Review – Stompin’ Tom Connors

Album: Stompin’ Tom Connors
Release Date: June 30, 2017
Label: ole Label Group
Genre: Country/Folk

Tomorrow Canada turns 150 years old! What better way to celebrate the country than by listening to one of its many quintessential artists. ole Label Group has released a 50th anniversary CD of the one and only Stompin’ Tom Connors. The album features his greatest hits including “The Hockey Song”, “Bud the Spud”, and many more. The album also includes four tracks sung by other Canadian music greats Corb Lund, The Cuddy/Polley Family Band, Whiskey Jack, and George Canyon.

Although I’m only in my twenties, this album is definitely a part of the soundtrack of my childhood. My father and grandfather loved Connors’ music and raised me to do the same. It was a terrible loss for the country when he passed away in March of 2013. This album is for both the fans of Connors and those who may not be familiar with his music yet.  His classic hits are paired with covers from other Canadian favourites. Corb Lund covers “The Consumer”, a song about being in the constant loop of over buying and borrowing more money than one can afford to pay back. The Cuddy/Polley Family Band covers “Don Valley Jail”, a song about being in the Don Valley jail in Toronto and not wanting their family on the east coast to find out. Whiskey Jack covers “Algoma Central #69” a tale about the railway and the trouble one can get up to when on it. Finally, the great George Canyon takes on one of Connors’ most known songs, “The Hockey Song”. Arguably one of the most Canadian songs out there, he more than does justice to the song, his voice fitting perfectly.

I was raised to be a fan of Stompin’ Tom Connors and those who are also fans will love to have all of his hits on one album, with the added bonus of a few extra songs. This album is an amazing way to celebrate the 50 years of Stompin’ Tom, as well as the 150 years of Canada.

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