The Post and Courier, Charleston SC
So you're an aspiring singer-songwriter living in rural Northern Ontario, and you want to try your hand at the music business. Do you strike out for a big Canadian town, such as Toronto or Montreal? Do you take it a step further and cross the border to try and make a dent in the Los Angeles or Nashville music scenes? If you are Kim Beggs, you do neither. Instead of heading for some music-rich environment, Beggs moved to the Yukon in 1991, secured a day job and began working on her craft. If the results found on 'Blue Bones', Begg's latest release, are any indication, I predict that more than a few aspiring artists might try out the Yukon for inspiration. The remoteness of the area gives the music on "Blue Bones" a definite homespun quality, not unlike the mountain music that comes from Appalachia. With a vocal style that is similar to that of Nanci Griffith, Beggs doesn't just sing her songs; she breathes life inot them by performing them. The sheer beauty of songs such as "Honey and Crumbs", "Can't Drive Slow", and "Firewaterbones" are undeniable.
While not every song on "Blue Bones" hits the mark, there are still more than enough good tunes here. While talent of this kind definitely deserves all the recognition it has coming to it, part of me hopes that success won't cause Beggs to relocate. There is something up there in the Yukon that is conducive to her songwriting.