Joshua Cockerill
The Trick With Your Heart I’m Learning To Do

By Kerry Doole

Now based in Toronto, this Calgary-raised singer-songwriter has been winning friends in the Ontario roots community. That's shown by the impressive cast of players here, including guitarists David Baxter (who co-produced) and John Dinsmore, and steel guitar ace Burke Carroll. Cameos are taken by the likes of Serena Ryder, Kendel Carson, Justin Rutledge and Cockerill's brother Greg, also a talented tunesmith. This is the 21-year old's debut disc and it reveals an artist of strong potential. He has a relaxed, melodic vocal style and a deft touch as a lyricist. Rutledge co-wrote one song here, "Parkdale Lights," and others ("If Only I Weren't Lonely" and "All You Need To Break Your Heart") reveal a striking stylistic similarity. Still, why not learn from the best? Boosted by Ryder's harmony vocals, jaunty opening cut "Dance With You" is tailor-made for radio play. Other tracks have a more melancholy feel, enhanced by the yearning strains of harmonica and pedal and lap steel. This is a highly promising beginning. (Independent)