In Best of Regina 2014 last fall, you voted musician Jeffery Straker Best Solo Act. I’m not sure how we define solo act in our rules and regulations, but while Straker does do his own song-writing, and definitely functions as a front man when on stage, he often performs with a backing group that includes guitarist Brodie Mohninger, drummer Steve Leidal, vocalist Jill Straker, violinist Carmelle Pretzlaw and others.

Some, if not all of those musicians will likely be joining Straker when he launches his new album North Star Falling at the Artesian on April 9-10. Doors both nights are at 7 p.m. and tickets areĀ $17.85 advance and $23.10 door.

For a sneak preview of Straker’s launch, here’s the lyric video for the first single off the new album “Like It’s The Last One”