Harlan Howard used to say that all you need for a
great country song is three chords and the truth.
Maybe so, but when you take simple, southern-style
country, folk and blues music and put it in the hands
of a killer guitarist, a whole world of people who never
even knew they liked country, folk and blues music
in the first place, start sitting up and paying attention.
Award-winning Canadian guitarist Joel Fafard
performs Southern roots and blues classics
with the soul of a purist and the showmanship
of a seasoned entertainer.
He sings with the sexy, sandpapered-sounding
vocal style of the new-generation bluesman.
He tells his hilarious between-song stories
with the confidence of a late show host delivering
And when he lets rip a solo on his resonator guitar, it’s easy to hear how he once earned both a Juno nomination and a Western Canadian Music Award for his skills on the axe.
After successfully making old sound new again with his last two efforts, Borrowed Horses and Cluck Old Hen, Fafard set out to reverse the tide and make the new sound old with his latest album, Fowl Mood. The songs were born in the woodshed next to Fafard’s Studio.The first melodic themes and bone structures came from chopping wood in the rain to heat the family home.