Sunday, June 9, 2013
Nix & Decroo Bozzini's double bill June 21 final show until fall
Released by Emmanuel Asprakis, Bozzini's Chilliwack/Facebook photo
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Eden Munro at Edmonton's Vue Magazine wrote that DeCroo sings with an honesty that is admirable and terrifying, but the music lulls one into a sense of hope that is either real or false depending on how the lyrics are taken. And Mike Usinger music editor at Vancouver's Georgia Straight Magazine, writing about DeCroo's most recent album, reminds us that DeCroo is more than a song-writer, he's also a poet: Once you’ve heard the flat-out devastating Allegheny, it somehow seems wrong to label Rodney DeCroo as a songwriter.
For much of the past decade, the 45-year-old has been seen as exactly that, his raw, often breathtaking records falling under the mean-nothing umbrella of Americana. Raw, captivating, and essential, The Allegheny rebrands DeCroo as an artist determined to challenge himself and his fans. In doing so, he’s produced what will be remembered as one of the best, most unflinchingly honest records of the year.
If the singer, poet, or whatever you want to call him somehow isn’t on your radar yet, this is where you really need to ask yourself why.”
The Georgia Straight adds "Nix is an even better proposition live, where his stone-faced stage presence and brooding gaze spice the songs with mystery and danger."
While the British press wonders just such a thing "If a live show matches the intensity and power of the performances on this collection of songs, it would be spectacularly good. He thumps out these country blues songs with such fearless zest and fire its like being transformed to another time and place."
The UK press wonders “If a live show matches the intensity and power of the performances on this collection of songs, it would be spectacularly good. He thumps out these country blues songs with such fearless zest and fire its like being transformed to another time and place. This really is a terrific record.”