Corb Lund in Oklahoma City was a concert highlight of 2022. Having wanted to see him in concert for a long time, the opportunity finally presented itself on October 19th at the recently opened Beer City Music Hall.
After a solid set from opener Mallory Eagle, Corb took the stage and played a raucous set of western, cowboy, Americana tunes that kept your foot tapping and even had some folks wanting to dance. It was a lively crowd that enjoyed the show, but Corb and his tight three piece band seemed to enjoy it just as much, if not more.
I have known Mr. Lund’s music for several years, but I have never had the chance to be able to see him live and in person. Scheduling conflicts and then the COVID-19 pandemic postponed several opportunities. There is a long tradition of Western music in Canada, and Mr. Lund hailing from the province of Alberta has him rooted in this tradition and keeps it alive. His association with other artists such as Ian Tyson and Hayes Carll only enhance his own talents. I side note: I toured a few times with Country and Folk singer George Hamilton IV, who was a huge admirer of Ian Tyson and Canadian musical tradition, and IV led me down the road of learning more and more about Canadian Western Music. It doesn’t hurt that Bob Dylan is a huge Ian Tyson fan, as well.
The setlist heavily leaned on tracks from Corb’s latest two releases “Agricultural Tragic” (2020) and “Song My Friends Wrote” (2022). Highlights of the show included “Coming Down from the Mountain” and “Bible on the Dash.” At one point, Corb asked from the stage, “Is if ok if we do some songs about cows?”
Corb Lund in Oklahoma City was a fun show and a great time. This new venue is a great spot, and I would recommend that you check out their schedule and see an upcoming show there. If you are in another city, check out Corb Lund on tour. You will not regret it.