Acclaimed alt-country artist, Justin Rutledge is renowned for the rich musical texture and eloquent lyrics expressed throughout each of his five albums, including 'Valleyheart' - which just won the singer-songwriter a Juno this March. Following up on this success, Rutledge will be resting his songwriting skills, recording instead his take on some Tragically Hip classics. His sixth record, 'Daredevil', will be released this April, just before his performance alongside Kim Beggs and Oh Susanna as 'Dark Strangers' on Thursday, April 24th at the Yukon Arts Centre. Tickets $27.

How would you describe your music (in five words or less)?

Almost better than buttermilk pancakes.

What is the best/worst thing about your being a musician?

The solitude and the solitude.

What would you do if you were not a musician?

A baker.

Speaking of 'Dark Strangers': What do you appreciate most in your friends?

Loyalty, support, and a solid ear to bend.

What was your most memorable tour experience?

5 days/nights in Dawson City! The raw beauty has continued to sustain me with a sense  of wonder.

For more information about the artist and his music, please visit his website or Facebook page