A country bar in the country should showcase country artists. Sounds logical. And that is the thinking behind a growing list of live performances being booked into the Mustangs Bar & Grill in Aldergrove.
Willoughby's Karen Lee Batten, a three-time BCCMA female vocalist and one of the top 10 finalists for the 2003 Canadian Idol, is kicking off the program this weekend, said bar promoter David Mawhinney.
"Karen Lee brings her dynamic talent to any stage including the sought after Calgary Stampede premier Nashville North Stage in 2009, 2010 and 2011," he said, noting she's opened for country legends such as Big & Rich, Oakridge Boys, Lonestar, Emerson Drive, Aaron Lines, Ian Tyson, Deric Ruttan, and Gord Bamford.
When asked what one stage she would never forget, Batten's reply was her tour to The Persian Gulf when she went to play for the Canadian troops.
"It was truly the most amazing experience I have ever had, they were so grateful to us for coming when in actual fact they touched our hearts so much greater then what we did for them... such amazing people," she said.
Back in the studio now, Batten is very excited to be recording her next project.
"I can't even tell you how excited I am to be working on this album. From the team of talent that I get to collaborate with to watching it all come together from the beginning to the end, that's the most amazing part for me... I just can't wait to get it out to everyone!"
Batten is playing Friday at Mustangs, 3227 264th St. in Aldergrove. Doors open at 8 p.m. with Batten on stage at 9 p.m.