“A Grizzly Bear of an album with a heart of an Ox.”
“....a stunning album unlike anything else on the block....a quite extraordinary set of visceral songs.”
"Penner's determination and trust in his art and vision prove utterly, undeniably well-founded on Gypsy Summer. It's an autumnal album, as honest and natural as the changing of the leaves, with Penner's gruff, sure vocals an oak cask where his experiences have aged to pour out that muchmuch smoother. It's undoubtedly his best effort to date, and certainly one of the best local albums of the year."
““From the worn edge in his voice to the wired and sleepy guitar picking...the excellent songs and his stripped-down, folk
Americana is straight forward and deceptively simple.” 4 STARS”
"If music had a quota system, then the category of singer- songwriter would be closed due to overcrowding. Thankfully there isn"t, because Cam Penner and his emotional songs of lives lived and experiences endured and enjoyed deserve to be heard in all their stoical splendour."
"His sound now has a lot of the sound of his compatriot Neil Young working alongside the harder edged material and he has increased the density of his music and the power but somehow he hasn't lost the delicacy and gentleness about his singing that has been so endearing for a few years now. I am hearing a man who is changing, keeping the essential qualities of his music but also finding new things to say and ways to say it."
“When Canadian troubadour Cam Penner blew into London for a handful of solo shows earlier in the year, those lucky enough to see him agreed that here was something special.”
mulefreedom.com London UK
"I have listened to hundreds of artists so far this year, so when I say Trouble and Mercy is the best album I've heard so far, I really mean that. I'm a firm believer that to write songs that move people and their emotions you need to have lived a bit and seen and experienced the suffering that life can dish up and throw at you in dusty handfuls.
"There are no fancy thrills on this album...the tracks are stripped down to allow focus on guitar and voice. The songs come across in an honest and intrinsically beautiful way that allows the sentiment in each to strike you right in the chest. I heard every word of sorrow, weariness, love, truth and tale of everday life.
Cam Penner is a storyteller from the Steinbeck / Jack London mould and if he had been around in the dustbowl era, he would have been singin' alongside the likes of Woody Guthrie.
"....I can't recommend this man enough, if you get a chance, go and see him and get Trouble and Mercy."
Folk Radio UK
“9 Stars out of 10
"Cam Penner, then, is quite a find. From what I can gather, 'Trouble & Mercy' is rather sparser and more acoustic than his usual fare, but as heart-melting introductions to unknown artists go, it rarely gets more resonant and graceful than this. If this is what he's capable of in future, you're safe putting your trust in this guy."
Trouble & Mercy Review”
Whisperin & Hollerin
"This really is a wonderful, evocative and passionate record. This record has caught me completely by surprise and has touched me in ways that music rarely does. This is 46 minutes of honesty and beauty that is quite simply wonderful."
The Music Critic UK
"Further proof that the best Americana comes from Canada. ....the album hangs together remarkably well as a collection of spare, intense Americana, every bit as powerful as some of the big names in the genre. It deserves to bring Penner much greater recognition."