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Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans

Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans at the 2007 Glastonbury Festival
Background information
Also known as Corb Lund Band
Origin Alberta, Canada
Genres Country music
Years active 1995–present
Labels Stony Plain
Corb Lund
Kurt Ciesla
Grant Siemens
Brady Valgardson

Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans are a Canadian country music band, formerly known as the Corb Lund Band.


Corb Lund

Corb Lund, the lead singer, grew up in Southern Alberta living on his family's farm and ranches near Taber, Cardston and Rosemary. He is proud of being an Albertan.[1] Lund left his hometown of Taber and moved to Edmonton, where he enrolled in the Grant MacEwan College to study jazz guitar and bass.

Lund was a founding member of The Smalls, who sold over 35,000 albums over a twelve year span, all released independently. Lund and the Smalls toured extensively in Canada, the United States and Europe, including a stint in Bosnia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. The band retired in the fall of 2001.

Lund then went to live in Austin, Texas, to reflect on the next step in his career and write music for five months. Encouraged by the positive feedback he received from audiences in Austin, he and his band travelled to Nashville and recorded a few songs with producer and drummer Harry Stinson, who had previously performed with artists such as Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, and Earl Scruggs.

The band supports the recording of their live performances and have approved sharing of live recordings on's Live Music Archive.

The Hurtin' Albertans

Hurtin' Albertans is Corb Lund's touring band. They have released five albums to critical acclaim.[2][3] The band tours regularly in Canada, the United States and Australia. Much of their time is spent in the Canadian Prairies and the American southwest.

The band's members are:

  • Kurt Ciesla, bass
  • Grant "Demon" Siemens, guitar and other strings
  • Brady Valgardson, drums

Siemens is the only member who is not Albertan, hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Farmer/drummer Valgardson and Lund are from Taber, Alberta.

Lund's original band, The Smalls, specialized in punk music, and was prominent in Canada’s indie community for about a decade.

Lund is also the song writer of Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans. He is a fourth-generation Albertan, coming from a long line of cowboys and ranchers. His influences include story-telling musicians such as Johnny Horton and Marty Robbins, along with old cowboy ballads passed down through oral tradition within his family. Lund is a self proclaimed history buff, and his repertoire contains many songs about the military (for example the single “I Wanna Be in the Cavalry”).

The band has toured in Europe, where they played the UK Glastonbury Festival. The group was featured the movie Slither (2006) and were part of the soundtrack to the 2008 documentary, Holler Back: (Not) Voting in an American Town. They have also provided accompaniment for an NBC special in 2006, on which Olympic gold medalist and fellow Albertan, Kurt Browning, performed a figure skating routine to “Expectation and the Blues”. Their music can also be heard in the ski film Nine Winters Old.

They have received 22 awards, including Canadian Country Music Association Awards for 2008 Roots Artist of the Year and Juno Awards 2006 Roots and Traditional Album of the Year. They also have been nominated for many other awards, mostly within Canada.

Corb Lund signed with New West Records (the home of Dwight Yoakam and other major label artists) for the album Losin' Lately Gambler, released in September 2009.



Year Album details Chart Positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
CAN Country CAN
1995 Modern Pain[A]
1999 Unforgiving Mistress
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: Outside Music
2002 Five Dollar Bill * *
2005 Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer
  • Released: September 6, 2005
  • Label: Stony Plain Records
* 30
  • CAN: Gold
2007 Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!
  • Released: November 13, 2007
  • Label: Stony Plain Records
* *
2009 Losin' Lately Gambler 2 20
  • A ^ Modern Pain was re-released in 2003.


Year Single CAN Country Album
2002 "No Roads Here" * Five Dollar Bill
2003 "Five Dollar Bill" *
"Roughest Neck Around" *
"Time to Switch to Whiskey" *
2004 "(Gonna) Shine Up My Boots" *
"Roughest Neck Around" (re-release) *
2005 "Truck Got Stuck" 27 Hair in My Eyes
Like a Highland Steer
2006 "Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer" 15
"Counterfeiters' Blues"
"Truth Comes Out"
2007 "I Wanna Be in the Cavalry" 28 Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!
2008 "Family Reunion" 45
"Horse Soldier, Horse Soldier"
2009 "Hard on Equipment (Tool for the Job)"
"A Game in Town Like This" Losin' Lately Gambler
"Long Gone to Saskatchewan" 46
2010 "Devil's Best Dress"A
"—" denotes the single failed to chart
* denotes unknown peak positions
  • ATo be released.




  • Western Canadian Music Awards for Outstanding Roots Recording, Best Independent Recording (both for Highland Steer) and Songwriter of the Year [4]
  • Canadian Country Music Awards for Roots Artist of the Year and Album of the Year
  • Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year


  • Canadian Country Music Award for Roots Artist of the Year
  • "The Indies" Favourite Country Artist Award presented at Canadian Music Week[5]


  • Canadian Country Music Award for Roots Artist of the Year


  • Canadian Country Music Award for Roots Artist of the Year

Artist Appears On


Carolyn Mark - Just Married: An Album of Duets CD, “Sweet Thing”, Mint


Slither: Music from the Motion Picture CD, “(Gonna) Shine Up My Boots”, Bulletproof Recording Company Inc. Various Artists 30 Years of Stony Plain CDs, “The Truth Comes Out”, Stony Plain Worlds Best Award Winning Country Vol. 5- World’s Best Award Winning Country CD, “Truck Got Stuck”, Pid


Various Artists Gift: A Tribute to Ian Tyson CD, “MC Horses”, Stony Plain

Charity work

In March 2008, the United Nations Children's Fund announced that the band had donated the use of the song "Horse Soldier, Horse Soldier" as the theme song of UNICEF Team Canada, the Canadian national equestrian skill-at-arms team, to support the team's work with UNICEF to provide food and medical care to AIDS orphans and infants infected with HIV in the third world.

In March 2010, Lund appeared as part of Young Artists for Haiti to record a benefit version of K'naan's song Wavin' Flag.


  1. ^
  2. ^ album review. Matt Bjorke
  3. ^ Exclaim Magazine review, Fish Griwkowsky, Sept. 1, 2005
  4. ^ Lund, Arden take trophies at Western Canadian Music Awards, October 23, 2006. CBC Arts
  5. ^ The Indies winners list

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