“Pouring Out My Heart”

By Lawrence Maxwell

Lawrence Maxwell, Music PEI’s 2024 Entertainer of the Year, pulls no punches in his latest single “Pouring Out My Heart,” out now.

Inspired by an international travel fiasco that cost an unexpected $17,000, Maxwell has dusted off, recalibrated, and re-emerged with his latest song. Layered with cajun fiddle, honkytonk piano, clever lyrics and a stomp-able beat, the track punches up to corruption in a light-hearted, down-home way. As Dewey Finn taught in the movie School of Rock, sometimes one has to “stick it to the man.” That’s just what Maxwell has done with this latest single. The song begins with a hard beat and chorus, taking a shot at the music industry and the major labels trying to mold artists into corporate puppets. The first verse then goes into sharing fond memories of the Tønder Festival in Denmark, where Maxwell and his band performed in 2023. It then details the airline saga which almost ruined the whole tour. Listeners later learn about an unsavoury band from Ontario who stole money from a gig while performing at a popular Charlottetown music venue. Needless to say, the dirty laundry is aired in “Pouring Out My Heart.”

Maxwell’s song, recorded at The Hill Sound Studio by engineer/producer Colin Buchanan, showcases the Family Band: Josh Langille (drums), Sam Langille (bass), Justyn Young (guitar), and Ben Aitken (piano/organ). Additional backing vocals and auxiliary percussion are by Buchanan, with Gordie MacKeeman on fiddle. Mastering was done by John McLaggan of Parachute Mastering.