This banjo playing songsters latest offering is steeped with religious references and the acoustic tapestry of it’s production will have you praying for more.
Teaming up with superstar singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer extraordinaire Tim O’Brien, Chris Luedecke (as he is known to his peers) recorded the album live in four days at The Butcher Shoppe in Nashville. Most things O’Brien touches turn out to be gold, and this album is no exception.
Tender is the Night is Luedecke’s most bluegrassy offering to date, and features some of the top notch songwriting we have come to expect from this Chester, Nova Scotia based banjoist and songwriter.
“These are songs of reassurance, the only way I can reassure myself is writing uniquely and successfully as possible,” says Luedecke via his website. “Pop songs are all about how things are going to be okay, music should make you feel good.”
The album starts off strong with “Kingdom Come” and my personal favourite track “Jonah & The Whale”.
Luedecke weaves mention of Fort MacMurray (where Canadians are flocking to find work in the tar sands) with the old folk take of the Jonah and the Whale for some powerful results. Luedecke starts the chorus starts off with a punch: “Jonah cried: Oh Lord, I’m in the belly of the whale – when I try I still fail…”.
“Tortoise and the Hare” is a great up-tempo track that, despite its title, kicks the album into high gear with some fantastic banjo and fiddle duo instrumental breaks.
Another memorable track on the album is a hilarious tribute to an end-of-a-drunken-night food escapade in the ”A&W Song”, in which a come-undone drunkard has some trouble with his pin number in a cab whose meter keeps on ticking.
“Song For Ian Tyson” is a beautiful tribute to the Canadian singing legend of the same name. “Dry and dusty, dry and dusty – whiskey makes the guitar rusty – but soothes the voice like honey for a while…” declares Luedecke in the chorus of this touching tribute.
This is the Old Man’s best effort since his Juno award winning album Proof of Love, and I expect he will have to make some room in his trophy case for the winnings from this album.
Tender is the Night is available via iTunes.
Tender is the Night is Luedecke's most bluegrassy offering to date, and features some of the top notch songwriting we have come to expect from this Chester, Nova Scotia based banjoist and songwriter.