Tufts, a veteran folk artist and respected session musician, finds ample expression for his multi-instrumental and songwriting capabilities on his fifth solo release. A smooth, warm voice, expert handling of guitar, dobro, and 5-string banjo, and a welcoming, investigative aesthetic blend into classic songs of family, memory, love, and the mystery of life. Eight originals and two covers (including John Martyn's "Sweet Little Mystery") range from wistful to upbeat, bespeaking this Singer-songwriter's craft. Tufts is also a champion eco-warrior, and makes a plea in him liner notes to "stop Environment Canada and the Ministry of Natural Resources [Canada] from cutting down our forests and exporting our water." He further suggests that listeners "refuse unrecycled material," a brave - and appropriate - stance in today's paper-packaged and printed market. So here's to Tufts, and to excellent, thoughtful substance.
Call me an American chauvinist, but "country" has always called to mind "Nashville" or "Austin" - not "Ottawa." Now Walk On from Terry Tufts has changed mind. In a dreamy ramble through 10 originals and covers, Tufts proves that his roots go as deep as those of all the Hanks and Dollys on this side of the U.S./Canadian border. He displays a wry, Nashville-ready wit with lyrics like "You got a habit of bein' so sweet…the best kind of woman any man could wanna meet…hope nobody knows this but me." Canada's national treasure Willie P. Bennett wails away on mouth harp and joins Peter von Althen on drums, Ken Kanwisher on Bass, and a cast of seemingly thousands to keep the uptempo "Look To Yourself For Heaven" chuggin and "Swing Her About" swinging. Every so often, Tufts and company dip into the deeper pool from which all good country music is made, with meditations on death and eternity like the haunting "In the Eleventh Hour" and the homage to his father, Floyd, on "My Father Would Say." The covers include John Martyn's "Sweet Little Mystery" and a suitably corny "Deep Purple."
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Photographers: Terry Tufts; Ian Tamblyn; Sophie Hogan; Ian Carter; Rose Bolton; Paul Latour; Kathryn Briggs.
Personnel: Terry Tufts (vocals, acoustic guitar, dobro, banjo); Fred Guignon (electric guitar, electric 12-string guitar, lap steel guitar); Dan Whiteley (mandolin); Marion Linton (violin); Willie P. Bennett (harmonica, Jew's harp); Ian Tamblyn (keyboards); Ken Kanwisher (bass instrument); Peter Von Althen (drums, percussion).
Liner Note Author: Terry Tufts.