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Steve Dawson Band With Special Guests
April 8th at 8:00 pm$32.00
Doors 7 pm Music 8 pm
Steve Dawson has always been hard to pin down. A guitarist, a composer, a sought after musical enabler and sideman? Of course, he’s all of those things and more, but none of those descriptions really do the seven-time Juno Award-winning musician justice.
Since moving to Nashville in 2013, it’s been full tilt for the Vancouver native. When not producing albums for a slew of roots artists, touring and recording under his own name, or putting together his acclaimed ‘Music Makers and Soul Shakers’ podcast (now clocking in at well over a hundred episodes), Steve was usually out on the road supporting friends such as the Maritime powerhouse Matt Andersen, or Birds of Chicago, with whom he played over 250 shows in the couple of years leading up to the pandemic.
In 2019 and coming into early 2020, Dawson was as busy as he’d ever been in his life. So, when the pandemic hit, like everybody else, he had to re-assess and figure out what to do to stay afloat. It’s an old story by now, but the reality is that the same quarantine that closed so many doors in our daily lives, created the opportunity for Steve to work on a large volume of music that would never have seen the light of day otherwise. While perfecting his remote recording techniques producing and playing on tracks for many other artists, this flurry of activity resulted in enough solo material for three distinct albums, the first of which, ‘Gone, Long Gone’ reflects Dawson’s mastery of song-craft.
‘Gone, Long Gone’ is Steve’s first collection of songs since ‘Solid States and Loose Ends’ came out in 2016, and features nine original cuts (mostly co-written with Alberta songwriter Matt Patershuk) and a soulful cover of The Faces’ ‘Ooh La La’.
These new originals represent the first time Dawson has collaborated on songs with another artist, conceding that co-writing was a process that he previously found uncomfortable. But, once Patershuk started firing off ideas to Steve, the ball got rolling, ideas flowed back and forth, and once the dust had settled, they’d come up with a batch of new songs. The finished product proves that, as much as anything else, Steve Dawson is a singer-songwriter of the highest calibre and that ‘Gone, Long Gone’ is the most realized album to be released under his own name to date.
As a sideman, Steve mastered the art of playing in the background a long time ago, so it’s really a treat to hear him front and centre in these new songs. His subtle vocals on tracks like the title cut, ‘Gone Long Gone’ – buoyed by gentle guitar, pedal steel and a virtual string quartet featuring Nashville’s Ben Plotnick and Kaitlyn Raitz – show just how under-appreciated a singer Dawson is. Steve is always striving for captivating and unusual guitar tones and his array of small and unusual vintage amps highlights a tonal pallet that is uniquely his own.
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