Music Clip of the Month/ 11-12

Corb Lund's "Dig Gravedigger Dig" (2012)

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

'Cabin Fever' (2012) is Edmonton-born Corb Lund's
7th studio album, but only the second to be issued
in the U.S., via New West Records.
"HE could be makin' more money, he could be out workin' the rigs. But he says he don't really like no company, he says he'd rather just dig." That's from Edmonton-born Corb Lund's latest "Dig Gravedigger Dig." It's a suitable theme for the title of the roots artist's 7th studio album, Cabin Fever (New West Records), which debuted at the top of the Canadian charts in August. It even registered south of the border, where the 12-track set (two additional tracks available only on iTunes) climbed to #51 on their country list. His first disc to dent a U.S. chart.

The former Grant MacEwan music student started his post-studies music ventures when he founded The Smalls, an Edmonton-based hard rock band, in 1989. He transitioned into a roots act after forming his own Corb Lund Band (now known as Corb Lund & the Hurtin' Albertans) in 1993, and issued a debut LP, that year's Modern Pain (Outside Music). But it wasn't really until the group's third effort, 2002's Five Dollar Bill (Stony Plain Records), that people started paying attention.

From there Lund became the country's premier roots artist, indulging new-to-the-genre fans via testimonials such as "Roughest Neck Around" (2003), "Truck Got Stuck" (2005), "Long Gone to Saskatchewan" (2009), and Cabin Fever's lead single, "September" (2012). Along the way Lund's been honoured with dozens of awards and accolades, including 11 Canadian Country Music Awards, 6 Western Canadian Music Awards, a pair of gold records, and a Juno for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year (for 2006's Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer).

The self-penned "Dig Gravedigger Dig" is the second clip from Cabin Fever, and was released just three weeks ago. Check it out below. And FYI, Lund will be performing at the Edmonton EXPO Centre on Friday, December 7 (8PM). Tix are available here.

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