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.
"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 Jay Metheral on upright bass, Jody Giesbrecht on pedal steel and dobro and Guy Perrin on telecaster. Along with stellar guest musicians they produce music that is seductively simple- except when broken by a 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 upcoming recording sessions.
They'll be heading to Bon Temps Cafe in Saskatoon on May 12, for Bluegrass Brunch, and then on the bill at The Capitol Music Club in Saskatoon on May 23 for the Doylefest pre-fest boogie.
More details about these shows will be on the Navigator Facebook page.