Founding Wailin' Jennys member Cara Luft has gone solo. The Winnipeg roots artist weaves a fine folk storm, mixing the traditional with complicated rhythms, intricate multi-instrument backing and confident, clear vocals.
There's A Train is a fine, modern country-based number that blossoms into a roots-rocking fiddle workout. Her take on the old Black Water Slide adds a stomp-clap blues backing. A song such as No Strength, which could have been a gentle ballad, gets a solid backbone worked up into a rocker, complete with Luft's own electric.
It's a bold and satisfying album and a brave move, giving what is essentially folk a powerful push. Luft swings through New Brunswick this week, playing Friday at A Khord in Saint John, and Saturday as Sessions Café in Rothesay.