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Radio host brings vibe to stage

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Every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Boots and Saddles takes over the airwaves of CKUW.

The country-music radio show — which has been on the air for around a decade — has been hosted by musician Sean Burns for the past two years. The Winnipeg transplant (he moved from Ontario five years ago) is passionate about the genre, embracing the best of old and new alike as he curates the weekly playlist. On Friday, Nov. 23, he’s bringing the Boots and Saddles vibe to a live show at Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club.

In the style of the Grand Ole Opry, Burns and his band, Lost Country, will take the stage first, playing a collection of original tunes and covers, before Burns then turns into the MC for the night, welcoming a collection of musical friends to join Lost Country on stage and play three or four songs each.

In addition to Burns and Lost Country (Grant Siemens on guitar, Joanna Miller on drums, Bernie Thiessen on bass), the lineup for the night also includes Del Barber, Sol James, Frannie Klein, Gerry McIvor, Andrew Neville and Skynny Dyck, who will also be playing pedal steel all night.

Burns, 34, released a new album earlier this year, the classically country Music for Taverns, Bars and Honky Tonks, and the band assembled for that record will be the same one accompanying everyone else Friday night.

Supplied Photo</p><p>Sean Burns will MC a Nov. 23 live show, to be recorded and released as a live album for CKUW’s annual fundraising drive.</p>

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Sean Burns will MC a Nov. 23 live show, to be recorded and released as a live album for CKUW’s annual fundraising drive.

"I’ve always kind of wanted to do something like this, put on a show like this, and since I got the band, this band that’s been playing with me since we made the record, they’re all so good and it’s really made it easy to do this sort of old-school Grand Ole Opry show," Burns says.

The concert will be recorded and released as a live album in February as part of the incentive packages for CKUW’s annual Fundrive, which helps raise money for the non-profit FM station that does not air paid advertisements, instead relying on listeners and the community to support their programming.

A pared-down EP will also be available to purchase at Burns’s shows in the future, with all money going to CKUW.

Even though he’s working with some of the best in the Winnipeg music biz, Burns admits putting together an event such as this one, with so many moving pieces and so many different musicians to accommodate, has been tough.

Ultimately, though, he says it’s worth the effort to create a unique experience for attendees who will be seeing one-night-only collaborations that likely won’t happen again.

"It’s a bit of an undertaking, a lot of co-ordinating," Burns says, laughing.

"It’s a bunch of work to get all this material together, but I think what makes it more interesting is that it’s not, ‘OK, come out and do three songs.’ We’re marking this down, this is being recorded, so I think it’ll make it a little bit more exciting, the energy will be a little different and we’ll all be on our toes a little bit. And they’re such pros, the band, they have a lot of work ahead of them, but we want to make sure that it’s good."

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Erin Lebar

Erin Lebar
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Erin Lebar is a multimedia producer who spends most of her time writing music- and culture-related stories for the Arts & Life section. She also co-hosts the Winnipeg Free Press's weekly pop-culture podcast, Bury the Lede.

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