Nudie

It’s Sunday afternoon in 1972. Young Nudie and his 7 siblings are piled into their father’s ’69 Buick Wildcat on the way to their uncle’s country home in Southwestern Ontario. They’ll be riding horses on western saddles, checking out the newest trophies from pistol shooting competitions, and watching “Hee Haw” on one of two colour TVs. But what Nudie is most looking forward to is listening to Uncle Jack play his late 40s script logo Gibson J45 guitar: “Seeing Buck Owens & Don Rich, and hearing my uncle pick and sing is where the seeds of my love of all things heartbreak & twang started.”

It is only fitting that Uncle Jack’s photo should grace the cover of the Nudie & The Turks album, Looking For A Good Time, released in 2008. The record was the result of a band Nudie formed in his latest residence of Charlottetown, PEI, after living in and soaking up musical experiences in Toronto, Montreal, Phoenix, Austin and New York City. Why so much traveling? “That’s what the world’s for” quips Nudie.

Nudie and The Turks started with a residency at the local bootleggers, and busking at the farmer’s market, and then got the idea to perform for fans waiting in line for a George Jones concert. They went down so well with audiences that when Willie Nelson came to town, the band followed the tour, busking across Canada, which earned them an invite to play Willie’s end-of-tour party.

The love of singing and playing superseded any desire to chase a recording career, but with the encouragement of a growing fan base that gravitated toward Nudie’s authentic style of music and songwriting, he decided to go solo and self-released Remember This in 2014. The album is the soundtrack of relationships and heartache, delivered with wit and charm, and coated in the sounds of 1960s West Coast country soul. Telecasters and pedal steel abound on the Bakersfield biscuit ‘You Try To Be Right’. Hammond organ pulses on ‘My Sweet Ache’, while mariachi style horns adorn ‘If A Heart Could Tell’ (with guest vocalist Molly Rankin).

Nudie spent the early part of 2015 focused on songwriting for his next album. He emerged to play a few shows in the spring and summer, including supporting Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, and a performance at Montreal’s Folk Festival sur le Canal. Nudie continues to captivate audiences with his upbeat and charismatic performances, with plans to tour across North America, and into Europe for the first time in 2016.

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