Raised among the bending rivers and deep forests of the Ottawa Valley, Adam Puddington is a nature boy to the core. His wheels-on-gravel songwriting exudes the restless spirit of a Canadian wanderer, singing of 'the roads I didn't know' on The Doors Will Open and odes to 'bridges, fields and lakes' on feel-good pub rocker St. Lawrence. Fortunately, For The Meantime isn't just a Group of Seven painting; there are actual stories intertwined with the lyrical landscapes. And although he's backed competently by cats from the Guthries, who add plenty of clean electric guitars and rolling drums, Puddington's songs sound born of a solitary man, his old reliable guitar and the still country night.
Adam Puddington and the Proof play Healey's Thursday (June 8) at 11 pm.