There are musicians, and then there are cultural icons – people like Leonard Cohen and Neil Young, who transcend the boundaries of their craft. Well, it’s time to add Corb Lund’s name to that list. The 43-year old musician’s role as the artist-in-residence at Calgary’s Glenbow Museum, and the work he did curating an exhibition called, fittingly enough, No Roads Here: Corb Lund’s Alberta, is a testament to the fact that he’s become more than just a musician in his home province. Instead, he’s part troubadour, part cowboy, part historian and all unapologetically Albertan. That isn’t to suggest that he and his band, the Hurtin’ Albertans, aren’t still making great music. Lund’s a former Juno winner and seven-time Roots Artist of the Year recipient at the Canadian Country Music Awards, and his 2012 album Cabin Fever – his seventh – was predictably successful, debuting at number one on the Canadian billboard top 200 and peaking at number four on the American charts. Still, it’s his role as rural Alberta’s unofficial spokesperson that’s truly worth watching – and welcoming.
Corb Lund: Alberta's 50 Most Influential People 2013
Takeaway: Corb Lund is a successful musician - and apologetically Albertan.