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    Lance Cowan might not be a household name, but to those in the business he has worked behind the scenes for three decades writing  songs and promoting other artists’ work.  He has honed his skills from working with Texas singer-songwriters like Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, Michael Martin Murphey, Lyle Lovett and counts Jackson Browne and John Prine among his influences.

    The host of producers names on this release suggests that he has laid down tracks when he could, but apart from a tad more treble on his vocals here and there the sound is seamlessly one, and it’s a beautiful one at that.  The Jackson Browne influence was immediately apparent and at times there are hints of John Denver in his voice and a feeling that this album could have been released years ago.

    Things get off to a really strong start with the title track and the first single from the project This Heart Of Mine.  There are hints of 1970s singer-songwriters all over the place but they are grounded with some gorgeous playing from the likes of Sam  Bush, Dan Dugmore, Dave Pomeroy and Andrea Zonn for a mainly acoustic-based backing that compliments the songs perfectly.  At times there is an almost bluegrass feel, at others such as on Fields of Freedom  it leans more toward folk, but most noticeable is Cowan’s way with a tune.  The melodies are gorgeous and it’s one of those album you put on and just leave it to play through.  I know I did and as soon as it finished, I went back and played Blue Highway at least another five times.

     But while Blue Highway  is wonderful (and my favourite track here), it’s all so good.  A Place For Everything is driven by the acoustic guitars and lays down a great groove. The lyrics will also likely appeal to those of us who like to hang onto stuff in case we need it.

    The Letter  features a lead vocal by Julie Lee and was produced by the former Maverick Robert Reynolds.  The female vocal provides a mid-point change-up but Cowan’s vocals are so warm I’m not sure it needed it.

    At its heart So Far, So Good is a singer-songwriter project but it seems like so much more. It would be a compliment to call it easy listening, as it is easy on the ear in all the right ways.  It stinks of quality, Cowan’s voice is pitch perfect and the songs are terrific. It’s a timeless treasure waiting to be discovered.

– Duncan Warwick

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