Published Feb 04, 2014As a rule, you can never have too much banjo. But you can definitely have too little. Old Man Luedecke, beloved award-winning Halifax singer-songwriter, teams up here with Joel Plaskett, fellow beloved award-winning Halifax singer-songwriter, for a three-song EP. I Never Sang Before I Met You may be over as fast as it begins, but it's a tantalizing sample of a musical match made in, well, Haligonia.
The EP kicks off with the J.J. Cale-inspired "Baby We'd Be Rich," a laid-back rockabilly tune for which truer lyrics may never have been written: "If reading books was money/ And spinning records was investing/ If drinking was consulting/ Baby we'd be rich." In fact, if the Federal Government is still considering changing the national anthem, this song should receive serious consideration as a possible replacement. As a bonus, the cuss version at the end of the record would serve nicely as the three-too-many beers sing-along for around the campfire or after the game.
Tracks two and three, "Time Alone" and "Sorry If I Let You Down," are east-coast humdingers with enviable doses of Luedecke's stellar banjo picking and producer Plaskett's "scrappy happiness" all over them. Here's to hoping these two like-minded Haligonians find more time to work together. (True North)