This live recording is a very interesting collection of songs from Chuck Ragan, who has a roots rock feel to much of his repertoire, on display here on a February evening. “Open Up and Wail” and the somewhat catchy “The Boat” start things off in a rock mode. Ragan’s raspy delivery brings to mind Marah and, to a much lesser extent, Springsteen. He saves his best “The Boss” moment during the stellar “For Broken Ears”, which hits all the finer points of a Springsteen tune. The crowd seems quite attentive for all of the songs, even when Ragan invites some of his musical friends onstage for the rambling and rollicking “Do
Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun
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. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.