A sweet voice will only get you so far without great stories to sing, and Judi Rideout has some epic tales to share. Hailing from that fertile ground along the North Shore of Lake Erie, the country/roots tinged tales of love and loss are testament to years spent living life with open eyes and a tender heart. Each song is a freeze-frame from both a time and a place in her life, and a few were penned with either ex-husband #1 or ex-husband #2, both skilled songwriters in their own right. What this means is that mere words are transformed into palpable emotion, every turn of phrase another turn of the page in her life scrap-book. Years of dedication and devotion to the craft made for a weighty document and when it was decided to make a full-length album at Hamilton’s Porcelain Records, she was ready and willing to go for it.
Listening to each track is a wonderfully refreshing experience, bereft of cloying inference, choosing instead the Devine path of openness and sage vulnerability.
Visiting Barber Shop Podcast on a gloriously warm October evening, the beer was as cold as the band was hot. Accompanying her on guitar we have Mark Foley on guitar and backing vocals, Justine Fischer on bass, Tom Wells keeping time and silky Sam DeRosa bending notes on the harp to round out the sound sublimely. Between the tequila and the laughs, a wonderful little thing happened and you’re about to have a front-row seat for the whole thing. Playing four brand new songs live and four tracks from the new CD “Ex-Husband”, Judi Rideout demonstrates precisely why she’s connecting so well with fans everywhere – she’s honest – lovely, sweet – and I believe her….
You will too.