"Lovin', Hurtin', Drinkin' and Flirtin'"
"We call our music 'Cosmic Honkytonk'. But really, it’s simple, old-fashioned, swallow-and-grin country music. Expect pedal steel, fiddle, telecaster, upright bass, harmonica, and a sackful of tunes about lovin', hurtin',drinkin' and flirtin'. With some celestial resonance tossed in for fun."
Led by singer, songwriter and harmonica journeyman Patton MacLean, Lost Highway Navigators feature some Saskatchewan's finest roots players.
This core of this engine features Jay Metheral on upright bass, Jody Giesbrecht on pedal steel and dobro, and Guy Perrin on telecaster. Along with stellar guest musicians such as Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champion James Steele, drummers Brett Williams and Christian Kongawi, they produce music that is seductively simple and perfect for two-stepping - except when broken by a rasping lament or echoing instrumental. The ensemble shifts shapes: from trio to sextet, always delivering that familiar upbeat shuffle and wry, heartworn lyricism.
It was a busy 2019 for the Navigators. Headlining the Saskatoon Jazz Society's TwangFest at the Bassment in March, hitting the Mainstage and Songwriters' Stage at the Ness Creek Music Festival in July, playing The Capitol Music Club in Saskatoon in August, ripping a monster set at Doylefest in September, repeating our month-long residency at Bon Temps Cafe during October followed by Bluegrass Brunch in late November.
The last couple of months of 2019 will be given over to refining a load of new material and recording a second EP of some current favorites. In the spring, Navigators will be hosting our Annual HonkyTonk Heartbreak Valentine's Two-Step in February, returning to the Bassment in Saskatoon for a full show in March, and rocking the stage of the Old Theatre up in Big River (date TBD).
More details about these shows can be found on the Navigator Facebook page.