American Roots UK
Petunia just rolled back into town, he and his crack band The Vipers slaughtered LA and the US west coast this past month, with attention from an array of media from the most local blog to Extra! TV. The touring boundaries of this roving rogue have expanded this year, to previously unexplored areas in the US and Europe, causing raucous dance parties and thrilling audiences with his edgy punk-rockabilly-traditional country. But, the prairie favorite still hits up his usual haunts, with a series of solo shows across BC and Alberta in May and June. He will also be playing several festivals (with and without The Vipers) across western Canada this summer, including Harrison Festival for the Arts, South Country Fair, Ness Creek Music Festival, Pembina River Nights, and Trout Forest Music Festival. Be dazzled by a Petunia performance – you’ll never feel quite the same.
May 17th: The Yellow House, KELOWNA, BC
May 18th: Gallery Vertigo, VERNON, BC
May 19th: Cedar Creek Cafe, WINLAW, BC
May 20th: The Station Pub, INVERMERE, BC
May 21st: Opera House/b>, WATERTON, AB
May 22nd: The Slice, LETHBRIDGE, AB
May 23rd: Auditorium Hotel, NANTON, AB
May 24th: Bow Cabin, CALGARY, AB
May 25th: Gitter’s Pub, HIGH RIVER, AB
May 26th: TBA, EDMONTON, AB
Wednesdays in June: Slickety Jim’s Chat ‘N Chew, VANCOUVER, BC
*PETUNIA & THE VIPERS* May 31st: Robert’s Creek Legion, ROBERT’S CREEK, BC
The year has started off with a theme of international acclaim for Petunia & The Vipers. They took the UK by storm in January, showcasing at Celtic Connections and touring England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; earning rave reviews and selling out venues. The BBC called them simply “amazing” and broadcast several interviews along with the tunes. The band returned home to Canada in February and turned the folk community on it’s ear, showcasing at the International Folk Alliance Conference in Toronto and earning buzz-band status. Currently there are THREE new albums on the go for Petunia. A solo effort, and two new albums from the band, full of new originals and a few classic covers. This onslaught of new music is expected towards the end of this year, so long as the band can stay in one place long enough to finish the mix!
Phil Alvin (The Blasters) calls Petunia & The Vipers “One of my favorite bands to see and play with.”, and Bob Harris of the BBC calls the acclaimed self-titled album, a “Hybrid musical style…edge of punk appreciation…this is an amazing album…a whole range of different styles”. Come out to a show and see why the musical peers of Petunia & The Vipers say “That’s not a band. It’s another world.” (Jonathan Byrd)