Monday, February 21, 2011

Review -- BLAKE BERGLUND and KENNEDY RODEO -- Ends Of The Earth

ENDS OF THE EARTH
Blake Berglund and Kennedy Rodeo
Indie
7-out-of-10

It is interesting how different live performances and recordings can be.
Blake Berglund, a country singer who grew up in Kennedy, SK., but now living on the West Coast, recently performed in Yorkton at 5th Avenue Cup & Saucer. It was an acoustic show, with just Berglund and a beat up guitar, complete with a hole in the front and a significant crack from being used as a drum. You could see it being carried on horseback on a ranch, played at the campfire at night.
The show had Berglund paring his music down to its most basic. There was a sort of 60’s feel to the country music, and it was great.
The CD though is a full band effort, leaving the country more ‘plugged-in’. It has a more modern country feel. That isn’t always bad, but I much prefer Berglund and his guitar alone. A recording off the floor in Yorkton would likely have garnered an easy extra point on this review.
Either way, Berglund does write some fine lyrics including Dragging Angels, As Fast As We Can, and Dirty Red Bandana.
A solid country effort from a performer who is very personable when performing live. Check him out at www.blakeberglund.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Aug 18, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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