It was only a matter of time before Yukon singer/songwriter Kim Beggs connected with Vancouver wunderkind producer Steve Dawson.
The result is Blue Bones, and what a happy meeting it is.
Beggs writes plaintive and bittersweet story songs out of the folk and old-time country traditions, with a decidedly northern bent. And she sings with an unadorned honesty that teeters on the verge of heartbreak.
As usual, Dawson doesn’t impose or get in the way as producer. Instead, he assembles a group of sympathetic musicians who bring out Beggs’s strengths, with the addition of a couple of roots ringers from south of the border in Laurie Lewis and Gurf Morlix.
In addition to nine originals, Beggs offers readings of Bob Dylan’s I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight, Patty Griffin’s Trapeze and Jack Clement’s Just Someone I Used to Know, in addition to the traditional I’m Thinking of My Blue Eyes.