Peter Willie Youngtree & the Blooms The Rocket Room, St. John's NL, May 5

Peter Willie Youngtree & the Blooms The Rocket Room, St. John's NL, May 5
Photo: Noah Bender
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Filling the Rocket Room with a late '60s Dylan vibe, Youngtree and
his band played well-rehearsed, earnest country-folk whose guiding principle was looseness.

A five-piece band that features shimmering electric guitar with slide
and steel-like parts and complementary violin, the Blooms bounce
beautifully while keeping Youngtree locked into his role as lead
singer. For his part, he sings vividly written songs that recall classic country-rock figures like Gram Parsons, but there's also some Eric Bachmann in there somewhere.

"Standing on the Road Kicking Gravel," a song from a new record called
Country Hymns, was apparently inspired by a hitchhiking trip Youngtree
took between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Ordinarily, such background story might seem contrived, but Youngtree pulls the troubadour stance off via the charm of his songs and comfort in his skin onstage.