Steve Dawson - Nightshade


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The 2011 release from Steve Dawson.

"Dawson is justifiably an in-demand producer for such roots-based artist as Jim Byrnes, Kelly Joe Phelps, Old Man Luedecke, the Sojourners and the Deep Dark Woods. He also finds time to run the Black Hen label and put out solo albums pretty regularly. His fine 2008 effort, Telescope, was all-instrumental, based around his pedal steel playing. On Nightshade, he delivers a more conventional roots rock record, but one that's equally charming. There is nothing particularly distinctive about Dawson's voice, but his relaxed, languid delivery proves a fine complement to this tuneful, well-crafted original material. Dawson shines on acoustic, electric, steel, national and weissenborn guitars, and his band feature such top Vancouver, BC players as Chris Gestrin, Keith Lowe and Geoff Hicks. The sublime voice of Jill Barber is featured on three songs, with Alice Dawson and Jeanne Tolmie adding harmonies elsewhere. On first listen, the album is almost too laidback to register, but its subtle strengths kick in with further spins. This will go down a treat with a cold beer on a warm day." - Read the full review at

"Multi-instrumentalist Steve Dawson is the man behind Vancouver's Black Hen Music and four of this year's Juno-nominated folk musicians. His cohesive fifth solo album showcases his excellent bluesy guitar-playing (acoustic, electric and slide), over which he tells dark stories in an easy, welcoming tone. Dawson's players – Geoff Hicks, Keith Lowe and Chris Gestrin – recall the Band, Nick Drake and Uncle Tupelo-era alt-country." - NOW Magazine

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Possible influences include: The Great Uncles of the Revolution, Jim Byrnes, Daniel Lanois

Previews - Nightshade

01. Torn and Frayed -
02. Darker Still -
03. Nightshade -
04. Walk On -
05. Have That Chance -
06. Gulf Coast Bay -
07. The Side of the Road -
08. We Still Won the War -
09. Fairweather Friends -
10. Slow Turns -
11. The Fray -
12. The Time It Takes -

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Bonus - Album package comes with artwork including three PDF pages.

Album File Size - MP3 Format - 101.39 MB
Album File Size - CD-Quality Lossless FLAC Format - 330.10 MB

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