LeE HARVeY OsMOND, headlined our Saturday Main Stage, at The 2016 Beaumont Blues and Roots Festival
Lee Harvey Osmond, (Tom Wilson of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and Junkhouse) album “Beautiful Scars,” produced by Michael Timmins in the intimacy of his Toronto Roncesvalles studio, and featured at our Saturday Main stage June 18, 2016.
The strength of the songs notwithstanding, “Beautiful Scars” is a fascinating vocal journey to rank among the great sonic Canadian records of our time.
Through the truncheon swing of “Loser for your Love” to the haunting balladry of “Come and Go” to the morose beauty of “Burning in My Bed” to the exotic fusion of the album’s penultimate track, “Black Spruce,” “Beautiful Scars” journeys between the quiet, smouldering, raging, moving and sad. Lyrically, LHO reflects on the mistakes of the singer’s past with the resigned perspective of someone coming through the other side.
This is the 3rd solo album from the Hamilton songwriter– the progenitor of “Acid Folk,”– whose previous two albums, “A Quiet Evil” and “The Folk Sinner” were previously long-listed for the Polaris Prize and nominated for a Juno. It’s a dynamic footprint on Canada’s song-scape, a deeply personal, but universally affecting, journey across the jagged line of scars and smoothness of skin that surrounds them.
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