OLD MAN LUEDECKE plays November 22 at Glenn Gould Studio. See listing. Rating: NNNN
The title track on the fifth album by double Juno Award-winning songwriter/banjo player Old Man Luedecke exposes the sad side of a successful music career: missing home.
Luedecke's come a long way in the last decade, and it shows in part in his top-notch Nashville backing band, which includes drummer Kenny Malone, who's played with George Jones and Dolly Parton, and award-winning bassist Mike Bub. They make the record a smooth and beautiful listen.
Luckily, Tender Is The Night is not gloss without substance. Luedecke uses Bible stories, fables and brilliant, everyday imagery to speak of ups and downs in both earthly and spiritual ways. Even when he's down, he's life-affirming and singalongable, like on sad and echoey Little Stream Of Whiskey, and funny A&W Song, about a quest for late-night junk food.
Top track: Little Stream Of Whiskey