Roots Music Canada review of Wreckhouse by Alison Corbett
At the southern end of the Long Range Mountains in Newfoundland, there is a stretch of land where hurricane force winds known as ‘Wreckhouse winds’ occasionally blow to gusts of 200 km per hour. Award-winning Newfoundland folk/country singer Sherry Ryan takes the title of her latest album, Wreckhouse, from this area of the island notorious for blowing trains right off their tracks.
As an homage to the Wreckhouse area, Sherry co-wrote the song “Stop the Trains” with her father Jim Ryan, who worked for the Newfoundland Railroad. Local St. John’s paper The Overcast describes the song as a “honky-tonk shuffle in the vein of Lefty Frizzell and Hank Williams, and it’s got all the hallmarks of a country classic in the making”.
The lyrics reference Lauchie MacDougall, the legendary human wind gauge who could ‘smell the wind’ and worked for the railroad from 1939-1965. There’s no doubt that Sherry knows how to tell a good story, and her instantly recognizable voice radiates on this catchy song.
Hailed as Newfoundland’s “answer to Lucinda Williams” by UP Magazine, Wreckhousefeatures Sherry’s signature cut-to-the-chase lyrics, rocking country rhythms, and 60’s vibe. The first two singles, “Natural Law” and “I Made it on My Own,” are stellar tunes on an album that would make a great addition to any summer soundtrack.
There may be no trains left on the island of Newfoundland, but Wreckhouse winds remain. With her newest release, Sherry Ryan is proving herself as a force to be reckoned with. Catch her as she breezes through a few cities this month with her songs in tow.
Sherry Ryan in concert 2018:
- May 25 – The Burdock, Toronto
- May 26 – The Arlington Hotel and Pub, Maynooth (Bancroft), ON
- May 29 – Brasserie Beaubien, Montreal
- May 30 – Musiikki Cafe, Kingston, ON
- May 31 – Artword Theatre, Hamilton, ON
- June 1 – House on Queen, Stratford, ON
- June 2 – The Windsor Beer Exchange, Windsor, ON
- June 6 – Folk Night at the Ship, St. John’s, NL
- June 8 – Concert at The WaterShed, Petty Harbour, NL
- June 24 – Grate’s Cove Studio, Grate’s Cove, NL
- July 12 – Old Cottage Hospital, Norris Point, NL
- July 17 – Passing the Time Festival, Trout River, NL
- July 25 – Soundbone Summer Music Series, Musgrave Harbour, NL
- Aug. 17 – Two Whales Coffee Shop, Port Rexton, NL
- Aug. 23 – The Garrick Annex w/ Peter Willie Youngtree, Bonavista, NL