Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Review -- J.J. GUY -- Cadillac

CADILLAC
J.J. Guy
Keyteck Music
8-out-of-10
It's always entertaining to spin a disk of someone that knows their way around a fiddle, and J.J. Guy does. For local music fans this CD holds a bit more allure since Guy hails from nearby Lintlaw, SK., showing once again talent can arise anywhere. Lintlaw may be a small Saskatchewan town, but it is obviously home to a rather large fiddle talent. This is traditional, bluegrass/country fiddle work, with songs such as Maytwayashing Waltz and the joint Polar Bear Jig / Saskatchewan Jig. Guy offers up an all instrumental CD, which of course is the norm in terms of traditional fiddle music. The CD is a mix of material that Guy himself has created; such as the title cut Cadillac, Big Al's Hornpipe and A Long Goodbye, as well as a number of pieces borrowed from other writers. In some cases, such as with the Sherbrooke Reel, the pieces are traditional; old fiddle tunes Guy has made his own. Cadillac is Guy's second solo album, a follow up to his debut Nothing But Blues Skies. After listening to this CD, you will hope there are more sessions in the recording studio for Guy.Now do appreciate that this is traditional fiddle, no more, no less. If you like that style of music, this CD truly is a must coming from a talented Saskatchewan fiddler. If fiddle is not your style, then this won't win you over, because it's honest traditional music, with no pretense to be more, and why should it try to be considering how enjoyable it is just the way Guy performs it. Check him out at www.jjguy.ca
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Feb. 18, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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