(Black Hen Music)
The danger in doing a boffo cover version of an obscure number (“Heart of Gold”) by an esteemed songwriter (Ray Davies) is if it outshines your own material. It happens with Jenny Whiteley’s take on the old Kinks tune, but only enough to add nuance to a solid set of songs. She’s also capable of belabouring a catchy phrase, as on “Every Minute that You’re in It.” At times her amiable style could be mistaken for Sarah Harmer, just before the mandolin or pedal steel kicks in. A duet with Jim Byrnes, while Steve Dawson pulls the strings on “The Other Side of Life,” plays to her strength in songs of hard-won wisdom, understated to a fault, so Canadian.