Sounds Like: A roots-driven singer-songwriter who balances wry humor, erudite observation, and poignant lyrics in the vein of Steve Earle or Loudon Wainwright III
For Fans of: Earle, Wainwright, Fred Eaglesmith
Why You Should Pay Attention: Since he's been making records for 20 years, Lund isn't exactly a secret — in fact, he's an award-winning star in his native Canada. "I always make jokes that we're going to win the 'newest oldest band' award,'" he says with a laugh. He's progressively been making more noise in the U.S. over the years and his stellar new album Things That Can't Be Undone — produced in Nashville by the in-demand Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson) — poised to help the singer-songwriter reach an even wider audience.
He Says: "I get bored with records that are the same throughout, especially when it's love song after love song. That just doesn't do it for me," says Lund, who explores a wide range of styles on his latest LP, as it hopscotches from serious mood pieces like "Sadr City" — a true story told to him by a soldier after a show — to the rockabilly of "Alt Berliner Blues."
Hear for Yourself: The Johnny Paycheck-like honky-tonker "Washed-Up Rock Star Factory Blues," co-written by Turnpike Troubadours' Evan Felker, visualizes the nightmare scenario of every working musician: going back to your day job. Sarah Rodman