Cheryl Thibideau My Heart Still Remembers

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Submitted by Don Graham

Canadian singer songwriter Cheryl Thibideau has released a new album, and I mean ALBUM, Vinyl, 12 inch disc, full size jacket , easy to read  that  feels like old times when you hold it and when you hear it! (It’s  also available in CD format)

This is Cheryl’s follow up album to her 2011 release, ‘Paper Fire’, and is rooted in traditional country although the pop influence is evident particularly in a couple of song selections,  namely the Dave Clark Five ‘Because’ and P.F. Sloan’s ‘Unless You Care’.   “I always loved that song and decided that on this album I was going to include it. It’s written by P.F. Sloan but a Canadian Terry Black had a hit with it and in keeping with the Canadian theme of the record it fit really well.”  By Canadian theme, Cheryl  is referring partly to some of the songs on the album, including ‘Oh Canada / This Land is Your Land’ and a Buffy Saint Marie classic ‘Until It’s Time For You To Go’, which she does a masterful job on.  But the real Canadian influence is on two of the three duets featured.

Canadian icon and legend Ian Tyson sings a duet on the album, lending his distinct voice to the Thibideau penned ‘A Country Song’. “ My producer Doug Romanow was running names by me for duet partners and said ‘How about Ian Tyson?” and I kind of didn’t think that could happen but said ‘Sure, I would love that! ” Thibideau said in a recent phone conversation. When Tyson’s management was contacted they said “ You know Ian doesn’t do internet” so a copy of the songs and lyrics were sent to him at his ranch, in hard copy form.  “It seemed like only a week or so went by when we got a call saying Ian would love to do it. We said anywhere you want to record it we’ll be there; Nashville, Toronto your call” Cheryl recalled. They were told Ian is a working cowboy and is not going to leave his ranch so a small town very near to Ian’s ranch was chosen. “ I got a text from Doug (Romanow) saying ‘recording vocals with Ian Tyson’ and I got goose bumps,” Cheryl went on to say ” There was something in the way he sang the word “lonely” that gave me shivers and I couldn’t figure out what it was. Then I realized that was the word I heard him sing in ‘Four Strong Winds’ as a 16 year girl learning to play the guitar!” Magic.

The other Canadian duet is on the song Honeymoon, another Thibideau original, and the duet partner is Johnny Burke, who was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012. Burke likes the song so much he has included in his solo act.

The third duet is on Cheryl’s ‘Maryhill’ and features an awesome vocal by Nashville’s own Tim Culpepper. This one is a great listen.

If you like your country “country” and your female voices sweet, pure and sincere then this your kind of album and artist. Cheryl Thibideau, born in Calcutta, India and Canadian raised from  the age of three is all those things. In her words, “I may not have ridden a horse but I’ve ridden an elephant.”

Check out the music of Cheryl Thibideau, you’ll be glad you did!

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