Rusty Creek salute the White Sails of Newfoundland’s tall ships with their latest single — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The third single from the band’s 2022 album The Road Of Life — lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Alex Deeth’s “audio autobiography” — White Sails paints a vivid picture of the abundant landscape and waters that drew the first European cod fishers to Newfoundland.
“White Sails is in reference to the tall ships that came in the spring and left in the fall to fish the amazing bounty in Trinity Bay,” explains Deeth, who grew up in Vancouver but toured Canada extensively with bands such as Wicked Orange and NQR before forming Rusty Creek.
While it chronicles times past, White Sails is nonetheless a modern-day sea shanty. The band weave a musical net consisting of resonator guitar, fiddle by guest Mike Sanyshyn and hand percussion, as Deeth sings of “sailing through the mist,” and sun rising “o’er the waves / like a morning kiss.”
White Sails is the latest single from Rusty Creek’s second album The Road Of Life, released in summer 2022. With a wide variety of musical influences including bluegrass, country blues, western swing, rockabilly and Cajun, the band describes their latest work as “roots re-mastered,” with songs ranging from barnburners to ballads.
Formed in 2016, Rusty Creek features lifelong musicians Deeth, Peter Callaway, Lee Stephens and Leonard Saidman, who have all been making music since the 1960s. Their experience adds up to a polished performance and an entertaining and wide-ranging collection of original roots music.