Monday, February 21, 2011

Review -- ZACHARY LUCKY -- Come And Gone

Zachary Lucky

Zachary Lucky is a performer who comes by his talents honestly. It is literally in his blood. Lucky is a grandson of Smiling Johnny who along with partner Eleanor have performed one end of this country to the other for decades. Johnny passed on earlier this year, but I am sure he watching his grandson’s music career grow.
Johnny would have reason to smile listening to Come and Gone.
As stated in an earlier review of Lucky’s Maps & Towns which earned an 8.5, he “is a performer who combines a sort of folk-based approach, with soft rock, and at times a sort of country song writing sensibility. The results are songs which catch the listener as they are delivered by Lucky's fine voice, and simple acoustic guitar work.”
Lucky continues to show those same elements in Come and Gone.
The true key for Lucky seems to be his relaxed delivery. The music comes across with a simplicity which has you feeling he is in the room with you, or that you are both sitting around a campfire, and that Lucky is simply sharing himself with you through song.
As an example the song Sins of My Father feels deeply personal, like a secret shared between close friends. For a performer to accomplish that is rare, and Lucky does it throughout the CD.
As a favourite, I might choose O Ontario, which could be a theme song for the province. Very beautiful piece.
Local music fans will want to be at 5th Avenue Cup & Saucer Aug.6, where Lucky will be promoting the new CD. Check it out.
Lucky’s website is
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Aug 4, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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