Acous­tic news

How City And Colour’s live al­bum in­spired Dal­las Green

Total Guitar - - ACOUSTIC -

Dal­las Green may al­ready have a new stu­dio al­bum close to com­ple­tion but he’s re­flect­ing on 12 years un­der his solo ca­reer with City And Colour for new live record Guide Me Back Home. It’s be­come a tes­ta­ment of cre­at­ing some­thing pos­i­tive from a neg­a­tive time.

“The idea came for a cou­ple of rea­sons,” he ex­plains to us while home in Toronto. “Specif­i­cally, I was watch­ing the Amer­i­can pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, just like most of the world and whether you agreed with it or you didn’t, I think every­body was a lit­tle bit shocked by how full of mad­ness the whole thing was. And I thought to my­self, ‘Do you know what I’m go­ing to do? I’m go­ing to see if I can book a re­ally long tour of my coun­try and go and try and play a lot of small towns and just kind of try and fig­ure stuff out.’”

Ac­com­pa­nied by C&C band­mate Matt Kelly on tenor gui­tar and keys, Dal­las played in­ti­mate shows in towns he’d never vis­ited be­fore on the 2017 trek to loyal fans and cu­ri­ous lo­cals. The 20 songs that make up Guide Me Back Home were all taken from dif­fer­ent shows and they show­case Dal­las’s voice with his Cus­tom Shop D-45 and be­spoke small-bod­ied Martins, an old Kay plus a Bigsby and Fil­tertron-loaded Gretsch Rancher in stun­ning in­ti­macy. De­cid­ing to record the shows also had un­in­tended re­sults…

“I don’t want to call it a ‘great­est hits’ but it is al­most like a best-of record be­cause it’s not just me play­ing new songs,” says Dal­las. “It’s me as a 38-year-old man play­ing songs that I wrote when I was 20 years old. So you get to hear this evo­lu­tion in my voice, and the play­ing and the songs. It’s be­come a lot more than what I guess we set out to make it, which was lit­er­ally just to doc­u­ment it and see what would come of it.”

Dal­las was so in­spired by the tour he ended up writ­ing what will be­come City And Colour’s next record, al­ready tracked and due next year. “I had a few new songs but I hadn’t been able to write any­thing [else] new,” he ex­plains, “I don’t want to say it was writer’s block, I’m not one to force try­ing to write. When it’s not hap­pen­ing I just kind of let it be and hope it’ll come back around. Do­ing that tour helped clear my head and open my mind up,” he adds. “Ev­ery once in a while you need a re­minder of why you’re do­ing it and what you love about it.”

Guide Me Back Home is out now dig­i­tally and on 3 x LP and 2 x CD via Still Records on 23 Novem­ber

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.