There is some interesting country music starting to come out again on the indie front in Canada. Shane Chisholm is trying to carve out his place in the field with his debut release Hitchhiking Buddha, which I will admit is a pretty unique title for a country CD.
Chisholm falls into the traditionalist country vein, although it’s not a complete retro effort either. There are elements of new country, although thankfully it is more of a throwback effort.
I particularly like the slower song After You’re Gone, which has an older, traditional approach.
Chisholm follows the new, tradition-leaning song with his own rendition of the Hank Williams hit Kawliga. An interesting choice in song, he kicks it up just a bit with a toe-tapping backbeat, but overall he stays pretty honest with this song. A tip of the hat on that.
Living Out Our Name is also a beautiful effort.
The CD has a couple of pre-release singles people may have heard, most notably Tundra and Tacoma, which is a very solid story song, a staple of country music.
The title cut is a fun song of life on the highway. It’s one of those songs that is likely to be a popular song with truckers on call-in radio. It has a very traditional old country sound, and touches all the right triggers, such as a line about a double, double coffee, and mentioning a number of Prairie cities such as Swift Current, Regina, Moose Jaw, Medicine Hat, and Brooks.
Chisholm has been nominated for Canadian Country Music Association Bass Player of the Year in 2003, 2004, and 2007, so he can play, but it will be his smooth, comfortable voice you will appreciate the most here. He has a very relaxed delivery.
This is a really fine album that pays homage to tradition and still mixes in modern elements. It should be appreciated by most any country fan.
Check it out at www.shanechisholm.homestead.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Jan 13, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada