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Barney Bentall - Flesh and Bone (True North Records)

Star rating: 
3

With four solo releases under his belt, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter and former Legendary Hearts frontman Barney Bentall adds FLESH AND BONE to his canon, which also includes a handful of albums with his band and one or two independent releases. Suffice to say, Bentall's recorded output is quite prolific for a musician who spends his days working as a cattle rancher, from which he draws some of that outdoor inspiration, not least in the album's title.

With a core band that includes Bentall on guitar, harmonica and vocals, Rob Becker on bass, Geoff Hicks on drums, Rick Hopkins on keyboards and Eric Reed on mandolin, banjo and guitar, the eleven self-penned songs have a timeless feel, ranging from the good time bar room honky tonk feel of Four Went To War, set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, the on the road chronicle L'Anse Aux Meadows, to the Dylan-influenced Valentine's Day, one of the album's standout songs. Consistently tight throughout, FLESH AND BONE could be the album that brings Bentall's music to a wider audience.
 
Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky