Belle Plaine and Blake Berglund mesh country, folk and jazz music in their first collaborative album.
Belle Plaine and Blake Berglund celebrated the release of their seven-inch vinyl with a tour across the three western provinces. Starting with a show in Saskatoon on Sept. 2, the group toured out to Vancouver Island and back to Regina with one stop in Calgary at Wine-Oh’s on Sept. 8. Described by Belle Plaine as “two separate perspectives to life on the road,” both tracks on the record deliver a subtle combination of Berglund’s alt-country attitude and Belle Plaine’s soft-spoken emotional honesty. Though Belle Plaine says she is looking forward to a bit of a break from life on the road, Blake Berglund and his band are itching to get back on tour again soon. Both groups of prairie musicians can be found playing shows in Calgary on a fairly regular basis, so stay tuned to their websites for tour dates and more information.
Photos by: Jodi Brak
Published on: October 13
Belle Plaine, Blake Berglund and their band come together on a western tour to promote their collaborative album, making a stop in Calgary to play the Cellar at Wine Oh’s on Sept. 8.
Jeremy Sawer keeps his hands full with a number of different instruments on stage, switching from the keyboard to the banjo to the accordion and back again.
Belle Plaine’s music is, more often than not, deeply personal. While many would be frightened to bare their heart on stage, it seems to put a smile on her face.
It’s quite inspiring to watch artists pool their talent, ditch their ego and create something together that would be impossible to create alone.
Left: Blake Berglund’s alt-country attitude offsets the calm and collected nature of Belle Plaine to add some rebellious energy to the mix on stage.
Right: Though Belle Plaine says she is looking forward to taking a break from touring after promoting this record, Blake Berglund and his band are set to hit the road again in the near future.
The music of Belle Plaine and Blake Berglund is different on many levels, and the back and forth style of their collaborative work gives each their time to shine.
Collaboration involves a lot of give and take, a compromise that often gets in the way of creative efforts. But Belle Plaine gives a lot of credit to the musicians in both groups for working like professionals.
Bryce Lewis, right, learned almost 50 songs in four days as his “audition”to replace Blake Berglund’s former guitarist.
Belle Plaine and Elizabeth Curry have been bringing their own unique brand of folk music to stages across Canada for several years, hauling an enormous amount of gear around the country in a tiny blue car.