English: Sara Watkins (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Singer, songwriter, fiddler, all the above! Sara Watkins has a lengthy career for someone so young. Her first band in 1989 was bluegrass group, Nickel Creek, in which she played the fiddle. She was 8 years old. The band has released 5 albums before taking a pause in 2009. Sara has been doing solo projects since the hiatus began. This song, “When It Pleases You”, was released in 2012 as a single and his from her second album, “Sun, Midnight Sun”.
Ruth Moody (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Could be an interesting covers post, but it is newly released and a good version of the Bruce Springstein classic “Dancing In The Dark”. Ruth is an Australian born, current Canadian from Winnipeg (Go Jets Go) and a member of popular group, “The Wailin’ Jennys“. The song is lifted from her 2103 solo effort “These Wilder Things”. The folk/country rendition of this great song creates a completely different feel to the tune. I really enjoyed the vocals. Don’t forget to like my page on Facebook.
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Corb Lund (Photo credit: _Tawcan)
Alberta native Corb Lund is featured today (a few days late) as my Halloween choice for Song Of The Day. Corb has been an Alberta favourite for many years. Originally a punk rocker in the 1990’s, he moved to country/folk and has ridden success since. I love the name of his band, The Hurtin’ Albertans. He has 5 Juno nominations with 1 win and 25 Canadian Country Music association nominations with 11 victories. This tune, “Dig Gravedigger Dig”is from his 2012 album “Cabin Fever”. The song shows off his skill as a country singer and generates a pretty good official video. As a commenter says, Canada’s version of Thriller.
The Civil Wars’ Barton Hollow cover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Civil Wars song “Poison and Wine” is today’s selection. I have said many times in the past that, first, country is not my usual cup of tea, and second, it is all about the song. This song strikes a few chords. The lyrics, when taken with their personal history, are hauntingly cryptic. The tune amazing in its subtlety. Put both together and you have one heck of an emotional song. Beautifully crafted and worthy of something I seldom do. That would be listening to it several times in a row. This constitutes high praise from me for a song on a genre I don’t normally praise.
“Oh I don’t love you but I always will”
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings are a Canadian alt-country group. I enjoy them as the country is more of a country blues sound. The group has been going strong since the early 1990’s and, in addition to the groups many record, has spawned many solo albums by its members, Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson. A great group to follow as there is some exceptional talent here. The song I have for you is a live version of “Got You Covered”, which was released as a single in 2011 and was featured on their album, “Kings and Queens”, also released in 2011.
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