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The Place I Left Behind

The Deep Dark Woods

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The third release by this Saskatchewan-based quintet is a slow stunner. At first listen, its soothing sound echoes fellow Canadians like The Band and Neil Young, along with countless other roots-rock outfits with Appalachian folk in their DNA. But while the template's familiar, the results are often remarkable. The Deep Dark Woods specialize in shadowy, mournful ballads best represented by the title track, “Mary’s Gone,” and “Virginia.” The tracks are marked by finger-picked guitar, close harmonies, pedal steel, warm organ, fiddle, and subtle yet firmly rooted drumming. Guided by Ryan Boldt's wistful, heart-tugging vocals, the tension mounts deliberately and carefully across the album. The tempo picks up on “Sugar Mama” and “Dear John” just enough to offer contrast, but on the whole The Place I Left Behind keeps a languid pace that matches the gripping stories touching on the historical (“The Banks of the Leopold Canal”), the fictional (“The Ballad of Frank Dupree”), and the personal (“Big City Lights,” “I Just Can’t Lose”). These songs may come on slowly, but they’re built to last. 

Customer Reviews

Absolutely Stunning

A beautifully crafted album that has sealed the Deep Dark Woods as one of my favourite Canadian bands of all time..

A stunning collection of music from top to bottom.

Wishing these guys all the success that they so deserve.


So worth the wait and very excited for the release party in Regina

Best-Of ’11

The Place I Left Behind exceeds even the highest of expectations and remarkably pays tribute to the sound that defines our country’s musical heritage without sounding dated. There’s a sadness that runs throughout the 13-song affair but the uplifting harmonies and warm organ work act as the perfect counterpoint. Basically, it’s the type of record that ignores seasons and trends, for the simpler and much loftier ambition of timelessness.


Formed: 2005 in Saskatoon, Canada

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in 2005, the Deep Dark Woods are a Canadian neo-folk rock alternative country band out of Saskatoon, Canada comprised of singer and guitarist Ryan Boldt, bassist Chris Mason, organist and pianist Geoff Hilhorst, guitarist Clayton Linthicum, and drummer Lucas Goetz (guitarist Burke Barlow, a founding member who still writes with the band, was a member until 2012). Signed to Sugar Hill Records in the United States and Six Shooter Records in Canada, the band has released five albums, the self-titled...
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