Just like a mask—that so-called disguise which, in fact, often reveals something profound and otherwise secret about the individual who wears it—cover songs offer a glimpse into the molecular musical composition of the artist interpreting them. With her lonesome take on the legendary Patsy Cline’s “You Belong To Me,” Mo Kenney hints at her own longing, and asserts the universality of the song; to consider the distance between us and our loved ones, to miss them with all our heart, is as natural as breathing.
“Old country songs always remind me of hanging out with my grandfather Ozzy in West Gore,” Kenney says about the song. “The radio was always on and those tunes were always playing. I’ve been a fan of Patsy Cline since I was a kid, and this is my favourite song of hers.”
Kenney’s willingness to unflinchingly pursue her artistic impulses on her own terms has resulted in numerous accolades over the past decade, including a 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize for her song “Sucker,” a nomination for the 2016 Adult Alternative Album of the Year JUNO for In My Dreams, and too many East Coast Music Awards and Nova Scotia Music Awards to count. And despite the uncertainty of live music in 2020, the year will find Kenney exploring new and innovative ways to connect with her fans.