This husband-and-wife duo have created an album that’s almost as charming as their Alberta foothills home. It’s no wonder that you can virtually feel the love.
Craig Bignell and Suzanne Levesque met a few years ago at the Calgary home of actor/musician Tom Jackson. Bignell, who was playing drums for the Huron Carol, was shy about singing a song at an after-dinner jam, but Levesque stepped in and rescued him with her bass and harmony vocals. The two instantly clicked, both musically and personally.
Their first CD, recorded at their ranch in Longview, is a breath of fresh air in these troubled times. Their voices blend like a fine Canadian whisky, and the added accompaniment by musical friends never gets in the way of the organic feel. Bignell and Levesque show a great deal of versatility, from the old-time feel of House on the Hill to the swing of Over the Moon, which Stephane Grapelli would have loved to accompany. Turtle Mountain, which is about the Frank Slide disaster in Crowsnest Pass, has a truly menacing feel.
No fewer than three songs have the word moon in them, including the title song, which was given to them by fellow rancher Ian Tyson. They’re doing a fine job of continuing the southern Alberta musical tradition established by their legendary neighbour.