Rootsy blues and melodic rock and roll

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On Friday, Sept. 28, the Krahn Barn will present internationally acclaimed guitarist Ariel Posen.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Posen has spent the last few years touring around the world and recording with Juno award-winning, roots-rock band, The Bros. Landreth.
He spent much of his childhood on the road, traveling from show to show with his musician parents.
He began playing guitar at 9 years old, kicking off a career that eventually found him traveling the globe for his own gigs, including shows with The Bros. Landreth.
The group built its audience on the road, opening for Bonnie Raitt one minute and performing with John Oates the next. They also won a Juno Award for their debut album, Let it Lie.
Several years after accepting that award, Posen began working on an album of his own, tracking his new songs in the same studio in which his parents once recorded their albums.
“How Long” marks Posen’s long-awaited solo debut, showcasing not only his chops as an instrumentalist, but his talents as a diverse songwriter, too.
The record casts a wide net, moving from rootsy blues to R&B to melodic rock & roll. A co-writer and producer for artists of all genres, Posen shows the full range of his talents on these 10 tracks, nodding to his influences — including The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ry Cooder, and more — along the way.
“How Long” is not a guitar record, although there’s certainly plenty of guitar to be heard here. Instead, it’s a song record, filled with hooks, autobiographical lyrics, and Posen’s compelling voice.
“The guitar is the tool to get the music out,” he says. “Always serve the song first. Otherwise, you’re just playing an instrument.”
Posen will be singing his own songs at the performance in Neubergthal, accompanied by David Landreth and Roman Clarke. But before all that, Mitchell James (on Ariel’s recommend) will perform!
Hailing from the outskirts of Winnipeg, James is a roots/pop artist with a bright future ahead. He began his career writing songs in his bedroom at the age of 18 and never looked back. Throughout high school and his early twenties, James honed his understanding of song and structure by working in the studio alongside JP Laurendeau, and has been featured on recordings by Del Barber, Cassidy Mann, and more. His latest EP, The Spark, produced by Posen and backed by The Bros. Landreth, showcases a more aggressive side of his writing. His pop, soul and rock songs are sure to warm the heart and inspire the soul.
The concert in the Krahn Barn will take place in Neubergthal on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.
Neubergthal is on the PR 421. The Krahn barn is at 4134 Rd. 1 West, the third last property on the southwest side.
Tickets are $30 (140 seats available)
Purchase/Reserve by calling/emailing Margruite Krahn at (204)-324-1612/
Pay by etransfer or cheque in the mail to Box 2411, Altona, MB R0G 0B0.