"Gotta keep on singing this sad song," croons Niagara Falls' John Boyd on the first song of his debut cd. "One day it's gonna bring my baby back home."
If it means more albums as good as this, she can take her time. Aided by sturdy local players like Pete Haverkamp - but mostly with late nights and an
acoustic guitar - Boyd has crafted one of those introductory CDs which should make all of Canada take notice, not just the hometown crowd. After months
of buzz, Boyd's anxiously-awaited See My Cat opens with the stark, stunning Far Too Long, which sounds like the greatest song the Cowboy Junkies never
got around to. It's the loudest thing you'll find here - most of what follows is deep, dark and drenched in Delta. With a singing voice barely above a
whisper, Boyd offers maximum misery on And This Beer, the soundtrack to a solitary night in the pub: "Long ago in another life / I had two kids and a
loving wife / Now they're gone forever I fear, So I'll take comfort in the good Lord and this beer." Later in the sweet Summer Rain, those Nick Drake
comparisons start feeling earned. A better comparison might be Ron Sexsmith - the last great artist Niagara produced. We'll see what Boyd's next step
is, but the first one is a doozie.
- The Niagara Review
"The demeanour of the man is much like the music he creates whenever he picks up a guitar - light, easy going. When he does perform, the songs he performs are based on pure emotion."
- Niagara This Week
John has been writing and strumming originals since 2006. On his first try, recorded with a ten dollar microphone, John's submitted recordings earned him one of the most sought after newcomer awards in Canada: The Factor New Talent Demo Award. Using the funds from this cash award he went on to record his debut CD and independent stand out, "See My Cat".
Although he's been playing guitar for much of his life, it was a bold and somewhat fortuitous move to Niagara Falls that triggered a true interest in music. The sense of community, the grand scenery and an adventurous, purposeful past settled their way into what can now be boxed as a string of critically acclaimed songs. Ten years later, and no end in sight, John is still making magnetic and often complex music.