Kim Beggs is the real deal. With an instantly recognizable voice that blends sweetness and grit, the Yukon-based singer/songwriter (and sometimes carpenter) tells stories of love, blues, bones and the North on her third album and first for the Black Hen label.
Beggs’s writing has never been better. She makes subtle adjustments to familiar folk forms, as on the excellent opener, Honey And Crumbs, with its shifting refrain and surprise high notes. Bring Out Your Bones and Firewater Bones delve deep into blues and death, while Can’t Drive Slow Yodel reveals her more buoyant side. Backed throughout by an impressive cast of Canadian and American musicians, Beggs shines in harmony with Gurf Morlix on pretty, slow-rocking love song Maiden Heart.
With original writing this good, covers by Bob Dylan, Patty Griffin and Jack Clement seem unnecessary, though Beggs’s interpretations keep the album seamless.