By Laura Jean Grant - The Cape Breton Post
Max MacDonald pays tribute to Cape Breton songwriters - and they return the favour - on new album, Songs of Home
SYDNEY - A quick look down the list of support vocalists on Max MacDonald's new album is a testament to the high esteem in which he is held in Cape Breton's musical community.
The CD, Songs of Home, features MacDonald singing the songs of J.P. Cormier, Leon Dubinsky, Bruce Guthro, Buddy MacDonald, Steve MacDougall, Ronnie MacEachern, Rita MacNeil, Matt Minglewood, Sam Moon, Jimmy Rankin, Gordie Sampson and Duncan Wells - who also all agreed to sing backup vocals on their respective tracks. Quite a list.
"We're so fortunate. We've got one Grammy-winning songwriter in Cape Breton but we could have 10. They're all just so good at the craft of songwriting so I had a tremendous catalogue to choose from and these are fabulous songs," said MacDonald. "And how fortunate I was. Everybody I called said ‘Yeah, I'd like to do that. That's a great idea.'"