Bicycle-touring Ottawa-based singer/songwriter Jeremy Fisher has bottled up a bit of the summer in his simple and sweet fifth album, a mix of covers and originals recorded live with a small acoustic band.
Mint Juleps kicks off with a cover of John Hiatt's Gone that brings out the song's bluegrassiness, then moves into Gordon Lightfoot's jangly Spin Spin. Fisher's On My Mind recalls elements of both.
The rest of the album flows just as well, with an especially strong acoustic-guitar-driven middle featuring If It's Alright With You (Gene MacLellan) and Bleed A Little Tonight (Ron Hawkins).
Politics creep in near the end on Fisher's simple-living manifesto Built To Last and a cover of Greg Brown's Canned Goods.
Top track: Bleed A Little Tonight