/vocalist Ron Rault.

Fans will hear everything from Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash), to Hot Rod Lincoln (Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen), to Up on Cripple Creek (The Band), as well as original Revue tunes such as Eye of the Hurricane.

That the four musicians still gravitate towards ’60s and ’70s music is no surprise, since the era was formative for them. But it goes beyond nostalgia for Rault.

“There’s so much seminal material from the era,” he said. “It’s this great cannon of music… (and) it still speaks to me, powerfully, because of how much is being said in these songs” — from the mysticism of The Weight to the world-weariness of The Shape I’m In (both by The Band).

He believes music from this era continues to resonate with younger generations who can relate to its honesty and lyrical themes about “larger issues” in the human experience.

Edmonton-born bassist (and older brother to CKUA host Lionel Rault) admitted he was as much of a “searcher” as many ’60s kids. “I was a gypsy, hippy, itinerant musician, who was looking for the truth, wherever it took me. I travelled all over North America before having a family made it harder to work from gig to gig…”

His children are now grown and his youngest daughter is into music — but she’s taken up the cello and performs with classical orchestras.

“When I ask her if she’ll play with me, she says, ‘I don’t play rock ‘n’ roll, Dad!’” he recalled, with a wry chuckle. “I thought… was it something I said?”

Rault and the other musicians say they are “thrilled” to be returning to play for Red Deer music lovers, who have been loyal to the band over the years.

For more information, or tickets to the show, please visit centralmusicfest.com.

lmichelin@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Rough sleepers keep city staff busy even in winter

The cost of removing homeless camps discovered in remote natural areas in… Continue reading

Former prison employee pleads guilty to role in inmate escape

Corrections Canada employee smuggled cash into prison for inmate who later escaped

Gesundheit! Stifling a sneeze can cause injuries in rare cases, experts say

TORONTO — With cases of flu continuing to rise in Canada, there’s… Continue reading

‘Reprehensible’: Trudeau abortion policy raises ire of U.S. right

WASHINGTON — In what’s almost certainly a first in the lengthy history… Continue reading

WATCH: Rebels play floor hockey with Annie L. Gaetz students

The Rebels may be on a losing streak but they were definitely… Continue reading

Beer Canada calls on feds to axe increasing beer tax as consumption trends down

OTTAWA — A trade association for Canada’s beer industry wants the federal… Continue reading

Central Albertans recall Hawaii’s false missile alert

Former Red Deer councillor Paul Harris was hanging out at the Ka’anapali… Continue reading

This robotic maid takes us one step closer to ‘The Jetsons’

Imagine this: You’re rushing to get ready for work — juggling emails,… Continue reading

Milan line offers canine couture for pampered pooches

Milan has long been the world’s ready-to-wear fashion leader. Now, dogs are… Continue reading

Kim Kardashian West and husband Kanye welcome baby girl

NEW YORK — It’s a girl for Kim Kardashian West and her… Continue reading

Advocate poll takers oppose plastic bag ban

Red Deer Advocate readers like their plastic bags. In an Advocate poll,… Continue reading

Photo: Chilly work in Veterans’ Park

What a chilly job but somebody has to do it.… Continue reading

Boy, 15, one of three hit in Vancouver shooting

Police believe a man in his 20s was the target of the shooting

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month