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Old Man Luedecke 

Tender is the Night (True North)

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The south shore’s deadpan banjo man has come far since enthralling the curious at Ginger’s. Four albums and two Junos later, he’s made the journey to procure production, fiddle and pickin’ support from Nashville veteran Tim O’Brien. “Song for Ian Tyson” is the closest to a conventional country song Luedecke has written. The Bible supplies scenarios from the prodigal son to Jonah and the  whale without being churchy. There’s a clever love metaphor in “This May Hurt a Bit.” Luedecke has edged closer to conventional bluegrass on Tender is the Night, keeping the urbane wit that makes him an original

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