Premiere: Ken Yates – “Huntsville”

Get a first listen to Ken Yates’ new Jim Bryson-produced album Huntsville at Grayowl Point

Grayowl Point

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Huntsville, Ontario is a beautiful place to take a vacation, and London, Ontario’s Ken Yates decided to name his latest effort, out Sept. 30, after it. Just as the town is known for its natural beauty, Yates aims for the same kind of aesthetic musically. Huntsville, produced by Jim Bryson, is a gentle and emotionally resonant collection.

Over the album’s 11 songs, Yate’s expressive vocals and folk styling bring his ballads and road songs to life. Perhaps no song employs as many accurate metaphors for life on the road than the opener “Keep Your Head Down,” also one of the album’s highlights. It’s propulsive rhythm drives the song forward along with lines like “This highway’s one wrong turn from hell.” After that, things get softer, with songs like “High On You Under the Moon,” a song that juxtaposes satellites-as-ersatz-stars with a couple drunk on rye looking up at it…

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