Gateway Festival scores Steve Earle, Corb Lund

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The Gateway Festival in Bengough is revving up for their ninth annual event and they have shifted into high gear to head down “Copperhead Road” with a big stop in “Guitar Town”. So Shine Up Your Boats, go into town, scrape up 20 dollars and throw it around Bengough. “It’s time to Switch to Whiskey” folks, Steve Earle & the Dukes and Corb Lund & the Hurtin Albertans are coming to the 2013 Gateway Festival in Bengough.

The Gateway Festival announced their line-up for the 2013 outdoor festival on March 28 with Earle and Lund at the top of the list.

Steve Earle, A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others. 1986 saw the release of his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term “New Country.” What followed was an extremely exciting and varied array of releases including the biting hard rock of Copperhead Road (1988), the minimalist beauty of Train A Comin’ (1995), the politically charged masterpiece, Jerusalem (2002) and the Grammy Award Winning albums The Revolution Starts…Now (2004), Washington Square Serenade (2007) and Townes (2009). I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive (2011) is Steve Earle’s 14th Studio Album and shares the same name with his 2011 debut novel. Of the novel, Patti Smith stated, “Steve Earle brings to his prose the same authenticity, poetic spirit and cinematic energy he projects in his music. I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive is like a dream you can’t shake, offering beauty and remorse, redemption in spades.”

Corb Lund appeared at the first Gateway Festival in 2005, as he was gaining momentum on the Canadian Music scene. He has been busy with the release of his seventh album “Cabin Fever” in the August of 2012. Lund’s website says this about his most recent album, “From a rustic retreat deep in the Rocky Mountain forest, Cabin Fever, Lund’s enthralling new album, evolved from a period of introspection and hard traveling. Just like the prolific Lund’s subjects run the gamut, so do the sonics on the live-sounding long-player, ranging from rockabilly to Western swing, cowboy balladry to country-rock. And, of course, the occasional yodel…”

Rounding out the schedule of the three day event is an eclectic collection of groups including, Yukon Blonde, Blake Berglund, Rah Rah, Shotgun Jimmie, Zachary Lucky, Close Talker, Harlen Pepper, Riva, Def 3 & Factor, Fly Points, Indigo Joseph, The Lazy MKs, The Karpinka Brothers, The Coldest Night Of The Year, The Lonesome Weekends, Jeans Boots, Kiefer, Andino Suns and many more.

Mike Dawson, who took over from Carol Cairns as the new artistic director for the Gateway Festival, said, “I am so sincerely excited about the 2013 festival line up. I don’t even know where to start. Steve Earle is one of my all time favourite musicians and I cannot wait for him to grace his stage. Corb Lund is a prairie institution. Yukon Blonde are such an exciting Canadian rock band right now. They are nominated for a Juno this year and have just toured Canada with The Sheep Dogs. Along with some big name, world class artists we also many new Saskatchewan musicians who are going to make big waves in 2013. Close Talker from Saskatoon, for example, are currently finalists in the national CBC Searchlight contest and receiving high profile coverage on shows like Q. It’s going to be an amazing weekend of music, arts, and culture.”
Dawson was hired in September as the artistic director for a festival that he has played twice at as a member of Library Voices, a Regina pop band. As well as touring with Library Voices and holding down the job as artistic director, Dawson also runs a record company, Young Soul Records, that he launched in 2006. Before joining the festival, Dawson spent five years as artistic director of the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Society.

Tickets are available at Bengough Drugs, Triangle News, Willow Bunch RM Office, Radville Star, Assiniboia Thrifty Foods, Weyburn Pharmasave and in Regina at The Artful Dodger and Regina Vintage Vinyl.

Festival camping is available. Call 306-268-2909 to reserve your camping spot.
The campground is located next to the festival site and offers access to hot showers and washroom facilities, a swimming pool, a cook shack, and the golf course.
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