His haunting baritone aside, this working man's troubadour is at his best writing songs. Starkly honest with a keen eye for human foibles, he knows the emotions he writes about all too well. This exceptional 15-song collection is drawn from three 1970s albums, one engineered by fellow Canadian Daniel Lanois. Listening to Bennett perform his own songs, it's easy to imagine yourself sitting next to him waiting for the next freight to take you even deeper into the heartland. Calling him the Canadian Willie Nelson might not be fair to either man, but it suffices for a rough point of reference.
Willie P. Bennett
by Mark Allan