Life on the road is
familiar place for this Caroline-native cowboy, who is soon to be hitting the road with mother-sister duo Joanne and Haley Myrol.
A storyteller first and foremost, Christie entertains audiences everywhere with his Alberta-rooted stories, based on his cowboy background, traditional western musical influences and encounters on the road.
Sometimes he backs himself with his band, other times with nothing more than a guitar, banjo, warm voice and captivating stage presence.
“I like bringing a small town-feel with me wherever I go,” explains Christie, who loves the rush of being on stage — a feeling that keeps most musicians going despite the pitfalls and hardships of the business itself.
“Just being able to go play my own music, look out at the crowd, and they’re singing “Alberta May” with me . . . that’s a really good feeling.”
On his own music, Christie feels he has finally come into his own and is looking forward to the release of his third CD, Banjos, Broncs and Buccaroos. He has been developing his songwriting, and has become more involved with the production of his music, which despite a heavier workload allows an artist more room for creative freedom.
“I’ve become more in control of the production as time has gone on. I didn’t produce my first CD, and it had more elements of pop than it would now. My second CD was more bluegrass cross-over stuff. But this one I kind of like it. It’s more traditional,” explains Christie.
He said there is a difference between western and country music. Much of modern country music is intertwined with pop. It tends to be more mainstream and it dominates the radio stations and CMT music video worlds. Western music, on the other hand, is more traditional singer-songwriter based. The stories told through the western genre are lifestyle derived, less flashy and more rootsy. That, and the listening crowds are different.
Country music has a more modern, younger following, whereas western music is appreciated by a listening audience — a crowd who actually remembers the music the next day, rather than how many shooters they had the night before.
In a sense, there is a timeless element with western music, and an ongoing homage to the creators of the genre — originators like Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Senior, Merle Haggard, Ian Tyson, June Carter and Dolly Parton.
And so onwards Christie goes, keeping true to the western roots of his musical family and the mentors from generations passed.
To learn more visit MySpace.com/allen_christie. He will be gracing the stage of the Blue Dog Cafe May 12 for a dinner and jam session starting at 7 pm.