Musician friends in Vancouver are coming together to celebrate the posthumous release of Steel Audrey's final album at St. James Hall on the 18th of this month.
Audrey's birth name was Derek Kehler and in June of this year, the Manitoba-born Vancouverite was overcome by carbon monoxide fumes with his girlfriend, Helena Curic, while camping out in a cabin at the base of the Blue Mountains, in New South Wales, Australia
He was just beginning to build his reputation as a classic country singer on the heels of the unofficial release of his first full-length album, From Which I Came.
That record will now be celebrated a year after its completion at St. James Hall, where a gathering of local artists will each perform a song off the album. Among them will be The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, whose guitarist Matthew Rogers, served as the album's producer.
“We spent much of our time talking about family, the trials and tribulations of life, and recounting stories of our religious upbringings,” Rogers says. “Somewhere amidst these conversations we made a country record; a record that was largely influenced by Derek’s childhood on a farm in Manitoba where he grew up listening to country classics.”
FYI’s Kerry Doole praised an advance copy of From Which I Came last October, writing, “[His] background often infuses the eloquent songs. Impressive stuff.” However, a proper release was only secured after generous donations from Kehler’s friends and family.
One of Kehler’s collaborators, Adrian Glynn, says, “The release party will be an emotional night for a lot of us, but we also want to celebrate and share Steel Audrey’s music with those who may not have heard his incredible tunes yet. Derek was not the kind of guy to go gently into the night, and we want to give Steel Audrey and his songs what they deserve: a night of stomping, clapping, and singing great country music, with whisky shots all around.”
For more information about the man, the songs and From Which I Came, go to www.steelaudrey.com.