Monday Music Pick: The Ramblin’ Ambassadors

Thursday, April 4 at 8 p.m. Oak Tree Tavern (124B 10 St. N.W., second floor above The Source) Cover charge: $5 You might not expect a Calgary-bred band to write a song called “Clambake.” On the other hand, you probably wouldn’t expect that same band’s “Standoff at Calfrobe Bridge” to…

Thursday, April 4 at 8 p.m.

Oak Tree Tavern (124B 10 St. N.W., second floor above The Source)

Cover charge: $5

You might not expect a Calgary-bred band to write a song called “Clambake.” On the other hand, you probably wouldn’t expect that same band’s “Standoff at Calfrobe Bridge” to be a surf tune. Unless you’re familiar with the Ramblin’ Ambassadors, in which case you know that’s exactly what to expect.

Fresh off weekend gigs in Victoria and Vancouver, the Ambassadors return to Calgary to play the Oak Tree Tavern’s “Trash, Twang & Thunder Thursday” this week.

The Ramblin’ Ambassadors formed in 2002 from the ashes of legendary 1990s Calgary band Huevos Rancheros. Their music takes the untamed surf and adds a sprinkling of garage grit and a dash of grated spaghetti-western cheese – which the band throws down with a rockabilly thump.

Music Note: “Big Town,” the new single by Trinity Bradshaw, who was featured here last month, is now available on iTunes. The song is a high-energy mid-tempo treat that’s a great fit for country radio. Bradshaw’s powerful and confident voice is supported by production that sounds major-league Nashvillian without being overly slick. It also sounds like an artist poised for a big career move.

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