Lance Canales & The Flood on Live DiRT (8/11 at 4:30pm)

KDRT broadcaster Bill Wagman, (one half of the Folk Brothers) will host Lance Canales and the Flood live in the KDRT studio on Thursday, August 11th, beginning at 4:30 pm. Lance Canales & The Flood are a roots-blues influenced Americana trio from Fresno, California, where Canales lived the life that so many songs have been written about since the birth of roots music – hard labor, one room shacks and taunting ghosts whispering of a better life. Canales’ guttural vocals combine a hard-edged storytelling approach beneath a stripped down, foot-stomping, acoustic instrumentation. In February 2013, Canales released the single “Plane Crash at Los Gatos: Deportee” (a poem) written by Woody Guthrie in 1948 and labeled by Saint Louis Magazine as a, “gut-wrenchingly beautiful rendition.” The song has been covered by many stellar musicians, but what makes this version so important is that it reveals the names of the Mexican nationals that were simply dubbed as “deportees” in the original news article. After first performing the song with author/poet Tim Z Hernandez reading the names at the 2012 Steinbeck Festival, Canales decided he wanted to do more for the “deportees” whom are were buried in a mass, unmarked grave in Fresno, California, where Canales now resides. In August of 2013, Lance Canales in collaboration with Nora Guthrie and the Guthrie Foundation and Tim Z Hernandez, put on a concert to raise $10,000 for a historic memorial headstone for the “deportees.” Lance Canales and the Flood appear at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen Thursday, August 11th at 9:00 pm. Their latest release is “The Blessing and the Curse” on Music Road Records

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