Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans

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Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans
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Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans at the 2007 Glastonbury Festival
Background information
Also known as Corb Lund Band
Origin Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Genres Country
Folk
Bluegrass
Indie
Western
Years active 1995–present
Labels New West, Loose Music
Website corblund.com
Members Corb Lund
Kurt Ciesla
Grant Siemens
Brady Valgardson

Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans are a Canadian country music band, formerly known as the Corb Lund Band.

Corb Lund[edit]

Corb Lund, the lead singer, grew up in Southern Alberta living on his family's farm and ranches near Taber, Cardston and Rosemary. He is proud of being an Albertan.[1] Lund left his hometown of Taber and moved to Edmonton, where he enrolled in the Grant MacEwan College to study jazz guitar and bass.

Lund was a founding member of The Smalls, who sold over 35,000 albums over a twelve-year span, all released independently. Lund and the Smalls toured extensively in Canada, the United States and Europe, including a stint in Bosnia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. The band retired in the fall of 2001.

The Hurtin' Albertans[edit]

Hurtin' Albertans is Corb Lund's touring band. They have released seven albums to critical acclaim.[2][3] The band tours regularly in Canada, the United States and Australia. Much of their time is spent in the Canadian Prairies and the American southwest.

The band's members are:

  • Kurt Ciesla, bass
  • Grant "Demon" Siemens, guitar and other strings
  • Brady Valgardson, drums

Siemens is the only member who is not Albertan, hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Farmer/drummer Valgardson and Lund are from Taber, Alberta.

The band has toured Europe, where they played the UK Glastonbury Festival, and Australia several times. The group was featured the movie "Slither" (2006) and were part of the soundtrack to the 2008 documentary, "Holler Back: (Not) Voting in an American Town." They have also provided accompaniment for an NBC special in 2006, on which former world figure skating champion and fellow Albertan, Kurt Browning, performed a routine to “Expectation and the Blues”. Their music can also be heard in the ski film "Nine Winters Old."

Corb Lund signed a two-album deal with New West Records (home of Dwight Yoakam, Steve Earle, Kris Kristofferson and other major artists) in 2009. His first record on New West, Losin' Lately Gambler, was released in September 2009.

Corb Lund and the Hurtin Albertans played their 2009 single "Long Gone to Saskatchewan" in Ottawa for the 2011 Canada Day ceremonies in the presence of the newlywed Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge on their Royal visit to Canada.[4]

Corb Lund and the Hurtin Albertans released their seventh studio album, Cabin Fever, on August 14, 2012. It debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums Chart. In June 2013, the album was longlisted for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
CAN
[5]
US Country
[6]
US
Heat

[7]
Modern Pain
Unforgiving Mistress
  • Release date: 1999
  • Label: Outside Music
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Five Dollar Bill
Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer
  • Release date: September 6, 2005
  • Label: Stony Plain Records, Loose Music (Europe)
  • Formats: CD, music download
Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!
  • Release date: November 13, 2007
  • Label: Stony Plain Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
25
Losin' Lately Gambler
  • Release date: September 22, 2009
  • Label: New West Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
20
Cabin Fever
  • Release date: August 14, 2012
  • Label: New West Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
1 51 13
Counterfeit Blues[10]
  • Release date: June 17, 2014
  • Label: New West Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Album
2002 "No Roads Here" Five Dollar Bill
2003 "Five Dollar Bill"
"Roughest Neck Around"
"Time to Switch to Whiskey"
2004 "(Gonna) Shine Up My Boots"
"Roughest Neck Around" (re-release)
2005 "Truck Got Stuck" Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer
2006 "Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer"
"Counterfeiters' Blues"
"Truth Comes Out"
2007 "I Wanna Be in the Cavalry" Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!
2008 "Family Reunion"
"Horse Soldier, Horse Soldier"
2009 "Hard on Equipment (Tool for the Job)"
"A Game in Town Like This" Losin' Lately Gambler
"Long Gone to Saskatchewan"
2010 "Devil's Best Dress"
"This Is My Prairie"
2012 "September" Cabin Fever
2013 "Bible on the Dash" (with Hayes Carll)
"Blood, Sweat & Water" N/A

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2004 "(Gonna) Shine Up My Boots" Joel Stewart
"Roughest Neck Around"
2005 "The Truck Got Stuck"
2006 "Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer"
"Counterfeiters' Blues" Thaddeus Grant Fenton
"Truth Comes Out" Trevor Smith
2007 "I Wanna Be in the Cavalry"
2008 "Family Reunion" Trevor Smith/John Kerr
2009 "Hard on Equipment (Tool for the Job)" Trevor Smith
"A Game in Town Like This"
2010 "Devil's Best Dress" Christopher Mills
2012 "Gettin' Down on the Mountain" Fish Griwkowsky
"September" Trevor Smith
"Dig Gravedigger Dig"
2013 "Bible on the Dash" (with Hayes Carll)[11] Blake Judd

Awards[edit]

JUNO Awards (Canada)[edit]

Year Category Result
2003 Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – SoloFive Dollar Bill Nominated
2006 Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Solo – Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer Won
2008 Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Solo – Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier! Nominated
2010 Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Solo – Losin' Lately Gambler Nominated
2013 Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Solo – Cabin Fever Nominated

Canadian Country Music Association Awards[edit]

Corb Lund Band[edit]

Year Category Result
2003 Roots Artist or Group of the Year Nominated
2004 Group or Duo of the Year Nominated
Roots Artist or Group of the Year Won
Independent Group or Duo of the Year Won
2005 Group or Duo of the Year Nominated
Roots Artist or Group of the Year Won
CMT Video of the Year – "Roughest Neck Around" Nominated
Independent Group or Duo of the Year Won

Corb Lund[edit]

Year Category Result
2006 Male Artist of the Year Nominated
Roots Artist or Group of the Year Won
Album of the Year – Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer Won
Independent Male Artist of the Year Nominated
2007 Roots Artist or Group of the Year Won
Independent Male Artist of the Year Nominated
2008 Roots Artist or Group of the Year Won
Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year – Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier! Nominated
2009 Roots Artist or Group of the Year Won
2010 Fans' Choice Award Nominated
Male Artist of the Year Nominated
Roots Artist or Group of the Year Won
Album of the Year – Losin' Lately Gambler Nominated
CMT Video of the Year – "Devil's Best Dress" Nominated
2011 Roots Artist or Group of the Year Nominated
2012 Roots Artist or Group of the Year Nominated
2013 Roots Artist or Group of the Year Won
2014 Roots Artist or Group of the Year Pending

Americana Music Association’s Honors & Awards Show[edit]

  • 2010 Emerging Artist of the Year (nominated)
  • 2010 Albums of the Year: No. 38

Gold Records[edit]

  • 2002: Five Dollar Bill (As ranked by the Canadian Recording Industry Association)
  • 2005: Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer (As ranked by the Canadian Recording Industry Association)

Western Canadian Music Awards[edit]

  • 2008 Outstanding Roots Recording (WON)
  • 2006 Outstanding Independent Recording (WON)
  • 2006 Outstanding Roots Recording (WON)
  • 2006 Songwriter of the Year (WON)
  • 2005 Entertainer of the Year (WON)
  • 2003 Outstanding Album (Independent) (WON)

Edmonton Music Awards (Canada)[edit]

  • 2013 Male Artist of the Year (WON)
  • 2013 Country Artist of the Year (WON)
  • 2013 People's Choice Award (WON)
  • 2013 Best Country Artist (nominated)

Edmonton Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Awards (Canada)[edit]

  • 2013 Ambassador of the Arts (WON)

CMC Music Awards (Australia)[edit]

  • 2011 International Artist of the Year (nominated)

Canadian Folk Music Awards[edit]

  • 2008 English Songwriter of the Year (WON)

U.S. Independent Music Awards[edit]

  • 2007 Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album (nominated)
  • 2003 Country/Bluegrass Album of the Year (nominated)

Country Music Association (Australia)[edit]

  • 2007 Global Country Artist Award (nominated)

Indie Acoustic Project[edit]

  • Best Lyrics, “Best CDs of 2007” Awards (WON)
  • Best Male Singer-Songwriter, “Best CDs of 2006” Awards (nominated)

The Indies (Canadian Independent Music Awards)[edit]

  • 2008 Favourite Folk Artist/Group (WON)
  • 2007 Favourite Country Artist, Group or Duo of the Year (WON)
  • 2006 Favourite Folk Artist/Group (WON)

French Association of Country Music (France)[edit]

  • 2006 Independent Artist of the Year (WON)
  • 2005 Independent Artist of the Year (WON)

Canadian Association for Campus Activities[edit]

  • 2007 Best Contemporary Music (Recording) (WON)

Artist also appears on[edit]

2005[edit]

  • Carolyn Mark - Just Married: An Album of Duets CD, “Sweet Thing”, Mint

2006[edit]

  • Slither: Music from the Motion Picture CD, “(Gonna) Shine Up My Boots”, Bulletproof Recording Company Inc.
  • Various Artists 30 Years of Stony Plain CDs, “The Truth Comes Out”, Stony Plain
  • Worlds Best Award Winning Country Vol. 5- World’s Best Award Winning Country CD, “Truck Got Stuck”, Pid

2007[edit]

  • Various Artists Gift: A Tribute to Ian Tyson CD, “MC Horses”, Stony Plain

2010[edit]

  • Great Canadian Song Quest, "The West Just Fades Away", CBC Radio 2

Charity work[edit]

In March 2008, the United Nations Children's Fund announced that the band had donated the use of the song "Horse Soldier, Horse Soldier" as the theme song of UNICEF Team Canada, the Canadian national equestrian skill-at-arms team, to support the team's work with UNICEF to provide food and medical care to AIDS orphans and infants infected with HIV in the third world.

In March 2010, Lund appeared as part of Young Artists for Haiti to record a benefit version of K'naan's song "Wavin' Flag".

On July 11, 2010, Lund headlined the Medicine Hat Flood Relief Show, which raised $68,000 for Canadian Red Cross 2010 Flood Relief campaign, which benefits those affected by the disastrous flooding in Southern Alberta.

Lund participated in a charity poker tournament in support of the Centre for Family Literacy in Edmonton, Alberta, on October 22, 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Newton, Steve. (2008-02-13) Albertan Corb Lund has provincial pride | Georgia Straight. Straight.com. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  2. ^ About.com album review. Matt Bjorke
  3. ^ Exclaim Magazine review, Fish Griwkowsky, Sept. 1, 2005
  4. ^ McCoy, Heath (30 June 2011). "Alberta’s Corb Lund ready to share his country with royal couple". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Peak chart positions for albums charting on Billboard Canadian Albums Chart:
  6. ^ "Corb Lund Album & Song Chart History – Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 23, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Corb Lund Album & Song Chart History – Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 23, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Gold & Platinum Search - Music Canada - Five Dollar Bill". Music Canada. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Gold & Platinum Search - Music Canada - Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer". Music Canada. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  10. ^ Tinson, Kayla (May 14, 2014). "Corb Lund announces new album “Counterfeit Blues”". Top Country. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 
  11. ^ "CMT: Videos : Corb Lund : Bible on the Dash". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 

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