Donovan Woods - "All Mine" (Meant Well/Fontana North) The fact that he received a 2017 Juno Award nomination as Songwriter of the Year (for songs from his fourth album Hard Settle, Ain't Troubled) confirms the respect this Toronto-based singer/songwriter has earned for his eloquent material. To date, his biggest success has come from versions of his songs by such artists as US country stars Tim McGraw, Billy Currington, and Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum), plus Matt Andersen and Great Big Sea's Alan Doyle. Woods is signed with Warner Chappell Music.
His own work is much beloved by CBC, but deserves more exposure on commercial radio. This brand new track will hopefully achieve that. Woods' voice is as gently convincing as ever, but the sound is less overtly country-folk than much of his earlier material.
The perceptive philosophical insights here remain typical of his work. He explains in a press release that "'All Mine' is about the feeling of suddenly emerging from something that's been weighing you down. Sometimes it's that first day of good health after an illness, sometimes it's after a breakup, sometimes it's just the first day of spring. I think one of the only purely good human feelings is relief - When something difficult ends or when something bad could have happened but didn't.
"That feeling is what I'm trying to capture here, that moment of realization that time is on your side again. You dodged a bullet and for a moment you feel free, clear-eyed, and ready to turn that passing hardship into something beautiful."
One line we're extra partial to is "I'm roaming like a candle."
Woods played the Montreal Folk On The Canal Festival on Friday, and is at Niagara-On-The-Lake's Jackson Triggs Amphitheatre on July 7. That's followed by Ontario festival and theatre shows, the Calgary Folk Festival (July 27-30), and the opener slot for k.d. lang's Sony Centre shows in Toronto (Aug. 30-31). A full list of shows here