Kirby Sewell Band set to rock
The Kirby Sewell Band mixed blues with soul and rock to provide an entertaining brand of music. The Alberta five-piece band will be performing at the Scalliwags Pub and Rum bar on April 14 in the Rose City Roots Society series.
The band's latest album features three songs that have been very popular on the Internet. "Bought Myself a Hammer," "Pour Some Sugar on Me," and "You've Been a Bad Bad Girl" best combine the blues style of Joe Cocker, Van Morrison and Otis Redding to a rock and roll version for music fans.
"I think people are caught up in my blues voice, but we like to play some more modern style of blues with rock and country. All North American music comes from the blues and its roots," said Kirby.
"I look at bands like Blackie and the Rodeo Kings that have played in Camrose and it is good to be selected by towns and cities to fit right in there with some of the top bands around. As a band, we try hard to keep up to the level the fans expect. It's going really well and "Bought Myself a Hammer" has been picked up by radio stations and we included it on our new album."
Although the band has three albums, one was a solo effort by Kirby. "I started one with six songs and then released it again with more songs in what has now become the Kirby Sewell Band. As musicians, we have been challenged to write better songs," explained Kirby. "I recently just got back from Memphis and there is a great singer in every fifth band that played at this festival. You see that at every corner and it was humbling, but it pushes us to improve and get better. I want to be a better musician and a better human being. You see the audience getting off on good music and it makes me want to do that. We all learn from each other."
Kirby said he enjoys playing in an intimate setting like Scalliwags. "When you are bearing your soul on a festival stage, you have to use more motions like waving your hands. In a smaller venue, you can communicate a little easier. You bare your soul in front of them."
Kirby lists "Money is All Gone" as one of his favourites to perform, while the fans like cover or familiar songs as they learn the new material. "We have been treated like gold in Roots Society concert series and it allows us to get out into smaller venues and perform for those fans. It is time for us to expand our fan base outside of Calgary and Edmonton. We have been around for only three years, so it is good to play in a high energy atmosphere that you tend to get in smaller venues."