Friday, Sept. 2, 2016
Two for the Show
Double bill of roots, blues & gospel music for the soul
Linda McRae and Thad Beckman will be performing at Bozzini's Restaurant on Saturday, September 3.
ozzini's is presenting a double bill of epic proportions featuring former Vancouverite Linda McRae, now based in Nashville and Thad Beckman from Portland, Oregon. Both artists will be performing solo sets before joining up for some of the sweetest sounds you'll ever here.
On September 4th Linda McRae will be
entering the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame in recognition of her
30-year career as a one of Canada's finest musicians as well as
performing to hundreds of adoring fans in Vancouver. However, the night
before Bozzini's Upstairs is delighted to have Linda perform in our
intimate little venue for the first time.
Though perhaps best-known by many for her eight-year tenure as a member of the platinum-selling band Spirit of the West, as well as having recorded with the Wonder Stuff, Rodney Decroo, Gurf Morlix, Neko Case, Bruce Cockburn, the Waltons and many many more, Linda had already raised a daughter and performed for more than ten years with west coast punk and roots outfits before joining that band.
Performing on banjo, guitar and accordion her warm and world-weary voice, unforgettable melodies and thought-provoking lyrics, make McRae a captivating and sought-after artist. Linda has performed in venues as diverse as Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre and California’s New Folsom Prison, where she performs and facilitates writing workshops for the inmates.
These experiences lead to the creation of
her Express Yourself Writing Workshops currently being presented in
detox centres, alternative schools, and youth and adult correctional
facilities across North America. Linda’s last album Shadow Trails,
released to great critical acclaim, was produced by Steve Dawson,
another former Vancouverite now living in Nashville.
That same year I made my performing debut with my best friend at the school talent show. A disaster. A year later, with money I made from my paper route I bought a Harmony electric guitar and a Kalamazoo II amplifier. It changed my life. The British invasion was upon us and me and my buddies would strap on our guitars, turn up the stereo full blast and lip sync along with our favorite tunes from the likes of The Beatles or The Dave Clark Five or The Rolling Stones or The Animals. It was glorious.
Finally, we got up the courage to plug in
our guitars and start playing the songs ourselves. I can’t say it was
any good but there sure were a lot of thrills. Like the first time we
figured out the chords to a song. It was The Last Train from Clarksville
by The Monkees. We sat in my bedroom with a portable record player and
moved the needle back and forth over the 45 until it was so scratched it
was unlistenable. We finally figured it out though and we were on our
way. Those were the days.
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