Music Clip of the Month (01/10)

"Ask Me No Questions" (2008) by Wendy McNeill

GROWING up in the Canadian Prairies Wendy McNeill was exposed to everything from Dolly Parton to Black Sabbath, and the musical plethora in between. The sounds of ABBA, Pink Floyd, and Supertramp also hogged her radio in McNeill's early years, but by high school her tastes had shifted to include Velvet Underground, The Cure, Blondie, and Sisters of Mercy as well.

She tested the waters in a haze of other artistic platforms, such as poetry, photography, and even contemporary dance, but her attention eventually focused squarely on music. The singer-songwriter had learned to play multiple instruments by this time, as her preference had now favoured the likes of Leonard Cohen, Stevie Nicks, and Woody Guthrie.

In 1997 the former bartender released her debut album, To Whom It May Concern, after winning a songwriting contest. The Edmonton-based folk musician continued with 2001's What's Your Whiskey, Baby?, 2004's Such a Common Bird, 2006's The Wonder Show, and '08's A Dreamer's Guide to Hardcore Living.

The latter effort, McNeill's 5th full-length album, features the accordion-heavy song profiled below, "Ask Me No Questions" (courtesy of YouTube). You can check out the song's lyrics by clicking here, or listen (for free) to other Wendy McNeill tracks on her MySpace page.


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