Canadian band to perform tonight at Twisted Barley

By RICK WATSON
Posted 2/14/19

Emily Burgess and The Emburys out of Peterborough, Ontario, who are touring the U.S. to promote their debut album, "Are We in Love," will perform at Twisted Barley Brewing Company in Jasper on …

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Canadian band to perform tonight at Twisted Barley

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Emily Burgess and The Emburys out of Peterborough, Ontario, who are touring the U.S. to promote their debut album, "Are We in Love," will perform at Twisted Barley Brewing Company in Jasper on tonight at 8 p.m.


The Emburys have been described as a roots and blues trio, but when you listen to the trio, you understand that their influences span a wide range of musical styles and genres. “My influences don’t always match the music I play, but Stevie Ray Vaughn got me into guitar,” she said. 


Johnny Winters was another influence, but Burgess said that she was also influenced by swing and other music. 


The songs Burgess writes have a sonic feel that reminiscent of the Beatles and Fleetwood Mac, according to Burgess.


“Our music is kind of hard to define. We call ourselves roots and blues, but we do a wide variety of music,” Burgess said on Monday. “The original songs are more roots and pop, but the covers we do are blues,” she said.


Burgess played dates in the South several years ago when she was with another band, but this is the first time The Emburys have been to the South, according to Burgess.


She told the band last year, “We are getting out of Canada the month of February.”  You can play in Canada during the deep winter, but it’s not uncommon to have a show canceled because of snow. “There is so much opportunity down in the U.S.,” she said. “So far it’s been great.”


"Are We in Love" was produced by The Weber Brothers. CBC music journalist Bob Mersereau calls the album “empowering” and “a big winner.”


The Emburys are traveling through the U.S. in Burgess’ vehicle. The three of them and their equipment “fill the SUV,” according to Burgess.  


She said that the U.S. tour would not be possible without the help of people they’ve met on the road. “It would be impossible for us to tour without these people bringing us into their homes. They’re making us dinner. They’re making us breakfast. They’re coming to the shows and bringing their friends,” she said. “It’s incredible.”


While the group is in Alabama, they will stay with local blues harmonica player Andrew Brasfield and his family. “We hope to get Andrew to sit in with us at Twisted Barley,” Burgess said. 


The other members of this touring trio are Ryan Webber playing bass and Marcus Browne on drums.


Admission for tonight's show is free. Twisted Barley Brewing Company is at 520 19th St. W in Jasper.


You can learn more about the trio on their website is www.theemburys.com or their Facebook page.