Gordie Tentrees to Deliver 'North Country Heart,' Rolls Out Canadian Summer Tour

Gordie Tentrees to Deliver 'North Country Heart,' Rolls Out Canadian Summer Tour
Yukon-based singer-songwriter Gordie Tentrees played 220 shows in eight different countries last year, and it appears as if his time away from home inspired his next LP, North Country Heart. Apparently written as a love letter to his home province, the album arrives independently July 31.

According to a press release, the 12-song follow-up to 2009's Mercy or Sin was recorded at Whitehorse's Old Crow Studio with Juno Award-winning producer Bob Hamilton (Kim Barlow, Sarah MacDougall, Kim Beggs). Tentrees had been stockpiling songs for his fifth full-length, and a ton of the tunes ended up being about the Yukon.

"We took our time making it, I came in with more songs than ever, and after 14 years of living in the Yukon, I decided it was time to write about my home," Tentrees said in a statement. "I talk about the Yukon on and off the stage so much, confessing its secrets,  and spreading my love for this sweet place,  that harvesting these tales into songs felt long overdue."

Songs like album opener "Gypsy Wind" touch on northern life, while "Holy Moly" deals with a guy that "wrestles bears in my underwear" to impress some local women. You can stream new number "Black Seeds" down below.

Tentrees latest LP finds him supported by Ken Hermanson (banjo, lapsteel, guitar), Bob Hamilton (upright bass, pedal steel), Patrick Hamilton (drums), Annie Avery (piano, organ) and Sarah Macdougall (vocals). You can check the tracklisting down below and the artwork up above.

In other news, road warrior Tentrees will be touring all summer long with Roger Marin. You can check those Canadian dates after the tracklist.

North Country Heart:

1. Gypsy Wind

2. Wheel and Wrench

3. North Country Heart

4. Holy Moly

5. Black Seeds

6. Hill Country News

7. Little Guy

8. Last Word

9. Skinny Trees

10. Lone Sparrow

11. Sideman Blues

12. Wasted Moments

Tour dates:

7/20-22 Dawson City, YT - Dawson City Music Festival
7/30 Dawson Creek, BC - Alaska Hotel
7/31 Grand Prairie, AB - Ovations Showcase Center
8/1 Edmonton, AB - Black Dog
8/2 Olds, AB - Tracks Pub
8/3-4 Nanton, AB - Auditorium
8/5 Lethbridge, AB - The Slice
8/6 Calgary, AB - Ironwood
8/7 Regina, SK - Creative City Concerts
8/8 Saskatoon, SK - House Concert
8/9 Winnipeg, MB - Park Theatre
8/10-12 Ear Falls, ON - Trout Forest Music Festival
8/13 Thunder Bay, ON - Crocks
8/14 Sault St. Marie, ON - Bondhar Tent
8/15 Espanola, ON - Pats Garage
8/16 Sudbury, ON - La Fromagerie
8/17 Lavigne, ON - Lavigne Tavern
8/18-19 Aylmer, ON - Fred Eaglesmith Picnic
8/20 Peterborough, ON - Red Garnet
8/21 Terra Nova, ON - Public House
8/22 Belleville, ON - The Cove
8/23 Sault Ste. Marie, ON - Loplops
8/24 Ontonago, MI - Porcupine Mountains Festival
8/25-26 Pefferlaw, ON - Eaglewood Festival
8/27 Kitchener, ON - Rookery Concerts
8/28 Toronto, ON - Dakota Tavern
8/29 Ottawa, ON - Irenes Pub
8/30 Barrie, ON - Yacht Club
8/31 Sarnia, ON - Paddy Flaherty
9/1 Oakville, ON - Moonshine Café

9/5 Kemptville ON - The Branch Restaurant