DEVIL WON'T GO
The Saskatchewan Country Music Association held its annual awards night in Prince Albert on the weekend, and among the nominees for Group of the Year was the Saskatoon band Quickshift. Devil Won't Go is the band's debut album, which was also nominated as Album of the Year.
This band is carried by the female vocals of Leanne Lozinsky who fronts this four-piece band. Having a female band lead vocalist is still something of a rarity in country music, and that at least gives Quickshift its own flavour. That said, the band could be strengthened by a male vocalist who could blend in on harmonies, adding duets to the repertoire, and simply giving the sound greater diversity.
Still, this is a pretty solid first effort, with some definite radio-friendly cuts, such as the title cut, a song with a tinge of rock, and one cut where they do add in some back-up vocals adding to the richness of the piece.
While Quickshift was in tough against competition such as Wyatt and Poverty Plainsmen at the SCMA awards, they shouldn't feel like they were out of place, thanks to the female lead this band does stick out just a little bit from the crowd. The rest of the crew are Jordan Wiebe, lead guitar, Marlin Korczak, drummer and Justin Sopotyk, bass.
With material such as the hopping I Ain't Listening, these guys would be a fun cabaret band, and should certainly win fans wuith the recording too.
This band may not be the next big thing based on Devil Won't Go, but they are at least off to a solid career start.
Check them out at www.quickshiftmusic.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper April 23, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada