A band from the tiny town of Wells, BC is coming to entertain in both Field and Golden next week.
National Treasure is a collaboration between Edmonton’s Jesse Dee and Jacquie B, and Toronto’s “no man ory”. The band is a rock ensemble that draws inspiration from country, jazz, folk, rock, blues, reggae, and R&B into something they call vintage cream.
And what exactly does “vintage cream” mean? In the frustrating world of trying to define your music in just a few words, Jacquie B doesn’t have an easy answer, but it goes something like this:
“We were trying to describe our sound in flavours and textures. We thought of our group as that vintage cream-y colour that is a white that’s gone slightly yellow,” she said, explaining that the band is often “making the old new”.
The core of the National Treasure met in 2007 at the North Country Fair in Alberta, and struck a common chord of friendship and musicianship which has seen them collaborate, create, and tour all across the country.
The group made its formal debut in the summer of 2010 playing at Canada’s largest Canada Day celebration to more than 50,000 people. The band was also featured at numerous Western Canadian festivals; opening the ArtsWells Festival in their hometown, and inaugurating the first Music on the Mountain festival in Fort St. John. BC.
Blending innumerable styles and influences—everything from Van Morrison to Sarah Harmer— the band performs with guitars, keyboards, drums, percussion, accordion, harmonica, bass and three-piece harmonies.
National Treasure has spent the first part of the winter making and recording music in the little town of Wells, which has a population of around 100 in the colder months of the year.
“You really do get to know each other in this town,” said Jacqui B.
Jesse Dee and Jacquie B have performed in Golden and Field several times before and are looking forward to playing in the Kootenays once again. National Treasure will play at Truffle Pigs Bistro on Thursday, February 24th and at the Golden Taps Pub on Friday, February 25th.