The Right Road
The CD 44 Miles comes out of Manitoba as a deeply personal effort by The Right Road.
Checking out the band's website at www.rightroad.ca you glean the nature of the CD pretty quickly. “If you are looking for a listing of band members and that sort of thing, you won't find it here. The Right Road is more accurately described as a personal project. You see, not only did I write every note and lyric of every song, I play every instrument on each track, provided all the vocals, did all the recording am even responsible for the keystrokes that resulted in the web site you are presently viewing,” stated the sight.
Interestingly, I never did find the performer's full name past Thomas. That's too bad because this guy deserves a pat on the back.
He has put together a CD which is essentially country, albeit at times slipping more into the folk-roots category on a cut, or two, and on something like Fade to Shadows, an almost soft pop-feel comes through.
Instrumentation is kept simple, but are effective in carrying the laid back vocals. Thomas has a nice, if not overly distinct voice.
The best part of the CD is the lyrics. He has stories to tell, and emotions to evoke, and does both in a pretty solid, straight forward fashion.
With 14 songs, the value is certainly here too.
A nice edition to Canadian Prairie music. I hope he takes on another project one day.
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper July 2, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada