Review – Jason Buie

Album: Driftin’ Heart
Release Date: Available Now
Genre: Blues

A charismatic, rollicking good time—that is the overriding nature of BC-based singer-songwriter Jason Buie’s newest album, Driftin’ Heart. Buie is a veteran of the Canadian music scene, and it shows: a melting pot of gumbo, funk, and soul, the eleven-track collection is a homage to that classic straight-and-true New Orleans blues, and its nippy rhythm will keep both longtime listeners and casual music fans on a leash.

Jaunty “A Fool From The Start” draws the curtain back on the album. With a heavy emphasis on toe-tapping guitar riffs, Buie’s sizzling vocals, and the blissfully uncomplicated lyricism that carries forward throughout the track list, Buie evokes an easygoing drinks-by-the-lake atmosphere not unlike Stevie Ray Vaughn.

That atmosphere is an overcurrent throughout the entirety of the album, including late-album “You’re Sweet”. Retaining its classic Texas Shuffle drawl, “You’re Sweet” doesn’t veer from the album’s steady rhythm, but instead focuses on keeping that sprightly vibe going—and succeeds.

A lively, classically catchy album from start to finish, Jason Buie’s Driftin’ Heart is the perfect pick-me-up for anyone bored on an uneventful summer’s day.

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My name is Emma Sloan, and I am a Victoria-based freelance journalist. I have been a contributing writer for North Vancouver’s Community Report, The Martlet, and the Greater Placemaking Network of Victoria, and that list is being added to every day. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for writing updates and news.

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