‘Surreal hillbilly’ singer brings solo tour to the Vat

His name is Petunia, but this country-swing troubadour is no shrinking violet. The Vancouver-based “surreal hillbilly” singer, who sometimes performs with his band The Vipers, is on a solo tour that stops on Tuesday at The Vat in Red Deer.

His name is Petunia, but this country-swing troubadour is no shrinking violet.

The Vancouver-based “surreal hillbilly” singer, who sometimes performs with his band The Vipers, is on a solo tour that stops on Tuesday at The Vat in Red Deer.

The performer billed as “Canada’s undiscovered treasure” was raised in rural Quebec and went on to play street corners across North America before becoming a full-fledged touring musician with an album to promote.

Petunia and his band released a self-titled CD with ferocious screams, yodels and a swing-flavoured ragtime sound that made at least one music critics muse whether it’s the Vancouver roots music release of the year.

On his solo tour of Alberta, the singer promises to “serenade the sweethearts and jitterbug the dancers,” and otherwise create a memorable, can’t-miss show.

For more information about the Petunia concert at The Vat, call 403-346-5636.