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New singles from Julie Aubé and Danny Boy Phelan

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Gordy the moose reviews some of his favourite new submissions to the Roots Music Canada virtual mailbox.

Julie Aubé – “I Won’t Let Your Love”

You may not recognize the name Julie Aubé but you might know her as one third of the trio Les Hey Babies. Well now she’s releasing her English language solo debut EP, Boiling Over, on April 5, and it’s a beguiling mixture of contemporary folk, pop and Acadian influences.

The arrangements are drenched in vintage guitar sounds, particularly pedal steel, and Julie’s vocals frequently recall Sheryl Crow’s.

The Acadian influence is mainly heard on this first single, “I Won’t Let Your Love,” which stands out because of its gorgeous, jaunty fiddle and country twang.

Julie has already scored ADISQ/Felix and ECMA nominations and a MusicNB Award for her French recordings. I see no reason she won’t be a contender during the English awards season either.

Danny Boy Phelan – “Write Me a Letter”

St. Catharine’s newcomer Danny Boy Phelan plays banjo, guitar, harmonica and mandolin, and the bio notes on his Bandcamp page say he performs ragtime, jazz, Delta Blues, bluegrass and gospel music – so you might expect him to sound like another Michael Jerome Browne, shifting effortlessly between southern musical genres.

But the three songs he’s released so far from his forthcoming debut, Live at Leopard From Barn, are pure, unadulterated Delta blues.

The sound is raw and atmospheric; it’s like you’re listening to a Robert Johnson recording, and that’s pretty damn cool. The writing is pretty convincing too.

There’s really not much more I can tell you about Danny Boy. I don’t know much. But I know that this recording succeeded in transporting me to the 1930s just as sure as anything from Robert Johnson or Howlin’ Wolf would.

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