Kent McAlister

Kent McAlister

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Kent McAlister is a soulful country/roots artist whose wit and sincere insight into matters of the heart has made him one the most promising up and coming artists in Canadian country music.

Biography

Kent McAlister is a soulful country/roots artist whose wit and sincere insight into matters of the heart has made him one the most promising up and coming artists in Canadian country music. His traditional-yet-unorthodox brand of country music stays true to the genre but incorporates a number of influences ranging from punk to classic rock to jazz. McAlister’s songs are infused with his unique humor, observations and an enthusiasm that comes across best in his live shows.

On his recently-completed debut CD Memory Replacer, McAlister proves his ability to take old-fashioned tales of heartache and hangover and inject them with a modern day perspective of temptation and misfortune. Due for release in early 2005, Memory Replacer is already developing buzz as a tremendous introduction to an up-and-coming alt-country star.

McAlister’s history in music began in Calgary, Alberta. After a year of music school he began touring relentlessly with a number of bands. A few years later, he settled in BC and returned to music school with a new vigor for jazz guitar. Taking up residence in a run down rural cabin on Canada’s beautiful west coast, he began to compose many of songs that make his debut album.

By taking the time to hone his musicianship and composition skills, McAlister has truly defined a sound of his own: heartfelt lyrics and musical virtuosity. He has complemented these skills by assembling a band of high-calibre talent, featuring Craig McCaul on bass, Shawn Killaly on drums and multi-instrumentalist Tim Tweedale on dobro, lap steel and trumpet. The wide appeal of their acoustic sound and his buckskin voice have made them a popular concert draw everywhere they play. The final result is a truly fresh and unique sound –that takes country/roots to a whole new level.

Following a summer 2004 tour with the Corb Lund Band, Kent McAlister & His Band have gained a quick notoriety in the public eye for their high-octane performances. HELP A B OUT WITH THIS PARAGRAPH ABOUT KENT’S SUPERLATIVE LIVE PERFORANCES With several years of road experience under their collective belts, they look forward to bringing their show to all of Canada in a spring 2005 tour.

With his original and engaging collection of songs and compelling stage presence McAlister is sure to play an important role in the next generation of country music. While tipping his hat to the roots that influenced him and breaking down the all-too-common country formulas, Kent McAlister is well on his way to proving his worth among Canada’s premier songwriters.

Discography

Memory Replacer (Copperspine Records) 2005