Barney Bentall brings his legendary sound to South Delta for the first time next weekend.
Bentall will perform at Genesis Theatre in Ladner on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Canadians met Bentall as leader of the Legendary Hearts when MuchMusic embraced an indie video of the heartland anthem, Something to Live For.
More recently, as a solo artist, Bentall plays a mix of roots, blues-rock, and folk music that draws listeners to an evocative Canadian landscape dotted with robust adventurers.
“Never been out to South Delta. One of the guys playing with me, Simon Kendall, played there [Genesis] with Jim Byrnes and said it was a great show, so that was all I needed to hear,” said Bentall.
“You try and connect no matter how many people are there, but smaller venues are great to play in. This is what you do for a living right, so any venue is great to play in. The size of this theatre is really ideal for me.”
Bentall said he has a great collaboration of musicians that will back him for the show.
“I feel very fortunate that I get to play with the calibre of players that I do. They always make me sound better,” he said. “I’m gradually in the process of making another record. The show in Ladner is just continuing to tour. Given the changes that have happened in terms of income streams, live performances are becoming even more important for artists. The other income streams from record sales and radio play, for instance, that landscape has very much altered, so those of us do it just play and try and keep a reasonable frequency of performances happening.”
Bentall said the Ladner concert will be a mix of older songs as well as some new material.
“I have always followed a methodology of playing new things as well as old hits and singles… just mix it up,” he said. “It’s very important for me as an artist to create new music and to play that, but at the end of the day it’s about entertainment and people want to hear those older songs that have meant a lot to them.”
Tickets are $50 and can be reserved online at: http://connect37.deltasd.bc.ca or by phone at 604-940-5550. Genesis Theatre, is located inside Delta Secondary at 5005-45th Ave.