Cd Review – OLD MAN LUEDECKE By MICHAEL SMITH

OLD MAN LUEDECKE

Domestic Eccentric

True North/MGM/Planet

 

Alt.country folk Americana

 

Recorded in his family home, a backwoods cabin in Nova Scotia just out of Chester, Domestic Eccentric is essentially an album about home and what it means to this Juno Award-winning Canadian folk singer-songwriter. Still very much a young man, Chris Leudecke teams up once again with multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien for this very “traditional” collection, paeans to wife, children and the joy and comfort to be found in domestic life, and while it’s obvious Leudecke draws heavily from his own experience, he’s happy to “dress” his homilies up. So Brightest on the Heart is written as if Leudecke were a sailor looking forward to getting home. Countering the joy of parenthood is the reality of The Early Days, when “our babes are not babies” anymore, so “enjoy them, they go so fast.” Ain’t that the truth.

 

Luedecke is touring Australia first two weeks of May (see Tour dates section).

 

MICHAEL SMITH