Graham Nicholas – Ruby, and Other Bedtime Stories

These are the bedtimes stories that keep you lying awake at night. Tales of heartache, regret, melancholy: up until 3 am staring at sleep through the bottom of a bottle. Graham Nicholas performs with the ache of memory, that pluck of the heartstrings (his words) that defines country music. He is accompanied throughout the record by the superb Raven Shields. Her contribution lends an uncommon depth to the simple songs, often the only embellishment in the stripped-down compositions. The upbeat nostalgia of “Penny” is given a bounding resolve by the marvelously braided harmonies, the whooping call of the chorus. There’s something happening in Toronto, some great future for country and folk music. Keep your ear on the railroad tracks.



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