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DISC: 1

1. Long Haul
2. Hurray Up Kid
3. Wonderful Things
4. Beautiful Mess
5. Old Friend
6. What I Know Now
7. Meat Draw
8. Twilight Diner
9. Other Side of the Curve
10. Round ; Round
11. Young At Heart ^1.12

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When John Wort Hannam started to write songs for his 8th album, 'Long Haul',he didn't have any particular theme in mind. Locked down in the early days ofthe pandemic, random ideas began to coalesce into a unified whole andeleven songs later, a solid vision had clearly emerged. With narratives thattrace small victories earned through faith, resilience and humour, the songs on'Long Haul' reach beyond our current sense of isolation to share a sense ofgratitude for what we have, and grief for what we have lost.Balancing personal and universal concerns, the songs on 'Long Haul' offerintimate reflections of everyday life and experience. "I've become morecomfortable writing about myself than I ever was in the past. Recently, I'verealized that the things that I go through are meaningful and that I don't need acrazy, drunken, bound for the jailhouse kind of life to write good songs."Recording during a global pandemic is not an easy proposition. Thankfully,John and his long time producer, Steve Dawson had formed a natural chemistry over the pair of records they had previously crafted together, and once theygot down to working remotely, and the thousands of miles separatingLethbridge, Alberta from Nashville seemed to disappear.Memorable performances from Dawson (guitar/strings) Gary Craig (drums),Jeremy Holmes (bass), Chris Gestrin (keyboards) and John Prine alumnus FatsKaplin (mandolin, fiddle, banjo and accordion) added a special chemistry tothe mix, resulting in the best sounding record of Hannam's career.'Long Haul' is a reflection on my life up to this point, and for the first time Ithink that my songs perfectly encapsulate the truth of where I'm at as an artistand a person. Life is short. Time is passing and I don't want to spend itwishing that things were any different than they are."Engagingly melodic, topical and enduring, 'Long Haul' is a career definingwork by an artist who has come into his own.