Corb Lund, with John Evans, Friday, Feb. 15, 8 p.m., 1604 S. Cascade Ave., $16/adv, $18/door, 368-6100, ivywildschool.com.
Corb Lund is the only Juno Award-winning artist to play dozens of dates down here in Colorado. The terrain understandably feels familiar to the charismatic Canadian musician; that 3,000-mile Rocky Mountain range does, after all, extend up to his Alberta hometown. Colorado is also home to a loyal fanbase who reliably flock to the contemporary honky-tonk artist’s performances at appropriately home-on-the-range venues like Chico Basin Ranch. Indeed, it’s hard to resist an Americana-influenced body of work that reaches back to classic releases like Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer
, an album that won him the aforementioned Canadian equivalent of a Grammy Award while yielding one of his most popular and countrified singles, “Truck Got Stuck.” And then there’s more recent material like the hilarious “Bible on the Dash,” which extols the wisdom of propping the Good Book up on your dashboard when driving through Tulsa at 95 mph. “It’s better than insurance, registration or lyin’ / It’s better than these fake IDs I keep on buyin’,” sings Lund. “It’s even better than an envelope stuffed with cash / They always said it’d save me / That old Bible on the dash.” But what really saves Lund, if only from the stateside obscurity that’s befallen most Canadian artists, is his repertoire of genuinely charismatic tunes, mostly sincere songwriting, and masterful musicianship that works across a variety of genres. All those qualities are much in evidence on Corb Lund and The Hurtin’ Albertans’ most recent album Things That Can’t Be Undone
. Produced by Dave Cobb — whose credits include Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell — it ranges from the quietly heartbreaking “Sunbeam,” about a young niece who died of cancer, to the relatively wistful “Goodbye Colorado,” a song he’ll hopefully be singing on many return visits to come.