2021 ECMA-nominee and Music PEI award winner Lawrence Maxwell is heading Back to Cape Breton with his latest release on 30th April. Maxwell describes himself as having ‘cut his teeth on beer caps, rough waters and country music.’ A 2013 experience on a Canadian warship saw Maxwell’s path shift to music and in true country fashion, he’ll ‘tell it like it’s folk and sing it like it’s country’. Combining contemporary production with old-school instrumentation, Maxwell’s neo-traditional sound unites both old-country and new-country fans.
Annual camping trip cancelled, Maxwell – a native of Prince Edward Island, Canada – made the most of his time at home, summoning the band for his new single. The song shares light-hearted memories of summers past – but it’s no nostalgic lament. Instead, Back To Cape Breton is a fast-paced, high-energy foot-stomper, pulling inspiration from traditional Celtic Bluegrass to celebrate past voyages and raise a toast to good times ahead. Cape Breton’s own Mairi Rankin lends her exquisite fiddle-playing, trading licks with Josh Langille’s country guitar. The track also features Sam Langille (bass) and Justyn Young (backing vocals). It was recorded at The Hill Sound Studio in Charlottetown, P.E.I. with producer/engineer Adam Gallant.