The sophomore album from cousins Kacy Anderson and Clayton Linthicum transports listeners — not to the duo's rural hometown of Glentworth, Saskatchewan, or to places whose traditional music they draw inspiration from, but to a place entirely of their own making, where time stands still, where traditional stories are told and cherished and the old ways provide the foundation for all new outputs. Though there's nothing unfamiliar about it, Kacy & Clayton call it Strange Country. Throughout, Linthicum's deft guitar picking dances with Anderson's dazzling vocals to create something extraordinary.
After more than 50 years, it's high time Ian & Sylvia had some serious competition as Canada's greatest folk duo. And Kacy Anderson and Clayton Linthicum are just the folks to throw down the gauntlet, even if they seem a bit shy to be challenging a beloved national institution. Between Kacy's subtle but emotionally powerful vocals and Clayton's multi-instrumental gifts, this duo has created a quietly brilliant second album with 2016's Strange Country.