Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer
There’s something reassuring about a country singer who came of age in a punk band (The Smalls). If he reverts to instinct, it could get interesting. Corb Lund doesn’t scare the animals too often, and his amiable openness and rural sense are impossible to fake. The tempos land closer to Texas Bob Wills than any current twanger. Ian Tyson guests on “The Rodeo’s Over” — it feels like a passing of the torch. Lund shares folk wisdom to leaven modern concerns, like loss of habitat for cougars and grizzlies and, on “Trouble in the Country,” borders closed to cattle: “When the money gets big people get hurt.” There’s enough fun and energy, however, to make Lund everybody’s favourite Albertan until the cows come home, maybe longer.