Skydiggers Take On Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Ron Sexsmith for 'No. 1 Northern' Covers Album, Stream Entire Album on Exclaim.ca

> Jul 02 2013

Skydiggers Take On Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Ron Sexsmith for 'No. 1 Northern' Covers Album, Stream Entire Album on Exclaim.ca
By Alex HudsonYesterday (July 1) was Canada Day, and Toronto's Skydiggers are celebrating the occasion by releasing an album of Canadian covers. Entitled No. 1 Northern, the band have announced the album and simultaneously released it as part of their 25th anniversary festivities.

Coming via Latent Recordings, the nine-track collection includes covers of tunes by classic Canuck artists like Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot and Ron Sexsmith. As you'd expect from Skydiggers, there's a rootsy bent to their song choices.

Along with the tracklist below, read commentary from singer Andy Maize on each song, explaining the band's cover choices and what he loves about the selections. Scroll past that to hear the entire album. In a statement, the band described this as "Volume 1," meaning that more covers could be on the way.

Also as part of their 25th anniversary celebrations, Skydiggers released a live set earlier this year.

You can purchase No. 1 Northern over here.

No. 1 Northern:

1. Bitter Beauty (Jason Collett)

"A favourite song of ours from the first time we heard it, the chorus of Jason Collett's 'Bitter Beauty,' 'And you're dreaming, with eyes wide open, your heart has spoken, for the first time,' tells the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth."


2. Burning Bridges (Linda McRae)

"A great song from former Spirit of the West's Linda McRae's first solo album... The sentiment of the chorus 'And now my head's on my shoulders and not in the clouds, And I don't believe in burning bridges down' are words to live by."


3. Don't Cry No Tears (Neil Young)

"A Neil Young song that we've been playing since the 'Mr. Soul' times of Borrowed Tunes… "And there's nothing I can say, to make him go away..."


4. Snowbird (Gene MacLellan)

"An iconic Canadian folk song, written by an iconic Prince Edward Island songwriter, Gene MacLellan. It was the sad, wistful lyrics that led us to the sparse, acoustic arrangement on No.1 Northern."


5. Precious Time (Alex Madsen)

"When Josh was producing an album from Moncton's finest country rockers, the Divorcees, a couple of years ago, singer Alex Madsen had a demo of this song which didn't end up making it on their record. It reminded us of a Buddy Holly ballad — say no more!!"


6. Spin Spin (Gordon Lightfoot)

"This is a song of Gordon Lightfoot's that Josh and I have been fooling around with for years. A great folk lyric on an uptempo single from 1966."


7. Just My Heart Talkin' (Ron Sexsmith)

"Nothing's as well crafted as a Ron Sexsmith song... and the lyric 'Some people tell my eyes are windows of the soul, but eyes can be like empty sockets' seals the deal."


8. Red Deer to Margaree (Charlie Angus and Andrew Cash)

"A cross country travelogue with a chorus that screams out Ian & Sylvia... written by the two of the best songwriters in or out of parliament, the right honourable Charlie Angus and the right honourable Andrew Cash."


9. Stars (Michael Johnston)

"Michael Johnston's beautiful, heartfelt ballad re-imagined as a duet, featuring the fabulous Jessy Bell Smith."
GET IT!
News RSS
Mailing List
SHARE IT!
Google+
Google Bookmarks
StumbleUpon
Reddit
Tumblr
Wow! What a wonderful treat! %uD83C%uDF41
Start Conversation
Great, great renditions, guys. Well done. This gem will be a welcome addition to my collection.
Start Conversation
Just ordered it!
Start Conversation
I really love how they do 'Snowbird'.
Start Conversation
Love this!!! Happy Belated Canada Day everyone!
Start Conversation
what a beautiful cover of Bitter Beauty
Start Conversation
What a great cover of Burning Bridges!
Start Conversation
summer playlist, wahoo!!!
Start Conversation
love " just my heart talking"
Start Conversation
Login
Keep me logged in
Prove You Are Not a Robot
To remove this step go back and login.

More News

Most Popular Stories

  1. Frank Ocean - Mt. Currie Stage, Pemberton BC, July 20PEMBERTON MUSIC FESTIVAL REVIEWS: Frank Ocean Mt. Currie Stage, Pemberton BC, July 20
  2. Second LP From Mysterious Canadian Artist Lewis Hits eBayNEWS: Second LP From Mysterious Canadian Artist Lewis Hits eBay
  3. Ryan Adams Announces North American TourNEWS: Ryan Adams Announces North American Tour

Picks