Lloydminster to get a full dose of country music

By Jessica Dempsey

February 7, 2018 1:52 PM

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Donny Lee will be bringing a honky-tonk Nashville type experience up into the Border City.
On March 5, the country singer will be playing the best of country music and his own songs to the Vic Juba Community Theatre.
“Expect the unexpected,” he said of his show.
“I’m going to be a part of Lloyd’s party. I’m there to just party with them, to play all the favourites …. anybody that has never been to Nashville, I’m giving them a little taste of what it’s like.”
He will be playing hits from Alan Jackson, George Strait, Garth Brooks and many more.
“I’m kind of bringing the experience, sharing stories of things that are happening in Nashville on a regular basis, and then bringing that experience right up to the theatres in Canada,” said Lee.
Lee isn’t just up here to have a good time; he is also going to be raising money at the show for the local food bank.
In Nashville, the band would only get paid by the tip jar that went around, and Lee said he wanted to bring that type of experience to his show.
“We keep the show as authentic as possible and we put a tip jug out as part of the show, but all of the money that gets raised from that tip jug would go to the local charity in each town,” he explained.
This type of idea he said has gone over very well with the audience.
“In every single city, people are generous, especially when we are talking about their own city. We aren’t talking about going to an Alberta food bank, this is something that goes back in their own community, so people have been unbelievably generous,” said Lee.
No stranger to the stage, Lee said his show and the way he leaves his audience is what really makes him stand out.
“When people come down and are listening to you and they don’t know your songs or even the songs we play that are cover songs, people generally don’t remember how well you sang a certain song. What they remember is the moment you left them with,” he said.
His aim is to create a special moment for the audience.
“Whether it be a song you play that was very sentimental to them, or you call someone up because they are celebrating a special occasion, or you just gave them a really good time, one thing you like to leave behind is a moment,” Lee added.
Back in the 1990s, Lee had played in Lloydminster, but he is excited to come back and entertain the audience.
“I was just watching Brett (Kissel) who had just played in Lloyd recently … Brett Kissel is a phenomenal guy, very well respected in Canada, and I like to watch what other artists are doing around there and he talks very highly of Lloyd, the theatre, the atmosphere, how much people are country music fans, and I’m very excited to be there,” he said. 
Before making his stop in Lloydminster Lee will be in Airdrie and Sherwood Park.
Tickets are $39 and are available through the Vic Juba website.
“I just want to invite everyone to come out. It’s going to be a great night, I’ve not heard anyone that has walked away and not thought they got their ticket value in return,” said Lee.

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