Country singer Dean Brody wasn’t shy about wearing his patriotism on his sleeve and waving the red and white for more than 3

Country singer Dean Brody wasn’t shy about wearing his patriotism on his sleeve and waving the red and white for more than 3

Proud Canadian Brody pleases at Westerner

It wasn’t Canada Day on Saturday night — but it might as well have been.

It wasn’t Canada Day on Saturday night — but it might as well have been.

Country singer Dean Brody wasn’t shy about wearing his patriotism on his sleeve and waving the red and white for more than 3,200 of his fervent fans during Westerner Days at Red Deer’s Centrium.

Not only did Brody prompt an audience singalong of O Canada, he preceded the anthem with his heart-felt Brothers, a choke-you-up tune about saying goodbye to a Canadian soldier.

Then he wrapped up with his No. 1 hit, Canadian Girls, in praise of outdoorsy women who can fish, skate and appreciate hockey.

The audience went nuts for the 37-year-old Nova Scotia resident, who came across as an affable guy in sunglasses, check shirt and cowboy hat.

His stage presence was laid-back, occasionally to the point of languidness.

But just when you thought he’d stand with his guitar forever, Brody would do a little jig, or bounce up and down to shake things up a bit.

When the wild and crazies really struck, he’d walk along the aisles, shaking hand with his mostly young fans — a few of whom would hand him things and wave signs of adoration.

“I’ve seen the Canadian flag in a bunch of cool places,” said Brody, who explained that some were less appropriate than others (one involved a drunken woman wearing a Canadian flag bikini that rode up her backside).

“Nothing makes me prouder than when I see (the flag) on a uniform,” he added — “especially on a soldier fighting for our country overseas. ”

The audience applause to this statement was deafening — indicating that Brody clearly knows his crowd.

Saturday night’s concert evoked a lot of sentimental country imagery — from front porches and picnics in apple orchards, to listening to grandma’s advice by the river bank.

There were lots of songs about driving along dirt roads — and even a song called Dirt.

It all might have come across as cloying and contrived if not for Brody’s earnestness and likability.

In his intro to his moving song Trail in Life, the singer spoke about the regret all of us feel at some point for friendships or romances that felt like they would last forever, but are now history.

Brody mentioned college buddies he hadn’t seen in years and his first girlfriend who vanished into past. “I hope she’s doin’ good . . . ”

While it’s been famously said that life is more about the journey than the destination, he added, most of the journey involves “the people we travel that road with.” He dedicated Trail in Life to old friends.

Body went on to perform a series of poignant tunes, along with his talented four-piece band, including Underneath the Apple Trees, about being hopeful about finding love, Bob Marley, about staying cool, and The Porch, about seeking forgiveness after a romantic blow-out.

The B.C.-born singer admitted he was having a hard time being upbeat, since he buried his dog Boo just three days ago. “These little four-legged little creatures get a part of your heart and don’t let go.”

“I love you!” shouted a supportive fan, prompting a smiling Brody to respond, “I love you too!”

He managed to quicken the tempo for light-hearted covers of Tom Petty’s Yer So Bad and Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds (Don’t Worry).

And Brody delivered rousing renditions of his rollicking Maritime-flavoured hit, It’s Friday, and his tongue-in-cheek comical ditty That’s Your Cousin, about “not swimming in the same gene pool.”

His energetic Roll That Barrel tune got Brody stomping his foot to the beat. And fans sang along to Dirt Road Scholar and Little Yellow Blanket, and tapped their toes to People Know You By Your First Name.

By the time Brody ended the concert with his encore performance of Nowhere U.S.A., a few audience members had been step dancing at the back of the Centrium.

Not bad for a guy who didn’t think he had much ‘upbeat’ in him.

lmichelin@bprda.wpengine.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Ben King scores for the Red Deer Rebels during the third period of a Western Hockey League game against the Calgary Hitmen at the Westerner Park Centrium Saturday. (Photo by Rob Wallator/Red Deer Rebels)
Rebels complete comeback to pick up first win of season

Rebels 3 Hitmen 2 (OT) The Red Deer Rebels were able to… Continue reading

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Red Deer dips below 300 active COVID-19 cases

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Red Deer continued to drop… Continue reading

Lyn Radford, 2019 Canada Winter Games board chair, was named 2020 Sport Event Volunteer of the Year at the Prestige Awards. (File photo by Advocate staff)
WATCH: Lyn Radford wins award for volunteer efforts

The board chair of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer… Continue reading

Mount Pearl Senior High in Mount Pearl, N.L., remains closed on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The provincial health authority says there were 185 cases at 22 schools, including 145 infections among staff and students of one high school in Mount Pearl that was an early epicentre of the outbreak. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Daly
In Newfoundland and Labrador, three ingredients made for explosive COVID-19 outbreak

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — With her classes, three part-time jobs and a… Continue reading

A passenger places a tag on luggage at the departure terminal at Toronto Pearson Airport, in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, May 24, 2019. The economic and life disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many recent immigrants to leave Canada and return to their countries of origin, where they have more social and familial connections. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
COVID-19 pandemic prompts recent newcomers to leave Canada for their home countries

OTTAWA — The economic and life disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic… Continue reading

Rail cars wait for pickup in Winnipeg, Sunday, March 23, 2014. The fierce debate over cross-border pipelines is putting more Canadian oil and gas on trains destined for the United States — a country experts fear is ill-equipped for the potential consequences. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
As debate rages over cross-border pipelines, U.S. analysts brace for more oil by rail

WASHINGTON — The fierce debate over cross-border pipelines is putting more Canadian… Continue reading

Pictures and notes in from friends and classmates make up a memorial in support and memory of Aubrey Berry, 4, and her sister Chloe, 6, during a vigil held at Willows Beach in Oak Bay, B.C., on December 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Mother of slain daughters supports recent changes to Canada’s Divorce Act

VICTORIA — Legal experts and a mother whose ex-partner was convicted of… Continue reading

Radio and television personality Dick Smyth is shown in an undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
Dick Smyth, Canadian maestro of news radio commentary, dies at 86

TORONTO — Radio and television personality Dick Smyth, whose booming commentary filled… Continue reading

Walter Gretzky father of hockey hall-of-famer Wayne Gretzky waves to fans as the Buffalo Sabres play against the Toronto Maple Leafs during third period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Funeral for Walter Gretzky to be held Saturday in home town of Brantford, Ont.

The funeral for hockey legend Wayne Gretzky’s father Walter will take place… Continue reading

A sign for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service building is shown in Ottawa on May 14, 2013. A newly released audit report shows that difficulties with the judicial warrant process at Canada's spy agency — an issue that made headlines last summer — stretch back at least nine years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Spy warrant shortcomings stretch back almost a decade, newly released audit shows

OTTAWA — A newly released audit report shows that difficulties with the… Continue reading

In this file photo, a lotto Max ticket is shown in Toronto on Monday Feb. 26, 2018. (By THE CANADIAN PRESS)
No winning ticket for Friday night’s Lotto Max jackpot

TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the estimated $29 million… Continue reading

Most Read