Maritime banjo wielder Chris Luedecke is set to return as Old Man Luedecke with his sixth studio album Domestic Eccentric next week — but before it officially arrives, Exclaim! is streaming the record in its entirety.
Luedecke hails from Chester, NS, and although he has become a renowned, Juno-winning troubadour travelling the country with his tunes, the songwriter pays homage to home on the new record. The album was even recorded in his self-built backwoods cabin, along with producer and rootsy multi-instrumentalist Tim O'Brien.
"Tim is my favourite musician," Luedecke said in a statement. "And working with him in a duet environment in a cabin at home was a waking dream."
As for the subject matter of the new material, it explores the idea of domesticity and hears Luedecke waxing poetic on the experiences of himself as a young man who's been in love with the same woman for more than a decade, and the process of watching their babies grow into children.
It's especially pertinent on opener and lead single "Yodelady," which has been in his live set since 2004. The was inspired by a woman he met in Dawson City, who has since become his wife, the mother of his children and his muse.
Those themes also emerge on "The Early Days," on which Luedecke sings about throwing out diapers and saving up for date night — but also the importance of cherishing those times.
Scroll past his upcoming tour dates to hear Old Man Luedecke's heartfelt tribute to homelife by giving Domestic Eccentric a listen in the player below before it officially arrives on July 24 via True North Records. You can pre-order the album here.
06/25 Mount Stewart, PEI - Trailside Cafe
06/26 Mount Stewart, PEI - Trailside Cafe
06/27 Moncton, NB - Magnetic Hill Folk Festival
06/28 Gagetown, NB - Feels Good Folly Fest
07/18-19 Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Folk Festival
08/01-03 Canmore, AB - Canmore Folk Festival
08/05 Lethbridge, AB - The Slice Bar and Grill
08/06 Twin Butte, AB - Twin Butte Store Soulfest
08/07-08 Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Folk Festival
08/09 Golden, BC - Kicking Horse Resort
08/11 Saskatoon, SK - Village Guitars
08/12 Winnipeg, MB - Park Theatre
08/13 Regina, SK - Artful Dodger
08/14 Swift Current, SK – House Show
08/16-22 Sorrento, BC - Nimble Fingers
08/29 Powassan, ON - Windsong Music Festival
09/02-04 Birnamwood, WI - Jackpine Jamboree
09/05 Ripton, VT - Coffeehouse
09/09 Mexico City, Mexico - Green Church
09/10 Farmington, ME - North Church Concert Series
09/11 Phillips, ME - Philips Area Community Centre
09/12 Portland, ME - One Longfellow Square
09/17 Fredericton, NB - Harvest Jazz and Blues
09/25-27 Wolfville, NS - Deep Roots Music Festival
10/08-09 Pittsboro, NC - Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival
10/10-11 Sydney, NS - Celtic Colours International Festival
10/14 Toronto, ON - Harbourfront Centre Theatre