Jerry Vandiver’s album True and Deep: Songs for the Heart of the Paddler is reminiscent of those classic albums like Meatloaf’s Bat Out of Hell, Pink Floyd’s The Wall or those of Coheed and Cambria. Not that the sound is remotely similar—it’s just that the list of cumulative songs form a strong story line. Jerry has created an amazing story—and lucky for us, it’s all about paddling. If you’re a paddler, you’ll definitely love listening to Vandiver’s album from beginning to end. The first few arrangements (“More Than a River,” “Headwind,” “The Spirit of Fishdance Lake”) are warm-up tunes, the ones that get you excited about spring break-up. Then there’s “Rocks and Roots” and “Camp Coffee” that relate to the trip itself. And “The Morning Fog has Lifted” and “True Deep” end it off and creates that enthusiasm everyone to plan the next trip on the way home from the previous one. My personal favourite songs on the album are “Wabakimi” and “Leave No Trace.”
Check out his web site and have a listen—you won’t be disappointed.
Watch the video for “Camp Coffee” below.