MY HANDS ARE ON FIRE and other LOVE SONGS
Old Man Luedecke
Black Hen Music
Old Man Luedecke is one of those Canadian musicians who really should be a household name, but sadly isn’t.
Granted the music is perhaps not the most popular, being a cross between bluegrass, folk, and Americana, but really folks few do it better than this Nova Scotia-based, banjo player.
The new album, which releases March 30th in Canada is a follow up to his Juno Award-winning album ‘Proof Of Love’, which was reviewed here in Dec. 2008. Proof of Love impressed me to the point it earned 9-out-of-10.
Well Luedecke certainly does not miss a step with My Hands Are On Fire and Other Love Songs.
The new album was recorded largely live off the floor, and also features bluegrass legend Tim O’Brien on every song.
Steve Dawson is the producer as he has been on Luedecke’s previous two recordings as well.
As for music, Old Man Luedecke shows he is a fine songwriter as well as performer. There are 11-songs here, all of them good.
There are message songs such as Woe Betide the Doer of the Deed, which arguably is the best cut here, and then songs that are more just fun, such as Mountain Plain.
Powered by Old Man Luedecke’s fine banjo work, and relaxed, casual vocal delivery, this is a complete package.
A disk that truly impresses from start to finish.
Check out www.oldmanluedecke.ca
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Mar 24, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada