Caitlin Canty “Reckless Skyline”
In her new song “True,” Caitlin Canty’s voice cracks a little, about halfway through a line about having “a head full of champagne.” It doesn’t seem intentional, but one of the several little imperfections that make her songs so real.
These are songs — about heartbreak, regret, abandonment and a tiny bit of hope — that the Vermont-born Canty wraps mostly in a low country twang with forlorn fiddle, pedal steel, gospel-like background vocals and her 1930s Recording King guitar.
In the dusky, bare-bones “Wore Your Ring,” she sings about wearing what an ex-lover left behind.
“I wore these boots until the ground wore through,” she groans.
Canty’s voice is radiant in all this darkness, and she’s surrounded herself with a sometimes-rocking studio band that includes Billy Conway of Morphine and Eric Heywood, who has played pedal steel for everyone from Ray LaMontange and Tift Merritt to The Pretenders.