Corb Lund grew up on his family's farm in Southern Alberta before moving to Edmonton to study jazz guitar and bass. There, his love of music was further enforced and he set out on a musical career that would still be going strong almost twenty years and a plethora of awards later. Most recently, Lund performed at the Calgary Stampede (where he spoke to us live from the red carpet) with his Hurtin' Albertans but before embarking on his solo career Lund played bass for The Smalls. A band hard to classify, some called The Smalls hard rock, some speed metal. Influenced by a range of genres from jazz to punk, from metal to country, Lund himself told The Brock Press in 2001: "We've never seen ourselves as part of a 'scene;' we've never been really into the punk scene, or the speed-metal scene, or the rap-metal scene. People just try to fit us into whatever music happens to be playing at the time, but we've never really paid too much attention to that."
In 1995, while still a member of The Smalls, Lund released his first solo record - Modern Pain. Six more records have followed, five since The Smalls' disbanding. His new record, Cabin Fever, hits shelves across the country on August 14. As well as speaking to us here at CBC Live, Corb Lund and his band performed an exclusive concert for CBC that will air on CBC Television on September 1. CBC Music has an exclusive clip from the show, Lund performing September. Check it out below:
In late 2009, promoting the album Losing Lately Gambler, he and his Hurtin' Albertans visited Jian Ghomeshi in Studio Q. There, they performed Long Gone to Saskatchewan:
And he also provided a little lesson on how to play his song The Truth Comes Out for all you budding country musicians out there:
You can find Corb on Twitter - @CorbLund - and follow what he's up to. We love the t-shirt, sir: