Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Canadian Grass: Hard Ryde

If I wasn't already familiar with the great bluegrass of Hard Ryde, I might overlook their latest CD on the shelves of my local record store. The cover is a photo of five men standing on the fire escape of a urban brick building with the title "Expressed" sprawled on the building graffiti style. Even the list of band members, Doug de Boer, Nick McDonald, Wayne Ferguson, Rich Koop, and David Jack, would have one wondering if the CD was misplaced on the shelves. Come to think of it, they've got a theme going on with these CD covers. At first glance, none of them look like a typical Bluegrass CD.

Then again, Ontario's Hard Ryde is, and is not, your typical Bluegrass band. Hard Ryde has been collecting an impressive array of awards since their inception in 1997. Just last week the band was voted as the Showcase band at the Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival at Brunswick, Maine. The band has been winning a slew of individual and collective awards at the Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards for years. With precise instrumentation and tight harmonies, Hard Ryde has proven just how well Bluegrass travels.

Visit their website, www.hardryde.ca, and download a few cuts from their newest CD, Expressed, along with cuts from their previous CDs. I think you'll find that Bluegrass is thriving in the North.

Hard Ryde - Lonesome Road.mp3
(A great showcase of the superb talents of each member)

Hard Ryde - One Tear.mp3

Buy a copy of Expressed here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed great job, This is defiantly some good blue grass for the middle of the week


September 13, 2006 6:46 AM  
Anonymous Lucy said...

These guys are great! Terrific post, Ed.

September 13, 2006 7:36 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

I'm down right impressed with this fine Bluegrass band from Canada. They've got it right.

September 16, 2006 8:04 PM  

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