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August 23, 2012

Ladies of the Canyon return

CHATEAUGAY — If Senja Sargeant, Anna Ruddick, Jasmine Bleile and Maia Davies’s dads blasted anything other than rock ‘n’ roll during their formative years, there would be a whole different vibe Saturday evening at the Chateaugay Hall Town Theatre.

Sargeant (vocals, acoustic guitar and mandolin) of New Brunswick, Ruddick (vocals, electric and upright bass) of Saskatchewan, Bleile (vocals and guitar) of Ontario and Davies (vocals, keys, guitar and mandolin) of Quebec are the Ladies of the Canyon, easy on the eyes and even easier on the ears with lush lyrics, licks and vocals.

NAME STUCK

The band’s name pays homage to fellow Canadian Joni Mitchell’s 1970 platinum release.

“We had our first gig, and we did not have a band name,” Davies said. “We needed to make a poster very quickly. No one had any great ideas. I went home and looked through my vinyl records. I was looking for a Bob Dylan reference.”

Davies’s albums were alphabetically out of order, and she spied Mitchell’s third album, “Ladies of the Canyon.”

“The name was supposed to be temporary, and it stuck.”

NEW SONGS

“Haunted Woman” was their debut full-length album. Last December, the singers/songwriters offered a digital-only release, “Live from Quebec!”

Their current project, scheduled for a February 2013 release, remains unnamed. The plan was each would come to the table with two or three tunes.

“We ended up writing a whole bunch of new songs,” Davies said. “We wrote 19 songs. We did a lot of four-part team writing. We’ve always written a lot of vocal melodies. With some, we got Senja to play drums. We got some really cool tunes. I don’t think we would be able to come up with individually. That’s the beauty of the team.”

The band may resort to placing album titles in a hat.

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