Nova Scotia's Chris Luedecke charmed Moncton last fall when he opened for Feist at the Capitol Theatre with his easy-going, warm personality, fun between- song banter and his upbeat banjo pickin'.
Old Man Luedecke has translated that charm to his third album, chock full of old-style folk tunes all written by Luedecke except for traditional tune "Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier".
Plucking away on his banjo and strumming acoustic guitar, this album highlights Luedecke's musical talents as well as his gift of word. He sings of life and love on some fun and some melancholy tunes.
Joined by a talented band throughout much of the album, it's still Luedecke's show. Thankfully, the album's production is as bare, warm and welcoming as the tunes, making the songs the main focus.
Tunes like "Proof of Love", "The Drawing Near", the upbeat jig of "Ain't Goin' My Way", the easy-going "Big Group Breakfast" and the beautiful, melancholy "Sad as a Forest" make for a great listen.
- Eric Lewis