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carolyn mark’s wine-stained country travelogue
August 11, 2009, 10:01 am
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110809_carolynmarkNew album out in October

First Lady of Canadian alternative country, Carolyn Mark, returns on October 13th with her sixth studio album Let’s Just Stay Here, a country-rock collaboration with Juno-nominated Torontonians NQ Arbuckle that’s more or less a road album. Carolyn’s ceaseless wandering has taken her all over the world and she’s rarely happier than when on stage or kicking back at a roadhouse bar with a glass of red wine, and with song titles like ‘Too Sober To Sleep’ (originally by Justin Rutledge) and ‘Sunday Morning’ you can bet that she and her musical compatriots will be navigating the lows as well as the highs of touring excess. Carolyn’s calling the album her version of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, so expect plenty of heartbreak. The album was recorded at Toronto’s Lincoln Social Club and features guest appearances from bluegrass singer Jenny Whitely on harmonies, Corb Lund on mandolin, Lily Fawn (of Hank & Lily) on musical saw, and Celtic fiddler Miranda Mulholland.

Not content with having just one album in the works, Carolyn has recently completed another with longtime friend Tolan McNeil. Called The Sound Of The Tone – Echoes Of The Last Resort, she describes it as an album of “answering machine collages and mean little songs” – well, that’s what you get when you live together; that, and passive aggressive notes on the fridge. Speaking (indirectly) of food, Ms. Mark has also been working on volume two of her hilarious Terrible Hostess cookbook, though it’s unclear when that (or the answerphone album) might be available. Keep an eye on her website for more info.
Let’s Just Stay Here
01 All Time Low
02 Officer Down
03 The 2nd Time
04 Saskatoon Tonight
05 Downtime
06 Itchy Feet
07 Passing Dream
08 Canada Day Off/Toronto
09 Too Sober To Sleep
10 Sunday Morning
11 When I Come Back
12 Let’s Just Stay Here

Alan Pedder


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