Corb Lund has received multiple CCMA, Juno, and international award nominations and wins. Agricultural Tragic, his first album of original material in five years came out June 26th. Met with acclaim, No Depression states, “Eloquent and plainspoken, the excellent Agricultural Tragic finds the affable country rocker exploring his roots as a rancher and rodeo rider while striving to adapt this traditional identity to the challenging modern world… Corb Lund radiates authenticity from first note to last.” American Songwriter says, “The songs on Agricultural Tragic sparkle with a kind of authenticity that only someone who lives that life can project” while The Associated Press state, “The result is a distinctive sound — call it Country & Northwestern — that romances the region from which Lund hails.”
Agricultural Tragic is a highlight in Lund’s long and successful career. His 7th album Cabin Fever, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Canadian Charts in 2012; three of his records have been certified Gold, and his 2015 studio album, Things That Can’t Be Undone, cemented his status as one of the best contemporary country singer/songwriters working today. Last Fall, Corb released Cover Your Tracks, 8-song collection of unexpected cover songs previously recorded by AC/DC, Nancy Sinatra, Billy Joel, Marty Robbins, Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Willie Nelson & Ray Charles, and Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show.
A rural Albertan hailing from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with a long family lineage of ranchers and rodeo people, Lund is as authentic as they come. Before his current bandleader incarnation with the Hurtin’ Albertans, Lund was an integral part of the smalls, a legendary Canadian indie rock band who didn’t quite fit into any single category either, mixing punk, speed metal and — indeed — country. Embracing both his Western heritage and his indie rock past through his music, Lund is known to filter a range of cowboy themes past and present through his unique lens - from rough-and-tumble tales of lawless frontier saloons, to the somber realities of running a modern family ranch.
“There are people who do Western music and they kind of freeze-dry it, like museum style,” Lund says. “I don’t do that at all. I’m interested in expressing myself currently. Which is actually what it feels like to have six generations of cowboy heritage thrown into the crazy 21st Century urban setting. I love the traditional style and I use it. But I approach it with abandon and irreverence.”