Summer rocks with Cousin Harley in Spirit Square

Kicking Horse Culture has announced the first show in their Summer Kicks series.

Cousin Harley

Cousin Harley

Kicking Horse Culture has announced the first show in their Summer Kicks series. Cousin Harley, also known as Paul Pigat, will be opening the Spirit Square concert series on June 19.

Bringing the same rockabilly swagger that he did during the Civic Centre grand opening at the end of 2011, Pigat will be returning to Golden with his band to crank up the energy.

In many ways, it’s a mystery why Paul Pigar isn’t a household name yet. Maybe he’d be a lot easier to pin down if he wasn’t so darn good at so many different things.

This unassuming Vancouver native has quietly compiled a list of credits that would be the envy of anyone in the music business. Whether he’s playing a searing solo to elevate the soaring vocals of a traditional gospel rave up from The Sojourners, or flying in to support Jakob Dylan at a showcase in New York, Pigat’s singular dedication and peerless work ethic have earned him a growing respect within music’s inner circles.

“Cousin Harley’s been my main project for 12 or 13 years now, and people think it’s easy to play rockabilly, but nothing could be farther from the truth. Everyone has to be on board fro the first note or it just doesn’t work,” he said.

Cousin Harley released a brand new album last month entitled B’Hiki Bop, which is also their first all-instrumental recording.

The 12 original tracks bring classic western swing, hotrod country, surf, psychobilly, lounge, and westcoast jump blues all together.

The all-ages free concert in Spirit Square will kick off a summer of great music. Check back in the Golden Star to see more upcoming shows in the Summer Kicks series.