Proof of Love

It’s easy to picture Old Man Luedecke playing the songs on his latest album, Proof of Love, at coffeehouse or a pub, and at an informal gathering of musicians in the kitchen or on the back porch too. It’s just the man (who’s really not that old) and his band, his stomping foot, and his bag of songs. Most of those on this recording are originals, a slightly quirky collection of slightly off center love songs and reflections on life — love of life, love of a woman, love of fun, and good times, and music, life gone right and gone wrong, all done straight out folk style. There are two traditional folk songs on the record, as well, Lulu My Darling and Johnny has Gone for a Soldier. Their presence, among other things, serves to remind that traditional folk music was once as immediate and conversational as Luedecke’s originals, and may still be if played and listened to well. Tracks to note especially include Just Like a River, Wake Up Hill, and Big Group Breakfast.

Chris Luedecke is Canadian, originally from Toronto and having spent musical years moving between the Yukon and Halifax — now there’s a contrast for you. He’s currently based in Halifax, and is well known on the Canadian festival circuit and on college radio. Though it’d probably fit more neatly in old time than in bluegrass, his music would also be at home on any bluegrass station’s playlist, and country music lovers will find a lot to like here too.

Kerry Dexter is a contributing writer at the folk and world music magazine Dirty Linen. and the.former folk music editor at She also writes about music, the arts, and creative practice at the award winning blog Music Road

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