COLTER WALL

UNCUT - - New Al­bums - ROB HUgHES

Songs Of The plains THIRTY TIGERS/YOUNG MARY’S RECORD CO 7/10 Bare bad­lands-coun­try from strik­ing new ta­lent

you can un­der­stand why Steve Earle cites Wall as the best young singer­song­writer he’s seen for 20 years. The Cana­dian pos­sesses the same rich, deep bari­tone as Marty Rob­bins or hoyt Ax­ton, while his songs use only a mod­icum of fuss – picked acous­tic gui­tar, pedal steel, har­mon­ica – for op­ti­mum ef­fect. guided by re­turn­ing pro­ducer Dave Cobb, with Nashville vet­er­ans lloyd green and Mickey Raphael along too, this sec­ond al­bum tips a stet­son to the ne­glected Western her­itage of his na­tive coun­try, from the stark beauty of “Saskatchewan In 1881” to a de­li­ciously lu­mi­nous cover of Wilf Carter’s “Cal­gary Round-up”.

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