by Derrick Stembridge in New Music on Saturday 20 September 2008

It’s only fitting a band of Canadian rootsters like this would tap a mythical figure of folklore for their namesake. Indeed, Ottawa’s The John Henrys understand the power of the familiar. But while the mighty Henry keeled over after his big challenge, vocalist-guitarist Rey Sabatin Jr. and company are going strong after theirs, a rollicking alt country salvo called Sweet As The Grain. Released on their own label 9LB Records, distributed through Universal Music in Canada and True North Records in the US, Grain is a record that carves its own path while casting reverent glances toward The Flying Burrito Brothers, Uncle Tupelo, The Band, and a host of others.