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EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s strange referring to Doug Paisley as an eponymous debut album. Long before he recorded it, the Canadian singer/songwriter played old-timey string-band tunes with a friend under the moniker Russian Literature. That duo also formed Stanley Brothers: A Loving Tribute before Paisley joined a trio called Live Country Music. Following that, he performed with a visual artist as Dark Hand & Lamplight, and then he joined Jack of the Woods and Miscellaneous & Unreleased. With all that musical experience under his belt, his 2009 self-titled long-player suggests that Paisley had to unlearn much of his dexterous bluegrass picking in order to craft something as simple as the opening “What About Us?”: an endearingly unsophisticated tune with spare accompaniment and vocal echo. “Broken in Two” weaves slightly more complex arrangements into the mix, with melodious guitar arpeggios and sublime female vocal harmonies backing Paisley’s throaty croons. Echoes of John Prine’s early country-folk swirl around “A Day Is Very Long” before “Take Me with You” closes like the '90s alt-country scene never ended.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s strange referring to Doug Paisley as an eponymous debut album. Long before he recorded it, the Canadian singer/songwriter played old-timey string-band tunes with a friend under the moniker Russian Literature. That duo also formed Stanley Brothers: A Loving Tribute before Paisley joined a trio called Live Country Music. Following that, he performed with a visual artist as Dark Hand & Lamplight, and then he joined Jack of the Woods and Miscellaneous & Unreleased. With all that musical experience under his belt, his 2009 self-titled long-player suggests that Paisley had to unlearn much of his dexterous bluegrass picking in order to craft something as simple as the opening “What About Us?”: an endearingly unsophisticated tune with spare accompaniment and vocal echo. “Broken in Two” weaves slightly more complex arrangements into the mix, with melodious guitar arpeggios and sublime female vocal harmonies backing Paisley’s throaty croons. Echoes of John Prine’s early country-folk swirl around “A Day Is Very Long” before “Take Me with You” closes like the '90s alt-country scene never ended.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

12 Ratings

Country Music as it should be

KENDALL T LOVETT,

It's good to see that there are still artists who make true country music.

This album is just plain unfiltered country at its finest. I imagine that Roger Miller would tap his foot to these tracks.

'Wide Open Plain' is my personal favorite.

Heart hugging

Waking213,

I discovered Doug when he opened for Bon Iver. His voice and guitar filled Radio City with a calmness and awe inspiring cords. I fell in love.

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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