Reviews for I Hear The Wind In The Wires (2012)

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"Dawson has a nice solo catalog, and Byrnes knows how to make a record that has some heft to it no matter who else is on board. Together, they make one of the best pairings since bacon met eggs."

"Byrnes’s gruff-but-sweet pipes are perfect for this type of material and he sings the heck out of these songs, nailing but underplaying the emotion for even greater effect."

"After more than 40 years in the music business, the Canadian blues icon has recorded ‘I Hear The Wind In The Wires’ – and it may be the best record of his career."

 

"You don’t have to be a fan of country music to enjoy I Hear the Wind in the Wires. The album reminds us good performances are built on good songs."

"With a set list drawn from artists including Hank Snow, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, Nick Lowe, Buck Owens, and Dolly Parton, delivered with love and kickass swagger, this is probably Byrnes’ most immediately accessible and lovable album."

"Listening to Byrnes’ take on classic country tunes like Hank Williams’ Honky Tonk Blues and Buck Owens’ Don’t Let Her Know will immediately lead you to believe Byrnes truly belongs in some dimly lit saloon, plucking his heartbroken strings."

"With I Hear The Wind In The Wires, however, Byrnes delivers a true labor of love, challenging himself to try his hand in re-creating an era of country music that, woefully, no longer exists."

"Primarily known as a multiple Juno-winning blues singer, Byrnes delivers a fine album of covers of country classics, done straight, no chaser."

"The best singers are versatile, and Byrnes’ prowess shines through, especially when he’s paired with talented producer and string virtuoso Steve Dawson."

"With Byrnes singing long-time favourite songs backed by his friends, the album has a tangible warmth and sense of fun."