Old Man Luedecke with Jordie Lane at Arts Station
Old Man Luedecke isn’t afraid to put his neck on the line.
His latest album, Tender Is The Night, goes beyond his beloved solo, banjo-driven folk tunes. Driving a Nashville band from beginning to end with his recognizable voice, this is an artist honing his cunning lyrical flair – tenderly pushing the boundaries of his storytelling with his unique mix of folk, bluegrass and pop hooks.
Old Man Luedecke has a penchant for language. Based in Chester, Nova Scotia, the award-winning roots singer-songwriter’s latest album, Tender Is The Night, gives nod to F.R. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel, a title lifted from John Keats poem, ‘Ode To A Nightingale.’
With skillful precision and a storyteller’s heart, Luedecke’s narrative-driven folk songs are playful, coy, and soul warming. Rich in metaphor, heart and instrumentation, Tender Is The Night muses on love, art and purpose.
After touring the globe, winning multiple Juno Awards, and becoming a father to twin girls, Luedecke has finally found confidence in himself, and his art. Tender Is The Night is a balancing act, a collection of songs artfully crafted, and tenderly performed.
“The songs are about a variety of topics, 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,” says Luedecke.
Old Man Luedecke is touring with folk singer Jordie Lane.
When you see his photos you would be forgiven for thinking that Australian Jordie Lane is just another guitar wielding, hat wearing, beard sporting, love song singing troubadour. Well think again… A closer listen reveals the love songs are epic tales based on historical figures, the protest songs feature lady-boys and fornicating dogs, the guitar work takes you from early Dylan to southern blues, and that felt hat is camouflaging a messy mop of hair, from a long night spent rescuing a passed out Irish crowd member.
You never know what to expect at a Jordie Lane show, and you get the feeling neither does he. Lane has that rare quality of being able to lure and capture his listeners with his playful charm, rhythmic finger picking, and most of all, THAT VOICE. In the same way Joan Baez used to fill Club 47 with pure, unplugged resonance, Lane’s voice has a remarkable ability to climb into every corner of a room, and safely and permanently reside. He sings with effortless volume, in a tone so rich it never fails to silence an audience. He always gives you with something to take home.
“Jordie Lane really does epitomize everything I want in a folk singer…his finger picking style reminds me a little of Justin Townes Earle, the way he’s able to combine rhythm and melody in the same movement, and his voice sounds as though it’s from another time.” – Live Review, Timber & Steel 30/6/2012
Come see the two of them in concert for one night only at The Arts Station on Tuesday, March 11 at 8 p.m.
Tickets available at Freshies, Carosella, The Arts Station and online (https://oldmanluedecke.eventbrite.ca)