There is no other artist quite like singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith. To find out for yourself, check him out at the Golden Taps on July 19.
Since his first album in 1980, he has forged his own distinctive and highly independent career path to acclaim and accomplishments, and built a timeless catalogue of songs and recordings as well as a devoted following.
Possessed of a spirit closer to the vaudeville travelling company than the packaged glitz of today’s music business, Eaglesmith and his band are rolling on into 2013. With more than 40 dates in the first part of the year, Eaglesmith’s touring experience often features impromptu stops, campground jam sessions, and other gloriously unmanaged expressions of entertainment.
“What we’re really doing is reminding people that before the business took everything over, rock and roll was all about colouring outside the lines,” said Eaglesmith. “It was a movement – an escape and an alternative to everything we were all being told we had to do. The best moment in any show is when I see that understanding dawn on someone’s face… when they realize that truth and start to really feel that freedom again.”
Eaglesmith has gained iconic status in Canada for his alternative country songs, featuring down-and-out characters dealing with loss of love or livelihood, and quirky rural folk.
His one-of-a-kind performances feature his music, set between several lengthy between-song comic monologues by Eaglesmith himself.
He has developed a cult following, with dedicated fans known as “Fredheads.”
Tickets for the show, also featuring The Coal Creek Boys, are $35 and are available at the Golden Taps.
For more information go to www.fredeaglesmith.com.