Charlie Pangoniak

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Fans of unique world music, as well as country and western and folk music listeners, should all make a note to grab any album by this artist they are lucky enough to come across. His releases are pretty hard to find anywhere the ice melts off the ground, as he is one of the best-known Inuit performers, the first ever to cut a record. He'd been recording a decade when this CBC radio transcription disc was licensed to the Boot label, thus increasing its distribution slightly. (The CBC transcription discs, the final results of the network's excellent archival recording process, are notoriously difficult to obtain, even in Canada.) Panigoniak was influenced by country star Johnny Cash early on, and adopted his conceptual role as a song narrator who can come at you with lively hilarity as well as stark, frightening songs of trouble. Panigoniak probably pulled off this recording in a totally relaxed fashion, wandering into the studio and first removing his boots before beginning to pick and sing. Nevertheless, the songs pack a tremendous wallop, as if he had been training like a boxer for months. Each listener will have their favorites from a program that includes the buzz-laden "Mosquito Song" and the funny/sad "I Miss My Girlfriend."

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