Sound of the North, a Prince George-based country-blue grass band – known better for their festival performances along Highway 16 than within their home town – is celebrating the release of their CD Music Is My Soul with a party Friday at ArtSpace.
“It’s toe-tapping music, a real variety,” said Karen Knox, who plays upright bass with the band, and was awarded B.C. blue grass band of the year four years straight with two different bands – Highway 16 and the Lakeside Ramblers. “Our fans love the variety.”
And it is the variety – Knox says – that makes it difficult to label the band.
“We do everything except rock and rap.”
The band’s sound is a mix of country, blue-grass, folk, old-time, swing and even barbershop. She says it is music that spans generations.
In addition to Knox, the band is comprised of Don Redden, Heidi Kelly, and Beth Bressete. The band formed at the Cluculz Lake Music Festival, when Redden and Bessete’s band, Nightwing, lost a member and needed help. They were joined on stage by the newly formed band tentatively known as Heidi and Karen. The rest is history.
“We just clicked and decided to join forces,” Knox said.
A festival favourite, Sound of the North is relatively unknown in PG, having played only a couple of seniors’ dances.
“We’re pretty well known throughout the northwest,” said guitarist Redden, a retired Leer Jet pilot. “But not in Prince George.”
Bressete plays accordion, piano, guitar and blues harp. Kelly, originally from Germany, plays rhythm guitar. All four sing, but Knox admits getting Redden to sing is painful, “like pulling chicken’s teeth.”
The party gets underway 9 p.m. November 28 at ArtSpace. Admission is $5 and all proceeds go to the Salvation Army.