. : : November 6th, 2010 : : .
If you’re a fan of Canadian roots-rock music, you’ve probably heard of Justin Rutledge whether you wanted to or not. I’ve never bought a ticket to see him, but have been treated to his live performances almost half a dozen times in the last four years. Opening for the likes of Jim Cuddy and Kathleen Edwards, you definitely can’t complain about the company he keeps.
Over the course of four albums in the last six years, Rutledge has amassed a devoted following, as I learned standing in line outside of Lee’s Palace before his NXNE show in 2007. His handsome, boyish good looks have definitely helped propel his mostly female fandom but don’t mistake him for a vapid, superficial heartthrob musician. He definitely has the chops to keep up with the big league musicians he surrounds himself with.
Without further ado, here’s a sample of a recent recording performed at the prestigious National Arts Centre in Ottawa, as aired on CBC Radio 2′s fantastic Canada Live.
- [dj introduction]
- Be A Man
- Heart of a River
- Mrs. Montgomery
- Jack of Diamonds
- [dj outero]
Thanks to Justin and band, Canada Live and CBC for a great recording.