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The Good Lovelies return to San Juan

The Good Lovelies - Contributed photo
The Good Lovelies
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If you’re at all familiar with their music, then “taking the world by storm” is probably the last phrase you might apply to the Good Lovelies.

These are not Dixie Chicks.

See the contrast for yourself when the Good Lovelies, headed back to Friday Harbor after a premier island performance in 2012, take center stage at San Juan Community Theatre Saturday, Aug. 2. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Still, similarities can’t be denied. Both trios are adept at a variety of instruments, interchange leads often, and feature inspiring, intricately woven three-part harmonies. But unlike Natalie Maines and company, the Good Lovelies are more likely to showcase their award-winning talents on an episode of “Prairie Home Companion,” or on tour with Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe, rather than at a weekend rock festival or as musical guest on Saturday Night Live. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

And, the Good Lovelies hail from Canada, as well, rather than Texas. Perhaps that’s another reason that this unassuming, buoyant trio of longtime best friends, Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore, have gravitated toward the sunny side of western swing and folk music, and have along the way become the darlings of the summer festival circuit.

What the two groups share, however, is musical chops, as well as a long list of music industry accolades and awards to back it up.

The Good Lovelies burst onto the musical scene with a self-titled album in 2009, which garnered the group headlines as “New Emerging Artist” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and later a Juno (Canada’s equivalent to the Grammy’s) for Album of the Year in the Roots/Traditional category.

Their latest release, Live at Revolution, earned two 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards, for Best Vocal Group and for Best Ensemble, and highlights both the energy and variety of their live performances. The album includes a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “State Trooper,” Leonard Cohen’s mega-hit “Hallelujah” and starts off with the 1930s classic, “The Heebie Jeebies.”

Other than that, it’s all their own.

The Business Partner for the Good Lovelies is Peter C. Schmidt Construction. Tickets are $28 for adults, $14 for students, $5 student RUSH at the door. The SJCT box office is open Tue-Fri, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For info or to purchase tickets online, visit or 378-3210.


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