Record of the Day…The Only Love I Know by Pete Lanctot and the Stray Dogs


There was a period back in the 90s when I listened almost exclusively to what can be called Americana, or Alt-Country. It began with Uncle Tupelo and led me down a number of paths – Roscoe Holcomb, The Carter Family, and of course the troubadours – Townes, Gram, John Prine, Guy Clark. The list goes on and on.

Brooklyn singer-songwriter Pete Lanctot  fits right into that list. However, listening to his music beyond this new single – The Only Love I Know, it sounds like he also channels the darkness of Tom Waits, Nick Cave or Wovenhand.

The Only Love I Know is off the forthcoming record – No Sign of Love or Farewell, recorded with his band The Stray Dogs, and produced by Chris Donohue in Nashville, Tennessee. It is slated for release in September.

The Only Love I Know is a gorgeous traditional country waltz featuring stand up bass, and some lonesome fiddle that will have you crying in your beer.




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Domestic now, but spent early to late 80s playing drums in a hair metal band in Toronto. Since then I've lost the hair and have found new ways to scratch the rock and roll itch.

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