Cosmic Honkytonk & Classic Country
LOST HIGHWAY NAVIGATORS deliver original honkytonk and a classic country with a made-to-measure collection of veteran Saskatchewan roots musicians led by songwriter, guitarist and harmonica journeyman Patton MacLean.
LHN bang out original honky tonk tunes about loving, hurting, drinking and flirting that recall the classic country music of Ernest Tubb, Lefty Frizzell, Jimmy Martin, Wanda Jackson and Hank Williams, Merle Haggard and George Jones.
"Our live set is about 50 percent original tunes - you'll also hear straight-up 4/4 country shuffles, some Harlan Howard classics, a couple of trucking songs, one or two tearjerkers, and more than a couple of songs about love gone wrong for all the right reasons."
"We call our music ‘Cosmic Honkytonk'. But really, it’s simple, old-fashioned, swallow-and-grin honkytonk music. It's music for the whole family, just maybe not every family."
This core of this engine features Peyter Abonyi on upright bass, Gillian Snider on accordion, Jody Giesbrecht on pedal steel and dobro, Fabian Minnema on drums and Guy Perrin on telecaster. The music is seductively simple- for dancing, toe tapping, or singing along, except when by rasping lament or echoing instrumental. The ensemble appears in various forms: from trio to sextet, always delivering that familiar upbeat shuffle and heartworn lyricism.
It was a busy summer and fall 2018 for the Navigators, with appearances at the Jack Millikin Centre in Big River in July, The Capitol Music in Saskatoon in August, a monster set at Doylefest in early September, a month-long residency at Bon Temps Cafe during October.
The last couple of months of 2018 have been given over to writing some new material, planning for next summer and preparing for our upcoming recording sessions. We have big news on all these fronts which we will be sharing soon.
We are also happy to announce the first of our shows for 2019!
We'll be headling the Capitol Music Club in Saskatoon on February 15, and then topping the bill at the Bassment in Saskatoon on March 29. More details about both these shows will be here and on our Facebook page.