It only takes one listen to any Corb Lund album to know the guy is witty and whip-smart. The salty Albertan who studied jazz in Edmonton before joining metal band the Smalls, also has a good sense of history and a strong respect for the land and people who work it, whether ranchers, farmers, or roughnecks on a drilling rig.
Lund's latest album on New West, Cabin Fever, hit the streets August 14 and has gotten rave reviews in Washington Post and other national publications. Meanwhile, it has raced up the charts to become the No. 1 record in Canada. No, not the No. 1 Americana record, the No. 1 record period.
Featuring a funny co-write with Hayes Carll and produced by Steve Christensen and John Evans, the album actually has plenty of Houston connections even though it was recorded in Edmonton.
With a huge number of Canadians residing in Houston due to their connection to the oil and gas business, Lund's Houston gigs may be the largest recurring gatherings of beer-guzzling Canucks in the area. He steps out of the Mucky Duck into the rowdier confines of the Firehouse Saloon for his first Houston gig in a while.
We caught up with him over the phone last week at the AMA convention in Nashville.