Saturday, 20 February 2021

Gordie West - My Calgary Home

There was great debate in the CCPS offices about whether to label this tape as Miscellany, as it wasn't recorded (or released?) anywhere near Calgary. But it looks like Gordie West was born and raised near Calgary, and returned here in the 90s after spending the late 70s and 80s in the UK - where we think this tape is from. 

West bills himself as the Calgary Cowboy, and this tape shows why - while he's playing the tunes of country legends like Wilf Carter and Gene Autry (with a few of West's own tunes in the mix), he's managed to find a pile of songs that, well, reference Calgary. Which we totally appreciate - keep an eye out here in coming weeks/months for dives into both Calgary-themed songs AND songs that exploit the Calgary Stampede. The odd part of this is the amount of chorus pedal on the electric guitars.


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