Life feeds art. This is obvious in "A Tomboy's Tales", the newest album from Vancouver-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Char Hunter, who drew from her own past to write a collection of songs that take listeners on a trip through her unique life and experiences. Alongside lead guitarist Terry Anderson, stand-up bass from Phil Addington, and Shawn Kilally's drums and percussion, Char's voice and guitar are the foundation for a warm, down-home blend of the worlds of country, rock, and folk. Char Hunter is not your typical "girl with a guitar" who picked up the instrument to play open stage night at her local bar. While Char's early musical education is nothing unusual - grade eight piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music and alto sax lessons through high school - the rest of her journey through music has been accompanied by a string of experiences that few others can lay claim to. How many among us can say that we've been the lone cowgirl riding along with nine cowboys to herd 40 horses through 40 kilometers of Kananaskis backcountry? And then trained and vaccinated those horses at a ranch in Longview, Alberta? Shot gophers? Castrated colts? Roped calves? Or how about being a local at Vancouver's legendary Clubhouse skatepark and earning an invitation to compete at the first All-Girl Skate Jam in San Diego in 1996? Placing in the top ten of the Slam City Jam skateboard contest two years running? Chalking up a fractured skull, broken knuckles, and a shattered eardrum in the process? One thing that experiences like this are guaranteed to produce is stories. The kind of stories that often become volatile when brought into contact with inspired songwriting. Mix in influences like Lucinda Williams, Etta James, Dwight Yoakam, Mason Jennings, Mazzy Star, Bob Dylan, and The Cowboy Junkies and you have Char Hunter's "A Tomboy's Tales". Life and music rarely combine this well.