From "John the Rock Doctor", www.gonzoonline.ca:
Traditional country isn’t dead, it’s hiding. Thibideau, a country
singer/songwriter from Toronto, is a traditionalist- it shows in the songs,
even the Loretta Lynn-like cover art.
Cheryl Thibideau has been singing for as long as she can remember. “My
parents bought me a Sears guitar when I was sixteen” she says, “and I taught
myself a few chords and began writing songs.” As tired as I can get of ‘new
country’ sounds, Cheryl’s debut album is a breath of fresh air. She speaks
of her older siblings brining British Invasion records home so she sounds
about my age. Her own preference, however, was seventies pop and light
country such as James Taylor, John Denver, Carly Simon and Linda Ronstadt.
That, and an appreciation for Merle, Patsy and Hank, gave her the foundation
she now speaks from.
As “Paper Fire” spins in my CD player, it reminds me of 70’s country and
that’s a warm and comfortable feeling. So much of today’s country sounds
like thinly disguised rock & roll, it’s a pleasure to hear this gal plowing
the traditional fields of inspiration. I even like her choice of cover
tunes for this disc- she sings Gordon Lightfoot’s “Did She Mention My Name”
(changing ‘she’ to ‘he’ of course), and she renders my favorite Dave Clark
Five song “Because” as a mid-tempo Roy Orbison style number that I like very
nearly as much as the original- and that doesn’t usually happen.
I don’t what the marketplace will have to say about “Paper Fire”, but Cheryl
Thibideau’s sweet voice and traditional country sound is welcome on my
Top Tracks: “Because”, “Paper Fire”, “Angel At Your Door”