Coming straight out of Whitehorse, Yukon, a songwriter named Gordie has been travelling the world since the release of his last disc, Mercy or Sin, in 2009 and he shows no signs of slowing down with North Country Heart. A vocal and songwriting style that falls somewhere between Joey Only and Corb Lund, Tentrees lays out a dozen tales from the roads in, around, and out from the North Country he calls home. Barn burning road songs like “Wheel & Wrench” and “Sideman Blues” mix it up beside the lovesick blues of “Last Word” and “Holy Moly.” Throw in a couple good boozin’ tunes like “Wasted Moments” and you’ve got a good old country time. Featuring a tight set of pickers backing him up, North Country Heart is Tentrees’ most solid effort yet. Check for him as he drives the highways endlessly in support of this beauty of a disc. (Independent, tentrees.ca) Sheldon Birnie
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