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I shot JR

April 22nd, 2009


The first time I met Justin Rutledge was at my dear friend Amanda’s stagette; JR had very sportingly agreed to play for us, and in a police uniform, no less. It was pretty much impossible NOT to become a fan. I’ve seen him play a bunch of times since — from a house concert to the National Arts Centre. He’s a consummate performer, tempering his moving lyrics and tunes with hilarious banter.

Justin came to Wakefield’s intimate Black Sheep Inn last Sunday afternoon… and with Melissa McClelland opening, it was a show not to be missed.

I’ve seen Melissa perform twice now, and she’s blown my socks off each time with her astounding vocals and distinct tunes. Hubby Luke Doucet joined her onstage for her set, and they are certainly a force to be reckoned with:

Justin’s set was terrific too, and it was great to see a touch of his rocking-er show from Zaphod’s the night before make it into the Black Sheep. Basil Donovan had a couple of terrific bass solos, and David Baxter added his usual guitar oomph to every song.

Justin ended off his encore with his signature “Don’t Be So Mean Jellybean”:

Talk about a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

More vids from the show, if you’re willing to look past the tough red lighting and my shaky hands:
Justin, Melissa and Luke perform “St. Peter”
Melissa performs “Victoria Day” with Luke Doucet

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  1. April 22nd, 2009 at 09:05 | #1

    Who is this guy? I totally want to meet him.

  2. LTP
    April 22nd, 2009 at 09:45 | #2

    Nice sounds…but not so sure about the handcuffs…

  3. lindsayd
    April 23rd, 2009 at 12:04 | #3

    i (heart) him.

    …. and how do i go about booking him for my stagette!!!!

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