The track ‘Now That It’s Spring’ has opening chords typical of one Donovan Leitch and the words flow from there with descriptive, in fact artistic, outlook. This is one track that, musically and lyrically, Donovan would have loved to have written and recorded.
The chord sequences take one back to those great singers of the 60s and this CD should be filed alongside them: Donovan, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Arlo Guthrie and to an extent Pete Seeger. Folk music is ever evolving but needs to remain within its given genre and Benoit manages this very adeptly.
The tracks consist of travels undertaken (physically, mentally and emotionally) and can be related to by one and all.
Benoit has managed to compose some gems, but I will not name them as your gem is different to mine.
To hear folk music that is very much of the 60s era but is well and truly sitting in the 2000s needs talent to undertake and that is no easy task.
Fifty Miles is a must buy for those who not only yearn for days gone by but who want well written, composed, produced and played folk music, that despite its 60s roots, is very much of this era too.
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