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The past twelve months have been a labour of love for musician Sarah Cripps as she’s been producing her debut album Change. “You can only make your debut album once and it was really important for me to make it be something I could look back on and think is a real representation of who I am,” says Cripps. “It has evolved really naturally.”

The natural evolution of the release is also a direct mirror of how the 21-year-old country musician has allowed her burgeoning career to evolve. She began playing music when she was just nine years old and before she was 13 had been offered a deal by a major record label.

“It was a really incredible thing, and I was really grateful for it, but it just felt like the whole process would have been too rushed,” says Cripps of the deal, and what prompted her to ultimately walk away from it to continue her career as a completely independent musician.

“I’m really proud to be putting this record out on my own,” she affirms. “It’s been a really long journey, but I have put together a team who believe in me and have helped me make what I think is the best possible record I can make.”

A modern blend of country, folk and pop music, Cripps and her longtime collaborator/producer David Martin enlisted help from some of the most well-known country musicians to play on the record including Chris McHugh, drummer for country music star Keith Urban; Jimmie Lee Sloas, the bass player for Carrie Underwood; and Tom Bukovac, a guitar player for Sheryl Crow.

“There are literally some of the best session players in this industry playing on my album, which made it an even more exciting experience,” she said. “Now I get to go across Canada playing shows which breathes a very new and different life into the songs.”

Cripps will perform on February 12 at Inspire Café, 675 2nd Street S.E. The show starts at 1 p.m. CDs will be available for purchase at the show or online, visit for more information.

Joshua Cockerill will be playing the Ottoman Lounge Thursday, June 17th @ 9PM. Joshua Cockerill can be considered rock mixed with a lot of country, or “alt-country”.

“Influenced and inspired by legends Neil Young and Leonard Cohen and contemporaries Blue Rodeo and Rutledge, Joshua Cockerill is an alt-country rocker with a poet’s soul.”

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Erin Ross will be playing the Ottoman Lounge Saturday, April 24th live at 9PM. $5 cover at the door. Her music can be described as Blues and Acoustic (with a little bit of Country on the side). She has been quite busy lately in support of her recordings – she plays on average over one hundred shows per year!

Erin Ross is an accomplished recording artist and performer. Having spent many years honing her skills and refining her craft, Erin delivers something that is energetic, dynamic and fresh.

In 2008 Erin released a vinyl single “Sweet Thing.” It charted on CJSW for 6 weeks, peaking at #10 overall. It also won attention from CKUA Alberta Public Radio, CiTR in Vancouver, CJSR in Edmonton and CKXU in Lethbridge. Erin’s music has also been featured regularly on the CBC in Calgary and has found its way onto Mountain Radio in Blairmore and CIDO in the Creston Valley.

Josh Cokerill - Photo via MySpace

Josh Cokerill - Photo via MySpace

Here’s a bit of a different show; Playing November 20th, 2009 at The Ottoman is country rock group, Josh Cockerill with guests, The Warped 45s who are a bit more rock, but still have that country and folk sound to them. Both groups are Canadian and hail from Toronto, although I specifically listened to a song by The Warped 45s entitled “10 Day Poem For Saskatchewan” – in fact that is what their latest album is called. Which means they might have some roots over near here, more specifically, Josh Cokerill grew up in Alberta. The show will start at 9:30.

A bit about Josh Cockerill:

Toronto songwriter Joshua Cockerill found his country roots growing up in Alberta. After moving to Toronto, he took to writing and performing alternative country music, reflecting his western pride with an eastern big-city sensibility. After kicking around the local music scene for a few years, Joshua decided to break his piggy bank and independently finance his first recordings. “I’ve known I wanted to be a musician since I was ten years old,” says Cockerill, “You could say that everything I saved up over the years was preparing for the making of this album.”

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The Warped 45s @ MySpace
Josh Cockerill @ MySpace

The Ottoman Lounge
502 South Railway St. Se
Medicine Hat, AB

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 at 9:00pm

Tonight, starting at 9PM, Corby Dorner, Jason Helman, and Troy Biccum (also known as Jones) with special guest Tim Herman will be playing at The Ottoman Lounge. This isn’t the first time Tim will be playing with Jones and will not be the last. There is several more performances planned in November and December.

Tim Herman is a guitar instructors at the United Conservatory of Music here in Medicine Hat and even has a music video.

Tim Herman’s “Wrap Your Arms” – 1997

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