John Wort Hannam calls his craft “blue collar roots music.” It’s an accurate description. All of his songs involve a working class sensibility that helps the rest of us feel that dirt beneath the fingernails. This third CD from Hannam displays an increased sophistication in his writing as well as with the production by Vancouver’s Steve Dawson. Hannam’s 11 original songs cover a broad swath of Alberta prairie, and there’s not a bad song in the bunch. He opens with “10000 Acres,” a song about the rigors of farming that doubles as a love song for the farmer’s wife. “Two-Bit Suit” is a rousing dance tune proclaiming that love overcomes being down and out. “Damn It Gwenivere” uses the breakdown of an old car as a metaphor for being trapped in a small town that has seen better times. “Infantryman” is a heartbreaking song about a son returning from war in a body bag, and “Dover is a last love letter from a soldier heading for the front lines. The lively “National Hotel” relates stories from within the “walls that have seen it all” at the now padlocked hotel. A bit later on the CD, “Wrecking Ball” laments the destruction of what might be that old hotel as a metaphor for obliterating the past for the new. At the same time he manages to weave a broken heart into the metaphor, making it even more effective. The pleasure of Hannam’s writing is that he makes the world personal rather than making his personal life the world. The ample production of this cd suits each song and, while Dawson uses drums throughout, they never distract from what Hannam is saying. This album simultaneously is rootsy and pop. Hannam is yet another exceptionally talented singer songwriter to burst forth from Canada. Two Bit Suit manages to involve the listener with its social consciousness yet remain thoroughly entertaining.