It hits you instantly when you hear 14-year-old Abigale. Her tone comes from a different time and place. Not the voice of a trend or a moment in time. But rather a place of truth and honesty, filled with nuance and wisdom. So, it is little wonder the young singer/songwriter speaks of Dylan, Hank Williams and the Carter Family when asked of who inspires her as an artist. Not that cute boys, pop songs, Pretty Little Liars and Brett Young aren’t close to the top of her personal priority playlist. But, somehow Abigale is recollection of things past and those yet to come.
Living in Hodge’s Cove, Newfoundland with a grand population of 200 souls, there is the closeness of the community and the constancy of the sea. And one learns to be self-entertaining. Strumming her guitar, mandolin, bass and uke endlessly, performing at every event in town, writing songs, singing harmonies with little sister Jordyn, music is the one constant in her life. Weekends and summers are filled with traveling to St. John’s to attend Young Folk At the Hall, perform at the Newfoundland Folk Festival, the Harbourfront Concert Series, or compete in Sing Nl, make Abigale’s life a family affair loading into the truck for long drives in unpredictable weather. Perhaps her most intense music moments have come opening up for artists at Erin’s Pub and the Black Sheep – crash courses in the life of a musician.
Abigale started writing songs early but with the help of Zack Werner and Greg Tobin as producers and mentors the EP Country True has become a reality. “It’s important to me to tell good stories and sing about things I understand. I mean relationship songs are cool but I want to stay real. I also think it’s good to be a powerful girl in my music. So since my real life isn’t about falling in love all the time, Neither is my music”, says Abigale. “We aren’t trying to pretend we are in Nashville. I like older style country anyways so these recordings are more real sounding. I want to show people who I am right now honestly”. Country True is an exciting to start a career and even inspired Abigale to start using her middle name as her identity. “I just felt like it’s a new me. Every time I write and perform I want to be really dedicated to being a unique artist so I decided to rename myself. I am super happy being Abigale.” The record features a wide range of Newfoundland’s finest musicians including Carole Bestvater of High Lonesome and Geoff Panting of Rawlins Cross.
Everything old is new again. And great songs and unique tone never get old. It’s a long journey ahead but Abigale is loving every minute of the trip.