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From the album Cabin Fever, this track is full of evocative lyrics dealing with a topic most pop songs veer away from: social collapse and the end of oil. “Gettin’ Down On The Mountain” sets the stage of these heavy words with chunky guitars, a driving beat and just enough twang to call it Corb Lund.

  • Track: Gettin' Down On The Mountain
  • Artist: Corb Lund
  • Album: Cabin Fever
  • Plays: 1691

With simple, direct lyrics to regale audiences with tales of love and text messages, “Little Poems” by Rah Rah simultaneously has boots in this century and the last, like a cowboy with a smart phone. Once again, Rah Rah gives fans a reason to cheer.

[“Little Poems” was added to rotation this week on CBC Radio 3]

  • Track: Little Poems
  • Artist: Rah Rah
  • Album: Little Poems
  • Plays: 20

Old Mare offers alt county by the bushel on Radio 3 with “Cloak and Dagger”, an upbeat track featuring infectious vocals and guitars with just enough twang. Their straight forward lyrical approach is a welcome treat and the band’s sound is a perfect blend that harvests the classic crops of rock and country.

[“Cloak And Dagger” was added to rotation this week on CBC Radio 3]

  • Track: Cloak and Dagger
  • Artist: Old Mare
  • Plays: 20

Stalwart rockers Cowboy Junkies bring their latest bluesy rock mood setter to Radio 3 with “The Confession of Georgie E.” From The Wilderness, Volume 4, the track is smokey and dreamily paced with deliberate guitars, organs and velvet vocals that shows just how good a quarter of a century can sound.

[“The Confession of Georgie E” was added to rotation this week on CBC Radio 3]

From Montreal comes Harvest Breed with “You Know?” a twangy rock throwback to the days of ’70s guitar sing-alongs. Off the album Everything Changes, the track has a warm inviting sound with traditional instrumental makeup, featuring earnest lyrics, steely guitars and group vocals that almost beg audiences to take part.

[“You Know?” was added to rotation this week on CBC Radio 3]

  • Track: You Know?
  • Artist: Harvest Breed
  • Album: Everything Changes
  • Plays: 30