Old Man Luedecke – I Never Sang Before I Met You

OLD MAN LUEDECKE plays Hughs Room February 18. See listing. Rating: NNNN Where to go after Nashville? If you're Old Man.


OLD MAN LUEDECKE plays Hughs Room February 18. See listing. Rating: NNNN

Where to go after Nashville? If you’re Old Man Luedecke, home (or close to it). The Chester, Nova Scotia-based Juno-winning banjo player shook things up a little by messing around with rock ‘n’ roll and cussing (yes, cussing!) on his latest EP. You can’t call it folk – there’s too much fat guitar-playing, drum machines and fun little production flourishes for that – but it’s certainly OML.

It was produced by Joel Plaskett at his home studio in Dartmouth, and from the opening bars of Baby, We’d Be Rich, it’s easy to wonder why the two populist songwriters haven’t collaborated already.

Like many writers, Luedecke has themes he returns to again and again. In this case? Living the good, impoverished life being inexplicably bummed in the face of success and true love.

And he does all three so well here: mournful, sparse banjo gives way to geographical and musical spaciousness when the 12-string kicks in on Sorry If I Let You Down and Time Alone stands as one of his best love songs yet.

Top track: Time Alone

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