Northern Ramble Concerts presents Lynn Jackson and Slo Tom in Concert. - Doors 7:30 pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20
Taking her cues from Kathleen Edwards, Lucinda Williams and Alison Krauss, Lynn Jackson has a knack for folk-roots Americana-style storytelling with strong melodies and cinematic lyrics. Her 9th album, Follow that Fire, produced by Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) has been well received across North America, the UK and Europe.
- 'Wonderful,lyrical and atmospheric offering from possibly Ontario's finest' 8/10 - Amerciana UK Magazine, 09/2017
- 'Damn, she’s good. Great songs, great voice, inspired production... This is Lynn Jackson’s Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.'- Donald Teplyscary, Fervor Coulee, Canada, 10/2017
- 'Canadian singer/songwriter Lynn Jackson’s catalog has deep Americana roots, in the very best way that tag implies' - Thom Jurek, AllMusic.com
Tom Stewart describes himself as a downtown guy. The Ottawa singer-songwriter known as Slo’ Tom lives in Centretown with his wife and son, works in the neighbourhood and doesn’t own a car.
It’s an urban existence that has inspired much of the songwriting on his new album, Down In a Government Town, recorded with his Handsome Devils band.
Despite the insightful observations contained in the title track, including lines like, “I feel I’m being paid to dig my own grave,” Stewart has never had a government job. “Not me,” says the co-owner of Spaceman Music, claiming to lack any skills that might secure him a public-service position. “I’m fortunate in a way; so many of my friends work in cubicles and it’s a very difficult lifestyle. I don’t envy their 40 hours a week.”
The 52-year-old Stewart is also known for a twisted sense of humour, which you can hear on Kissing in Prison, a rollicking tune in which he ponders the loving that might be happening behinds the walls of the Innes Road institution. Other numbers include the twangy lament, No One Waits for Me, a dark ballad called Linoleum Floor, and an ode to lost love wrapped up in a track-free train song, The K&P Don’t Run No More, set along the Kingston and Pembroke line. “They closed all the stations and tore up all the tracks,” Stewart sings, “but I’m still hopin’ someday that train will bring my baby back.”