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Canada Day: Luke Doucet News

Posted in Luke Doucet on July 1, 2010 by AmericanaPulse

I was informed earlier today by this post over at My Aimz is True, that today is Canada Day north of the border (check out that post for a rocking and date appropriate track by Carolyn Mark & NQ Arbuckle).

It’s fitting, then, that today is also the day that I found news of an impending release by Canadian songwriter Luke Doucet. Doucet has a new single available for sale at his website and promises a new album in September.
I was only introduced to Doucet a couple of years ago with his 2008 release Blood’s Too Rich, and that album cracked my Top Ten list for that year. I’ve mentioned him a few times in this space, and I’m excited to see what he has to offer next.
I don’t want to share the new single here… It’s only $.99 at his webstore. Here’s another track from Blood’s Too Rich.
Luke Doucet: First Day (In The New Hometown) (Buy Album)

Canadiana Week: Round Up

Posted in Canadiana Week, Kathleen Edwards, Luke Doucet, The Duhks on February 19, 2010 by AmericanaPulse

Canadiana Week draws to a close now, and I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about some of our friends from the North. During the week, I tried to focus on new music from some newer and less well known artists. Of course, I don’t want to neglect anyone… so I thought I’d close the week by highlighting a few of my old favorites.

Since the week was mostly female dominated, we’ll start today with Luke Doucet. Luke is a singer/songwriter from Halifax who is also phenomenally talented on the guitar. He spent many years as a touring guitarist for Sarah McLachlan while also building his name as a solo artist. Luke is also a sought after producer who has helmed albums by NQ Arbuckle and his wife Melissa McClelland. His 2008 release Blood’s Too Rich was one of my favorite albums of that year… full of blazing guitars and up tempo rockers. This is a down tempo track from the album, the slow building “Bombs Away.”
Luke Doucet: Bombs Away (Buy Album)
The Duhks are another act that has made a lot of noise over the past decade. Originally forming in Winnipeg, The Duhks have performed all over the world with their unique amalgam of modern Celtic, Latin, String Band, and Bluegrass music. The original lineup featured Jordan McConnell on guitar, Leonard Podolak on banjo, Tania Elizabeth on fiddle, Scott Senior on percussion, and Jessee Havey on vocals. Senior and Havey were replaced a few years back by the brother and sister combo of Christian and Sarah Dugas. Earlier this week, Elizabeth announced her departure from the group. No matter the lineup, The Duhks bring a freshness and energy to their sound that always keeps me hooked. This is an instrumental featuring the orginal quintet.
The Duhks: The Magnolia Set (Buy Album)

What else can I say about Kathleen Edwards that I haven’t already said before? She’s one of my favorite artists from any country, and this week would be incomplete without hearing from the Ottowa native. I won’t bore you by going on about her again. Instead, here’s a track from her debut album Failer. You can hear a track from her super-rare debut EP Building 55 over at Star Maker Machine.

Kathleen Edwards: The Lone Wolf (Buy Album)
Note: This post could (and should) include many more artists. Sarah Harmer, The Cowboy Junkies, The Clumsy Lovers, Fred Eaglesmith, and many others come to mind. Unfortunately, I feel like warmed over death right now and just don’t have the energy for it. You can find info on some of these artists, and others, at Star Maker Machine… we’re doing a Canada themed week there as well.

Random Weekend Post: How to Play Guitar

Posted in Luke Doucet, The National on November 14, 2009 by AmericanaPulse

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably spent some time at some point trying to figure out how one of your favorite artists plays a certain song.

Ofcourse, if you’re really like me, then you have no idea how to play any musical instruments, and the endeavor of trying to figure out something like that makes your head hurt and is ultimately fruitless.

Luckily, two of my favorite artists have posted some YouTube videos to tell us all how to play a few of their songs. Blog favorites Luke Doucet and The National have posted a couple of handy tutorials on how to play a couple of tracks.

Top 10 Albums of 2008: #7 Blood’s Too Rich by Luke Doucet and White Falcon

Posted in Luke Doucet, Top 10 of '08 on December 24, 2008 by AmericanaPulse

Like She and Him, Luke Doucet is an artist who I heard for the first time in 2008. But unlike She and Him, Doucet’s ’08 release is not his first… far from it in fact. Blood’s Too Rich is his fourth solo release, and he’s been making music in his native Canada since the mid-nineties. Doucet is probably best known for his gig as a guitar player in Sarah McLaughlin’s band, but I first found him through his association with another Canadian songstress.

Doucet played some dates with Kathleen Edwards this spring when she was touring in support of her own 2008 release, Asking for Flowers (stay tuned for that one later in the countdown). I started seeing Doucet’s name in connection with Edwards, and then started seeing live mp3’s of the two of them popping up on line. Eventually, I found a recording of Edwards and Doucet performing cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire” at a show in San Francisco. My curiosity was triggered enough for me to give Doucet’s music a try.

I found a copy of Blood’s Too Rich at the radio station and gave it a spin. The opening track, “Long Haul Driver,” is a variation on the classic country idiom of the Truck Driving Song. While the lazy strums that power the song do provide a rootsy flavor, it’s Doucet’s sparsely placed lead electric playing that gives the song its definition.

The opening track is followed by the title cut and the album’s highlight. “Blood’s Too Rich” is a muscular tune that provides instant ear candy and again finds the delicate balance between an acoustic base and bold electric flourishes. It’s one of my favorite tracks of the year.

Other highlights include a rollicking cover of The Cure’s “The Lovecats,” and an ode to a late member of The Band on “The Day Rick Danko Died,” and the slow burning album closer “Bombs Away.” All in all, probably my favorite previously established artist who I discovered in 2008. I will be keeping an eye out for some of Doucet’s previous recordings.

Luke Doucet: Long Haul Driver (Buy Album)
Luke Doucet: Blood’s Too Rich (Buy Album)