By Lethbridge Herald on August 4, 2017.
Award-winning country artist performing here
Corb Lund is ready to help the University of Lethbridge celebrate its 50th anniversary. The award-winning country musician is one of several artists who will hit the stage Sept. 2 at the University of Lethbridge stadium to help the school celebrate its history in style.
The southern Alberta native, who grew up on his family’s properties near Taber, Rosemary and Cardston, studied anthropology and history at the university after high school before heading north to study music at what was then known as Grant MacEwan Community College, now a university in its own right.
In Edmonton, Lund co-founded the indie rock group the smalls before he turned to his country roots and embarked on a career which has earned him accolades and international acclaim.
During that career, he has been nominated for five Juno awards, winning once in 2006 for roots and traditional album of the year – solo for “Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer.”
He has been nominated as an artist or group for eight Canadian Country Music Association awards, winning four, the first two in 2004 for roots artist or group of the year and independent group or duo of the year. In 2005, he repeated those wins.
Two of his albums have been certified gold — “Five Dollar Bill” in 2002 and “Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer” in 2005.
After two decades living in Alberta’s capital, Lund returned to southern Alberta a couple of years ago, settling in a south Lethbridge neighbourhood rife with musical talent, including acclaimed musician and producer Leeroy Stagger and bassist bandmate Kurt Ciesla, who along with Taber’s Brady Valgardson on drums and Manitoban Grant Siemens on guitar and strings forms Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans.
Over the years, starting with his first country-themed recording “Modern Pain” in 1995, Lund and his band have released numerous memorable albums, the latest “Things That Can’t Be Undone” in 2015.
In 2013, Lund’s music was the focus of an exhibition at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary that was based upon nine of his songs and included artifacts from his family and the museum’s own collection.
Lund has made a career of crafting stories about the West, which is natural since both sides of his family — the Lunds and Ivins — were Utah Mormons who headed north to settle in southern Alberta.
Some homesteaded near Cardston and they instilled in the former teenaged rodeo cowboy an appreciation for the western way of life.
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