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21Jan/13

VIDEO OF THE DAY: “BEAT THIS HEART” BY TIM CHAISSON

Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tim Chaisson is a born musician, playing in a family Celtic group when he was still in single digits, joining two brothers and three cousins in the band Kindle when he was fourteen, and starting to release solo albums when he was fifteen. Now twenty-six, the pride of Prince Edward Island is ready to make a name for himself in the United States, touring behind his upcoming album, The Other Side (Bumstead, February 26). The disc, which has been nominated for a slew of East Coast Music Awards and PEI Awards, including Entertainer of the Year, features eleven heartfelt tales of love and yearning, with Chaisson leading the way on acoustic guitar, fiddle, octave mandolin, and emotive vocals. “I had a tidal wave dream / I saw you swallowed by the sea / I woke and the dawn broke me / I think it’s time I come clean / I miss you so much, it’s killing me,” he sings on “Come Clean.” On “Bail You Out,” Chaisson takes action, proclaiming over Colin Linden’s subtle bluesy electric guitar, “I just want you to know / I just thought you should know / I’m not sitting back and watching while you let yourself go.” You can hear Chaisson’s engaging blend of country, folk, and pop — which come together beautifully on the album opener and hit single, “Beat This Heart,” a duet with fellow Canadian singer-songwriter Serena Ryder — on January 22 at 8:00 at the Living Room, preceded by Anna Coogan at 7:00 and followed by Mike Musikanto at 9:00 and David Who Loves the Sky at 10:00.

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