Corb Lund (Special to the Langley Advance)

VIDEO: Prairie boys performing in Langley next week

Back-to-back stars light up Cascades Casino stage next week.

Two big names in the Canadian music industry are touching down in Langley next week.

The Northern Pikes and Corb Lund are performing on back-to-back nights on the Cascades Casino’s Summit Theatre.

The Saskatoon-born band, Northern Pikes, emerged on the music scene 30 years ago. They will be performing next Wednesday, Nov. 15.

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VIDEO: She Ain’t Pretty

Pikes perform Wednesday

The Northern Pikes were spawned in Saskatoon from the ashes of three local bands. Cutting its teeth on the Prairie bar circuit, the band has made an indelible mark on the rock scene.

With their powerhouse hit She Aint Pretty, the band took their place as superstars, said show promoter Rob Warwick.

The Pikes’ first Virgin release, Big Blue Sky hit the streets in June of 1987 and featured the hit singles Teenland, Things I Do For Money, and Dancing In A Danceclub, introducing the band to a wider audience.

Fast forward more than three decades, and the Northern Pikes are performing “a very special evening,” the band will perform this landmark album in its entirety.

In addition to the record’s hit singles, guests will hear the title track Big Blue Sky, plus You Sold the Farm, Jackie T, Lonely House, Never Again, Just Another Guy, Love and a Muscle, and Love Will Break You along with decades of behind-the-scenes video footage.

With eight Juno Award nominations, four gold albums and a double-platinum album, the band was inducted into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame in Regina in 2012.

“Without a doubt, the northern pikes have a sound and message as relevant today as it was when they began,” Warwick said.

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Lund goes acoustic

Meanwhile, Lund, an Albertan who first started his own band in 1995, will be performing a solo acoustic show next Thursday.

Lund needs no introduction to country music fans, rednecks, or prairie folk, Warwick said.

He has established a solid fan base on the strength of such notable songs as The Truck Got Stuck, Roughest Neck Around, I Wanna Be in the Cavalry, Long Gone to Saskatchewan, Rye Whiskey/Time to Switch to Whiskey, Hurtin’ Albertan, Family Reunion, The Oil’s Back in Town, and Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer.

Lund’s latest album, Things That Can’t Be Undone – recorded with his long-time band The Hurtin’ Albertans – is a self-assured and mature set of songs that pairs Lund’s characteristically sharp songcraft with a bevy of new sounds, thrusting his mix of earnest Americana, rollicking honkytonk and rousing alt-country to new heights.

The end result is a lively and loose record influenced heavily by 1960s and ’70s rock and country and steeped in the kind of narratives Lund is beloved for.

In this case, however, Lund is going solo when he visits Langley next Thursday.

Guest will have a chance to spend an evening up close and personal with Lund; just a cowboy and his guitar pickin’ and singin’ the songs that bring country life to life, Warwick said.

Tickets for both shows are available at the casino guest services, by calling 604-530-2211, or going online to www.ticketweb.ca.

Timing for each of shows is the same, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the shows beginning at 8 p.m.

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