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Devon Sproule - Keep Your Silver Shined

Keep Your Silver Shined

Devon Sproule

CSR06/WBG75

City Salvage Records
Waterbug Records

Available from Waterbug Records.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic
(rnrcurmudgeon@yahoo.com)

I have a confession to make: I like Devon Sproule.

I like Devon Sproule a lot!

Now this just isn't your everyday schoolboy crush or mid-life fantasy. I mean who wouldn't absolutely fall for a breezy Maria Muldaur like delivery and a CD full of easy, that's-how-the-moment-goes kind of songs? Songs you can hum along to. Songs you can actually relate to. This is what you'll hear and like on Keep Your Silver Shined.

Like a lot.

Delivering mightily on the promise of 2003's Upstate Songs, Sproule's wily, laid-back blend of front porch hoedown, Old Virginia Block; trad/jazz done all soulful, Let's Go Out, and the inviting Stop By Anytime molds seamlessly with her folky roots, Does The Day Feel Long and Appalachian echoes, The Weeping Willow (with Mary Chapin Carpenter). Add a lively and poetic lyricism ("We got the last of the apples/Rosy from the weather"; "Blue Ridge brick in an almond shade") and musicianship as fine as it gets and Devon Sproule becomes one artist we had all better keep our ears and hearts tuned to.

Track List:

  • Old Virginia Block
  • Keep Your Silver Shined
  • 1340 Chesapeake St.
  • Let's Go Out
  • The Well-Dressed Son to His Sweetheart
  • Eloise & Alex
  • Does The Day Feel Long?
  • Dress Sharp, Play Well, Be Modest
  • Stop By Anytime
  • The Weeping Willow
Produced by Jeff Romano

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2007, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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