Hurtin' Albertans en route to Chilliwack

Corb Lunds plays in Chilliwack on May 8. - Submitted
Corb Lunds plays in Chilliwack on May 8.
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“We’re working our way up the coast,” says Canadian country star Corb Lund, calling from California. “We’ll be there soon!”

Lund and his band of Hurtin’ Albertans will be hitting a Chilliwack stage next week, playing at the Cultural Centre on May 8.

They’ve toured across Canada countless times, but this is the first time the band has plans to stop in Chilliwack.

“The Lower Mainland is always a good time,” he says with a laugh.

Overall, they’ll be in B.C. for a little under a week—stopping in Chilliwack, Kelowna and Kamloops, but also smaller cities like Williams Lake, Salmon Arm and Nelson.

“Sometimes we play for 60 people, and sometimes we play for 5,000,” Lund says.

No matter where they play, this tour promises to be a steady mix of old and new. Lund says they’ve taken an interactive approach to setlist creation: if you tweet a request the night before, or hold up a poster with your favourite song title at the concert, the band might just play it.

“We’ve been doing a lot of requests. I don’t use a setlist,” he says. “We just sort of make it up, so every night’s a little different.

“It keeps it interesting. It keeps us on our toes.”

And Lund says they’ll add another album to their repertoire in the very near future: Counterfeit Blues drops this June, recorded in Memphis at the same studio where Elvis got his start. It was a return to the basics; leaving Auto-Tune and other digital manipulation tools behind, the result is something “more organic and honest.”

In the meantime, the band is working their way through California and looks forward to returning to the B.C. stage.

“It’s been a while since we played in B.C.,” Lund concludes, “and it’s always a good time.”

w Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans play at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8. Tickets are $42.70, and are available online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, at 604-391-7469, or through the Cultural Centre box office on Corbould street.

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