Horse Opera is Roots Rock, Outlaw Country, Canadiana...but in truth, no genre can contain them - it just means they play whatever they want: rootsy Rock 'n Roll with a dash of soul, a touch of twang, a bit of blues, with punk energy and rockabilly attitude. Their original songs feature strong hooks, distinctive vocals and a twin guitar attack. Mixed in with their originals are covers by artists like Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Delbert McClinton, Johnny Burnett Trio, and even Lady Gaga. Their sound has been compared to Blue Rodeo, Chris Isaak and the Mavericks.

Formed in Vancouver in 2011, Horse Opera has been playing continuously in the greater Vancouver area in clubs and festivals. An energetic live act, they keep the party going and the crowd dancing. Their debut album, “Nothin' To Lose,” was released in November 2017 on deep cove records. They have since released four singles, and their EP “Lucky 13” will be released in February 2020. Website:

Lead singer/songwriter Will George comes from a richly varied musical background. Classically trained, he has sung professionally around the world in opera and concert. But his heart has always been in country and rock n roll. For his solo album, “Yesterday’s Gone” on the Milk Cow label, he was joined by members of Steve Earle's and Ryan Adams' bands (recently re-released by deep cove records).

Horse Opera is:

Will George, lead vocals, guitar

Steve Wimperly, lead guitar, vocals

Harvey McCormick, bass

Paul Leeburn, drums, vocals

the band

will george

lead vocals, guitar

harvey mcCormick


steve wimperly

lead guitar, vocals

Paul Leeburn

photos by Kent Mah

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