A Saskatchewan musician is seeing a swell of support two provinces west in Vernon.
Jack Semple, a bluesy-rock guitarist raised on B.B. King, is being brought to the Okanagan for a Thursday, June 9 show at 1516 Pub and Grill.
“You need to go watch this guy; he is in class of his own when it comes to music,” said Russell Haubrich, a long-time Vernon and Silver Star resident who is originally from Saskatchewan and is known for his own guitar talents. “You have to see it to believe it.”
Haubrich is just one local fan, joined by the Dah’s, who own several local restaurants and are eager to support the musician and rock the lake.
“Me and my Uncle Russ saw Jack play six or seven years ago in Armstrong. My husband, who loves live music, insisted we go because he saw him play in Regina 30 years ago. We are like, ‘wait, what?’ But we went, and it was amazing,” said Katie Dahl, owner of 1516 Pub and Grill. “Now look at this, he is playing live at our newest location, 1516 Pub!”
Semple admits he was not a fan of playing the electric guitar early in his career. In his teens, he had studied classical and flamenco styles. He only reluctantly picked up an electric later on and it was strictly for practical reasons.
“When I first heard B.B. King, even as a young kid, I thought ‘Wow, this guy is speaking a language,’” he says. “I wanted to learn that language. I got into electric guitar and then I got into playing in a lot of country bands. In the late ’70s and early ’80s, all the gigs in my area were country gigs. You could play six nights a week, endlessly. Those days are gone, but back when I was in my 20s, I would get on the road and play six nights a week for months and months and months. That’s a great way to learn your chops.”
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