Lynne Hanson Once the Sun Goes Down

Building on the momentum of two solid releases and a nomination for the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Once the Sun Goes Down is another step up for Lynne Hanson. With Gillian Welch-inspired folk flair, Hanson proves she has intimate storytelling down to an art. Her performance is heartfelt and her tunes have that get-stuck-in-your-head quality. Opener "When Lovers Leave" and "Three Times Bent" are delicate ballads that compel you to sing along. The Southern country gal, by way of Ottawa, who describes her style as "porch music with a little Texas red dirt," shores up her tales of heartbreak and unrequited love with feisty guitar licks and jaunty banjo lines. Multi-instrumentalist/producer David Baxter (Justin Rutledge, Bob Snider) and drummer Blake Manning (Blue Rodeo), along with Brian Kobayakawa (bass), Jason Sniderman on keyboard (Blue Peter) and a host of guest musicians (including Justin Rutledge) all have a hand in bringing the record to mainstream country pop perfection. (Independent)