Old Man Luedecke to launch fifth album at The MackOctober 29, 2012
Two-time Juno Award winner presents ‘Tender Is The Night', Saturday November 3
(Charlottetown) - There are few artists with as diverse a fan base as Old Man Luedecke. With each successive tour the banjo-toting pride of Chester, Nova Scotia wins more acclaim across the continent; from top critics to hipsters to traditional folk diehards. Sobeys Live @ the Centre will present the charismatic songwriter at The Mack on Saturday November 3 for the release of his fifth studio album, Tender Is The Night.
The two-time Juno Award winner's latest release adds the drive and groove of a full Nashville band behind his signature blend of folk, pop and bluegrass. Rich in metaphor and careful instrumentation, Tender muses on love, art and purpose.
"These are songs of reassurance," says Luedecke. "Pop songs are all about how things are going to be okay; music should make you feel good. The way I can make you feel good is by saying the decisions that you make that aren't popular, or with the mainstream, are going to work out."
After touring the globe, winning multiple awards, and becoming a father to twin girls, the banjo plucker has found confidence in himself and his creations. Tender is a balancing act, a collection of artfully crafted songs, performed with precision.
"A meditation on art and ambition is present in a lot of what I do. Art and whether there is spiritual success without worldly success, that's at the heart of Tender Is The Night," reflects the roots singer.
Recorded live in Nashville over four days, Luedecke's fifth album follows My Hands Are On Fire and Other Love Songs, Proof of Love, Hinterland and Mole In The Ground. As Tennessee provided an inspiring backdrop for tracking his story-driven tunes, the Maritimer surrounded himself with elite players and a veteran producer, multi-instrumentalist Tim O'Brien. O'Brien is a hot commodity in modern bluegrass with, Billboard hits, a Grammy award, and a dozen studio releases to his name.
"I love Tim's playing. He's top of the heap, in my mind, when it comes to traditional music, specifically American music," says Luedecke. "I have always liked and modeled myself on the ruffian qualities of this music. I was attracted to the purity, honesty and misguided notions."
With a full-band framework to perch on, Luedecke's songs have not roamed from their roots of cunning narrative and wordplay, musing on themes of belonging, and even whiskey. "I am a prisoner for my appreciation for language; language that moves me is language that is unusual. I feel like it's an important thing I can contribute to songwriting," he says. "I am running like everyone else. Laughing just to keep from crying. I am always trying to find a way to express."
Old Man Luedecke presents Tender is the Night Saturday November 3 at The Mack. Tickets are available at the box office, online at liveatthecentre.com, or by phone at (902) 566-1267 and toll free at 1-800-565-0278. Sobeys is the title sponsor for LIVE @ the Centre. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Bell Aliant, Hot 105.5 and Ocean 100.
Photo cutline: Nova Scotia singer-songwriter Old Man Luedecke will release his fifth studio album, Tender is the Night on Saturday November 3 at The Mack in Charlottetown.