'The Golf Album', by singer-songwriter Brandon Ayre, is a heartfelt and humorous look at people, and golf. Golf in all it's facets is certainly the central theme, but the songs themselves, written and performed in a variety of styles, have much broader appeal than one might first think. Vancouver-based producer Rolf Hennemann, who has worked with artists as various as Chiliwack, Heart, and Raffi, put together a superb group of studio musicians. 'Man, we didn't know what to expect,' says guitarist Robbie Steininger. 'Eighteen songs about golf? Written and sung by an E.R. doctor? But he was good. And he not only knew how to write, but sing. So we ended up having a ball. They were some of the best sessions I've ever played on.' (Steininger's wife, Megan Metcalfe, ended up singing back-up, as well as acting the part of the aggrieved wife in 'Golf Rehab'.) The fun is not just in the topics--'My Wife Thinks I'm Gardening', and 'It's O.K. Honey, The Kids Are Safe with Me'--but in the music itself. 'The Kids Are Safe With Me' is a bluegrass tune. 'Practice Range' is a classic electric twelve bar blues. 'Chilidipper'--a punchy little rocker--has shades of everything from 'Oh, Pretty Woman', to 'Tequlia' by The Champs. There's an amusing English music hall waltz, aptly entitled 'Iron Necktie'. (It's about a golfer wrapping his putter around the neck of his competitor.) And the lyrical cello on the final acoustic ballad 'The Friends We Make Out Here' makes the final track one of the strongest on this impressive indie CD. In 1999, Brandon Ayre moved from Long Island, NY to the Victoria, British Columbia. He's now back in the U.S.A. and living in Vermont. He's married, has two wonderful kids, and claims to play to a twelve handicap. (Make that a 14.) His primary influences are too numerous to mention, but include Eric Clapton, Little Walter, The Beatles, Jesse Winchester, and fellow Montrealer, and fellow singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, who dubbed THE GOLF ALBUM 'The Great-golf-a-Mighty!' CD.