Probably the closest thing Canada has to the beer-swilling, cowboy-hat-wearing country performers south of the border is Vancouver’s Ridley Bent. Although Buckles And Boots, Bent’s sophomore effort, was recorded in BC, it sounds straight out of Nashville, especially the title track, a perfect song for a night of line dancing.
Other tunes are a little more subdued. Nine Inch Nails is a twangy swing number filled with slide guitar and old-time piano, while Arlington is a passionate acoustic track that leans more toward Americana than hard-core country.
New country fans will love this disc, and Bent’s sensitive Canadian roots make it a lot less cheesy than some of the million-copy sellers down south.