Campfires On the Moon
This scribe has long considered Rodney DeCroo one of our very best roots-based troubadours, and he has certainly deserved more attention for his substantial discography. Since releasing his last studio album, Queen Mary Trash, in 2010, he has put out a spoken word album (Allegheny), a book of poetry (Allegheny, BC), and a touring stage play (Stupid Boy in an Ugly Town) that reaffirmed his multi-faceted talent. Campfires On The Moon is another first-class effort, with DeCroo's intense songs and gruffly convincing vocals nicely supplemented by Mark Haney's double bass and the piano and harmony vocals of Ida Nilsen (Great Aunt Ida). This is a more mellow and sparser sounding record than some of his earlier work. Fans of John Prine should certainly check this one out.
DeCroo premiered the album at Vancouver's Fox Theatre on April 16, and has played ten more western dates since then, closing out at Times Changed in Winnipeg on May 1. Eastern dates begin at Toronto's Tennesee on May 27, concluding at The Cornerstone in Guelph on June 6.