TrailerHawk’s intoxicating roots-rock lights up the new North Delta Centre for the Arts

photos by the Newt

By Steve Newton

As someone who’s been an avid concert-goer since his teens–and has reviewed more than 300 concerts as a professional music writer–I used to dream about how cool it would be if I could just leave my house, walk a block or two, and see a show.

Well, thanks to the location of the North Delta Centre for the Arts, I can do just that.

The intimate, 142-seat facility–which had its grand opening in May of this year–is situated in the “social heart” of North Delta, right next to the rec centre, at 11425 84th Avenue.

So last night the wife and I made the easy five-minute stroll from our place to check out the venue for the first time–with a quick pit-stop along the way, at the Delta Lion Pub (84th & 112th), for a burger and beer.

And we weren’t disappointed, because the musical attraction that evening, as part of the City of Delta’s Fall Music Series, was smokin’ hot Vancouver roots-rock band TrailerHawk.

The quintet–composed of lead vocalist Carmen Bruno, guitarist Rod Bruno, bassist Don Binns, drummer Gord Robert, and pedal steel player/guitarist Tom Hammel–delivered a solid set highlighted by Carmen’s vibrant, intoxicating vocals and Rod’s badass, twang-inflected riffs.

There’s a reason he was sporting that Keith Richards T-shirt.

The group, which had its debut EP produced by Canadian roots legend Colin Linden, has recently recorded with acclaimed producer Dave “Rave” Ogilvie.

Although there were some issues with the mix–at times you couldn’t hear Hammel’s pedal steel over Bruno’s Les Paul–the overall sound at the North Delta Centre for the Arts was most impressive.

If they continue booking acts of TrailerHawk’s calibre I’ll definitely be leaving the house more often.


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