Prevost - The Road Ahead
Peden, CSO Staff Journalist
Codie Prevost impresses before he even hits a note on his debut
release, The Road Ahead. He scores big with his choice of
producer: Steve Fox, a prolific singer, writer and producer,
comes remembered as the writer of a breakthrough single for
Montgomery Gentry, “Daddy Won’t Sell The Farm”. In recent
times Fox has moved beyond his own recording, concentrating on
producing and writing for emerging talent. With Codie Prevost,
Fox’s honed skills have found their mark.
With envied Album
of the Year and Rising Star wins at the 2006 Saskatchewan
Country Music Awards, Prevost is ready for some wider attention.
Move beyond the publicity hype of Keith Urban similarities, and
you find and hear a guy who knows how to rock. He also knows how
to write, supplying collaborative ink on 11 of the album’s 12
tracks; it all proves his award wins were no fluke.
The Road Ahead,
more a developing ambition than an album title, offers a
spirited hoedown of rockers made for dust kicking and sawdust
pushing. For Prevost, a kid who grew up on a grain farm and
performed his first concert at 14, after building his own stage,
the album is a childhood ambition realized, having been inspired
and encouraged into music by his family.
For a relative
newcomer, Prevost nails his album tight, doing so with a
confident voice that doesn’t shy or stumble from microphone
duty. More rock than country, the voice is a pleasing blend of
attitude and a writer’s confidence, brought out by a guy who
knows how to handle a good tune – especially if he wrote it.
Backed by a
hot-shot band, including noted guitarist Danny Parks, the album
moves along at a toe-tapper’s pace. However, apart from the
standout rockers like “Better Off Alone”, “The Road
Ahead”, “Next Weekend”, and the current single,” He’s
Not Me”, there is a revealing sensitivity to Prevost. It comes
in his ballads. The reflective “A Lot To Be Said For
Leaving” is a crafted tale of a young cowpoke torn between
predictability and change, leaving or staying. The song,
dedicated to Prevost’s father, is ponderous, showing that on
this album rockin’ twang makes the most noise – but
sentiment claims the most attention. Listen out also for “Life
Without Love”; again, a Prevost co-wrote that shows a guy who
can relate in understandable terms.
Watch out for
Codie Prevost. On this album, he proves he’s a talented guy
who plays, writes and delivers on a thumbs-up and keenly rated
debut. For Prevost, the pedal’s floored. The road ahead offers
nothing but green lights.
To purchase the CD online just click on the album
1: Better Off Alone
2: A Million Miles Away
3: A Lot To Be Said For Leaving
4:Not Just The Beer Talkin’
5:The Road Ahead
6: That’s Where I Come In
7: He’s Not Me
8: Women 101
9: Life Without Love
10: Shinin’ River
11: Waste Of Love
12: Next Weekend
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