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Noisey – Dad Rock: Why Joel Plaskett Made a New Record With His Pops

By Cam Lindsay, Noisey

We spoke to the father-and-son duo about connecting and staying young through music.

Joel Plaskett hasn’t aged a bit. His voice hasn’t lost any of its youthful lilt since I first interviewed him back in 1995, when we were both teenagers. He’s still as rhapsodic and talkative as he was when he was touring Smart Bomb with his old band Thrush Hermit. And even though there are a few greys poking out of his hair, he even looks as though time has not yet caught up with him over all these years.

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Bob Mersereau Reviews Solidarity for Top 100 Canadian Singles

By Bob Mersereau, Top 100 Canadian Singles

I recall sitting on a prize jury a few years back, and one of the company disparagingly referred to Joel Plaskett’s music as “dad rock”. That meant the kind of rock your dad would listen to, if you were in your 30’s I guess, and hipper than that, music from the 60’s-70’s era. I guess this would make him apoplectic, as Plaskett has made his latest with his actual dad.

Fans will be familiar with the senior Plaskett, Bill, as he’s recorded on previous works by his son such as Three,

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Exclaim! reviews Solidarity

By Kyle Mullin, Exclaim!

Solidarity, the new collaborative LP between Joel Plaskett (arguably the East Coast’s biggest-ever indie star) and his father Bill (who has a formidable legacy in his own right as the cofounder of Nova Scotia’s Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival), is a joyous family affair and a must own release for fans of both artists’ genres. By turns playful and melancholy, it merges Celtic folk with indie rock, and showcases the beautifully shared vision between a father and his son.

Both Plasketts’ passion and prowess are evident throughout, but one of the album’s most compelling aspects is how it shows the sharp contrasts in their approaches.

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