Like an old friend checking in after a long absence, there's a rolling, open road accessibility to Lynne Hanson's music that I find very old school and refreshing. Again and again I have listened to Things I Miss (I'm listening while writing this) and each song stays with me, engaging me to leave the disc in the player and to hell with whatever else might come down the pike.
Hailing from Ottawa, Hanson's mature blend of earthy, neighborly vocals, intelligent, lived-in lyrics, and folksy, bluesy roots music provides her listeners with a rest area off the road to reflect and dream before carrying on with the busy doings of another day.
With their sympathetic playing, guitarists Paul Bourdeau and Fred Guignon, bassist Pat Giunta, percussionist Ross Murray, fiddler Greg T Brown, dobroist Doug Cox and backing vocalist Lynn Miles make any of these eleven originals, and a mature reading of Wayfaring Stranger satisfying to the heart, the mind, and the soul. Though I obviously have my favorite tracks: I Won't Ask Why, River by My Side, Porch Light, Little Stage Fright, Different Story, Wayfaring Stranger, any and all of these songs give the journeyman in us all a little respite.
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