Stay The Course (Independent)
Named after the southernmost point in Canada inside Point Pelee National Park, this Essex County band has put out five previous CDs.
Originally formed as a support group around award-winning singer/songwriter Peter Boyer, over time it’s evolved into the highly polished unit on this disc with multi-instrumentalist JK Gulley on guitars, banjo, and mandolin; Matt Lima and Tomas Bouda on bass; Gary Kreller on accordion; and Mark Mariash on drums and percussion.
They’re aided here by guests, among them Sean McCann on bodhran and Roly Platt on harmonica. They’re a band that, on first listen, seem simplistic and so clean that there’s not much to hear. On repeated listening, however, that simplicity is revealed to be craft of an order that just doesn’t draw attention to itself, the parts so well thought out that they seem inevitable, the lyrics so polished and pared down they seem almost commonplace.
Some of the guitar parts are particularly well-sculpted. This disc should continue to get them both attention and airplay. Some of the best tracks are the title track, Lost Patrol, and Bad Habits. At eight tracks in length, the disc also doesn’t wear out its welcome but leaves you wanting more.
Another solid score by this tight unit.