Folk & Country 2011: 16 Best Albums
It has been a pleasure to watch the consistent artistic growth of such Canadiana favourites as Cuff the Duke, Elliott Brood, and Sunparlour Players. All released fine work in 2011, and Saskatoon's Deep Dark Woods merit inclusion in that group. Their fourth album, The Place I Left Behind, is again built around the eloquent songwriting and rich resonant vocals of Ryan Boldt. His voice is perfectly suited to the melancholy mood of most of his songs, while a couple of numbers from bassist/vocalist Chris Mason helps add variety. Balancing the pedal steel and guitar-led sound is the fine work of keyboardist Geoff Hilhorst on piano, Hammond, and mellotron, while guests Kendel Carson (fiddle) and Old Man Luedecke (banjo) add to the wide-screen atmospherics of the album.
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