Tap9 releases debut CD at Blackfalds party

As individuals they performed all over North America and have recorded on many albums.

Tap9’s CD release was Nov. 24 at Resolve Bar and Grill in Blackfalds. Tap9 is Grant Harder (Lacombe)

As individuals they performed all over North America and have recorded on many albums. Now that they’ve come together, Tap9 held a release party in Blackfalds last weekend to introduce the world to their collaborative debut CD, Tap9.

The central Alberta band consists of Tony Hoffmann, Steve Tanner, Orion Donison, Brad Harsent, Grant Harder and Sheryl Kreil.

Tap9 came together in 2010 and while they can be defined as alternative rock their style and skills range from rock to jazz to country.

“It’s kind of exciting,” said Tony Hoffmann, vocals and guitar. The band’s members had performed with each other before in a variety of settings, from cover bands to larger jazz ensembles.

“We just decided to come together because we all enjoy writing original music,” said Hoffmann.

Ponoka was given a taste of the band at this year’s Chamber of Commerce business awards banquet, and once the band began to play people of all ages couldn’t help but dance.

“We had a lot of fun doing that,” said Hoffmann, who also said he was thankful for the opportunity.

Tap9’s first released song is Alberta Home and the album was released in September.

Alberta Home was released in 2011 and spread not only through Alberta but also across Canada, the United States and Europe.

Tap9 was recorded over the past year at Ma-Me-O Music Records in Pigeon Lake and is already available on iTunes and where music is sold.

“I don’t know if people know who we are but if they call us we can get a CD to them,” said Hoffmann. However, the band is in possession of a limited number or CDs.

Hoffmann said actually making and producing the album was a fantastic experience.

From the release party the band is hoping for more exposure. “Hopefully people like us,” he said.

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