After countless awards and platinum-selling albums via the Rankin Family, Jimmy Rankin has continued to develop as a roots-based singer/songwriter, as showcased on new solo album Back Road Paradise. A sign of the peer respect he now enjoys is the presence of two of the best voices in roots music, Allison Krauss and Jim Cuddy, on duets here. His sixth solo disc, it's his most country-based to date. This is a back road well worth exploring. Rankin begins an extensive cross-Canada tour in Charlottetown on April 5 and he'll perform at the ECMA gala that weekend (he's nominated for Entertainer of the Year). For dates, go here.