Jeffery Straker - “Boom Boom” (Acronym): This is a focus track from the singer/songwriter's upcoming (May 19) full-length release, Dirt Road Confessional.
It is a spirited tale of love found, with a lover praised “for putting back a little boom boom in my heart … you’re my booster cable, you jump-started me.” Lively banjo, harmony vocals, a catchy chorus, and Straker's pleasingly melodic voice help make this a winner, one with airplay potential.
Straker has been best-known as a piano-based balladeer, along the lines of Rufus Wainwright or Ben Folds. As suggested by the album title, this one has more of a roots/folk base than much of Straker’s earlier work. In a press release, he explains that “I share more about myself lyrically than I ever have before, and musically I’ve moved in a more rootsy direction, in some ways because that’s the sound I grew up with. It seems like a really natural progression—dobro, banjo and acoustic guitar are featured, but piano is, of course, still at the core of most of the songs.”
Collaborators on the record include co-producers Daniel Ledwell, Royal Wood, Lawrence Katz, Dean Drouillard, Brad Prosko, and Murray Pulver (Doc Walker), while Wood co-wrote two songs with Straker.
Straker is a hardened road warrior (he has even toured Peru and Chile!), often playing 200 plus shows a year. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, he has frequently performed with orchestras in the west. He is back on tour in support of the new album, beginning in Saskatoon at the Broadway Theatre on May 25. Dates include Hugh’s Room Live in Toronto on June 28.