LeE HARVeY OsMOND and his ‘Beautiful Scars’

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KeyNote Productions is excited to present a night of psychedelic folk music by the eminent and hirsute Steeltown reprobate, LeE HARVeY OsMOND; aka Tom Wilson; aka One of Three Rodeo Kings; aka that large, melodic growling man from the former Junkhouse.  Invading Kelowna for an intimate concert at the Mary Irwin Theatre on Wednesday, November 18, tickets go on sale Friday, October 9th at 10:00am and can be purchased online at www.SelectYourTickets.com, by phone at 250.762.5050 or in person at the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office.

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A veteran of the Canadian music scene, Tom Wilson is no stranger to the music scene in both writing circles and among performers.  Wilson, known for his eclectic musical style, has ranged from the psychobilly / R&B sounds of the Florida Razors, to the western/roots style of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and the funk/blues inspired rock of Junkhouse.  His most recent project is LeE HARVeY OsMOND, which is a collaborative effort with members of Cowboy Junkies and Skydiggers.

This year, Tom Wilson has put on his LeE HARVeY OsMOND guise again,  and is currently on tour promoting his newest record, “Beautiful Scars,” as in: “Man, that scar is beautiful,” or “She has a beautiful scar right here…” or “My scar is beautiful.  It reminds me of that time I didn’t die.”  The humanity of the album– produced by Michael Timmins in the intimacy of his Toronto Roncesvalle studio– is like the warmth of blood that rushes to the cut: a sudden alive jolt in the middle of peril and uncertainty; a suspension of possibility that anything can happen next.  Redolent with swooning horns and guitars that bob and weave, LHO’s voice– forever the hallmark of his sound, which spans over three decades of work– sounds, here, like a warm hand to the forehead, an arm on the arm of the stricken, a comforting growl at the heart of a screaming world.  At once evoking Howlin’ Wolf, Mike Scott and Roy Loney, “Beautiful Scars” bends and twists and stretches and squeezes LHO’s deep baritone, the producer treating it as if caged in a transistor radio, bathed in echo from above, or sunk in the muck of distortion. The strength of the songs notwithstanding, “Beautiful Scars” is a fascinating vocal journey to rank among the great sonic Canadian records of our time.

This is the 3rd solo album from the Hamilton songwriter– the progenitor of “Acid Folk,”– whose previous two albums, “A Quiet Evil” and “The Folk Sinner” were previously long-listed for the Polaris Prize and nominated for a Juno. It’s a dynamic footprint on Canada’s songscape, a deeply personal, but universally affecting, journey across the jagged line of scars and smoothness of skin that surrounds them.

KeyNote Productions and Power 104 are excited to present LeE HARVeY OsMOND; LIVE at the Mary Irwin Theatre on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 8:00pm.  Tickets go on sale Friday, October 9th at 10:00am and can be purchased online at www.SelectYourTickets.com, by phone at 250.762.5050 or in person at the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office.

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