Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Old Man Luedecke

I have fallen into obsession with this banjo player, Old Man Luedecke. I heard him for the first time a few weeks ago on CBC Radio 3 and promptly got his latest album that came out last March. I know I'm way too late to this party but I can't let that stop me from writing a post about his music. He is old news for Canadians and probably lots of other people as he won the 2009 Juno Award for Best Roots album. The song I first heard, "Proof of Love", was off of that album. I can understand how for most the banjo is outdated and honky tonk, but Old Man Luedecke puts a modern spin on it, writing refreshing and relatable lyrics that can put a smile on anyone's face. The goofy song "Foreign Tongue" about trying to get a girl to like him is classic with lines like  "I want first base, I want home runs /I've never held you but I don't mind trying." Give it a listen, if you are into the banjo you need to add this album to your collection, it doesn't get much better. Buy his latest My Hands are on Fire and Other Love Songs here.


  1. Couldn't agree more, I've seen him perform twice now and have both the Proof of Love and My Hands are on fire albums. His songs are funny, emotional, moving and uplifting. He's great!

  2. This guy is great! I hadn't heard him before. Canada has a surprisingly awesome folk music scene. His banjo playing is actually a really old style of banjo called claw-hammer that dates waaay back. But you're right, his dynamic vocal style gives the banjo a fresh sound. I especially like the"Proof of Love" and "Foreign Tongue." Great find, Jessica.


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