Corb Lund

Corby Clark Marinus Lund was born in Taber, Alberta on January 29th, 1969. Lund grew up farming and ranching in Alberta, just as his family had for the past four generations. In his youth he found a love for music, and was fond of the old cowboy ballads his grandfather taught him. In addition to these trail songs from his grandfather, Lund also liked jazz and rock & roll. After finishing high school, Lund worked in the oilfield and did Rodeo for a few years before he decided that he wanted to pursue a career in music. Lund chose to go to the Grant MacEwen College in Edmonton, where he studied jazz guitar and bass.

Grant MacEwen College of the Arts

Upon finishing college in 1989, he and a group of friends from Grant MacEwen formed the alternative indie rock band "The Smalls".

Lund spent the next ten years traveling Canada, the United States, Australia, and Europe as bass guitarist and co-songwriter with The Smalls. In 1995 Lund began to feel that The Smalls had taken their music as far as they could, and so he formed his own band, "The Corb Lund Band" in which he was vocalist and lead guitarist, with bass guitarist Kurt Ciesla from Blue Locus, and drummer Ryan Vikedal from Nickleback. A short time later, Grant Siemens (Winnipeg, Manitoba) joined the group as a back up guitarist. Today they are known as Corb Lund and The Hurtin' Albertans and the band now consists of Kurt Ciesla (string bass), Brady Valgardson (drums) and Grant Siemens (guitar, banjo, steel guitar, mandolin, dobro)

Since then, Corb Lund and The Hurtin' Albertans has been traveling Canada, Australia, the UK, and the southern United States. The Corb Lund band has produced three gold albums and received many prestigious awards including an outstanding album award (Five Dollar Bill - 2003), four Canadian Country Music Association awards (2004/2005), Canadian entertainer of the year (2005), songwriter of the year (2006), album of the year (2006), a JUNO award (2006) as well as winning roots group of the year six years in a row from 2004 to 2010, and once again in 2013. In addition to Canadian music awards, Lund has also been nominated and won many other awards in the United States, Australia, France, and England

Corb Lund is an iconic Canadian author who's work revolves staying true to his Alberta roots. Lund chose to remain in Canada and recorded much of his music independently because he felt that not enough Canadian authors get credit for their roots, and wants to keep his music as Canadian as possible. Even though he had multiple chances to move to Nashville and Los Angeles to write music for bigger record companies, he wanted to stay in Canada because he didn't like the way many producers tried to switch up his songs.

I chose to research Corb Lund because he is an important figure in Canadian Music and an iconic author for Alberta. He is also major supporter of many charities and foundations in western Canada. Corb Lund and The Hurtin' Albertans have made many donations to the United Nations Children's Fund. In 2010 he headed the Medicine Hate Flood Relief Show, which raise close to $70,000.00 in funds that were donated to the Red Cross Foundation for families displaced by flood damage. He has been the main supporter of the Center for Family Literacy in Edmonton since 2010. and recently in the fall 2016 he hosted a concert in Edmonton to raise money that would help those displaced by the Fort McMurray fires.

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