May. 22, 2007 - Issue #605: Lacuna Coil
This GI Joe action figure sings a little country
Julian Austin has been in the music industry for over 25 years and has tried on many styles throughout the years, from heavy metal to ‘80s pop, but it was his love for country music that ultimately won out.
A true cowboy at heart, Austin has participated in bull riding events that have left him with broken bones, punctured lungs and gaping holes in his legs. He’s also been to Bosnia, and Afghanistan, bringing his new country sounds to the hearts of our Canadian troops.
“I’ve been to Afghanistan three times, Bosnia twice,” says Austin. “The troops and I have a great rapport. I’m their GI Joe. Keep in mind, to see their fellow Canadians come over from their home country of Canada is exciting. Though we go over for our Canadian troops, and it’s our military and CFBSA that put together our shows, as the British do for their soldiers, a lot of the other soldiers from the NATO Coalition forces are allowed to sit in and watch the shows. When we go there, we invite our coalition neighbours. It’s a wonderful deal, to not only affect our soldiers, but all the other ones that want to come, and they really dig it.
“I want to be over there right now,” he continues. “I keep trying to get another gig—my producer didn’t get the last couple, which was kind of sad. I’m gonna keep putting in for them, and hope to get back over there to rock the house.”
Austin says that he didn’t find the experience as terrifying as most
people assume it is, although he concedes that there were some moments of
“There were times I would envision myself and buddies on the news, with potato sacks over our heads,” he admits. “That’s just what you think over there.”
Despite those thoughts, Austin is more than happy to have the opportunities he’s had as a musician, rather than slaving away working for the man.
“This is my career, my life,” he states. “I’ve put out four albums so far. Well, actually five—one makes a great coaster! But it’s all a learning experience, and you can’t help but improve with experience.” V
Sat, May 26 (7:30 pm)
With Paul Brandt, the Grambo Brothers
(47 Riel Drive, St Albert), $34.95
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