Barley & Smoke is happy to have a solid line up of Alberta song and music artists including up-and-coming country star Maddison Krebs, critically acclaimed singer, songwriter and guitarist, Blake Reid of the Blake Reid Band, and solo artist Ryan Langlois former lead of the multiple-award-winning Boom Chucka Boys.
There’s a classic timelessness and a sense of poise to Maddison Krebs that you won’t often find in someone of her era. The 23 year old singer-songwriter, native to Southern Alberta, has spent the last 3 years in Nashville honing her musical abilities and song-craftsmanship with intention to create depth, meaning, integrity, and love behind her music.
“A clean, simple and classic tone that sounds as if it comes from country music’s beginnings.” – Calgary Herald
BLAKE REID BAND
The Blake Reid Band pays homage to the craft of making authentic music rooted in the traditions of country and great storytelling. While incorporating flavours of folk, roots, bluegrass, Americana, outlaw country and more, the Blake Reid Band stays true to the story. Whether you were raised in the deep south of the USA, the evergreen forests of Northern Canada, the countryside of the UK, or anywhere in between, their sound, their energy, their stories, will awaken your heart, stir your soul and take you home.
The barstool balladeer: a charming and mysterious legend recalling better days, better songs, in better bars. A figure cloaked in experience, masked in heartbreak and all-consuming empathy, this trope seeks hope and light over all else. In today’s imitative mass of simple melodies and bubblegum production - Ryan Langlois’ rock-ribbed growl is an uncompromising breath of fresh air.