Luke Nicholson pops up Friday night in N.B.

Big-voiced, roots/pop singer Luke Nicholson is currently in New Brunswick for dates on his East Coast tour. The Peterborough, Ontario native has just released his latest album, Frantic City, full of infectious, feel-good cuts.

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The brother of like-minded artist Royal Wood, Nicholson broke through in 2012 with his disc Mad Love. Cuts such as All Night Fever made a big impact on Radio 2 listeners, and he was named Best New Artist at New Music Fest.

Songs on Frantic City run from folk and reggae-fuelled to unabashed pop singles. The recurring theme is the new love and bond in his family life, with songs inspired by his young daughter, name-checked and referenced throughout.

Wide-eyed and filled with wonder, the new parent looks at big events that have changed and continue to change everything in his life, including the full-biographical tune Maggie's Song. It's even spread to his website, where you can find a blog about events in his life as a working musician and parent.

Don't expect too much soft sentimentality though; cuts such as 500 Years are full of drive and power, with a sugar coating to make sure it goes down easy. Nicholson raps up this leg of the tour tonight at the Hollywood Star Room, Clarks Corner, N.B.

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About Bob Mersereau

Rockin' BobBob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).

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