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Canadian singer-songwriter, Barney Bentall after a five-year hiatus is back with a new album. It is his 10th and what an excellent, well thought out and power packed project he has come up with.


The Drifter & The Preacher contains an endless string of fine nuances, singing voices and playing as one note-worthy song follows another.


It isn’t all about title tracks songs, “The Drifter” and “The Preacher”, but you also have the album’s first single “The Miner”. An effort he co-wrote with his son Dustin (with shared vocals) it kicks off the record in good fashion. It is far better than good if I am truthful, some of you no doubt will detect hints of fellow Canadian Neil Young in the song. Which is no bad thing, not at all.    


Pickers (band) on the record include Geoff Hicks (drums), Rob Becker (bass), Scott Smith (electric, pedal steel guitar), Kendel Carson (fiddle), Adrian Dolan (keyboards, fiddle, mandolin, accordion), Simon Kendall (keyboards) and John Raham (percussion) plus a bunch of guests to go with Bentall’s own guitar, piano and harmonica, and yes there is also horns and harmony vocals.   


 “The Drifter” like a few songs on the record it contains a hefty production. For though if contains stylish piano and fiddle and a good story it could have been more intimate (making it more powerful, emotionally). “In The Morning” (co-write with Cory Tetford) it too is a huge song. With his tight band, backing it to the hilt the staggering piece comes complete with heavenly harmony vocals to match “The Preachers” as ‘song of the album’. A couple more songs like them and you would undoubtedly be talking about a five-star record. Jim Cuddy from Blue Rodeo joins Bentall (vocals) on dreamy shuffle, “Won’t Change The World”. 


Providing a song with drive and edge, “Don’t Wait For Me Marie” reflects on a man telling his woman not to wait for him. Buoyed by superb electric guitar, fiddle, Dobro and piano it captures the feel of the adventurer, the soldier of fortune of this world if you like. For beauty “Say Goodbye To Albert Comfort” offers more than its share, and with sobering pedal steel guitar and mournful fiddle a rich melancholy feel governs throughout. Bentall holds strong to unhurried songs rich in meaning via “The Ocean And You (A Song For John Mann)”, and then with more grace and beauty than you could dream of, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica and sweet harmony vocal warmed “On The Shores Of Grise Fjord” nips in as the album’s finale. Enough to jolt me to revalue what is the finest piece of work on the record, because I believe it just about nicks it!


                                                       Maurice Hope             

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January 2018Month
Points Artist / Album Title / Label / * Album of the Month of… (reporter)
1 63
HAYES CARLL / What It Is / Dualtone *RK, *JB,*HB,
2 61
PHIL LEE / The Horse He Rode In On / Palookaville Records *BH, *PvG,
*FB, *PK
3 60
THE DELINES/ Imperial / El Cortez *PK, *FCe, *LK
4 51
VICKY EMERSON / Steady Heart / Independent *MW, *ML
5 42
LULA WILES / What Will We Do / Smithsonian Folkways *MM, *MF
6 34
SUZANNE JARVIE / In The Clear / Wolfe Island *BP
7 29
JESSE DAYTON / On Fire In Nashville / Blue Elan *SZ
8 27
KIERAN GOSS & ANNIE KINSELLA / Oh, The Starlings / Independent
CARSON McHONE / Carousel / Loose Music
TINY LEGS TIM / Elsewhere Bound / Independent *TV, *FC,
11 26
MANDOLIN ORANGE / Tides of a Teardrop / Yep Roc *BM
12 22
LEYLA McCALLA / Capitalist Blues / Jazz Village *DH
13 21
14 21
SIX MILE GROVE / Million Birds / Independent
15 19
BOB SUMNER / Wasted love songs /Self-released *MG
STEVE GUNN / The Unseen in Between / Matador
ROBERT ELLIS / Texas Piano Man / New West *CVL, *DHo
18 19
JOSHUA RAY WALKER / Wish you were here / State Fair *MA
19 18
CAM PENNER / At War With Reason / Self-released *LM
20 15
CHARLEY CROCKETT / Lil G.L.'S Blue / Bonanza
21 14
JARED DECK / Bully Pulpit / Self-released *AN, *AL
MICHAEL CHAPMAN / True North / Paradise of Bachelors
23 13
INA FORSMAN / Been Meaning To Tell You / RUF *EZ
24 12
KAYLAN FAY / Good Company / Horton
RICHARD DOBSON / I Hear Singing / Brambus *JJC
DILLON CARMICHAEL / Hell On An Angel / Riser House *PHe
SELECT CAPTAIN / Off To Save The World / Soundchest *JJ
BRANDON ISAAK / Rise N Shine / Independent *RW
EINAR FLA / Silent String / Grappa *MB
CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE / Sixpack / Self-released *PJ
JAMIE LEE WILSON / Jumping Over Rocks / Self-released *HdB
DALE WATSON / Call Me Lucky / Red House *RH
WEST OF EDEN / Flat Earth Society / West Of Music *PH
JODYMOON / A Love Brand New / Self-Released *JF
ANDREW COMBS / Worried Man (Deluxe Edition) / Loose Music *GF
HALDEN WOFFORD & THE HI BEANS / Hard Core Broken Heart /
Independent *MP
JONATHAN BYRD / Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys/ *JH
BILL SHANLEY / Midnight Mission / Cauldron Music *NC
MICKEY GALYEAN & CULLEN’s BRIDGE / Songs From The Blue Ridge /
Rebel *HD
JOE JACKSON / Fool / EarMusic *KG
TIP JAR / Onward / Independent *FS
KC GROVES / Happy Little Trees / Self-released *JH
TIMBER / The Family / Cornelius Chapel *

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