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Rocky Mountains, AB Folk-Roots & Appalachian-Country Swing Band OVER THE MOON releases “Lonesome Bluebird”


Straight from their ranch nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Alberta folk-roots and swing duo Over The Moon deliver their signature sound as a new single, “Lonesome Bluebird”, available now through Borealis Records. .

“This song is basically about a beautiful young woman who leaves the fear of failure or the feeling that she might make her miss so many real life experiences,” says Craig Bignell. “She makes up for it by focusing only on her outward beauty and her possessions.

“We’ve always loved the movie ‘Cat Ballou’ and the way Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye are always in the shot somewhere, singing songs on the stage,” he continues, with a nod to the counterpart of the duo, Suzanne Levesque. “We thought that would be a great concept for the ‘Lonesome Bluebird’ video.”

As musicians who have spent their previous careers recording and performing ‘live’ with other artists, multi-instrumentalists and singer-songwriters have strived to form their own couple – in more ways than one. … Somewhere between the stages of dating and marriage, the duo discovered that not only do they collectively draw inspiration from their surroundings, but their voices also blend together wonderfully.

Creating music that reflects the pulse of life lived in rugged yet breathtaking territory, their music is a wild ride from old-fashioned 1940s Appalachian western swing to contemporary cowboy blues – all woven together with a common thread that speaks of Western Canada. And following on from their critically acclaimed debut LP, Moondancer, in 2017, nowhere is this more apparent than through the soundscape of this year’s 10-song second album, Chinook Waltz.

“Our concept for Chinook Waltz was to try to convey the feeling that one lives in the foothills of the ranching community of southwestern Alberta,” Bignell offers, citing the couple’s original base, Longview. “It’s more than beautiful, but also robust and ruthless; people help each other here, and a neighbor is just as important as a family.

As John Denver’s song ‘Country Roads’ says,’ Life is old there. “

“We produce and record our music at home, which has been a huge learning curve for us, but we think we can get the songs and sounds we want that way. The words that come to mind to describe it are “organic” or a “sound of ground stone” …

“There is no studio stuff because you don’t know any,” he adds with a wink.

“Lonesome Bluebird” and Chinook Waltz are available now.

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