Wednesday, July 18, 2012
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: JEREMY FISHER - MINT JULEPS
They are all favourites of his, taken from his live show, and Fisher wanted to capture the feeling of what he does night after night on the road. A veteran yet still a relative kid, he's obviously taken with the folk and singer-songwriter traditions, and living up to those ideals. The first time I ever met him, he was biking his way across North America, choosing to promote his first album in the healthiest way possible. It's great to see he's still living that way; one of the new tunes here is Built To Last, espousing the joys of two-wheels-good, in a metaphor for rolling through life.
Sitting your own tunes on a disc surrounded by such first-class names is a gamble. It can point out the weaknesses in a lesser writer. That ain't Fisher. Not only do his own songs live up to the quality of the others, he also makes the covers his own, keeping a relaxed and confident pace through the disc. And with the somewhat unfamiliar list of songs here, I bet lots couldn't tell the difference between his and theirs.