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Bill Bourne - Voodoo King

Voodoo King

Bill Bourne

SSR#2002

Second Storey Records
502 Oak St.
Springbrook, AB T4S 1V2 Canada
phone 403-886-5745

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Michael Jurkovic
(rnrcurmudgeon@yahoo.com)

Here we have a very personal, gritty blues crossing the border from Canada. Upon first encounter with Bill Bourne, Juno Awards winner and seven time nominee, you might think Tom Waits, then as his particular blend of ravaged poetry, Cajun and Celtic traditional entwines both heart and imagination, you'll hear Bourne for what he truly is: his own man.

There's a resurgent spirit journeying the bits and bytes of Voodoo King. On his eighth disc, Bourne's fringe romantics - or as he atmospherically rhapsodizes "those bound for glory or bound to disappear" - make their way through this world anyway they can. Throughout, Bourne infuses this journey with an imaginative and intuitive blend of world roots music and an anthemic spirituality.

Bourne's taken many a long road less traveled from his affiliation with Scotland's acclaimed Tannahill Weavers nearly two decades ago. On mesmerizing tracks like the gutsy Portland, the African high-life inspired Holy Holy, the title track, and the emotional, scat-charged closer Grace, you'll be grateful for every mile he's crossed.

Track List:

  • Hilfiger Heaven (Intro)
  • Hilfiger Heaven
  • Portland
  • Holy Holy
  • Voodoo King
  • The Ballad of Moses Jane
  • Which Way
  • Whadiddy Do?
  • Freeway Babe
  • Burnin' Candles
  • Little Flowers
  • Grace
Produced by Bill Bourne & Lester Lester Quitzau

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2003, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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