Solid States and Loose Ends, marks record lucky number seven for Juno Award winning, Nashville by way of Canada guitarist Steve Dawson, and he wants it to shine with no muss, no fuss– just great music. “I wanted to assemble a great band, dig into the material and just play,” he’s said of the album, which is set for an April 1st release.
‘Great band’ is a major understatement for the all-star team of talent that Dawson gathered to work on the record, with his Canadian friends Gary Craig on drums and John Dymond on bass, and Nashville cats Kevin McKendree on keys, Fats Kaplin on viola, fiddle, mandolin and accordion, Jim Hoke on sax, Steve Herrman on trumpet, Mike Bub on upright bass and Regina and Ann McCrary and Keri Latimer on backing vocals.
Today, Elmore is premiering “Leave My Name Behind,” a gem of slow-picking heartbreak blues. The live acoustic video showcases Dawson’s skills on the slide steel, and also highlights what a natural, relaxed performance style he has. His voice blends blues and folk singing styles, with a hint of country twang that must have crept in over his years spent in Nashville.
The track harkens back to the simplicity of his 2014 release, Rattlesnake Cage, but also displays a maturity of songwriting with, as Dawson himself notes, bits of Gospel swirling into the eerie, southern gothic tale: “I’m gonna sing all night until I know that you’re gone, and take a drink until I feel no pain… I’m gonna leave my name behind as I disappear.”
Catch Dawson as he heads out on tour in Canada and the US to support the album, and tune in to his soon to be launched podcast, which Dawson describes as “long-form interviews with interesting musicians and producers called ‘Music Makers and Soul Shakers.’ I’m banking up all the interviews right now, and will release them one a week starting in March. Guests so far include John Hammond, Tim O’Brien, Bill Frisell, Gurf Morlix, Muscle Shoals bassist David Hood, Stephen Hodges, Fats Kaplin, Mary Gauthier and Oliver Wood (Wood Bros).”