I am so thrilled to be working with three of the five nominees in the Roots Solo Artist of the Year category for this year’s Western Canadian Music Awards — Belle Plaine, Joe Nolan and Mariel Buckley! All well deserved — I wish they could all win, but we’ll have to wait for the awards ceremony in October. That’s plenty of time for you do discover their incredible work!
Happy release day to Belle Plaine’s Malice, Mercy, Grief and Wrath! Here’s what the critics are saying:
“If this album were a house, it would loom large, stand Gothic and you would find its heart in a foyer that holds a grand piano.” Exclaim!
“Belle crochets a wonderful mix of old country, classic western, alternative rock, and jazz swing to create a beautiful blanket of music that is an artistic keepsake.” No Depression
“Her new album [is] full of questioning, of the past, present and the future, exploring autobiographically-related themes of grief and loss though songs steeped in classic country influences.” Folking.com
“One of the most wonderful things I’ve heard this year.” Mike Bell, The YYScene
“Malice, Mercy, Grief and Wrath shines with textures of classic country music, including some of the hip jazz changes that were commonplace with mid-60s Nashville-produced records, while keeping an eye toward the future sonically, with parts that might not seem out of place on a Wilco album.” BeatRoute