Monday, February 21, 2011

Review -- CATHERINE LEWANS -- Kickin' Up Dust

KICKIN' UP DUST
CATHERINE LEWANS
Indie
7-out-of-10

For those wise enough to have attended the Saskatchewan Country Music Association's songwriter's circle at the Yorkton ANAVETs Club recently, they will remember Catherine Lewans a country gal from southern Saskatchewan since she was one of the seven musicians taking part in the event. If you like country music it really was the place to be.
Lewans, whose hometown is Shaunavon, is a to-the-bone country girl. Her music leaves you feeling and believing this girl knows how to ride a horse, and what it means to do farm chores. Many can sing country, but fewer make it feel real by having lived it. Lewans is one of those.
In terms of song writing Lewans draws on two areas, both of them long a mainstay of country music, country life and her faith.
In Lewans case both seem rich places to draw from.
It is obvious Lewans draws on her faith in life. While not fully gospel, there are songs here which are at least influenced by songs which praise faith.
It is equally obvious Lewans can look out her window and see songs waiting to be written. She sees the simple things in life, the ones we tend to take for granted as the stuff of a song. She puts words to the simple joys of our lives.
The result is country which should resonate with anyone who had ever been a farmer/rancher. It should make you see a part of Saskatchewan.
This is a nice CD in that regard. It might not have 'hit' stamped on it, but it's still a disk which should make the listener smile.
Check her out at www.myspace.com/catherinelewans
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Feb 2, 2011 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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