In 2002, John Wort Hannam quit his teaching job to pursue a career as a working musician. With Queen’s Hotel, his fourth album, the Canadian singer/song- writer shows he made the right decision with his finely crafted songs.
On “With The Grain,” Wort Hannam uses the world of car- pentry as a simile for pursuing one’s dreams, no matter the obstacles that stand in the way. “Church of the Long Grass” shows Wort Hannam’s eye for detail as he celebrates the natural world as an outdoor cathedral.
Propelled by drummer Geoff Hicks, “Worth a Damn” celebrates the power of a cou- ple as Wort Hannam duets with Jenny Whiteley on an uptempo number that recalls the Motown hit “It Takes Two.” On “Pier 21,” Wort Hannam tells the story of family’s immi- gration from the Island of Jersey in the United Kingdom to Canada.
Working with producer Steve Dawson, Wort Hannam creates an uncluttered, folk- country sound that carries through the album’s 11 songs.