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Cris Cuddy | Diamond Shine

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Diamond Shine

by Cris Cuddy

Tradition-minded yet imbued with the snap and immediacy of a Saturday night club show, Cuddy's new CD veers from the high-country ache of "Lonesome Old Freight Train" to a clutch of superlative song-stories exploring late hours, lost friends and love's torn remnants. Lucky Charm might be the best ballad of Cuddy's long career, delivered in a halting, grainy tenor that dusts the upbeat lyric with a grace note of regret. Accompanied by a Who's Who of session stars, including violinist Emory Lester, Prairie Oyster/Lynn Miles guitarist Keith Glass and the great Silver Tractors/Vinyl Cafe bassist Dennis Pendrith
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Diamond Shine
3:43 $0.99
2. Long & Lonesome Old Freight Train
2:39 $0.99
3. Lucky Charm
3:07 $0.99
4. Good Bad News
2:54 $0.99
5. Sally's Waltz
2:51 $0.99
6. After Closing Time
3:43 $0.99
7. I'm a Cadillac
3:07 $0.99
8. Hey Mr. Bartender
2:45 $0.99
9. The Empty Arms Hotel
3:50 $0.99
10. Live for Today
2:41 $0.99
11. Blue Was the Color
3:14 $0.99
12. One for Nick
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Album Notes
First recording was with folk group “Jeremy Dormouse” www.jeremydormouse.com (the LP is a collector’s item, considered by Ian Tamblyn to be the first independent Canadian folk record, is re- released on vinyl and cd while LP #2 “Rejects” and EP “The Entire Castle Illusion” are next in line.
He later became the leader of popular Canadian indie roots-rockers Max Mouse and the Gorillas (www.maxmouse.net), whose “Reggae Love” was a summer hit on Q107 once upon a time, whose initial EP was described by Glenn O’Brien in Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine as “Tortured-with-a-twist-honkey-soul-twang”, and whose ranks have included such stellar talents as Dennis Delorme (Prairie Oyster), producer/jazzer Tony Quarrington (CBC,Joe Hall, W.P. Bennett) and Hugh MacMillan (Spirit of the West) and who still perform regularly in dance/concert venues.

First solo project was “Come Along Carmelita” (“I don't know where it came from. I only know it's so good I don't care” : David Pilot, Rockzilla ), which features multi-instrumentalists Fats Kaplin (Tom Russell Band, Kevin Welch/Keiran Kane), Don Rooke (the Henry’s, Mary Margaret O’Hara), Rusty McCarthy (M.M.O’H), Al Cross (Big Sugar) and George Meanwell (Quartetto Gelato).
Second solo project, initially a double CD “Keep the Change / Nowhere Town” (now available separately), “This double album is the kind of wonderful sprawl Ryan Adams might have made if…(Americana UK)” was produced by Tom Russell’s guitarist/sidekick Andrew Hardin and Nashville’s George Bradfute (Paul Burch, Richard Bennett, Webb Wilder), and also features Fats Kaplin, legendary guitarist Albert Lee, and the great Gene Taylor (Fabulous Thunderbirds) on piano along with Keith Glass and Joan Besen (Prairie Oyster) and Kevin Breit (Norah Jones).

In addition to his own critically-acclaimed projects, Cuddy has contributed songs to albums by fellow Canadians Tracy Prescott-Brown and Juno perennial award winners Prairie Oyster who have recorded his “Tom Cat” on cd and also in a video version and also “Long and Lonesome Old Freight Train” for their new “One Kiss” CD. Cuddy’s own version is featured on the new cd.
Cuddy's mentor, songwriting great Mickey Newbury, chose a selection from the “Come Along Carmelita” cd (which he loved) for inclusion as a segue on his masterful “Long Road Home”.
Cuddy has recorded in Nashville with legendary producer Brian Ahern (Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash) who described Cris’s style as “Elvis Costello meets Van Morrison”.



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