The award-winning Jimmy Rankin came to fame with his siblings as a member of The Rankin Family from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and has been an international favourite ever since. Maybe that’s why tickets to his concert in Wadena this coming Sunday are a hot item.
The writer of the Rankin Family’s well-known ballad “Fare Thee Well Love” won us over, then went on to pen and perform a number of hits with his siblings during the 1990s before embarking upon a solo career. He was every bit as successful on his own and a good half-dozen or more of his songs have been staples on the radio waves right up to this, his sixth album.
He calls the songs on this latest record, Back Road Paradise, “country pop.” The album features vocal pairings with the angel-voiced Alison Krauss and Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, and although Rankin hasn’t brought these artists on tour with him, audiences will not be disappointed in the live show. A seasoned performer, Rankin knows how to grab a crowd’s attention and keep it. Instead of touring with a full band he has brought only one accompanist, who plays a variety of acoustic instruments. It gives him a lot more freedom, says Rankin, to improvise during the shows.
Fans can expect to hear Rankin perform songs from his Rankin Family days and on through the years as well as material from the new CD.
Advance tickets to the show are recommended and are going fast, available from Wadena News, Tait Business Service, Vie and Earl Haugerud, Joyce Tait and Linda Patenaude. Unsold tickets, if any, will be available at the door. The show starts at 3 o’clock.