Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Review -- DAN FRECHETTE -- Lucky Day

LUCKY DAY
Dan Frechette
Blind Snake Records
8.5-out-of-10

I have a tendency to just rip open a CD, toss it on the player and listen to it long before getting around to reading the liner notes, something that comes later as I want to learn more about the artist.
So that was the case when Dan Frechette's Lucky Day arrived.
Before the first song was over my mind was already thinking 'hey this guy sounds like Bill Bourne or Dave Essig. Now if you are a fan of Canadian roots music at all you better have heard of Bourne and Essig two guys that are usually flat out fantastic in everything they record. So I was already mighty impressed by Frechette, and believe me that great first song impression stayed as I listened to this wonderful 14-song CD.
So back to the little story about liner notes. When I got around to reading them I quickly learned Lucky Day was produced by Bill Bourne. It must have been like producing a younger clone of himself.
This CD is full of wonderful roots music. Frechette can write folk music, following the tradition of the likes of Gordon Lightfoot in this country.
Vocally, Frechette has a clear, rootsy sound, the kind of voice that would be perfect around a railroad yard barrel fire, or a small coffee house (don't you wish we had one of those in Yorkton offering live performances).
The best cuts from this Pinawa, MB., native are Where the Water Tastes Like Wine, Horse and Buggy Rag (sweet horn work here), Creeping Around, and the CD's title cut.
Check this guy out farther at www.danfrechette.com you won't be sorry you did if you like roots music.
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Reviews first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Sept. 19, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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