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Classic Album Review: Stompin’ Tom | An Ode for the Road

The ultimate Canadian troubadour whisks you on another cross-country travelogue.


This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Last Heard From: Stompin’ his way through the past on last year’s compilation Stompin’ Tom Sings Canadian History. And calling himself Dr. Tom Connors, since getting an honourary law degree from the U of T.

What You Get: One more for the road from Canada’s own cross between Woddy Guthrie and Hank Williams. At 66, Tom still has those rich, deep pipes, his flat-top picking style and a catalog that’s as Canadian as a back bacon pizza and a Blue.

Does it Rock? Well, it sure does roll on down the highway. Like all Stompin’ Tom albums, these 14 country and folk tracks are something of a Canadian travelogue, from Saint John Blues to a revamp of his oldie Roll On, Saskatchewan. Though tracks like the Valentine Song, Teardrops On My Pillow and Back Yardin’ bring it all back home to his own, er, stompin’ grounds.

The Dark Side: Roll On isn’t the only oldie here. Tom also pulls out Red River Jane and Erika Nordby (Canada’s Miracle Child), which makes you wonder if he’s dipping back or just padding things a bit.

It’s Worth: Catching up with the old Stomper once again.