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(ANYWHERE, North America) A true road dog, Fred Eaglesmith is a songwriter’s songwriter with a deep discography informed by miles of experience. As the Bend Bulletin notes, he is “a singer-songwriter with a loyal fan base: a raconteur known for his funny stories and sometimes funny, sometimes poignant songs…a figure to whom ‘entertainer,’ ‘humorous’ and ‘original’ can be applied in equal measure.” And the Los Angeles Times, in a live review, wrote: “Eaglesmith snarled out lyrics that underscore his overriding attitude that music and musicians ought to be cherished in the here-and-now and valued for the quality of their art, not the size of their bank accounts or TV ratings.”
On December 10, Fred Eaglesmith will release his 20th album, Tambourine – a work that backs up those words and reaffirms his stance as one of North America’s greatest songwriters. And, true to form, Eaglesmith will promptly hop in his bio-fueled bus and continue his “never-ending” tour.
Tambourine, says the inimitable Canadian songsmith, is “a walk through the garden of rock ‘n’ roll. The music’s roots are firmly dug in the mid-to-late 60s. The primary essence is 1966 – the year that gave us Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde and Question Mark & the Mysterians.” Like a lot of Eaglesmith’s albums, Tambourine mixes rock ‘n’ roll and R&B with richly drawn characters, meaty themes and stunning turns of phrase. The driving, soul-infused “Nobody Gets Everything” is a splendid breakup tune with universal resonance. “Sally Green” is a psychedelic, gospel-esque portrait of the girl you hate to love. “Can’t Dance” is ironically shimmy-inducing with an irresistible beat and retro Farfisa sound. “Whip A Dog” closes the album on a blue, brooding note, leaving the listener feeling like he’s just polished off a good book.
The collection continues a rock ‘n’ roll odyssey that Eaglesmith commenced in 2010 with his Latin-influenced rock album Cha Cha Cha. Starting with that section of his forever tour, Eaglesmith dubbed his band The Traveling Steam Show and they began performing in steampunk-ish outfits, adding a touch of the theatrical to their shows. “It harkens back to the ’60s and ’70s variety shows that were on TV,” Eaglesmith told the Albuquerque Journal. “It’s a show. It’s a lot more than a concert. I like to pay attention to what’s cutting edge and bring that into the live show.”
Cha Cha Cha and its follow-up, the thoughtful roots-rocker 6 Volts, were highly praised by critics. AllMusic.com called Cha Cha Cha “superb” and the Dallas Morning News boasted that the collection is “beautifully brooding…the CD is wonderful. Let it wash all over you.” Philadelphia Weekly aptly wrote, “Eaglesmith’s music blows like an arctic wind across the plains, stark and chilling.” And, like its author, Tambourine captures the diversity of this era and still keeps its hand in today’s world.
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