TRURO – Music Nova Scotia’s entertainers of the year The Stanfields are stopping in Truro this weekend on their acoustic ‘For King and Country’ tour.
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The Stanfields are pictured on stage at the 2013 New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee. They received five Music Nova Scotia award nominations, leading all groups with a Pictou County connection. From left: Jason Wright, Mark Murphy formerly of Stellarton and Jon Landry formerly of New Glasgow.
Fresh back from successful tours in Europe and across Canada, The Stanfields kicked off the tour of the Maritimes last week and will perform at the Marigold Cultural Centre on Dec. 14.
The Truro show includes a taping for CBC’s Atlantic Airwaves show.
The Stanfields garnered major awards earlier this month at Nova Scotia Music Week, including group recording of the year for their second full-length release, Death & Taxes, and the coveted entertainer of the year prize, which is voted on by the public.
The band was also a big winner at the East Coast Music Awards earlier this year, clinching Fan’s Choice entertainers of the year and group recording of the year for the same rock album.
Jon Landry, frontman for The Stanfields, explained the concept behind the new acoustic project.
“There was no motive to write For King and Country other than trying to challenge ourselves,” he said in a press release. “As songwriters, we always have an axe to grind in terms of lyrical expression. That will never change.”
Landry said the lyrics tend to lean toward the sarcastic side at time.
“I'm told sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, but then again some people take art way to seriously. All that aside, it was our collective desire to return to the core of what makes our band tick; western folk music and the vast expanse of form and style in which it presents itself,” he said.
The musicians are fans of many other well-known singers and songwriters, including John Prine, Tommy Emmanuel, Planxty, Neil Young and Ricky Skaggs.
“To date, we've made a couple rock and roll records that we are proud of and that we will always stand behind. Rest assured to the initiated, we will continually attempt to peel the paint off the walls of your local tavern, legion, youth centre or arena. We haven't gone soft. In fact, I think we went harder.”