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Rutledge, Justin - Valleyheart

Format: CD
Label: Outside Music
Year: 2013
Origin: Toronto, Ontario
Genre: folk
Value of Original Title: $20.00
Make Inquiry/purchase: email ryder@robertwilliston.com
Release Type: Albums
Websites:  https://justinrutledge.bandcamp.com/album/valleyheart
Playlist: Ontario, 2010's, Folk, MOCM Top 1000 Canadian Albums


Track Name
Amen America
Four Lean Hounds
Getting Away
Out of the Woods
Travel Light
Kapuskasing Coffee
Through With You
Heather in the Pines


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Given the quality of the records he's released regularly, Rutledge has to be considered an under-valued talent. He comes up with another winner with Valleyheart, his fifth album and first on Outside. There's no great variation in his style with it, although female harmony vocals (via Carina Round) are employed a little more. His regular band of "killer Bs" (David Baxter, Burke Carroll, Bazil Donovan and Blake Manning) return, while guest fiddle, horn and mandolin players, and a vocal choir add sonic depth. It's this combination of rich musical textures, plaintive yet assured vocals and eloquent, poetic lyrics ("You were the valley below, you were the weight of the snow") that places Rutledge a cut above his peers. As with his other releases, the subtle strengths of Valleyheart take a few spins to fully emerge, but they unquestionably do on a record sure to delight a faithful following that should be larger. There are gorgeous scenic visuals on the cover and album booklet as well.
-Kerry Doole, exclaim.ca

Justin Rutledge: acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, harmonica
Bazil Donovan: acoustic guitar
Bazil Donovan: bass
Brian Kobayakowa: double bass
Blake Manning: drums, percussion
David Baxter: electric guitar
Doug Paisley: electric guitar
Burke Carroll: pedal steel guitar, slide guitar (Weissenborne), resonator guitar
Kendel Carson: fiddle
Bryden Baird: horns
Andrew Collins: mandolin
Steve O'Connor: piano, electric piano (Rhodes), organ, accordion
Aidan Hawken: vocals
Carina Round: vocals
Choir: Adrienne McKenzie, Amoy Levy, Ciceal Levy

Mastered by Joao Carvalho
Mixed by Dan Burns
Produced by Justin Rutledge
Recorded by Tim Vesely, Dan Burns, James Paul


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