Watch Video: Corb Lund takes you through his exhibit – @calgaryherald
Runs from January 26 – April 28, 2013
The Glenbow Museum, 130 — 9 Avenue S.E. Calgary, Alberta
As Glenbow’s Artist in Residence, songwriter Corb Lund has curated a unique exhibition that is inspired by his music, framed by his interest in Alberta’s history and drawn from Glenbow’s, and his family’s, collections of art, artifacts and historical imagery. Like Corb’s music, this exhibition is a vivid mix of the innovative and traditional, and brings new twists to established Alberta themes.
From gambling to Mormonism, foothills ranching to early prohibition, and the early days of oil drilling to the toils of veterinary medicine on the prairies, No Roads Here: Corb Lund’s Alberta is a personal exploration into the sometimes familiar but often unexpected details of Alberta’s heritage.
Corb Lund is a Juno-winning musician who, together with his band, the Hurtin’ Albertans, has won the hearts of fans across Canada with songs that tell enthralling stories and music that ranges from rockabilly to Western swing, cowboy balladry to country-rock. He is also known to throw in an occasional yodel.
Lund’s own experience of growing up on horseback and raising cattle with his parents and grandparents in southern Alberta’s foothills and prairies was reflected by Glenbow artifacts highlighting Alberta’s rich ranching past. And images of his grandfather, two great uncles and an aunt in Glenbow’s Archives illustrate only a few of the Lund family’s contributions to Alberta’s rodeo history. Lund himself is a fourth-generation cowboy. He rodeoed as a youngster and won his first prize money riding steers at age 10.
Nine songs written by Lund, culled from four of his albums, provided the inspiration for the exhibition. Chosen because they best represent Lund’s unique take on Alberta, its history and its character, each song connects to a larger theme within the exhibition.
The songs that inspired the exhibition:
No Roads Here
Brother Brigham, Brother Young
Buckin’ Horse Rider
A Game In Town Like This
The Truth Comes Out
Little Foothills Heaven
Horse Doctor Come Quick
Roughest Neck Around