FOOTHILLS Magazine: Having to pay tribute to the tunes of yesteryear

Adele Mundell is content to do her aspect to maintain the audio alive by bringing a regular stream of tribute artists to the Foothills.

Adele Mundell wants to hold the audio alive.

The owner of Rock-A-Billy Enjoyment, Mundell is a promoter/agent who has been bringing tribute artists to devoted audiences throughout the Foothills for nearly a 10 years.

“My purpose when I started off Rock-A-Billy in 2014 was, because I appreciate the music, was to preserve the new music alive, which is my motto,” states Mundell, whose company’s title is a nod to those people early times of rock and roll. “I’m state and aged rock and roll, I’m outdated university, that’s who I am.”

Quite a few other folks in these elements share her taste in audio as Mundell was staging as numerous as 20 reveals a yr in advance of the pandemic introduced are living songs to a screeching halt, but she’s really hard at operate rebuilding the small business 1 Buddy Holly and Johnny Funds at a time.

Her displays have develop into staples at the Black Diamond Bar and Hotel in Diamond Valley and the Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre in Substantial River, and Mundell is performing with the Elks to carry performers to their hall on Elizabeth Avenue in Olde Towne Okotoks.

She has worked with a long listing of tribute artists, performers who portray absolutely everyone from Elvis and Roy Orbison to The Beatles, Eagles and Creedence Clearwater Revival. The lengthy checklist also consists of country legends Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn as effectively as timeless performers the likes of Cher and Elton John.

Audiences can assortment from 30- and 40-somethings to octogenarians relying on the era of the artist, but the common bond is that the new music transports them back to a different time.

“The audience, they grew up with that audio,” claims Mundell. “Some artists resemble that man or woman, they seem like that particular person, the mannerisms, so some men and women (in the viewers) near their eyes and they just visualize it’s the actual person up there.

“A great deal of my followers are age from 30, 40, up to 80, so this is the music they keep in mind.”

Mundell does it all at Rock-A-Billy, from booking the artist and location, to building the posters and advertising and marketing, offering the tickets and having lively on social media. She’s grateful to a loyal supporter foundation that routinely sells out reveals.

She operates with a great deal of tribute artists from all over Alberta as well as ones from B.C., Saskatchewan and outside of, such as the United States, saying they will have to meet up with a sure typical in purchase to give the viewers its money’s truly worth.

“I provide in superior shows,” she says. “When they are leaving, they are expressing excellent demonstrate, great present, when’s the subsequent just one and that’s what you want to listen to. When they’re up dancing on the dance ground, that can make me satisfied.”

Mundell says the sector is healthy, despite the fact that, like quite a few other people, it’s nevertheless recovering from the pandemic, which definitely took a toll on are living entertainment, forcing some who built a whole-time dwelling as tribute artists to abandon the craft.

She started out providing demonstrates once again very last fall and states it truly picked up this earlier spring. Possessing discovered that summertime displays never attract as effectively, she’ll be back again at it with a entire tumble lineup starting in September, including her third yearly Elvis Xmas demonstrate.

“People are acquiring out, they want to enjoy themselves since we ended up tied down there for a pair of several years,” claims Mundell. “They want to get out and socialize with friends, go out for supper, beverages. When they’re smiling and delighted, it can make me joyful.”

She claims the entertainers were being also itching to get again on phase as they just like to accomplish in front of an audience. Saying she’s become great good friends with quite a few of her normal artists, Mundell is generally on the lookout for new acts to carry to city.

“Some of them simply call me Momma Bear for the reason that I’m seeking soon after them. They know they’re going to get paid out well, seemed immediately after very well.”

Mundell claims she’s happy to perform her element in maintaining the tunes of an additional era alive.

“The legends and the icons and the divas, their audio will never die. I appreciate what I do and I appreciate the new music, but at times I wish I was 40 when I began this.”


Brenda Lee Cottrell has teamed up with Mundell for a number of yrs to bring her one-woman exhibit to regional venues.

Cottrell obtained her commence as a tribute artist more than two many years ago at a Canadian Most cancers Modern society fundraiser in Regina in which she carried out a 45-moment established of Patsy Cline music. What started off as a pastime has turned into a job and has witnessed Cottrell step by step increase a lot more ‘Legendary Ladies’ to a repertoire that now numbers at least two dozen.

She provides a clearly show that spans eras, from Cline, Loretta Lynn and Brenda Lee to Celine Dion and Whitney Houston. Her stable of tributes also features every person from Petula Clark and Connie Francis to Olivia Newton John and Linda Ronstadt to her two most recent women, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, equally launched to the clearly show this yr.

“We come to feel that we have this sort of an eclectic team of music, it brings our viewers area to a wider platform,” she states. “So, I certainly have added some females that are far more recent than just the females of say the ’50s and the ’60s. It is really been superior to us to do that.”

Cottrell suggests she chooses her ladies correctly, ensuring she can do justice to each artist.

“There are some ladies that I won’t even endeavor, like I will not do Janis Joplin, I will not likely do Tina Turner, simply because you have to have a selected growl in your voice, and if you never have it normally, you can in fact harm your vocal cords by making an attempt to go there.”

Becoming ready to replicate the voice is paramount, but she says she will not add a girl to her demonstrate except she has the comprehensive offer, stage existence bundled.

“So, just about every woman that I have preferred, I can provide some of them to the phase just by the nuances that I had from them. I have to listen to them, I have to check out them, so it is really a bit of a study on my component. In some cases when I am learning a new woman, I just shut my eyes and I visualize the girl as she’s singing that song and some thing occurs to just tap into some thing and provide some of their seem out.”

Cottrell says including to her listing of ‘Legendary Ladies’ retains the present fresh for both of those her and her audiences.

“If I continue to keep singing the exact songs from the exact same artist, then you know it will get, I do not want to say uninteresting, but I will not like staying typecast, and I absolutely will need selection and I want to do new things all the time as very well.”

With spouse Brian performing as director and technological producer, as effectively as playing the part of Sonny to her Cher, Cottrell was performing two to a few shows a thirty day period just before the pandemic hit, and claims they are hoping to get back to pre-COVID amounts but supplied they’re at a sweet place in their life, they’d be satisfied to do just just one clearly show a month.


At just 21, Jaedyn Pilon has come to be a fixture on the tribute artist circuit, executing as Elvis, Buddy Holly and Johnny Income for audiences throughout the state.

Originally a lover of The Beatles, Pilon took information from his dad, who opined that it would be easier to carry out as an unique artist than attempting to uncover three other fellas to fill out a band.

“I form of took that advice to heart and obviously, you know, Elvis, Buddy Holly, they had been big influences on The Beatles and it form of all just snowballed from there.”

Hardly into his teens, Pilon managed to get on phase at the Blue Suede Music Festival in Westlock, Alberta, wherever his appreciate for Elvis, and carrying out in front of a crowd, took off.

“I went up, did a pair tracks and from that minute on I was hooked, I’d caught the Elvis bug,” he states.

A yr later, he produced historical past as the youngest competitor at the once-a-year Penticton Elvis Pageant.

Though he’s young than virtually every person in his audiences, frequently by several many years, Pilon states he’s the same age as Elvis was in 1956 when his career started to take off, and that Holly was only 22 when he died in a plane crash in 1959.

He wrote a clearly show named Elvis: The Early Several years that he’s taken on the road for the past yr or so, backed up by the 6-piece Flashback Band at larger sized venues. Pilon is a stickler for aspects to assure the demonstrate precisely replicates an Elvis functionality.

“That’s one of my favourite elements of it, just the facts and anything. You know what ring Elvis wore on what finger and all that sort of stuff. I definitely try out to be as exact as feasible and give an exact illustration of what it would have truly been like to see Elvis.

“Recently I’ve been obtaining my band dressed up precisely as properly. You know, if we’re carrying out some ’50s, they’re wearing some suits and bowties like Elvis’ band. If we are undertaking the ’70s Elvis, we’ve acquired some new jackets that are replicas of what Elvis’ band wore. So, it is just making an attempt to make it a completely immersive experience.”

Pilon is presently functioning on a new undertaking that recreates the Johnny Funds Tv set exhibit, full with unique attendees such as Waylon Jennings, Carl Perkins and Glen Campbell, and presently has about 15 performances booked for the slide.

He’ll also be reprising a residency in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico this winter season wherever he’ll accomplish a few or four reveals a 7 days.

He suggests there’s just some thing about the songs from that period that speak to him, and it is generally the only audio he listens to.

“I are unable to stand most of the audio they place out these days, it can be all pcs, fundamentally,” Pilon claims. “All the music right now is so digitally improved and all the things back in the working day, you know, there have been just four guys in the area and what they ended up ready to perform at the time was what was put on the file.”