By Breanne Massey
Special to the Pioneer
The sound of rock and Americana will come to life with Dustin Bentall at Ullr Bar this weekend as part of Pynelogs’ Love it Live 2019 concert series.
Opening act Wild Honey, is a Cranbrook-based group of women, opens for Mr. Bentall, starting at 6 p.m. before he takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 24th.
“I’ve played Cranbrook a number of times but this will be my first time playing Invermere,” Mr. Bentall told the Pioneer via e-mail.
“My favourite thing about playing in the Columbia Valley is that I get to see my sisters because they live in the Fort Steele area and I only get out there once or twice a year. Of course it also happens to be one of the most beautiful areas in the world so there’s that too, especially now that I moved from B.C. to the big dirty city of Toronto, it will be a real treat to get out in the mountains!”
Although he’s eager to visit the Valley, Mr. Bentall did not give away any secrets about the performance, indicating guests would be required to attend to learn more about the performance.
When asked which musicians have influenced his roots, Mr. Bentall replied: “Three biggest influences for me musically would be Tom Petty, John Prine and my dad (musician Barney Bentall).”
He cited Mr. Prine for his ability to simply and poignantly write stories about everyday characters with depth and relatability.
While Mr. Petty ranked high on his list as Number 1 because of his admiration for songwriting that tells stories.
“The sounds, stories and the angle which he approached his songwriting I just connect with so perfectly,” he explained. “I spent two weeks one summer working in the bush with a friend when we were teenagers. All we had was a pickup truck with a tape deck, chainsaws and one cassette. It was ‘Full Moon Fever’ and we just played it over and over and over.”
After 15 years as a performer, Mr. Bentall indicated his biggest drive to continue to play music was the way he could touch other peoples’ lives.
“There’s an energy that comes back from a crowd that is immeasurable and on the good nights it can really fuel you up for a long time,” he said.
“I love the travel too, and the network of musicians and songwriters across the country who you get to see in random places. It can get to be a bit much at times of course when you’re on the road for too long but there is an energy you get from performing that you can’t get anywhere else.”
Mr. Bentall plans to release five new songs on an album entitled, “High In The Satellite,” which will be released on March 5th.
And the Valley couldn’t be happier to sponsor a Toronto-based musician as part of their ongoing series in support of live music.
“Columbia Valley Arts is thrilled to partner with Ullr Bar who will host this event,” wrote Jami Scheffer, Pynelogs executive director, via email to the Pioneer.
“The new owners of Ullr were keen to work together to bring Mr. Bentall to a larger venue. Doors open at 4 p.m., the kitchen will be open with a full menu, Wild Honey is on the main stage at 6 p.m. and Dustin pulls the evening together at 7:30 p.m.”
To buy $25 tickets in advance, please visit: https://www.columbiavalleyarts.com/CVARTS/event/dustin-bentall-love-it-live-music-series/.
For more information about Mr. Bentall, please visit: www.dustinbentall.ca or to learn more about the opening act, check-out: https://www.wildhoneyband3.com .