There’s no counting the worlds Jeremie Albino has travelled to get to where he is today, and no telling which ones he might head to next.
Born and raised in the bright and booming metropolis of Toronto, his heart led him out of the city and into Prince Edward County, where country living and a decade of working on farms gave him the time and space to hone his songwriting skills. He grew up immersing himself in early field recordings and the music of legends like Lightning Hopkins and Skip James, first learning to play the harmonica and then moving on to guitar. On Hard Time, he pulls just as much as he needs from his influences, reverent to the musical forms that made him but actively sculpting his own voice.
His music nods to all manner of troubadours who rambled down similar paths throughout history—he nods slyly to the legendary blues singers who inspired him, offers a soft and insightful touch with his folk songs, and stomps and swaggers through soulful rock ‘n’ roll. But Jeremie Albino is a natural and an original, created by an alchemy that favours, above all else, that most mysterious and coveted of qualities: heart. And his wildly impressive debut, Hard Time, overflows with it.