CONTENDERS TWO: Still In The Running
Valdy & Gary Fjellgaard
Stony Plain Records
Ah talk about aging like fine wine. Valdy and Garry Fjellgaard have been part of the Canadian music scene for what seems like forever. The two have always shared a similar take on music, a style somewhere smack dab in between folk and country.
So it was no surprise the duo might eventually get together for a CD and they did that a few years ago with the release of Contenders on the Stony Plain label. The CD was a gem thanks to the seasoned, relaxed styles these two bring to their music.
Fortunately for listeners Valdy and Fjellgaard are back at it, having hit the studios for Contenders Two and have once again put together a must-have CD.
There are numerous fantastic cuts here, the best may be The Fever, River Stay 'Way From My Door and Bay of Sails are both memorable as well.
So too is the rendition of Seven Spanish Angels, which is as good as the original by Willie Nelson and Ray Charles.
There is a line in the opening cut; For The Love Of It, which speaks volumes. It states, “it must be these old troubadours don't know what else to do.” Well that is a lucky circumstance for lovers of Canadian music. It would be a true shame if these two ever walked away from their music. They are consummate performers.
And, having interviewed both in the past, I can tell you they are genuine, and true gentlemen in every sense of the word.
You can check them out at www.stonyplainrecords.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Sept. 17, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada