Canadian country artist George Canyon goes back to the songs he was raised with in his latest album, Classics II, to be released Tuesday.
A follow-up to 2007's Classics, the album features a duet with Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy on Pancho And Lefty and Canyon's interpretation of American musician Glen Campbell's Rhinestone Cowboy, which he debuted at the 2012 CCMA Awards in Saskatoon.
The Pictou County, N.S. singer spoke to Laura Thompson of CBC News ahead of the album release and a tour featuring an "old-time radio" theme that begins this week in Ontario and Western Canada.
He said both the amazing melodies and the stories of the songs put a smile on his face.
Singing the classics is a kind of homage, Canyon says. The album includes Canyon performing Johnny Cash’s Green, Green Grass of Home, Merle Haggard’s Today I Started Loving You Again and Lefty Frizzell’s She’s Gone Gone Gone.
Canyon is an award-winning humanitarian and has been appointed the national spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a charity he works closely with since being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 14.