March 2018 – Spitzee Post Band @ The Cave

The Spitzee Post Band

Opener – Charlie Ewing

Saturday, March 17, 2018

With the love of folk, bluegrass, old timey, and killer new grass the “pied pipers” of High River Alberta have been on a quest to put energy and fun in their music, we like to call “Bluesgrass”! From the Calgary Stampede to festivals all over the west, spreading the love of music. Come give us a listen !

Some of the best things in life are formed from disaster. Such is the case with The Spitzee Post Band, formed in High River Alberta, in the year of the great flood of 2013, when the music was washed away. A bunch of town musicians found that the music was still there. So after drying off the music, the only place left to play was the Sptizee Post bar in town , and what a fitting name for the band “Spitzee” ( native for Higher Ground).

Each of the songwriting band members bring different influences into the band’s music. The band’s mandolinist and lead singer Joe Gore says, “I love David Francey’s song writing, I love John Gorka’s song writing and I’d say my idol for song writing over the years has been Chris Stapleton. I was a huge fan of his writing even before he was with the Steeldrivers. I’m also a fan of Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle too.”

The band’s initial repertoire was drawn from the music that influenced Gore which was mostly cutting edge bluegrass by bands like the Steeldrivers, the Seldom Scene and the Del McCoury Band. Now the band is writing their own music and exploring different directions in song writing.

Gore talks about the necessity of finding a balance between cover tunes and original songs for a band. He points out, “You have to do what you have to do to get your songs heard, so if that means playing a few of someone else’s, that’s what you have to do!  However, you still get to choose the music that you cover.”

The band is in the process of recording a new CD that Gore describes as a cross between folk music and the music of bands like the New Grass Revival, The Seldom Scene and the Steeldrivers. He adds, “The songs are life stories that talk about where you came from, your relationships or the job that you just lost.  It’s covering life from all sides.”

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