Feb 112015

In 1949, Canadian folk icon Wade Hemsworth paid tribute to his homeland with “The Black Fly Song” (though any lyric that says “I’ll die with the black fly a-pickin’ my bones in Northern Ontario” is a dark tribute indeed). Doug Paisley lives in Toronto, but as a fascinating SPIN profile last year revealed, does a lot of his writing in an off-the-grid cabin up north. So for a new Exclaim! TV session, he paid tribute to Hemsworth’s tribute, covering “The Black Fly Song.”

Paisley’s voice sounds great as always, but the real revelation may be his guitar playing, which doesn’t come through in his terrific recent album Strong Feelings. Watch the performance below, then try to get the song out of your head. (via Exclaim! TV)

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