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Hard-rocking Miss Quincy is back to the Byng in Cranbrook on April 15. - Courtesy Ferdy Belland
Hard-rocking Miss Quincy is back to the Byng in Cranbrook on April 15.
— image credit: Courtesy Ferdy Belland

Ferdy Belland

"Our biggest news is that we've made an album since we were last in Cranbrook!" This from Jody Peck, the blues-rock enchantress who (under her nom-de-plume Miss Quincy) fronts her band The Showdown as its fiery guitarist-vocalist.

"One of the great things about being a touring band is that we get to road-test our songs, night after night, and the songs we were playing at the Byng last winter are now on our new album!"

Miss Quincy and the Showdown have stood out from Vancouver's hipster mishmash through solid musicianship and genuine rolling-sweat onstage power; along with artists such as Rich Hope and Matt Rogers, Miss Quincy proves that mainstream names like the Black Keys (or Joan Jett) have not cornered the market on punchy, rootsy riff-rock. And she intends to prove herself once again onstage at the legendary Byng Roadhouse for the upcoming Full Moon Fever Party on Tuesday April 15.

Since 2009, Miss Quincy has blasted her way out of her Northern B.C. origins with no less than 100,000 km of worldwide touring to her credit. With her trusty sidekicks in the Showdown smashing the drums and slapping at the upright bass, the band is currently touring in support of their third album "Roadside Recovery," which stands as a perfect sonic document to their explosive live show...a live show which now moves beyond their classic power-trio lineup and includes a keyboardist.

"Adding Christie Rose to our touring line up has been really great," Peck said. "The addition of keyboards adds a new texture and layer to the sound, but her harmonies are what really take our show to new level."

Miss Quincy has their work cut out for them for the rest of 2014. "We're doing our album release in Western Canada this month, and then heading over to Ontario and Quebec for some shows. After the summer we'll be doing our annual European tour, and then this coming winter we'll be doing our first Australian tour. We're just focusing on getting the new record out there."

With all this continuous globe-trotting rocknroll hullabaloo, Peck still hasĀ  no qualms about torching up small town stages with the Miss Quincy inferno. "I'll always like playing small towns. Don't tell the big cities, but I like playing small towns best. I've spent the last five years touring every small town in Western Canada, and many of the people that come out to our shows have become friends. It's a little reunion, everywhere we go. And for all you inspired up-and-comers who hunger for the road? Just get out there and start learning. There's only one way to get road-miles under your belt...and that's to drive them.

"Touring is the only way to learn the fine art of playing a dirty bar."

Miss Quincy and the Showdown rock your world at the legendary Byng Roadhouse (21 Cranbrook St. South) Tuesday April 15, showtime 8 p.m.

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