It's no big surprise that the majority of Canadian songwriters don't get their due in the United States, but listening to Drive-In Movie from Ontario native Fred Eaglesmith, you have to wonder just how much we're missing. Eaglesmith's vivid lyrics, simple arrangements, and plaintive but sturdy voice echo the rural landscape and the wide, clear, Northern skies he grew up with. In the tradition of Texas songwriters such as Guy Clark and Robert Earl Keen -- who evoke images of their home state with masterful clarity -- he sings with the honest and sometimes mournful tone of a man who recognizes that the lifestyle he grew up with and loved is now drifting into the past.
Drive-In Movie Review
by Kurt Wolff