North Country Heart delivers a dozen tracks of solid Americana.
With North Country Heart, Gordie Tentrees has joined an increasingly long list of Canadians who are, somewhat strangely, making some of the most honest Americana music today. While North Country Heart certainly isn’t the absolute best Americana has to offer, it’s close enough to get Tentrees serious consideration for that kind of status. The genre inflections throughout this record are beautifully navigated and it ends up feeling surprisingly complete. There’s a perfect balance between urgency and melancholy that characterizes a lot of the absolute best Americana. Whether it’s the propulsive snare hits on the title track, the piano licks on “Hill Country Blues”, or the harmonica bursts on “Last Word”, it’s clear that North Country Heart is a record with purpose. By the time “Wasted Moments” comes to a close, it’d be difficult to not be won over. A very strong effort.
We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong online. Please consider a donation to support our work as an independent publisher devoted to the arts and humanities. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times where advertising no longer covers our costs. We need your help to keep PopMatters publishing. Thank you.
// Sound Affects
"Natalie Hemby's Puxico is a standout debut from a songwriter who has been behind the scenes for over a decade.READ the article