Corb Lund Built This Album With His Own Two Hands Rural living isn't easy, as he shows on Cabin Fever, and that's why it makes for such great songs.

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Corb Lund Built This Album With His Own Two Hands

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The back-story to the new album from Canadian singer/songwriter Corb Lund sounds like a classic country music song. Lund built a cabin in rural Alberta with his longtime girlfriend and his favorite uncle. He finished the cabin but the girlfriend ultimately left and his uncle died. Snowed in for weeks at a time, Lund emerged with "Cabin Fever," the title of his new CD.

Meredith Ochs has this review.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "COWS AROUND")

MEREDITH OCHS, BYLINE: For you city dwellers who dream of moving to the country, buying some cattle and becoming gentleman farmers one day, Corb Lund offers this cautionary tale. It's more bitter than sweet, with a touch of Western swing - Western Canada, that is.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "COWS AROUND")

OCHS: As a fourth-generation rancher, Corb Lund knows better than to romanticize life on a farm. He's not especially inclined to write about anything romantic without a large measure of darkness, which might explain his lengthy tenure in a metal band before embarking on a solo country career. But as a songwriter, Lund finds glory in tough work, spotting characters most people would overlook and celebrating them with colorful sketches like this one.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DIG, GRAVEDIGGER, DIG")

OCHS: Corb Lund's ironic humor and keen sense of American pop culture is similar to Hayes Carll, the wry Texas singer/songwriter who trades verses with Lund on this song. The two friends have traveled a lot of miles together to perform. It's easy to imagine either of them as the touring musician in the song, who swipes a motel room bible to bring his band good mojo on their road trip.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "PLEASE TAKE ONE")

OCHS: Guns and graves, bovines and bikers, whiskey and women - in the hands of another songwriter, all these references might sound cliched. But on Corb Lund's new CD, it rarely feels gratuitous, and that's impressive. It's because he's experienced much of what he sings about. Rural living isn't easy, as Lund shows, and that's why it makes for such great songs.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DIG, GRAVEDIGGER, DIG")

BLOCK: The new album from Corb Lund is called "Cabin Fever." Reviewer Meredith Ochs is a DJ and talk show host with Sirius XM Radio.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "GETTING ON THE MOUNTAIN")

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