“Do you ever get the feeling you’ve been in one spot too long?” Rambling along from the east comes the gravel-voice and banjo strum of Doug MacNearney. These are songs about Canada’s long roads, about the landscape and the hours of anticipation and reflection. MacNearney’s stories are braided with a tangible sense of what it is to be Canadian: the red soil and cold ocean of Prince Edward Island, forays into Quebec, the inevitable journey westwards. And a tide swells through the record: songs shift from travelling to get away to songs about coming home — the love at the end of the road.
I can’t say enough good things about “Rambling Songs”. I’ve seen Doug play twice now: he’s one of the best. Hear for yourself. You can download half the record for free. Then, preorder the full-length, coming out in March.