Cuff The Duke’s frontman, Wayne Petti, dropped a debut solo album that isn’t exactly solo, much less typical. He’s covered songs from Bob Dylan to Lee Hazlewood to M. Ward, but with the help of some of Canada’s bigger names. Among his list of collaborators are Hayden, Nils Edenloff (of The Rural Alberta Advantage), Sarah Harmer, Joel Plaskett, and Julie Fader (formerly of Great Lake Swimmers). PettiĀ wraps these songs in a heat blanket, andĀ his makeovers are charming. As you listen to this album, you can already smell the breakfast sizzling in the kitchen and the aroma of coffeeĀ permeating throughout the cabin. Maybe there’s some cantaloupe being chopped up in that kitchen, along with some strawberries that you’ll end up sprinkling sugar on. Songs By Other People is sounding and tasting good. Check out a preview of the album by clicking on the link below this paragraph and see what you think of it. Cheers!
For his first album as Grey Lands, Wayne Petti returned to the musical country he came from. Songs By Other People is a solo album that isn't solo - Cuff the Duke's frontman reimagining the songs of others, with the help of others, everyone gathered in a warm, electric sound.
"I wanted to acknowledge where I had been, musically," Petti says. So there are songs by Bob Dylan and Buffy Ste-Marie, by Sloan and M Ward, all filtered through Petti's prism. The music is burred and confident, far noisier than Petti's previous work. And his choice of pals gives the material a scrappy quality: Blue Rodeo's Greg Keelor, shouting beside Petti on Dylan's "My Back Pages"; Sarah Harmer, coyly duetting on Lee Hazlewood's "Sand". All of these guests, from Keelor and Harmer to Joel Plaskett, Hayden and Randy Bachman, are musicians Petti has supped with or toured with or meandered alongside, over kind grey lands.
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