By Eraina Hooyer
The Alberta Country Music Legends will be gracing the stage to entertain people of all ages with their musical talent and contagious fun-filled energy at the Ponoka Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion on June 29.
The event, put on by the Association of Canadian Country Music Legends, will feature the talents of Bev Munro, Joyce Smith, Alfie Myhre and Randy Hollar with The Rodeo Wind Band and special guest Pete Hicks.
George Myren president and founder of the ACCML and bass guitar player in the band believes that the event will make for a good time for all who attend.
Myren is a CPRA and PRCA Gold Card Holder, a professional rodeo cowboy and is a pro rodeo hall of famer. Myren knows his traditional country music and is passionate about the country lifestyle.
“The type of music that will be played is a lot of fun and the performance is always humourous,” he said. “We’re one of the very few groups that has been offering the traditional country music and it has been very successful.”
Myren encourages everyone to come out and enjoy the music but thinks that the traditional style targets an older crowd.
“It’s traditional country music, it’s what we grew up on,” he said.“I find that the older crowd is not very happy with the music of today, they relate to the older music a lot better. The younger people tend to like the new and loud music and we like to hear the music, not the volume. It’s a good place for the older crowd to come to, they want to go to events and it’s important to have one that they will enjoy.”
The performers are known to have a good relationship with one another and their friendship and passion for music radiates from the stage to the audience.
“We’re a spontaneous group of people that dress neat and clean and we love what we’re doing, there’s good camaraderie and the audience sees that,” said Myren. “We’re a lot of fun and that’s one of the big highlights of what our success is, there’s nothing phony about us. When we speak it’s like they’re in our living room having a coffee and a doughnut.”
Myren believes that everyone who attends is guaranteed to have a good time.
“We’ll treat you so many ways,” he said. “You’re bound to like one of them.”
The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Legion. For more information contact Myren at (780) 489-8994 or the Legion at 403-783-4076.