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Fred Eaglesmith is one of those songwriter’s songwriters. His work has been covered by Toby Keith (“White Rose”), Alan Jackson (“Freight Train”) and Miranda Lambert (“Time to Get a Gun”), while the man himself maintains a small, loyal and literate following. For 2010’s Cha Cha Cha, Eaglesmith throws in a bossa-nova beat to his tunes of heartbreak. Just like in real life, Eaglesmith is the groom waiting at the altar, or he would be if he could just land a date. His gruff delivery on the full-band clang-along of “I Would” is, like on much of the album, reminiscent of Tom Waits without the avant-garde atonalities. Austin’s the Fabulous Ginn Sisters add their back-up vocals as if to suggest Eaglesmith’s love life is close if only he would reach. But the man’s stubborn world boxes him in. “Gone Too Long” adds a late-night organ. “Rebecca Street” aches like an old-fashioned melody. “Dynamite and Whiskey” sounds like an exciting film noir about to go down on some very real streets.

Customer Reviews

cha cha cha

Saw Fred Eaglesmith on David Letterman, and loved the song "Careless." Up beat and dance-able. What up with the version on the album???? I wannna cha cha cha, not blah blah blah. Will keep looking for his music in the future.

New Directions

Fred re-invents himself every few years, and this incarnation is a dance recording, with the Ginn Sisters on backup vocal, which really add to the mystique of the songs. It's kind of like Dusty, in that it's a drastic turn from his previous songs, but it's more accessible than Dusty. Kori has some great drum tracks on here, she's quite good now. There seems to be a bit of a Bruce Springsteen attitude in some of these songs, and they're a bit romantic. I like the CD, it's pretty good stuff.


Born: July 9, 1957 in Caistor Centre, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Country-folk singer/songwriter Fred J. Eaglesmith was one of nine children born to a farming family in rural southern Ontario. Often employing his difficult upbringing as raw material for his heartland narratives, he issued his self-titled debut LP in 1980. He recorded infrequently throughout the remainder of the decade, releasing only two more albums, The Boy That Just Went Wrong and Indiana Road. However, Eaglesmith gradually became an underground favorite in his native Canada, thanks largely to...
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