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Joey Landreth, Whiskey

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Judith Lynch

One half of the Juno Award-winning group, The Bros. Landreth, the younger Landreth, Joey, is breaking out with his debut solo album, Whiskey.

Recorded in his hometown of Winnipeg, Man., Whiskey won't be completely unfamiliar to fans of Landreth's work in the group. There's plenty of guitar but it's not as prominient on this debut. What stands out instead is his incredible voice. The album was produced by Murray Pulver and masterfully engineered by Paul Yee, resulting in vocals that are warm, full and inviting. When Landreth sings, "Do you miss me.... whiskey?" on the title track I found myself saying to no one in particular, "Yes. Yes I do."

"Time Served" is another wonderfully hushed track on the album that's well worth a headphone listen. "Still Feel Gone" is a bluesy number that I hope to hear more of on future albums, and songs like "Hard As I Can" and "Gone Girl" are built for blaring out of a car radio on an epic road trip. The entire album is just seven tracks long and when you get to the end you might find yourself wishing that there were at least seven more.

Whiskey will be released on Jan. 27. You can pre-order the album here.