The Devin Cuddy Band 'Kitchen Knife' (album stream)

The Devin Cuddy Band 'Kitchen Knife' (album stream)
In Canada, the Cuddy name is most closely tied to Jim Cuddy, one of the principal songwriters from Blue Rodeo. His son Devin is quickly rising in our country's music ranks, however, and the Devin Cuddy Band will take the next step on July 29 when they release Kitchen Knife on Cameron House Records. For now, the album can be streamed in full on Exclaim.ca.

The record was produced by Blue Rodeo's Greg Keelor at his Lost Cause home studio. The band hadn't heard Cuddy's new tunes when he brought them into the studio, resulting in a spontaneous approach in which arrangements were fleshed out on the spot.

The band favoured a studio-focused style rather than a live-off-the-floor approach, and Cuddy's songs were amplified with rootsy arrangements. The opening title cut sports a jazzy blues swing and "Forty Four" contrasts its buoyant country hop-skip with gun-wielding threats, while "Gospel" lives up to its title with church-like organs and religious-themed lyrics.

Hear these tunes, along with the rest of the rustic-sounding collection, below.

The Devin Cuddy Band are currently out on a Canadian tour, and you can see all the stops here. You can also pre-order Kitchen Knife over here.