Cathy Hutch Free Wheelin’

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Submitted by Randy Jones

Cathy Hutch is a multi-talented performer who writes and sings from the core of her very being, a recipient of the 2008 Diane London Award; (Fredericton, NB), received an Oscar for Autism (for her co-written song I’m In Here); and she has performed at the ECMA Awards and has been a finalist for the CBC Galaxie of Rising Stars Showcase. Hutch’s debut CD, Not Goin’ Back, was recorded in Nashville and backed by stellar musicians. Her latest release, entitled “Free Wheelin’” was engineered and produced by Paul Milner (Eddy Grant, Keith Richards, Glass Tiger) with Geoff Arsenault and Chris Corrigan also at the helm.

The CD kicks off with “Carry You Along” and lets you know from the get-go that Hutch is a swampy blues stylist with a lot of the south written into her songs no matter how you slice them. It’s the first thing established to any keen year, and it does stop at the first track, but there are some moments where that is uncalled for and Hutch handles it all with the utmost class as she seamlessly weaves several genres together on this outstanding collection. The opening track is one of four of the five highlights though, and not to be dismissed as a fast track like many opening tracks can be.

“Good Friends” is an instant effort to follow up with something completely different but equally as awesome. There’s a spirit within Hutch that tends to sing its own songs, and it’s best showcased on this and a few others that give your spine just the right chills. It paves the way for the more uplifting ambience of “Know It All” which is a pretty-lyrically incendiary track about what is obviously a bad apple to sing about, but it has all the right stuff this CD is chock full of and could even be the sleeper track of the release, as it hangs in there as one of the highlights.

The album takes a huge turn and doesn’t look back with an astonishing rendition of “Reflections Of My Life” which was a mild hit once upon a time by Scottish band, Marmalade. It was written by their lead guitarist Junior Campbell, and singer Dean Ford (born Thomas McAleese). Hutch responds with an outstanding take of the classic which must be heard to be appreciated. If anyone has done an old hit justice, Hutch takes the cake on this and wins the prize where many covers tend to fall on deaf ears these days. It fits very well in-between Hutch’s originals but doesn’t dominate the CD in the process.

“Sweet Dave” is another spot where Hutch makes her own way work so well, with a straightforward blues track that shows her chops aren’t all there is to her, as the organic side shows just as much promise as the rest of her choice songwriting capabilities. And “Attitude Of Gratitude” shows both sides equally concerning her desire to rock with a lyrical thread that breeds positive advice and motivational inspiration to the human condition talked about in her music by critics. The Free Wheelin’ CD is a milestone for Hutch and anyone who enjoys real music.