Review of Bend The River – So Long Jean Fontaine (Independent)

So Long Joan FontaineOwing a debt to greats like The Band, Halifax’s Bend The River wears the influences of rock, roots and country on their sleeves yet manage to craft something completely authentic. Then again, that was precisely what made The Band so great – their refusal to be categorized into one specific genre. It takes a certain kind of band to be able to pull off blurring those lines; Bend The River is indeed one of those groups. Album highlights include “Assassins,” “Jenny and the Night Before” and “No One Else To Blame.” A stunning sophomore record from one of Atlantic Canada’s best up-and-coming bands.