10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Canadian singer/songwriter Doug Paisley captures the feel of a mid-'70s country-rock album on Strong Feelings. With an ease reminiscent of another Canadian—Gordon Lightfoot—in his prime, Paisley strolls through the majestic “Radio Girl,” with The Band’s Garth Hudson on piano (providing a touching coda) and Robbie Grunwald maintaining the vibe on electric piano. Hudson moves to organ for “Song My Love Can Sing,” while Emmett Kelly handles lead guitar and harmony vocals. “What’s Up Is Down,” with harmonies from Mary Margaret O’Hara, lets Paisley show off his impressive fingerpicking skills; his acoustic guitar, Garth Hudson’s piano, Darcy Yates’ bass, and Colin Stetson’s saxophone solo create a perfect small-band feel. Ballads and midtempo tracks are Paisley’s preferences, and “Old Times,” “Growing Souls,” “Our Love," and “Where the Light Takes You” flow with confidence. On an album filled with modest strokes, Paisley ends with “Because I Love You,” a duet with Mary Margaret O’Hara; it shows how easily performances come to those with the talent.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Canadian singer/songwriter Doug Paisley captures the feel of a mid-'70s country-rock album on Strong Feelings. With an ease reminiscent of another Canadian—Gordon Lightfoot—in his prime, Paisley strolls through the majestic “Radio Girl,” with The Band’s Garth Hudson on piano (providing a touching coda) and Robbie Grunwald maintaining the vibe on electric piano. Hudson moves to organ for “Song My Love Can Sing,” while Emmett Kelly handles lead guitar and harmony vocals. “What’s Up Is Down,” with harmonies from Mary Margaret O’Hara, lets Paisley show off his impressive fingerpicking skills; his acoustic guitar, Garth Hudson’s piano, Darcy Yates’ bass, and Colin Stetson’s saxophone solo create a perfect small-band feel. Ballads and midtempo tracks are Paisley’s preferences, and “Old Times,” “Growing Souls,” “Our Love," and “Where the Light Takes You” flow with confidence. On an album filled with modest strokes, Paisley ends with “Because I Love You,” a duet with Mary Margaret O’Hara; it shows how easily performances come to those with the talent.

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1 4:37
4:04
4:42
4 3:09
5 5:26
6 3:01
7 3:21
8 4:09
9 4:30
10 2:15

About Doug Paisley

Country singer/songwriter/guitarist Doug Paisley was born, and is based, in Toronto, Canada. He was particularly attracted to bluegrass and old-time country music, which he played for a decade with partner Chuck Erlichman. The two performed together as Russian Literature and as the tribute act Stanley Brothers: A Loving Tribute, and, along with Matt Barber and Paul Matthew, as Live Country Music. In October 2006, Paisley joined visual artist Shary Boyle, who did artwork and projections, in a tour of California under the name Dark Hand & Lamplight. Paisley's recordings include Jack of the Woods and Miscellaneous & Unreleased. His self-titled album was released by No Quarter on September 9, 2008, and was followed in 2010 by Constant Companion. After releasing an EP called Golden Embers in 2012, Paisley returned with his third full-length album Strong Feelings in early 2014. ~ William Ruhlmann

  • ORIGIN
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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