In Freedom Blues Canadian roots music icon Ken Whiteley has crafted a timely set of songs that address both contemporary and historical struggles for the freedom endemic to a healthy, progressive society. Deftly drawing on a wide range of musical sources including blues, gospel and, for lack of a better word, folk, Freedom Blues is a landmark album in Whiteley’s career and Canadian roots music in general.
Family, Friends & Heroes, the 14-song collection pays homage to Solivan’s family members and features the pristine playing of his musical heroes. Special guests include Del McCoury, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes, and more. Recorded in an intimate, living-room style, Family, Friends & Heroes is a glimpse into Solivan’s heart. Highlights are plenteous and include a take of “Pretty Woman”, with Del McCoury on high harmony, “Wayfaring Stranger”, featuring the vocals of Lorene Solivan (Frank’s late mother), “The Fishing Song”, written by Ty Smith (Frank’s cousin), “Are You Missing Me”, featuring frank’s cousin, Megan McCormick (Jenny Lewis), and “Leaving On A Jet Plane”, featuring John Cowan’s mighty tenor.