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Old Man Luedecke Set Fiery March Release

02/17/2010
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Black Hen Music announces a March 16 release date for
My Hands are on Fire and other Love Songs, the latest CD from Juno-Award-winner and banjo songster Old Man Luedecke. Black Hen Music releases are distributed in the U.S. by Burnside Distribution.

My Hands are on Fire and other Love Songs teams up Luedecke (pronounced "LOO-da-ka") once again with Black Hen Music honcho Steve Dawson, who has produced all three of his releases thus far. Recorded largely "live off the floor" in Vancouver, the new CD features Luedecke's trademark banjo, acoustic guitar and vocals backed by a sympathetic band that includes Dawson on various instruments, bluegrass all-star Tim O'Brien (Steve Earle, Hot Rize) on fiddle, mandolin and backing vocals; Keith Lowe (Fiona Apple, Bill Frisell) on bass; and John Raham (Be Good Tanyas, Po' Girl) on drums. The album showcases 10 original songs and a cover of Canadian legend Willie P. Bennett's "Caney Fork River."

The music of Chris "Old Man" Luedecke has its foundation rooted firmed in the seminal sound of folk, bluegrass and Appalachian mountain music, echoing such legends as Ralph Stanley, Pete Seeger and Bascom Lunsford, yet the lyrics and melodies that he creates are contemporary, making it at once both familiar and original.

My Hands are on Fire and other Love Songs is the follow-up to Luedecke's Proof of Love CD, which won the Juno Award (Canada's Grammy) for the "Best Roots Album" of 2009.

"Good music is honest to its time," says Luedecke about the sound he was drawn to play. "The old blues and country artists I love were singing about the world they lived in. When they sang about trains and telephones, they weren't being ironic. It was new and what they saw around them.

"I want the songs I write to be catchy, but not at the cost of being true. I hear so many songs that have beautiful melodies, but I don't know what they're about and can't feel them. I try to write about my life in a way that I'd like to read about somebody else's life."


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