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Country duo will visit Duchess, Maple Creek

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Prairie sweethearts Belle Plaine and Blake Berglund released a collaborative country/folk music double-single, gold-toned seven-inch vinyl record Sept. 4, supported by a double-bill tour from Regina, Sask. to Victoria, B.C.

This includes stops in southeast Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan.
On Sept. 24, they will be in Duchess at Red Roof Studio and Sept. 25 they will perform at Spring Valley Guest Ranch near Maple Creek.
The release pays homage to fellow Saskatchewan songwriter Zachary Lucky. The couple recorded two tracks from Lucky’s back catalogue Town to Town (radio release Aug. 4) and Saskatchewan. 
All 298 copies of the limited edition vinyl are expected to sell during the tour. The singles will also be available via iTunes.
The recordings were produced by former frontman of The Waltons, Saskatchewan alt-rock JUNO winner, Jason Plumb (Colter Wall).
Plumb’s warmth toward the pair is evident.
“I’ve been a fan of both Blake and Belle for quite some time. After seeing their live performance, I couldn’t wait to get them in the studio together,” says Plumb. “It’s always interesting when songwriters choose to record another artist’s material.The art is in the interpretation and with these two, you can hear their chemistry on the recording.”  
The live show is a classic double-bill with a twist. Belle and Blake will each perform a set with their own sideplayers — Elizabeth Curry on bass and Jeremy Sauer on keys for Belle Plaine and Bryce Lewis on guitar for Blake Berglund. To close each the ensemble will come together  for a selection of duets including Town to Town and Saskatchewan from their co-release, Kris Kristofferson’s Chase The Feeling, and Ian and Sylvia’s Summer Wages.
Belle Plaine is a small town prairie child who grew up to be a singer/songwriter, sure-shot hunter, amateur gardener and wannabe horsewoman.
Raised in the farming community of Fosston, Sask., her distinctive sound draws on a wide-ranging musical background, including years of professional training (formal study at MacEwan University) and performances stretching back to her youth.
Belle’s singular and textured voice lends itself to various styles of music, from outlaw country to 1940s swing, adding a smoky, sultry touch to every song she sings. 
While she has been likened to Patsy Cline, Emmylou Harris, and Jill Barber, Belle Plaine’s musical stylings, wry storytelling and surefire charm are all her own.
The 2013 JUNO Host Committee selected Belle as a representative of local artists. She was also selected to perform official showcases at BreakOut West and Folk Alliance International Conference in 2013. She’s earned the titles of Best Singer, Best Solo Act and Best Local Album by readers of Regina’s prairie dog magazine. In October 2014 she was named Emerging Artist by the Regina Mayor’s Arts and Business Awards. She’s criss-crossed North America in the years since, playing from coast to coast at events like the Festival of Small Halls (P.E.I), Regina Folk Festival (Sask.), 2014 Celebration Zone (PE), and Folk Alliance International.
Blake Berglund’s fresh style of country music is unpredictable, intelligent, genuine, and a pleasant surprise to some, given his hard-rock/pseudo-metal background.
Berglund’s authentic songwriting and stage show landed him showcasing opportunities at the 2012 Breakout West Festival, 2012 Canadian Country Music Awards, and 2013 Canadian Music Week Festival. His grassroots approach has earned him a reputation as “the guy who sold 15,000 CDs door-to-door.”
Raised in the Moose Mountains deep in Saskatchewan’s southeast corner, Berglund took his early childhood responsibilities of tending to 200 head of horses as the education needed to base his music career around hard work and cultivating relationships. The troubadour consistently plays more than 150 shows per year and has opened for Corb Lund, Jim Cuddy, Jason McCoy, Theory of a Deadman, The Sheepdogs, and Del Barber.

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