Stony Plain Records announces a May 15 release for the label debut of guitarists Harry Manx and Kevin Breit, In Good We Trust, an amazing sonic collection of blues, folk and world music that spotlights their skills as musicians. The pair’s previous duet album, Jubilee, was nominated for two Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy.
In Good We Trust explores a gamut of themes including love, sensuality and spirituality, painted in aural portraits shaded with the colors of the many stringed instruments used on this album, including the mohan veena (an Indian 20-string modified slide guitar developed by Manx’s mentor, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt), which is used throughout the album, giving it an other-world quality at times. Each artist wrote four songs for the new album, plus one co-write. The covers include a unique take on Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire” (played on a guitar built out of a cigar box), personally endorsed by “The Boss” himself after hearing it performed live; and a haunting version of the traditional “Death Have Mercy.” The cigar box guitar is also featured on the album’s striking cover artwork.
Born on the Isle of Man, Harry Manx was raised in Canada, but has spent many years touring in Europe, Japan, Brazil, China and India, where he learned to play the mohan veena, which also has influenced his slide guitar work. Manx has won Canada’s Maple Blues Award as Acoustic Act of the Year twice and has also won honors from the Canadian Folk Music Awards, Vancouver magazine Georgia Strait, and the South Australia Blues Society, among many others. Manx recorded his first album, Dog My Cat, in 2000 and has followed that with five more titles. He lives in Saltspring, an idyllic retreat off Vancouver Island.
Kevin Breit has long been part of the international music scene, and is perhaps best known for his work recording and touring with Grammy winning singers Cassandra Wilson and Norah Jones. Breit lives in a small Ontario province country town, but has become a featured regular for over 10 years at the Orbit Room, a small club in Toronto’s “Little Italy” section, where he plays to packed houses every Monday night. He has also recorded with more than 100 artists, including k.d. lang, Rosanne Cash, Janis Ian, Ian Tyson, Holly Cole, Anne Murray and Celine Dion.