Ranchers face several challenges in the modern era, but one of the most common has to do with family ties and real estate.
Urbanization is rapidly spreading to the regions of the West that were once untamed. With that growth, ranches and family farms that have been around for generations are getting sold off to developers and large-scale cattle operations. More often than not, it's the family's in-laws who orchestrate the sale. After their spouse inherits the land, they work a deal to sell the property with the hopes of making a quick profit.
That all too common tragedy is the subject of Corb Lund's "S Lazy H," a track featured on the Canadian singer's latest album, Things That Can't Be Undone.
"This is one of the most personally meaningful songs I've written in quite a few years," Lund says. "It's not literally a true story, but it's an amalgam of a handful of authentic agricultural family estate/succession disasters I'm aware of from people close to me. It's a very common theme in the West, and shows no signs of slowing down."
The tune has taken on the life of a hymn of sorts at Lund's live shows. "There are always a couple of cowboys, silent with hats off anytime I play it west of the Pecos," he says. "I'm glad it's reaching people, but I wish it wasn't a necessary topic."
Lund just announced a string of new fall tour dates across Canada and the U.S. in support of Things That Can't Be Undone. Like 'S Lazy H,' the record is an amalgam of sorts, combining several musical genres to tell tragedies of things that can't be taken back. It is one of his strongest releases to date. You can read our review of the album here.
CORB LUND ON TOUR
September 16 - Sault Ste. Marie, ON @ Mill Square, The Machine Shop
September 17 - Sudbury, ON @ Townhouse Tavern
September 18 - Toronto, ON @ Toronto Urban Roots Festival at Fort York
September 18 - Toronto, ON @ Toronto Urban Roots Festival at The Horseshoe
September 19 - Stratford, ON @ The Masonic Hall
September 20 - Meaford, ON @ Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre
September 21 - Barrie, ON @ The Ranch Concert Hall
September 23 - Port Hope, ON @ Cultivate Festival
September 24 - Carp, ON @ Carp Fair
November 2 - Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint*
November 3 - Washington, DC @ Gypsy Sally's*
November 4 - New York, NY @ Rockwood Stage*
November 6 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live*
November 8 - Nashville, TN @ The Basement*
November 12 - Whitehorse, YT @ Yukon Arts Centre*
November 14 - Jasper, AB @ Jasper Legion Branch 31
November 15 - Camrose, AB @ Bailey Theatre
November 17 - Red Deer, AB @ Red Deer Memorial Centre
November 18 - Cadillac, SK @ Cadillac Hall
November 19 - North Battleford, SK @ Gold Eagle Casino
November 20 - Brandon, MB @ Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium
November 22 - Dauphin, MB @ Watson Arts Centre
November 23 - Lloydminster, AB @ Vic Juba Theatre
December 8 - Las Vegas, NV @ NFR Gold Buckle Zone
February 3 - Elko, NV @ Western Folklife Center*
February 4 - Elko, NV @ Western Folklife Center*
February 5 - Elko, NV @ Western Folklife Center*