Announced in 2019, the holding of this first country festival in the metropolis had to wait for the COVID-19 pandemic to calm down to finally take off.
A premiere that pleases Matt Lang, who will perform on the main stage on August 13 at 3:45 p.m.
It was about time we had such a festival. My team has felt that people are there for a long time.
Whether such an event would have been more successful in the region than in Montreal, Matt Lang thinks it’s a great way to encourage people who live outside the city to come and spend a few days of vacation there. .
Country is starting to be more and more popular in Montreal too.he says.
From country to new country
Obviously, when we think country, we see cowboy hats and boots as well as plaid shirts.
We still see a lot of them in our shows. And it’s still cool to keep this theme. But indeed, for new country artists, this fashion has somewhat disappearedargues Matt Lang.
Country music is also associated with big recurring themes like love, road trips and everyday life.
It’s music from the heart, and it often talks about alcohol. The words pickup truck, whiskey and beer (beer) often come up in our songsadmits Matt Lang, who just released the song Never Met A Beer.
However, Matt Lang encourages people to get rid of the usual stereotypes associated with country music and come see the up-and-coming artists.
It’s not what it used to be, it’s a little different. […] The comment that often comes up is that people go to see a show hesitantly, but they are curious and finally they appreciate it.
Moreover, the one who makes new country also includes the music of Canadian star Shania Twain.
Bringing the sound of Nashville to Quebec
Matt Lang recorded his first English album in Nashville in 2018, as well as his second. For the third, it was shared between Quebec and the state capital of Tennessee. Now, one of his goals is to bring the ambiance of the birthplace of country music to Quebec.
I went there because I wanted to have the Nashville sound and style. […] That there are guitar solos and that we are not embarrassed to put somehe gives as an example.
Matt Lang adds that the sound he describes as
Nashville is a little more metallic, but it’s hard to put words to really illustrate what he means.
The guitar sounds are put forward more than here. It also depends on how the musician uses his guitar line or the drummer is going to play. There are textures behind the music that we detect when we come to attend showsexplains the singer.
Artists from the United States and Canada
Lasso Montreal’s lineup was announced earlier this spring. Among the artists who will be present during this first edition, we find the popular Luke Bryan, Old Dominion, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, the group James Barker Band and Kelsea Ballerini.
The Canadian duo The Reklaws, author of the success Long Live the Night, will be performing on the second day of the festival. We can also see the shows of Quebecers Léa Jarry on August 12 and Sara Dufour on August 13.
Among the artists who will parade on the Lasso stage, Matt Lang suggests some essentials: Montrealer Britanny Kennell and especially Dierks Bentley, of whom the Quebec singer is a big fan.
This text was written based on an interview conducted by Claudia Hébert, cultural columnist on the show Tout un matin. Comments may have been edited for clarity and conciseness.