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Two-time Juno winner Old Man Luedecke plays Fort Macleod

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Juno Award winner Old Man Luedecke will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 at the Fort Macleod Arts Building.

Old Man Luedecke isn’t afraid to put his neck on the line. His latest album, Tender Is The Night, goes beyond his beloved solo, banjo-driven folk tunes. Driving a Nashville band from beginning to end with his recognizable voice, this is an artist honing his cunning lyrical flair — tenderly pushing the boundaries of his storytelling with his unique mix of folk, bluegrass and pop hooks.
Old Man Luedecke will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 at the Fort Macleod Arts Building on Main Street.
Old Man Luedecke has a penchant for language. Based in Chester, Nova Scotia, the award-winning roots singer-songwriter’s latest album, Tender Is The Night, gives nod to F.R. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel, a title lifted from John Keats poem, Ode To A Nightingale.
With skillful precision and a storyteller’s heart, Luedecke’s narrative-driven folk songs are playful, coy, and soul warming. Rich in metaphor, heart and instrumentation, Tender Is The Night muses on love, art and purpose.
“I am running like everyone else,” Luedecke said. “Laughing just to keep from crying. I am always trying to find a way to express. I am a prisoner for my appreciation for language; language that moves me is language that is unusual. I feel like it’s an important thing I can contribute to songwriting.”
After touring the globe, winning multiple Juno Awards, and becoming a father to twin girls, Luedecke has finally found confidence in himself, and his art. Tender Is The Night is a balancing act, a collection of songs artfully crafted, and tenderly performed.
“The songs are about a variety of topics, a meditation on art and ambition is present in a lot of what I do,” Luedecke said. “Art and whether there is spiritual success without worldly success, that’s at the heart of Tender Is The Night.”
“I have always liked and modelled myself on the ruffian qualities, I was attracted to the purity, misguided notions, and honesty.”